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NOVEMBER

The Kite Runner, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, to Sat 4 Nov

A haunting tale of two childhood friends whose lives are shattered by a terrible incident, this stripped-down stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel left weeping West End audiences in its wake. Bring the tissues and go easy on the mascara. everymantheatre.org.uk

 

Stroud Book Festival, various locations, Stroud, Thu 2 to Sun 5 Nov

Yeah, yeah, Cheltenham may be the big cheese around here for literature festivals, but Stroud Book Festival punches well above its weight and is small but perfectly formed. Featuring the best of the best in new writing from brilliant novelists, non-fiction writers and poets to children’s writers and storytellers, there are over 30 events happening all over the town. Some of the highlights include Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee discussing what the state has ever done for you (answers on a postcard please), a sneak preview of poet Adam Horovitz’s new book and food critic Matthew Fort’s culinary travels through Italy. stroudbookfestival.org.uk

 

Fairview Fireworks Party, Cheltenham Cricket Club, Fri 3 Nov, entry from 5pm

This is a great option if you’ve got young ‘uns who don’t like loud bangs, as there’s an early display at 5.45pm which is ‘quiet’ followed by the main display at 7.30pm which lets rip. There’ll be live music, fairground stalls and an indoor children’s area, as well as food, cask ale and mulled wine to fill your face with. £7.50, accompanying kids go free. Tel: 01242 523364

 

Bonfire and Fireworks Display, QEII Field, Stow-on-the-Wold, Fri 3 Nov, from 6pm

As well as the pyrotechnics, you can also look forward to a nice fat pig roast bar and funfair rides in one of the Cotswolds prettiest villages. And it’s free!

 

Bowood Halloween Party, Bowood Hotel and Spa, Calne Fri 3 Nov, from 7pm

Get your freak on and don your fancy dress ready for a spook-tacular time at the Bowood Halloween Party in the Clubhouse Kerry Suite.

www.bowood.org

 

Calne bonfire and fireworks night, Fri 3 Nov, doors open 6pm, display starts 7.30pm

A fantastic evening for all the family to enjoy! The very best bonfire followed by a fantastic fireworks display, from £3, www.calne.gov.uk
Cirencester Fireworks, Victoria Road Playing Fields, Cirencester, Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5pm

Bonfire, tick, fireworks, tick, funfair, tick, live music, tick, face-painting, tick – the market town’s Round Table ticks all the boxes with its annual event. The bonfire will be lit at 6pm by Deirdre the Dragon (who she? you ask. Better go find out) and the fireworks start blasting at 7pm. All proceeds to charity: adults, £7 in advance, £8 on the door; children, students, OAPs, £4 in advance, £5 on the door; family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £17 in advance, £20 on the door; under 5s free; cirencesterroundtable.org.uk

 

Grand Cricklade fireworks display, Fri 3 Nov, from 7.15pm

Tickets in advance: family £12, adult £5, child and seniors £3. At the gate: £8/£5. Tel 01793 751394

 

Christian Malford bonfire and firework display,Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5.30pm

The best firework display in Wilts! With live music, BBQ, bar, bouncy castle and fire dancing. Adults £7, children £3, under 5s free. theriser.pub/fireworks

Bisley Fireworks Display, Bisley, near Stroud, Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5.30pm

The village primary school’s PTA annual spectacular in deepest, darkest Bisley (no light pollution here) is always a fantastic show (often accompanied by Star Wars music) and also delivers on the food and drink front with burgers, chilli con carne, beer and mulled wine. £5 for adults; £3 for children; £15 for a family ticket (2 adults, 3 kids); pre-schoolers free. Tel: 01452 770251

 

Tewksbury Bonfire & Fireworks Display, Vineyards Playing Fields, Sat 4 Nov, gates open at 6.15pm

Watch the fireworks fly into the air at 7.15pm with the Abbey as a backdrop. This display is one of the most atmospheric in the area.

 

Monkton Park fireworks, Chippenham, Sat 4 Nov

Fireworks display by Distant Thunder – British Musical Fireworks Champions. Advance tickets £4, on the gate £5, under 7’s free.

