Your guide to November
This month’s top UK events worth braving the cold for
Bonfire Night isn’t the only event in November worth braving the cold for. There are tons of things going on across the UK this month, guaranteed to have you popping on your scarf and getting the whole family out the door.
One for the fashionistas in the family, this month will see Somerset House open its doors to the much-anticipated exhibition, North: Fashioning Identity. Showcasing works from a host of renowned designers (Paul Smith, Gareth Pugh and Corinne Day to name a few), the exhibition explores the themes and tropes we see in visions of northern England – from fashion and contemporary photography to multimedia experiences – and takes a look at why the region continues to be such a style inspiration.
The British Pet Show is a day for all of the family – you can even bring the pooch along too and sit front row at a dog show. There’ll be something there for every type of animal lover. Take a class or watch a display and meet a host of critters and characters, with everything from meerkats and armadillos to alpacas, horses, snakes and even birds of prey. There will be tons of shows taking part indoors too, so the day will be a hoot whatever the weather.
Formerly Bath Film Festival, FilmBath is at the heart of cinema in Bath and is the ultimate event for movie buffs. Taking place across a mix of locations across the city will be everything from family films to compelling shorts to documentary features and the IMDb Awards. Start planning you must-watch list now and have you popcorn at the ready.
The definitive showcase of the capital’s best restaurants, top chefs and leading food and drink brands, Taste of London (the winter edition) is back at east end’s Tobacco Dock. Each November the atmospheric setting is transformed into a foodie wonderland, where you can spend the evening sampling tantalizing street food, warming up with a festive tipple, taking part in a masterclass or learning from a top chef. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it.
Organised by New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge and Kettle’s Yard, this exciting exhibition takes a close look at female artists. Through the work of Anthea Hamilton (Turner Prize nominee 2016), the panel (consisting of Hamilton herself, Valeria Napoleone, Caroline Douglas and Eliza Gluckman) will discuss artists, collections and models of support through patronage, commissioning and collecting. A true treat for any art lover.
Returning for a weekend this November is the New Road Vintage & Collectors Market. A trove of second hand treasures, it brings back the traditional market vibe to Brighton, with a mix of stalls. You’re sure to find something special, whether you’re looking for furniture, original art, bric-a-brac or some vintage threads. Don’t forget your Sainsbury’s bag for life!