This weekend, grab the kids and head out to look around Charles Darwin’s home in Kent, or visit Liverpool to check out the coolest of kicks. If you’re looking for something a little bit naughty then a celebration of chocolate in Leicestershire should keep you sweet suggests Danielle Jones.
This weekend sees the majority of England’s Christmas lights being switched on in events across the country. For a truly spectacular switch on though, head to Bradford for this jaw-dropping event filled with pyrotechnics, performances and more. The event is free so grab your coat and get ready for the festive season. (19 November)
For an alternative experience this Saturday, Laces Out will introduce you to the fascinating sub-culture of the trainer collector. The event will not only include interesting and unusual footwear from across the globe, but also DJ sets, panels and the chance to meet some of the greatest designers of the humble sneaker. Entry is £8 per person. (19 November)
Often referred to as Somerset’s best kept secret, the West Country celebrates bonfire season in style with its Grand Finale procession and carnival in ancient Glastonbury. Dating back to 1854 and held on the third Saturday of November, visitors will be entertained by eye catching floats, street entertainers, music and more. The event raises money for good causes and brings the whole town together. (19 November)
If you’re in East Anglia this weekend then a trip to the Cambridge Jazz Festival will get your toes tapping and your heart racing. Not limited to just jazz, there’s also Hip-Hop, spoken word, Big Band and more. Some of this weekend’s highlights include ‘Learn to Swing Dance’ and the Tara Minton & Ed Babar Duo. Events are individually ticketed. (16-27 November)
If you fancy a cheeky little trip this weekend, then a visit to the first annual Chocfest in Melton Mowbray is a fantastic day out for all the family. Featuring everybody’s favourite sweet treat – chocolate - you can try a variety of different types, take part in interactive workshops and generally indulge in all the chocolate-themed fun. Entry is £4 for adults, under 16s go free. (19-20 November)
Celebrating a long heritage of fishing and trade, Clovelly in Devon will be transformed into a hub of activity for the 10th annual Herring Festival. There will be choirs performing sea shanties, face painting and a huge range of local food and drink. Check out some of the exhibitions, including a photography show and Mike Smylie’s “Kipperland”. Entrance is free, though there are small charges for some activities. (19-20 November)
With a promise that you are almost guaranteed to see a majestic Kingfisher, a visit to the Stour Valley Nature Reserve for Kingfisher Weekend should be an exciting event. Even if you aren’t so fortunate to spot one, there is enough amazing wildlife and fresh air to compensate at this free of charge event. (19-20 November)
Famed as the father of evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin is heralded as a national hero. This weekend English Heritage is opening the doors to his home, Down House, for a closer inspection of Darwin’s life and his book “Origin of the Species”. Entrance is £12.30 for adults or free for English Heritage members. (19-20 November)
Bring the family together for a musical gala in Newbury, as Hilary James and Simon Mayor take to the stage this amusing show filled with laughter and song. The duo, famed for their work on children’s BBC shows such as Play School and Playdays, will introduce the whole family to a wide-range of instruments in this hour-long show. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for the under 16s. (19 November)
For your inner thrill-seeker set your sights on Mountain Fest this weekend. Situated in Kendal, gateway to the Lake District, the festival has everything you need for your next adventure. From talks from real life Sherpas and explorers, to a range of films and workshops designed to help you with your pursuits, it’s time to grab your climbing gear and set off for adventure. Each event is individually ticketed. (17-20 November)
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