 

Malmesbury bonfire and fireworks, Sat 4 Nov, from 6pm

£5 adults, £2 children, family ticket for up to 3 children is £12. Tel: 01666 825725

 

Swindon Lions fireworks spectacular, Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5.30pm, fireworks 7.15pm

Swindon Lions Club will be holding its annual fireworks show at the Polo Ground, Marlborough Road. In addition to the fireworks display there will be a funfair all evening, the band Josie and the Outlaw and food stalls selling, burgers, hot dogs, hot drinks, soft drinks, sweets and candy floss.

 

Fancy Dress & Fireworks Party, The Woolpack, Slad, near Stroud, Sat 4 Nov, 8pm-1am

At the David Bowie tribute shindig last year – The Woolpack is a pub that knows how to party!

The valleys’ hippest pub (it was number one in The Times recent Cool Guide to the Cotswolds, don’t you know) is laying on a grown-up fireworks party for big kids with a dress-up theme of whatever takes your fancy, ales on tap (as well as wine, gin, vodka, etc), live music from soul funk band The Ragged Edge and fireworks. Food will be available until 9pm, then the music begins and the fireworks follow at 10pm. Note the 1am finish – pace yourselves people! facebook.com/events

 

The Summer of Love, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sat 4 Nov

This nostalgic trip back to 1967’s famous summer of love will get you swaying in your seat as an explosion of flowers, psychedelia, freedom, peace and love and, of course, timeless music entertains you. With original 1960s film footage and a live band, it’ll be California Dreaming all night long. rosestheatre.org
Fireworks on the Farm, Neston Farm Shop, Atworth, Sun 5 Nov
A fun-filled evening full of sparkle. Huddle around the toasty fire with a glass of mulled wine or a toffee apple and get ready for the star of the show…Their fabulous display of ‘no big bang’ fireworks is perfect for the whole family. Plus, they’ll be cooking up some tasty treats on the Big Green Egg, as well as a selection of lovely local tipples and plenty of other goodies. Gates open 5pm, bonfire lighting 6pm, fireworks 6:30pm.
Writing Comedy for Beginners, The Pheasant Inn, Salisbury, 6 Nov – 4 Dec
This course will take you from the fundamentals of why we laugh, all the way through to the hidden structure of jokes and sketches.
Magic and Mayhem Festival, Corsham, 7-12 Nov
Welcome to Magic & Mayhem Festival, an intoxicating blend of illusion, glamour, laughter, oddities and imagination. The Nights are dark, but the stage is bright…

Rambert Revealed, South Bank, London, Mon 6 – Sun 12 Nov

Rambert is one of my favourite dance companies so I’m excited about this week-long programme opening up the work of the company through performances, tours and workshops at their studios on London’s South Bank. New additions to this year’s programme include a live drawing session of company rehearsals and a residency from ERRATICA, who will spend a month at Rambert developing a prototype for a new interactive dance film installation. Can’t quite be bothered to go into London for the experience? Rambert Live will livestream of a day in the life of the company, so you can wear your leg warmers and langorously stretch out from the comfort of your sofa.

Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1, rambert.org.uk 

The Christmas Fair in the Cotswolds, Daylesford, Kingham, Mon 6 to Wed 8 Nov

Christmas fairs don’t get much more chi-chi than this one at Daylesford, home of all things chic. Who needs Notting Hill, eh? And being Daylesford, there are VIP options which come with gourmet canapés, champagne and complimentary tea, coffee and homemade cakes, with all the money from ticket sales going to the Wellness charity. There’s even a new Seedlings Day Crèche where you can drop your babies and toddlers (4 months to 4 years) and shop unencumbered. And what shopping there is to be had! The whole farm will transform into a pop-up marketplace of over 180 stands, each selling artisan goodies. Clear the credit card, it’s time to reload! daylesford.com

 

 

Diamond Masterclass by Shen London, Gidleigh Park Hotel, 7 Nov

Learn about high-end jewellery design and sourcing rare diamonds at this swish event by diamond gurus Shen London hosted by the impossibly luxurious Gidleigh Park. There’s bubbly and lunch and you can bring your own rocks for scrutiny. But I’m thinking new purchases! What with Christmas coming up and diamonds being a girl’s (and woman in her forties’) best friend. And, frankly, Shen’s Goddess Collection, which will be on display in all its glory, has my name on it. You hear that Mr Muddy? £89 per person including a 5-course two Michelin starred lunch.

