There’s a lot of buzz around Summer. While it’s undoubtedly true that lounging on sun-soaked sand is an incredible experience, real connoisseurs of the seasons know that Autumn is when Britain really shines. When a crisp freshness enters the morning air and you hear the crunch of leaves underfoot. When the sky is alight with the colours of Bonfire Night and the festive warmth of the Christmas season starts to descend.
In November, Britain is awash with incredible events, fantastic festivals and more adventures than one nation deserves. Here at Snaptrip, we want to make sure you enjoy the very best of them. That’s why we’ve scoured our stunning shores to help answer the question – what’s on in November?
If you see anywhere you like, why not make a trip of it, with one of the best holiday cottages in the UK? If you’ve left everything a little late but are still dreaming of an unforgettable November getaway – worry not! Take a look at the best last-minute cottages in the UK.
Mid Wales Real Ale Wobble
When: 16th, 10am onwards
Where: Powys, Mid Wales
Best for: A sporting event like no other
Beer, burgers and a scenic cycle through the Mid Wales hills. Do we really need to say more? Whether you’re a fan of cycling, scenery, or, let’s be honest, getting just a little ‘wobbly’ as sporting events go, the Real Ale wobble is about as fun as they come. The day starts at 10am, as you set off on a gorgeous and relatively easy route through some of Wales’ most appealing woodland courses.
Along the way, you’ll stop for two servings of ravishing real ale, as well as a variety of food points. At the finish line, you’ll be greeted by yet another well-deserved helping of locally brewed real ale. Of course, the fun and the booze doesn’t stop there. The party continues into the evening, with an extensive variety of local food, drink and entertainment being provided on both Friday and Saturday.
Find out more about the Real Ale Wobble
Lewes Bonfire Night
When: 5th, 17:00 onwards
Where: Lewes, East Sussex
Best for: An incredible atmosphere
If there’s one night of the year when it’s not tricky to find something to do, it’s November 5th. Across the country, the sky is alive with dancing colour, while the excitement and wood smoke fills the air. Wherever you are, there’s sure to be a fantastic fireworks display nearby. If you’re set on a Snaptrip favourite, however, we don’t think anywhere does bonfire night quite like Lewes.
Probably the most famous firework show in England, this Sussex town doesn’t stop at lights in the sky. Bonfire night in Lewes has become famous for its electric atmosphere, and almost pagan feel, as performers and residents, dress up and burn religious and cultural effigies. In previous years, Lewes has set fire to the likes of the Luftwaffe bombers and controversial politicians.
Find out more about Lewes Bonfire Night
Glasgow’s Whisky Festival
Where: Hampden Park, Glasgow
Best for: Finding your spirit
“Whisky,” said the playwright Bernard Shaw, “is liquid sunshine.” If anywhere has the tools to convince you he was right, it’s here; an award-winning whisky festival, in the birthplace of scotch.
Glasgow’s Whisky Festival is an event which sells itself. There’ll be over 70 stands featuring all kinds of incredible spirits, going beyond whisky this year to serve up world-class gin, rum and more. Now in their tenth year, organisers say they’re going above and beyond, promising to make 2019 and extra special year for spirit drinkers. How, you ask? Well, they’re keeping their cards close to their chest on this one. We guess you’ll have to head down to find out.
Find out more about Glasgow’s Whisky Festival
Winchester Christmas Lantern Procession
When: 28th, 17:30 onwards
Where: Cathedral Outer Close, Winchester
Best for: Starting to feel the Christmas spirit
If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to get into the Christmas spirit, this wonderful Winchester parade is the event for you. Life doesn’t get more wholesome than this. Stand and watch, as a twinkling crowd of paper and willow lanterns moves through Winchester’s cobbled streets.
Get ready to leave the everyday behind, and wander onto the front of a traditional Christmas card, as the warm glow of candlelight flickers off store windows, and the gorgeous hum of carols in the air. The parade will move from Winchester cathedral through the Outer Close. Afterwards, the family fun will finish in style with a fantastic firework display.
If you feel the spirit of Christmas overcoming you and fancy becoming part of the procession, don’t hold back. If you haven’t already got your own, Bella Crafts in Winchester will help you make your own lantern and make this a festive season to remember.
Find out more about the Winchester Christmas Lantern Procession
Cornwall Film Festival
When: 15th to the 17th
Where: Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay, Cornwall
Best for: Every kind of film lover
The problem with most film festivals is that they only appeal to a small part of the population. They have a tendency to focus on a specific kind of movie that not everyone will enjoy. Well, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to this one.
Whether you like your films short or long, new or old, aesthetically appealing or filled with explosions, Cornwall Film Festival has it all. What’s more, there are various ticket options available, meaning you can tailor the amount you pay to the films you want to see.
Alongside the movies, they’ll be lectures, Q&As, screenwriting sessions, and for filmmakers, an unmissable opportunity to make valuable industry contacts. Best of all, once the day’s screenings are done, the party begins, as Newquay gives its guests plenty to do until late into the night.
Find out more about the Cornwall Film Festival
Chester Literature Festival
When: 9th to the 30th
Best for: Lovers of the written word
Don your reading specs and have your bookmark to hand, as you prepare to join the high-brow chatter in the heart of Chester. Every year, aspiring writers, famous authors and outspoken lovers of the written word descend on the old Roman city for 21 days of workshops, readings, Q&As, discussions and, of course, book signings.
This year, for the festival’s 30th anniversary, the impressive array of guests includes Armistead Maupin, Michael Morpurgo and TV presenter Nadiya Hussain. For an extra piece of Snaptrip advice, in amongst the many mouthwatering food stalls, keep an eye out for the Poetry Takeaway Van. This incredibly inventive pop-up serves up personalised, made-to-order poems for passing patrons.
Find out more about the Chester Literature Festival
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
When: 15th to the 24th
Where: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Best for: Being inspired
For ten days, this popular university town becomes one of the most important places in the world for new music. This incredible music festival aims to provide life-changing artistic experiences for as many people as possible.
Consisting of over 50 diverse events, you’ll find concerts, music, theatres, dance, multi-media performances and film screenings. They’ll be talks from some of the world’s most distinguished performers, and workshops to inspire and improve musicians of all ages and abilities. If you’re an aspiring musician, or a lover of a great tune, from mid to late November, there’s no better place to be.
Find out more about Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival