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26 brilliant things to do this November

Naughty November! From a mood-busting night run to a rather indulgent chocolate fest as well as headline comedy acts (yes, including Russell Brand!) here's your curated guide to the best of Leics and Rutland

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Curve, 9 – 13 Nov (rescheduled start date)

Step through the wardrobe into the enchanted kingdom of Narnia. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and embark on a magical adventure in a frozen, faraway land and meet the noble king of Narnia, Aslan, and The White Witch (starring Samantha Womack).

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And how can we forget Diwali – the festival of lights on Nov 4! Celebrating the start of the Hindu New Year, head to the city’s Golden Mile to enjoy festivities, dance shows, a fire garden and of course the Diwali Village where you can tuck into festive food stalls and let the kids enjoy the fun fair rides.

Fireworks Evening at LCCC, 5 Nov 

Plugging itself as one of the biggest in the city, expect a spectacular fireworks, light and laser show. There will also be a funfair, food stalls including candyfloss, toffee apple and a sweet stall and more. From 5.30. Adults £9 , under 3’s go free. Gates and fair open from 5pm and display kicks off from 7.30pm.

Bonfire Night, Abbey Park, 6 Nov

Be dazzled by Leicester’s biggest bonfire and firework display at the city’s largest venue. The lighting of the bonfire and main display is always a spectacular sight – with a quieter firework show perfect for the younger audience. Watch the skies light up at this annual family event, with a programme of live entertainment, funfair and plenty of warming food stalls. Adults £10 and under 4’s go free.

Rutland Lions Fireworks Display, Rutland Showground, 6 Nov

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Expect two fabulous displays a buzzing bar, hot food, light novelties and this year, FREE children’s rides.

The Winter Wolf Run, Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, 6-7 Nov

Designed for the hardiest of you as a demanding step up embracing the harsh bite of Winter. The once refreshing streams and lakes become brutal and challenging with the ice cold water. Brrrr! Dare you take the challenge? Friends and family can cheer you on in the heated marquees.

Swan Lake, Loughborough Town Hall, 7 Nov

If it’s a ballet you need to feel festive this time of year, then enjoy the Russian National Ballet’s Swan Lake on 7 Nov. For something completely different, book to see the intelligent, always provocative and entertaining comedian, Omid Djalili on his Good Times Tour on the 9 Nov. 

What’s Love Got To Do With It? De Montfort Hall, 7 Nov

Tina Turner fans will have the time of their lives watching What’s Love Got To Do With It? which celebrates the music and 60-year career of this incredible rock and soul legend. Then, on 13 Nov you can celebrate over 20 years of British singer, Gabrielle on her Rise Tour. Catch her play songs from the album, along with other iconic hits. Carry on the nostalgia and celebrate the late, great Whitney Houston in Queen of the Night on 21 Nov.

Rutland NightWalk, 11 Nov

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Each November hundreds of walkers descend on Rutland Water to enjoy our 10km course. Starting and finishing at one of Rutland’s most recognisable landmarks, Normanton Church which will be beautifully illuminated making it visible throughout the whole course. The route is completely traffic free and is even dog-friendly and safe for everyone aged 15 and over. Walk entry £16

Rutland NightRun, 12-13 Nov

Like the Nightwalk, the event will run in a similar way to the NightRun but this time, you can enjoy a 10km run and choose to run on either evening. Open to all abilities and you don’t even need to race to enjoy the atmosphere. Run entry £22.

The Snowman and The Snowdog™, Newarke Houses, 13 Nov

This brand new free exhibition will be displaying more than 40 original illustrations from the much-loved film, as well as behind-the-scenes drawings and preparatory sketches. These give a fascinating insight into the creative processes that brought The Snowman™ back to life for a new generation of viewers. There’s a special family event on the opening Saturday with snow themed crafts, trails and other fun activities!

Choc Fest and Pie Fest, Melton Mowbray, 13 – 14 Nov

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If you can’t think of nothing better than gorging on chocolate, then book tickets to the annual ChocFest in Melton Mowbray. Yes it’s back this year and is actually running on the same dates as PieFest. Why not kill two birds with one stone so once you’ve scoffed enough pies, dive into chocolate beer, pizza, kebabs (yes, really) and more.