 

Stick Man, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Wed 8 Nov

A sweet, award-winning stage version by Scamp Theatre of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book where a morning jog sees Stick Man becoming ‘fetch’ for a dog, part of a swan’s nest and, ahhh!, thrown on a fire! Will he ever get home to the family tree? A great mid-week treat toddlers. Show times, 1pm and 4.30pm. rosestheatre.org

 

Joan, Salisbury Playhouse, 9-11 Nov

An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, this play is a refreshing look at Joan of Arc – history’s greatest underdog. Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, Joan takes the stage as a gutsy gender warrior, dragging up as the men she’s defied. What happens when a disguise soon becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are? A fearless solo show, with uproarious songs, exploring what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone.

www.salisburyplayhouse.com

 

Maudie, Salisbury Arts Centre, 9 Nov

Sally Hawkins stars in the true story of 1930s Canadian artist Maud Lewis, who overcame crippling juvenile arthritis to create a distinctive style of folk art. Set against the windswept Canadian Coast line, this tenderly directed biopic focuses on her relationship with her reclusive husband and their life in a tiny cottage in which Maud would paint on any available surface.

www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk

 

Mitch Benn – Don’t Fear the Reaper, Salisbury Arts Centre, 10 Nov

It’s been a morbid time for “the country’s leading musical satirist” (The Times); he’s turned 46 – over the hill by anyone’s standards – his personal life is in turmoil, and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him… But is death anything to fear? And is it really the end? (Yes. Yes, it is, sorry!) Mitch confronts his – and YOUR – mortality with hilarious (and tuneful) consequences. Join him – it’s time you’re not getting back…

www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk

 

Finnish Rooftop Sauna, Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace, South Bank, Fri 10 Nov – Sat 30 Dec

woman sauna finnish

And now for something completely different. Why not warm up and unwind in a one-of-a-kind Finnish sauna experience in the heart of London? There’s a specially designed Nordic sauna that on the Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace, combining beautiful Nordic design with a bespoke artistic commission. If 90 degrees celsius is a bit sweaty for you, cool down in the open air (or with cold water buckets – go on, dare you!), while enjoying some stonking views of the Thames below.

southbankcentre.co.uk

 

London Jazz Festival, Fri 10 – Sun 19 Nov

One of the biggest jazz festivals in the world, with ten jam-packed days of international talent. This year the numbers are dizzying – more than 350 performances in 60 venues with many of the events free.

efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

 

Kids Arcade Fashion Pop Up, The Bull Hotel, Fairford, Fri 10 Nov, 1pm-3pm

Can’t find cool kidswear? Then get yourself along to this pop-up shopping event at the very lovely Bull Hotel where Kids Arcade are showcasing a super stylish selection of quality British and European online children’s labels. Shopping is so much more fun when you can touch, feel and size things up, especially when it comes to kids’ clothes when I never know what size to get. There’ll be complimentary champagne and nibbles too, so it’s a win, win afternoon. Email: rachel@kids-arcade.co.uk

War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome, to Sat 11 Nov

After young Albert’s beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped over to France during WW1, he sets off on a dangerous mission to find him and bring him home. Be prepared to shed a tear. We’ll be reviewing the show on opening night, so watch this space. Want to know how they created the horses? There’s a 2-hour family workshop on Sat 21 Oct.

