If you’re wondering where to go on holiday in November, let us help with this list of fantastic November events taking place all month long in some of the best UK destinations. These annual festivals are worth the trip.
There’s an excitement in the air at this time of year. Christmas is not far off, the smell of bonfires and toasted marshmallows wafts through the streets and party season is upon us. From the bright lights of the floats at Glastonbury Chilkwell Carnival to the tempting treats at ChocFest, you’ll be spoilt for choice for where to go in November. There’s no shortage of great things to do in these top November holiday destinations.
When you’re visiting one of these seasonal sensations, book a rental with Holiday Lettings and explore the local area at the same time. Whatever your taste and budget, it’s easy to find the perfect place. And as November isn’t peak holiday season, you’re likely to get a lot more for your money!
Join Light Up Lancaster on a family-friendly trail of discovery and enjoy the transformation of the city into a magical installation of light. Catch free performances dotted amongst secret squares and well-known buildings, and experience captivating light projections, amazing performances, music, dance, film and fireworks.
The performances and installations in the city centre are all free. On the Saturday evening, watch the amazing firework display, launched from the top of Lancaster Castle and viewable from the official viewing areas. When you’re deciding where to go on holiday in November, Light Up Lancaster is one reason to put this city at the top of your list .
This award-winning carnival really needs to be seen to be believed! The dazzling display is Europe’s biggest illuminated Carnival Parade makes Bridgwater one of the best holiday destinations in November, and it recently won the Gold award in the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Excellence Awards for Tourism Event and Festival of the Year 2016/17. When it comes to November events, this festival is a firm favourite.
From 10am onwards, there’ll be live music on three stages in the town centre, with street theatre, samba bands and majorettes performing in the High Street. The Wells City Band and Somerset Songbirds will be entertaining audiences in St Mary’s Church. Plus, there’ll be children’s dance and lantern parades so there really is something for everyone.
This historic event taking place in the scenic town of Edenbridge, Kent, has been drawing visitors from far and wide since 1928. A carnival parade of floats and walking parties proceeds through Edenbridge High Street before the big firework party at the recreation ground. Here, huge effigies of Guy Fawkes and a special guest celebrity guy go up in flames. Last year it was none other than Donald Trump! Who will it be this year?
The celebrations continue well into the night at the recreation ground, where you’ll find stalls, fairground rides and much, much more. So, if you’re looking to fill your calendar with November events, the Edenbridge Bonfire Night is one not to be missed. More details on www.edenbridgebonfire.co.uk
This high-octane event is just what you need to blow the cobwebs away in November. The Skegness beach race is now entering its seventh year and is one the UK’s largest off-road events, attracting thousands of visitors from far and wide. With races for solos, quads and sidecars, this exciting seaside event is not to be missed.
Spectating is free and there’ll be a fantastic range of trade stands and delicious food options on offer. Skegness is perfect for holidays in November and this thrilling event is all the more reason to go.
Now here’s a November event to make a song and dance about! This choral festival in the beautiful Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year so 2017 is set to be better than ever. The festival welcomes choirs from all over the world and offers six competition categories: Male Voice, Youth, Ladies, Just for Fun, Barbershop Style and Mixed Voice. Expect an exciting range of choral singing at this three-day celebration.
Other highlights include workshops, concerts, community performances and more. Llandudno is one of the best holiday destinations in November, so warm up those vocal chords and head to Wales for a humdinger of a holiday!
Taking place in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Ceredigion, Wales, this six-day event is a must for any horror fan. It’s the only horror festival in Wales and is a member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, so expect a packed schedule of events as fantastic as they are frightening.
The festival line-up includes new, big-budget horror films as well as independent films and much-loved classics. Each year, a short film competition is held, showcasing horror and fantasy short films from all over the world. In addition to film screenings, the festival regularly features concerts, theatre shows and masterclasses. For more information, please visit www.abertoir.co.uk
For the fifth year running, the UK’s largest light festival returns to Durham. Landmark locations across the city include the cathedral, the castle and the historic Miners’ Hall at Redhills. Artists Pablo Valbuena (Spain), Hannah Fox (UK) and Shared Space and Light (UK) will respond to these unique locations with bold and captivating new work, created in collaboration with a broad range of local people, from Durham Cathedral’s bell ringers to the hidden heroes of the public sector.
The nights may be drawing in, but Lumiere Durham is sure to light up your life with its inspiring installations. Looking for the best things to do in November? This festival is definitely a contender.
This uplifting festival is a must for any mountain enthusiast. With a packed programme of films, debates, literature talks and stories of exploration, you won’t fail to be inspired. Highlights include special guests, such as climber, Adam Ondra, and world record breaking cyclist, Mark Beaumont.
