Autumn events in 2022
Fill your diary with these major events in 2022
From full-to-the-brim sporting stadiums to local arts festivals celebrating the best in dance, music and theatre, here are the biggest events of autumn 2022.
Ongoing events: Van Gogh Alive
Book a ticket to the most visited immersive multi-sensory experience in the world. A kaleidoscope of colour has opened its doors for the Yorkshire premiere of Van Gogh Alive – now available to visit for an exclusive three month until 8th January 2023 at Bradford's Regency Hall. See rooms festooned with sunflowers and walls swathed in midnight skies as you accompany the famous painter on an artistic journey set to a classical score.
Ongoing events: UNBOXED
2022's biggest event, UNBOXED, aims to showcase British creativity and innovation in the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics spaces through ten incredible festivals, eight of which are taking place across England. Challenge the way we live here on Earth with Tour de Moon, a two-month festival of live shows, night-time events and immersive experiences in Leicester, Newcastle and Southampton; follow a sculpture trail through our solar system in Cambridge with Our Place in Space; explore renewable technologies aboard See Monster, a former North Sea offshore platform in Weston-Super-Mare; or wander among PoliNations, a city-centre forest garden in Birmingham with giant architectural trees that drink rainwater and create electricity using wind power.
Ongoing events: Blackpool Illuminations
With six miles of world-famous festoons along the coastline, Blackpool Illuminations is known as the greatest free light show on Earth. Dating back over a century, this dazzling light show shimmers for another year until 2 January 2023 with brand-new installations (including one created by Blackpudlian designer Jack Irving in collaboration with computer scientists from Lancaster University) and plenty of old favourites. Drive, walk or hop on a Heritage Tram tour to see the lights glittering along the promenade, with illuminated tours running every evening.
The switch-on event will be held at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, complete with live music performances and an audience of more than 2,000 ballot winners.
Ongoing events: Rugby League World Cup
Missed out on the summer of sport? Don’t fret – one of the most anticipated rugby league tournaments will be arriving in England this autumn. Playing at stadiums across the country, from St James’ Park in Newcastle to the Eco-Power Stadium in Doncaster and The Emirates Stadium in London, the delayed 2021 Rugby League World Cup will be held from until 19 November. And for the first time ever, men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments will be played in one big main event and will feature the best players from nations like Australia, Brazil, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand and, of course, England, Scotland and Wales.
November events: Bonfire Night
Remember, remember the fifth of November by oohing and aahing at one of many spectacular fireworks displays in England. On this date, all the way back in 1605, Guy Fawkes and his gang of conspirators attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and every year since, we love to commemorate this foiled plot with bonfires, fireworks, fairground rides and even the burning of effigies. There are plenty of events to choose from, including explosive firework displays atop one of the highest hills in London and to the world-famous fire-filled parades of Lewes’ Bonfire Celebrations.
November events: Taste of London Festive edition
Hosting six sessions over four food-fuelled days at East London’s Tobacco Dock, Taste of London brings London’s hottest restaurants, chefs and future food heroes together one place to celebrate their culinary creations in the lead up to Christmas. Sample dishes created specifically for the event, see chefs in action at The Fire Pit, duck into a subterranean cocktail bar and belt your heart out at the Piano Bar singalong – just some of the tasty events and activities in store for you. Events take place from 18 until 21 November.
More events in November 2022:
• Head to Canterbury Festival for a three-week extravaganza of music, talks, acrobatics, comedy and drag at venues across the city until 5 November.
• FREE: Immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring outdoor art gallery by exploring the River of Light trail in Liverpool until 6 November.
• Journey into the underbelly of Britain’s cultural psyche through the maverick, monstrous, magical and mystic art of Somerset House’s The Horror Show! until 19 February 2023.
• FREE: Enter The Tunnel of Light an immersive and oh-so Instagrammable walk-through made up of 50,000 LEDs in Norwich, a key part of the city’s festive celebrations, from November.
• Start your Crimbo shopping at one of England’s fabulous Christmas markets, many of which open up in November.
• Dig into dainty cakes and moreish sandwiches at a Nutcracker-themed afternoon tea in Norwich’s Assembly House from 1 November to 8 January 2023.
• Get a sneak peek of the best new and upcoming films from around the world in venues across Bath and beyond at FilmBath Festival between 4 and 13 November.
• Pull an all-nighter at the Natural History Museum’s sleepover for adults, Dino Snores, complete with workshops, quizzes, stand-up comedy and a delectable three-course meal – on the 4 November.
• Enjoy an hour of interactive and gruesome fun in the mysterious setting of Rochester’s 16th century townhouse as you learn the true story about The Real Guy Fawkes at one of two shows on the 5 or 6 November.
• Sing along to The Darkness, Skid Row and more at the rock ‘n’ roll festival Hard Rock Hell. Marking its 15th anniversary, the festival will be held at at Great Yarmouth’s Vauxhall Holiday Resort from 3 to 6 November.
• FREE: feast your eyes on a 30-foot bonfire, get the giggles at the fairground and watch the epic fireworks display at Carlisle Fireshow on 5 November at Bitts Park.
• Celebrate the work of the legendary opera composer, George Friderich Handel, by nabbing tickets to one (or both) of two of his critically acclaimed productions, Ottone and Tamerlano, at the English Touring Opera’s ‘Handelfest’, in Exeter between 9 and 12 November.
• Classical aficionados are invited to attend this year’s Bath Mozartfest – filled with outstanding performances from world-class musicians with Mozart at its heart – at Bath Abbey from 11 to 19 November.
• Don your party hats for the 30th birthday of the EFG London Jazz Festival, which sees world-class jazz artists take to the stage at venues across the capital for concerts, workshops, talks and masterclasses, between the 11 and 20 November.
• FREE: Enjoy pomp, pageantry, marching bands and floats at The Lord Mayor’s Show in London – an inauguration ceremony dating back over 800 years – on 12 November.
• Experience Christmas in the Wizarding World, from a night at the Yule Ball, to the decked halls of the Gryffindor Common Room as Hogwarts in the Snow returns to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Hertfordshire between 12 November and 15 January.
• See over a million lights illuminate world-famous botanical gardens at the highly coveted Christmas at Kew, on selected dates from 16 November to 8 January.
• With speaker events, adventure films, literary talks and pop-up parties, Kendal Mountain Festival (the world’s biggest Mountain Festival, we might add) is a celebration of the great outdoors. This year it takes place from 17 to 20 November.
• FREE: Swing into the festive season as Hyde Park opens its gates to London’s ultimate Christmas destination, Winter Wonderland, for six weeks from 18 November to 2 January.
• Soak up the sounds of new and experimental music at the 10-day-long Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival taking place between 18 and 27 November.
• Head to Derbyshire on the 19 and 20 November to see Elvaston Castle lit up with a fusion of music, visual and sound thanks to this autumn’s magical Shine A Light shows.
• Mark your diaries – the magical Christmas lights at Leeds Castle are set to return to Kent’s most majestic castles – complete with over a million lights, lasers and seasonal soundtracks - between 21 November and 1 January 2023.
• Chow down on hundreds of tasting experiences, delicious recipe inspiration and live cooking demos from James Martin and Nadiya Hussein, at the BBC Good Food Show Winter at the NEC Birmingham between 24 and 27 November.
• After a two-year hiatus, The Cheltenham Christmas Wine Festival is back for one night only on 25 November for an evening sampling fine wines from across the globe.
• Follow a brand-new illuminated trail, complete with a backing track of festive music and mulled wine galore, around the grounds of Gloucestershire’s Sudeley Castle at the Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle & Gardens between 25 November and 30 December?
• Go face-to-face with life-sized roaming dinosaurs, including the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex, at Jurassic World: The Exhibition, held at London's ExCel from August until early 2023.
• Be transported to Hawkins and immerse yourself in 80's nostalgia at the brand-new Stranger Things: The Experience, in Brent Cross, London. Do you have what it takes to survive the Upside Down?