 

Murder Mystery Night Down on the Farm, Cholderton Charlie’s, 11 Nov

Adults only this time ladies, for this fantastic night of Murder Mystery, with a three-course dinner.

choldertoncharliesfarm.com

 

Quedgeley Fireworks Display, Fishers Meadow, School Lane, Quedgeley, Sat 11 Nov, from 7pm

No worries if you missed all the fireworks action last weekend, there’s still some crackers lighting up the skies on Saturday 11 November in this hamlet outside Gloucester. Prices to be confirmed. Tel: 01452 721552

 

Hannah Ryggen, Modern Art Oxford, 11 Nov – 18 Feb 2018I’m always excited when Modern Art Oxford introduces a new exhibition and this one is going to be a corker. Hannah Ryggen was one of Scandinavia’s most outstanding artistic figures of the 20th century, an impassioned artist responding to the socio-political events of her time, from the the rise of fascism and the Nazi occupation of Norway, to nuclear power and media coverage of the Vietnam War. This is the first major presentation of the artist’s work in the UK and surveys her career from early portraiture through to the intricate tapestries that characterised her career from the 1920s onward. Don’t forget that Modern Art Oxford is free entry, and there’s a corker of a cafe on site too.

modernartoxford.org.uk

 

The Nutcracker, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sun 12 Nov

A Christmas season staple, this performance by the Russian National Ballet will transport you to a fairy-tale world where everyone is happy and good triumphs over evil. Not to be missed, especially as it’s the first time the Russian National Ballet has visited The Roses. rosestheatre.org

 

As You Like It, Oxford Playhouse, Tue 14 – Sat 18 Nov

Shakespeare is for life, not just jaunty summer productions. Former Oxford Playhouse resident company Shared Experience bring Shakespeare’s much-loved romantic comedy to the theatre. It’s a modern setting for this production, just in case that sways you either way.

Oxford Playhouse, 11-12 Beaumont St, Oxford, oxfordplayhouse.com

 

The Ladykillers, Salisbury Playhouse, to 18 Nov

When Mrs Wilberforce puts a sign in her newsagent’s window advertising ‘A Room to Let’ she’s delighted when the mysterious Professor Marcus proclaims it perfect for rehearsing his unorthodox string quintet. However, she soon discovers that she is not making tea for a motley band of musicians but harbouring a gang of hardened criminals and conmen planning the great King’s Cross Train Robbery! As his masterplan goes off the rails, and the bodies drop onto them, it begins to dawn on the Professor that, in Mrs Wilberforce (and General Gordon, her extraordinary featherless parrot), he may have finally met his match.

www.salisburyplayhouse.com

 

 

Dark Arts, Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios, London until Sun 12 Nov


Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios are brilliant at ringing the changes with their events and for this one the Great Hall will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, just as seen as in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, along with a table laden with a Halloween feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops. Kids can also delve into the sinister world of the Dark Art – wand combat techniques and Death Eater duels as well as filmmaking snot, blood and drool. Er, nice! wbstudiotour.co.uk

 

The Wipers Times, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 13 to Sat 18 Nov

An amazing, and true, story about a satirical newspaper created by two officers from a bombed-out building in Belgium during the First World War. Stationed in Ypres (pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discovered a printing press and decided to put together a subversively funny newspaper to lift the spirits of the troops. A West End recruit penned by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, the pair will be at the theatre following the Tuesday evening performance for a Q&A session. everymantheatre.org.uk

 

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, Sat  18 Nov – 4 Feb

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, wbstudiotour.co.uk

 

NT Live: Follies, Salisbury Arts Centre, 16 Nov

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production.

www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk

 

Living Crafts for Christmas, Blenheim Palace,  16 – 19 Nov

The first of the big crafty events that we’re about to bombarded with over the next 6 weeks. This one is more pleasurable than most – more than 150 British designer-makers showcasing their craft in the Churchill and Marlborough Pavilions in the Great Court. Millinery, ceramics, studio glass, leather work, sculpture, textile crafts, photography, toys and puzzles and all that jazz. If you’re looking for a good pub afterwards, head into Woodstock to The Woodstock Arms or The Crown, I’ve eaten in both and can totally recommend.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxon, blenheimpalace.com

 

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival, Fri 17 – Sun 19 Nov

Oooh, sparkly lights! This free festival will be taking over the city’s streets and open spaces for three days, with the newly opened Westgate Oxford (let us worship) as one of the main venues, along with Oxford Castle quarter, Gloucester Green and Broad Street. The Westgate will be hosting art installations, and will also form part of the route taken through the city as part of the popular lantern parade. Expect street artists, outdoor exhibitions, markets, music and dance throughout the weekend.

oxfordschristmas.com

 

Peter and the Wolf, Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, Sat 18 Nov

Featuring animal antics of singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, and a rocking wolf this production features new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic – including real musical vegetables (the mind boggles) plus puppetry and physical comedy for kids 4+.

