What’s coming up in November

What’s coming up in November

Events, special dates, films and books you and your family have to look forward to next month.

Special dates for the diary
Film and book releases
November events

Special dates for the diary

All month

All month long, men will be growing and grooming their moustaches in search of sponsorship for men’s health issues. If your other half is cultivating some face fuzz, you and the kids could get some fun fake moustaches to show your support or get active with Move for Movember. Find out more at The Movember Foundation.

Sunday November 5
Bonfire Night

The nights are drawing in and that can only mean one thing: time for a blazing bonfire, dazzling fireworks, hotdogs and toffee apples. Check out some ideas for a bonfire night party here.

Sunday November 12
Remembrance Sunday

Wear your poppies with pride to support The Royal British Legion in its work with veterans and honour the two-minute silence at 11am to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Monday November 13-Friday November 17
Anti-Bullying Week

With many schools running events for Anti-Bullying Week, now’s a great time to start conversations with your kids about staying safe online and treating each other with respect. You can find out more, nominate a supportive teacher for a Power of Good Award and learn how you can fundraise to help stop bullying at the website of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Thursday November 23

All those US TV shows make Thanksgiving so inviting that it’s no wonder many Brits are hosting their own feasts for fun. Take a look at our guide to giving thanks like an American.

Friday November 24
Black Friday

Get that credit card ready – it’s time to make the most of the sales and make a dent in your Christmas gift list. For tips on how to get all your Christmas shopping done in one weekend, click here.

Sunday November 26
Stir-up Sunday

If you feel like an old British tradition instead, then today’s the day when families would gather to make the Christmas pudding. You can teach the kids how to mix the ingredients while everyone takes a turn to stir and make a wish. That’s one thing off the Christmas to-do list!

Film and book releases

Thursday November 2
(Book) Lucky Button

From Michael Morpugo, author of the acclaimed War Horse, comes this historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum. It tells the story of a lonely boy who struggles with bullies and caring for his mother, until his life is transformed by an encounter with the Foundling Hospital and the power of music.


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Sunday November 5
(Book) Father Christmas’s Fake Beard

A collection of stories by the late Sir Terry Pratchett, best known for his quirky Discworld fantasy novels, explores the absurd and anarchic side of Christmas with exploding mince pies, abominable snowmen and an unruly Santa Claus.

Friday November 10
(Film) Paddington 2

Everyone’s favourite marmalade-munching bear is back. Now settled with the Brown family, Paddington picks up odd jobs to buy a present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. But when the gift is stolen, he and the Browns try to track down the thief.

Friday November 17
(Film) Justice League

Superhero-loving kids won’t let you miss this all-action (but PG-rated) team-up of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and many more. The heroes are banding together against the threat of the supervillain Steppenwolf and an assault on the planet of catastrophic proportions.

November events

Wednesday November 1-Sunday November 12
Dundee Science Festival

Budding scientists will want to be in Dundee this month, where the Dundee Science Centre is holding its annual festival of talks, shows and hands-on exhibits. Everything from fossils to forensics is covered, with something for all ages (and if mum and dad are baffled by boffins, there’s stand-up comedy too).

Saturday November 4-Sunday November 5
The National Pet Show

If you’re kids are animal mad, they’ll go wild for the National Pet Show. They can watch amazing trained dogs (and even rabbits) tackle obstacle courses, meet experts to learn about animal care and get hands-on with some weird and wonderful creatures. TV’s Professor Noel Patrick will also be telling all about his life as The Supervet.

From Sunday November 5
Longleat Festival of Light

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To brighten up the darkening days with a bit of fairytale magic, head west to the Elizabethan stately home of Longleat. The spectacular annual illuminations this year are inspired by tales of fantasy, promising roaring dragons, beautiful princesses and wondrous mermaids. Inside Longleat, you’ll be able to step back in time with a recreation of an Edwardian Christmas.

Also don’t miss on Supersavvyme next month…

Tips to change the way you sleep, great gift ideas for the whole family and tips on how to get through the Christmas holidays stress-free.

Do you know of any fantastic family events happening in November? Let us know in the comments section below.

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