The Kendal Mountain Festival works hard to be inclusive and make everyone feel welcome. They will be holding a Parent and Baby Film Screening event and a Dementia Friendly Film Screening too. There’s also childcare available over the weekend. What more are you waiting for? Unleash your adventurous side this November with a stay near the Kendal Mountain Festival. For more information, please visit www.mountainfest.co.uk
The ever-popular Oxford Christmas Light Festival launches this university city’s festive season. Conveniently taking place a month before Christmas, the magical event makes Oxford one of the best places to go on holiday in November. And this year, there’s a global theme celebrating the diversity, history and connections of Oxford. The World in Oxford hosts an extraordinary collection of illuminated and interactive installations in and around old and new buildings and public spaces – all free to visit and explore.
Over 400 young people from schools and community groups with be taking part in the spectacular lantern parade on Friday evening. This year’s theme is taken from international stories and writers. Mr Wilson’s Second Liners brass band will be accompanying them through the city. And, on reaching Westgate Oxford, they’ll be joined by other bands for a rousing, multi-storey finale.
When it comes to the best November events, Oban’s multiple-award-winning festival should definitely be high on your list. There’s so much to do here, you’ll want to come back year after year. Find some fantastic gifts at the Victorian Market, have a go at skating on the ice rink, enjoy some live comedy and music, or maybe dance the night away to a ceilidh band.
Children will love making noise at the music workshops, while grown-ups can relax with a coffee and cake at one of the pretty cafes along the bay. And if you fancy a ‘wee dram’ to warm yourself on a chilly day, the whisky distillery is well worth a visit. The Reindeer Parade and Christmas lights switch on will have visitors of all ages getting into the Christmas spirit.
This fascinating festival in Clovelly, North Devon, is a celebration of the humble herring. Learn about the village’s history of harvesting herring (which goes back over 400 years) and today’s sustainable fishing methods. Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, will be presenting his ‘Kipperland’ exhibition, devoted to the history of the herring.
Other highlights of the festival include kipper tastings, local beer and food stalls, street entertainment, live music, face-painting and children’s craft activities. Cosy up at a Clovelly rental this November and enjoy a Cornish holiday by the sea.
Music fanatics wondering where to go on holiday in November, look no further. You’ve probably all heard of the world-famous Glastonbury music festival, but Glastonbury’s other fabulous festival is gaining in popularity every year. Measuring up to 100 feet long (11ft wide and 16.5ft high), the illuminated carnival floats really need to be seen to be believed. Expect the unexpected with floats featuring everything from polar bears and dancing UV skeletons to cowgirls and fire-breathing dragons!
This jaw-dropping spectacle is free with any donations going to local charities. So, you can have fun and donate to some worthwhile causes at the same time. With so many other things to do in Glastonbury, you’ll want to make a holiday of it. Glastonbury Tor and the Wookey Hole Caves are just a couple of the fantastic nearby attractions.
If you thought Melton Mowbray was just about perfect pork pies, think again! The town is the place to be for all chocolate lovers this November when the annual ChocFest event returns. There will be tastings, demonstrations, talks, workshops and plenty of chocolate to buy from some of the UK’s best local producers.
If you’re feeling the chill, treat yourself to a rich and creamy hot chocolate or a spicy mulled wine. Why not get some Christmas present shopping done at one of the many stalls while you’re there? Choose from macarons, wine, cake, mead, beer, champagne and much, much more! So, if you’re looking for a pre-Christmas getaway, make Melton Mowbray your November holiday destination and enjoy a chocolate extravaganza.
Vintage fashion, fine foods and seasonal crafts share centre stage with some of the world’s greatest writers over the Hay Festival Winter Weekend. Taking place in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, beneath the Black Mountains and on the banks of the River Wye, the festival offers four days of family fun. Hay’s independent bookshops, cafés and markets are perfect for Christmas shopping – and just a stone’s throw from the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Blending literary conversation, immersive performances and family workshops with the best of the town’s seasonal shopping, Hay should be a destination of choice if you’re wondering where to go in November.
This free community event is packed full of attractions that will keep everyone entertained for hours this November. The fun fair is always a big hit with visitors and children will be more than happy with magic tricks, clowns, Punch and Judy show and jugglers. And with over 100 food, craft and charity stalls on site, they’ll be plenty of opportunities to start your Christmas shopping, too.
Santa’s Grotto will be back in the warmth of the Library from 11am – 3pm, so younger children can read Father Christmas their present list in person! If you’re looking for things to do in November and want to make a holiday of it, why not book a break in Wokingham?