The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park, Spiceball Park Rd, Banbury, themillartscentre.co.uk

 

The Roses’ Christmas Market, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sat 18 Nov

Following its success last year, this second outing for the theatre’s Christmas market will see loads of lovely stalls selling gifts, local produce and affordable art which will help you nail your Christmas shopping. There’ll be food and drink too, as well as festive carol singing. rosestheatre.org

 

Angel Making Workshop, Marlborough, 18 Nov

Mandy Mander is back at Elements of Avebury with her wonderful Angel workshop. Learn how to make a gorgeous Angel. Using silver plated wire, Mandy will carefully show you how to make this amazing Angel, and then she will be yours to keep!

elementsofavebury.co.uk

 

Christmas Through the Ages, Avebury, 22 Nov

Have you ever wondered how Christmas was celebrated in Tudor times, or wanted to wander back through memory lane to see Christmas in the 1930’s? Be the first to see Avebury Manor decorated for Christmas throughout the ages. Each room in Avebury Manor is set in a different period, reflecting the lives of people who lived here from the 16th century to the early 20th century.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury

 

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – A Jazz-Age Inspired Christmas, American Museum in Britain, 23 Nov – 17 Dec

Get a wiggle on to the American Museum in Britain this winter for a party like no other. Party through the ages in their period rooms and discover what Americans did to let their hair down in days gone by. The jewel in the crown is the dazzling Central Hall Christmas tree, bedecked in decadent decorations, glorious glitz, and Gatsby-esque glamour of the 1920’s. Whether you’re a dancing dame or a fancy fella, our Jazz Age inspired Christmas is set to be the swankiest soirée in town!

americanmuseum.org

 

Fast Love – A Tribute To George Michael, Melksham, 23 Nov

Get ready for an unforgettable evening with a global superstar, as he puts the Boom Boom into your heart in the all new production for 2017.

www.melkshamtown.co.uk

 

Salisbury Christmas Market, 23 Nov – 22 Dec

Salisbury Christmas Market returns to the heart of the beautiful city of Salisbury for its sixth consecutive year. This year sees a mixture of new and returning exhibitors who will be housed in German style wooden chalets.

salisburychristmasmarket.co.uk

 

Middle Eastern Supper Club, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Fri 24 Nov

Warm up with this Middle Eastern-themed supper club at the lovely Harts Barn Cookery School. Falafels, baba ganoush, flatbreads and roasted red pepper houmous for starts, Turkish spiced chicken, grilled aubergines, couscous and freekeh salad for main, and apricot almond cake and rose Turkish delight for pud. I’m salivating! hartsbarncookeryschool.co.uk

 

Russian State Ballet – The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet, Swindon, 21-22 Nov

Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back with this vibrant, breath-taking and enchanting ballet production, which will be a feast for the eyes and will delight the whole family.

swindontheatres.co.uk

 

Black Swan Arts Open 2017, Frome, to Weds 29 Nov

Browse and buy contemporary original art selected from over 900 entries by judges including writer and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup and Dea Vanagan, director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset. This is the fifteenth year of the annual competition. Everything’s for sale, priced from £90 to £12,000. Go Weds for the preview night and enjoy live music and DJs.

 

Romeo and Juliet, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 21–Sat 25 Nov

The English National Ballet won Outstanding Company at the 2016 National Dance Award, so we’re expecting great things from their version of their world’s greatest love story.  Review coming up.

