Nine brilliant things to do in November

The London Jazz Festival, Tate Liverpool’s new exhibition and the return of Paddington

Celebrate Bonfire Night in style

A view of the firework display at Alexandra Palace (image: Getty)

November 5 is, of course, Bonfire Night, and across the country there are plenty of chances to enjoy fabulous fireworks, the burning of Guys and much more besides. Most of this year’s big Guy Fawkes Night celebrations are taking place on Saturday, November 4 – our guide to most spectacular of them can be found here.

Welcome back Paddington


After the success of the original, Paddington 2 arrives in cinemas on November 10. The loveable bear is on a mission to get the perfect birthday present for his Aunt Lucy, but a dastardly villain played by Hugh Grant is out to stop him. The first Paddington film was a cracker, early reviews suggest this one is every bit as good. Also out this month is The Florida Project (November 10), director Sean Baker’s follow-up to his indie hit Tangerine, and George Clooney’s black comedy Suburbicon (November 27), which stars Matt Damon’s as a mild-mannered man adjusting to life after falling victim to a robbery.

See Glengarry Glen Ross

Christian Slater (image: Getty)

Best known for the 90s film version starring Al Pacino and Jack Lemmon, David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross is making it’s first appearance in the West End for more than a decade. Starring Christian Slater and Kris Marshall, the show is running for 14 weeks at the Playhouse Theatre, ending in early February.

Discover John Piper at Tate Liverpool

John Piper’s Harbour Scene, Newhaven 1936-1937 © The Piper Estate/DACS 2017. Image courtesy: Private Collection.

A large-scale exhibition displaying the works of the multi-faceted English artist John Piper. Opening on November 17, the show aims to reappraise what it describes as Piper’s ‘overlooked contribution to British modern art’ and place him alongside the likes of Alexander Calder, Picasso and others. Find out more here.

Experience the South Bank’s Wintertime

Southbank Wintertime (image: BFI)

London’s South Bank is hosting the wonderful Wintertime experience from November 10, featuring an an array of wintery delights including a Finnish rooftop sauna, fondues and Abba sing-a-longs. Take a look at all the Nordic fun and games here.

Head to the London Jazz Festival

The Leo Richardson Quartet (image: EFG London Jazz Festival)

The London Jazz Festival is back for a 25th year with more than 350 performances taking place at 60 venues across 10 days (November 10-19). A jazz lovers paradise, in other words. There will be gigs from Pat Metheny, Manu Dibango, Salena Jones and many more, plus family-friendly Jazz for Toddlers concerts.

Stay up for The Ashes

The Ashes trophy (image: Getty)

The first Ashes Test match gets underway on November 23 at The Gabba, in Brisbane, with Joe Root’s facing an almighty task to hold onto the little urn. Live (overnight) coverage of the series comes from BT Sport.

Watch Blue Planet II

Giant cuttlefish in South Australia (image: Hugh Miller)

This series has been four years in the making, and after Sunday’s jaw-dropping opening episode (which beat both Strictly and The X Factor in the ratings) it’s clear we’re in for a real treat in the coming weeks. Curling up on the sofa to watch the world beneath the waves, with Sir David Attenborough’s soothing commentary to go with it, makes for the perfect Sunday night viewing.

Read the new Jack Reacher

Lee Child’s 22nd instalment of his Jack Reacher series is published on November 7. The Midnight Line sees Reacher head into the Midwest on the hunt for a missing woman. Here’s crime writer Stav Sherez on what makes the Reacher novels unmissable.


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