Autumn Retreat Day, The Mill Wellbeing Centre, 14 Nov

Need to get your zen on? Then get ready to reconnect and reclaim your energy through yoga, sound and meditation at The Mill Wellbeing and Birth  Centre nr Duddington on 14 Nov. Expect a gentle, mindful yoga, a healing session, a drumming meditation, a delicious vegan lunch and more. After a bumpy few months, this retreat will help you feel totally blissed out and ready to slide into winter with grace and ease. Book here.

Russell Brand, De Montfort Hall, 14 Nov

What have we learned and not learned about the last 18 months and how do you get back to normal if you’ve never been normal – cue Russell Brand in all his LOL glory!

Peony and Pine Pop up , John Lewis, Leics. 15 -21 Nov

This fabulous local luxury candle brand is popping up at John Lewis for one whole week. Fill up your bags with festive scented candles, diffusers, wax melts and more. We’re loving the wax melt Advent Calendar.

Nina Conti De Montfort Hall, 17 Nov

British Comedy Award winner Nina Conti is back on tour! The quick-thinking queen of ventriloquism brings you her pioneering new dating show. She’ll be like Cilla Black with masks. Derailed. There’s no promise that true love will be found, but a firm guarantee that big laughs will be had in the reign of this voice-throwing queen.

Leicester Christmas Lights Switch On, 18 Nov

This year the festive event is actually taking place all over the city. There will be a festive Funfair, street art on Gallowtree Gate, the nativity scene and tableau scene in Town Hall Square, a Christmas Canteen and cinema in the Green Dragon Square, the Wheel of Light will be in operation on Jubilee Square and an art installation in Orton Square. From 5-8pm the lights will be switched on at 5.30pm.

Market Harborough Christmas Lights Switch On, 19 Nov

There’s a whole host of festive events to get you in the mood for a happy holiday, starting with the spectacular turning on of the Christmas lights, a buzzing Christmas market and of course, Late Night Shopping and it all kicks off  with the lights being turned on from 6pm.

War of the Worlds Dinner, Nat Space Centre, 20 Nov

To mark the 155th birthday of the grandfather of science fiction, H.G. Wells, the National Space Centre is hosting a steam-powered celebration with food, music and more! Enjoy a cocktail and explore the exhibition galleries before taking a seat for a sumptuous four-course meal, cooked by our in-house award-winning team. There will also be live entertainment. Tickets £45.

Aladdin, Loughborough Town Hall, from 20 Nov

Aladdin wishes the Princess would notice him, The Princess wishes she could lead a normal life, Aladdin’s mother wishes she could remember what she came in here for…and there’s something very peculiar about that ancient clapped out rusty thing.  (The lamp… not his mother.)  With spectacular sets, breathtaking special effects, gorgeous costumes and mountains of mayhem, get all your festive wishes granted in this panto adventure for the whole family.

Christmas Market, Wycliffe Rooms, Lutterworth, 26 Nov

Kick off the Christmas season with a buzzing Christmas Market. Outside there will be street food and live music and meanwhile, inside you can shop to your heart’s content as both halls will be packed with stalls selling a fabulous Christmas gifts and crafts. Santa will also be doing his rounds and also a new addition for 2021 will be fabulous ice sculptures.

The Sound of the Musicals, Rutland Showground, from 25- 17 Nov

This cabaret style evening features music from your favourite Broadway and West End Musicals throughout the decades. Book tickets here.

Leicester Vegan Market, 28 Nov

Taking over the city’s Market Square, the event will feature up to 50 stalls including a huge variety of vegan street food, artisan savouries, sweet bakes, craft cheeses, handmade cosmetics, ethical clothing & jewellery, arts and crafts, plastic-free, and charity stalls. All created by a handpicked selection of talented, ethical and sustainable businesses. It all kicks off from 10.30am.

Artisan Winter Fair, Bawdon Lodge, 27 Nov

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This free two day shopping event will be packed full with more than 30 stalls selling everything from homeware, gifts, plus food and drink from businesses across the Midlands. The Woodland Walks will be open along with the Christmas Woodland Trail for the little ones (small charge) and parking £2

Barnsdale Lodge Christmas Gift and Craft Fair, Rutland, 28 Nov

Get in the festive mood and start your Christmas shopping here. Expect plenty of gifts, food, drink and more.

Stereophonics, De Montfort Hall, 29 Nov

They’ve announced a run of very special intimate UK dates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their multi-platinum acclaimed album Just Enough Education to Perform (J.E.E.P). Stereophonics will be performing the album in its entirety plus brand new music and more.

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