 

Dick Whittington And His Cat, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Fri 24 Nov to Sun 7 Jan, 2018

It’s panto time! And Tweedy the Clown returns to the Everyman stage with his comic-book licks and tricks in this year’s show, Dick Whittington And His Cat, who travels from Gloucester to London in search of his fortune. Expect the usual high jinx and laughs. everymantheatre.org.uk

 

Cheltenham Christmas lights switch on, Sat 25 Nov

Who needs Oxford Street when you’ve got Cheltenham’s Christmas lights switch on? I have to say there’s something chic and discreet about the lit-up trees which makes me proud to hail from the Regency town. There’ll be the annual Christmas market to mooch around, too, so it’s the perfect place to get yourself in the mood a month before the big day.

 

Roller Disco, Melksham, 25 Nov

Let’s get them skates back on and get back down to Melksham Assembly Hall. With skate hire available, and friendly skate marshals and instructors on hand to help.

 

 

Judy Pfaff: Roots Up, Messums Wiltshire, Tisbury, until Sun 26 Nov

Judy Pfaff’s Roots Up exhibition, which also features paintings and drawings by her, is the first one American Pfaff has held in the UK.  There has been two years of preparation for the exhibition, it will take three weeks to install and the installation process is being recorded and documented as it happens. messumswiltshire.com

 

A Christmas Carol, Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Wed 29 Nov to Fri 8 Dec

The perfect outing to get you in the mood for Christmas! Dickens’ touching tale of the transformation of Ebeneezer Scrooge through the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future is brought to the stage by Split Second Productions, who are regulars at Gloucestershire’s most historic castle, which is possibly home to a few ghosts itself. berkeley-castle.com

 

Softer: Jenny Holzer Exhibition at Blenheim Palace, until Sun 31 Dec

dark art gallery installation blue and purple lights two silhouettes of bodies

The fourth artist to to showcase contemporary art at Blenheim Palace (my kids still talk about Ai Wei Wei back in 2015), Holzer will be creating new work directly addressing our military and political history – eeek! For this show she’s developing large-scale light projections that will transform the Formal Gardens after dark in a series of night time public events. Sounds cool right? Plus visitors can also explore more meditative areas featuring examples of Holzer’s best known work. blenheimpalace.com

 

 

Whales Beneath the Surface
■  Natural History Museum
, London SW7  ■ to Feb 2018

A major new exhibition exploring the extraordinary life of whales. Dive through one of the world’s most compelling evolutionary journeys in this family exhibitionwhen more than 100 specimens from the Museum’s collection will be on display together for the first time, from parts of a colossal blue whale to a small harbour porpoise. Travel back 50 million years to the beginning of the evolution of the whale. See how whales became sociable, aquatic mammals, some of which can communicate over vast distances.

■ Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD. nhm.ac.uk 

 

Christmas at Kew, Kew Gardens, London, Weds 22 Nov –  1 Jan 2018

Such a brilliant time to visit Kew as they do the Crimbo thing so well with it one mile sparkling path winding its way through the world-famous Gardens. This year they promise a million twinkling lights, Singing Trees, ribbons of light and a flickering Fire Garden, plus Father C and his elves at the North Pole Village, vintage fairground rides (a fee for that one) and shopping. Worth going with the fam.

kew.org


Messiah at the Tower of London, 10 Nov

A slightly strange combination, but kind of intriguing. First performed in 1742 Handel’s Messiah is one of the most famous works of classical music ever written, and er, The Tower of London is well famous too! Actually, the concert takes place in the intimate Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula within the Tower, a similar sized venue to when the original was performed.

hrp.org.uk

 

 Modigliani, Tate Modern, 23 Nov 2017 – 2 April 2018

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is going to be a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.

Ghost Tours, Hampton Court, selected dates from 5 Nov – Jan 2018

Want to petrify your kids? Course you do! There are Family Tours on 5 Nov at 6.30 (and also 7 Jan 2018, but seriously I’m not even thinking next year yet!).  It’s a 75-90 minute  walking tour hearing stories of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activity Minimum age is 8 years and a maximum of 3 children per accompanying adult.

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, hrp.org.uk

 

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