November can be a tricky month for days out as lots of attractions close for winter after half term. We still like to get out for walks in the countryside and enjoy misty views and muddy footpaths, although the kids aren’t always as keen! I’ve rounded up some other suggestions below which I hope you’ll find useful.
1. Lord Mayor’s Show, London
This free event is held on Saturday 8 November. The day starts with a river pageant at 8.30am, followed by the Lord Mayor’s procession at 11am and finishes with fireworks at 5.15pm, a flyer with full details can be downloaded here. The procession has over 7000 participants including 150 horses and a bathtub. The fireworks are evidently one of London’s most spectacular displays and as I’ll already be in town that day I’m hoping to see them.
2. Firework displays, nationwide
Almost every town and many villages will have a bonfire and firework display, some on 5 November but plenty on the weekends either side. A couple of the biggest include the free displays at Roundhay Park in Leeds and Glasgow Green on Wednesday 5 November.
3. Family maths events, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
Bletchley Park and Maths on Toast are holding half day drop-in events on Saturday 8, 15 and 22 November aimed at encouraging primary school children and their parents to have fun with maths. The sessions include code breaking, a festival of triangles and playing games. Further details can be found here. An adult entrance ticket to Bletchley Park costs £15, children under 12 are free.
4. Remembrance Sunday, IWM Duxford, Camridgeshire
The museum at IWM Duxford is centred around Britain’s best preserved World War II airfield. Entrance is free to everyone on Sunday 9 November as the museum remembers those who have lost their lives in service. Special remembrance themed family activities are taking place throughout the museum and there will be a service and 2 minute silence at 11am.
5. Star gazing, Talybont-on-Usk, Powys
I happened to see a flyer for this event whilst on holiday locally and am rather jealous that I won’t be around for it. Taking place on Friday 28 November you’ll be able to visit a planetarium, go on a guided star walk and look through some large telescopes. Tickets are £8 for adults, £6 for children. Just keep your fingers crossed for clear skies! Further details can be found here.
6. Studland’s Big Geocache week, Dorset
Running from Saturday 22 November to Sunday 30 November this free event organised by the National Trust invites you to find hidden geocaches across the Studland area. Pick up a GPS device from the Knoll Beach Office and get out and enjoy some sea air this November.
7. C.S. Lewis Festival, Belfast
I’d always associated C.S. Lewis with Oxford so I was surprised to learn he was born in Belfast and spent much of his childhood there. To celebrate, the city is holding the C.S. Lewis festival from Thursday 20-Sunday 23 November with events for both adults and families. I particularly like the sound of the magical wardrobe making workshop!
8. London to Brighton Veteran car run
On Sunday 2 November 500 pre-1905 cars will (hopefully) make the 60 mile journey from Hyde Park, London along the A23 to Brighton. I’ve watched this on several occasions and it’s great to see such old cars out on the road; evidently around 80% reach the finish under their own steam. A spectators map can be found here.
9. Awesomewatch Family Trail, Leighton Moss, Lancashire
Have you been been viewing Autumnwatch 2014 on BBC2? We have and now know the difference between divers and dabblers (different duck activities)! This year it’s filmed at RSPB Leighton Moss and from Saturday 1-Sunday 30 November you can pick up a self led ‘Awesomewatch Family Trail’ to discover wildlife around the reserve.
10. Christmas markets, nationwide
Writing this in October I’m rather hesitant to include Christmas events so early yet my kids keep reminding me it’s not far away. Many of the Christmas markets open in November, including Birmingham which starts on Thursday 13 November. These have really taken off in the last few years and Birmingham now has the biggest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria with over 5 million visitors expected during the event. You’ll also find markets in cities such as Manchester, Edinburgh and Winchester.
This comes to the end of my November round up. As usual I hope you’ve found something of interest, if you have any more suggestions please do leave a comment.