UK events in November

Virtual events

Book Week Scotland [16 – 22 November]

People of all ages and walks of life come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading.


Manchester Animation Festival [15-17 November]

Manchester Animation Festival is the UK’s largest Animation Festival dedicated to the celebration of the animated art form. Hosted at HOME in Manchester, the festival brings one of the UK’s biggest animation hubs together and invites the international community to join us to delight in all things animated.


The Philharmonic Society  [1-13 November]

Share some comfort and joy through this music resource list. There are a number of free live streaming concerts and videos for your enjoyment.


Film Africa [30 October – 8 November]

This annual film festival, established in 2011, Film Africa is London’s biggest festival celebrating the best African cinema.


Cambridge Literary Festival [19-22 November 2020]

From poetry to politics, fiction to finance, history to hip-hop and comedy to current affairs, Cambridge Literary Festival brings an eclectic mix of today’s best writers, thinkers and speakers to Cambridge all year round.


In person events

Lightopia Festival 2020 [20 November 2020 – 3 January 2021]

The award-winning Lightopia festival returns to light up Manchester this winter. Lightopia is a festival of hand-sculpted lanterns, cherry-picked from across the globe. These unique pieces are carefully curated into a spellbinding trail that leads through the beautiful Heaton Park. There will be food stalls and licenced bars that offer refreshments along the way.


Hogwarts in the Snow [14 November –17 January 2021]

New for 2020, the cobbled stones and magical shop fronts of Diagon Alley will be given a festive makeover, draped in layers of filmmaking snow that never melts. The stunning Hogwarts castle model will also be transformed with a dusting of snow.


Forbidden Forest Cinema [1-8 November]

Peckham’s Copeland Park is being turned into a ‘Forbidden Forest’ (thanks to some inventive design work and imported foliage) for a series of Halloween fright night screenings. Visitors will have to make their way through the wood, before sitting down to watch cult classics and fan favourites like ‘Hocus Pocus’, ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘Scream’, ‘Seven’, and ‘The Blair Witch Project’.


Erskine Christmas Cracker Shopping Fayre [22-23 November]

With over 70 pop-up shops from hand crafted gifts, homeware, fine food and more, the Erskine Christmas Cracker offers a unique shopping experience for the Christmas season!


Savour St Andrews  [28 November]

Top chefs and food and drink businesses from in and around St Andrews are once again joining forces to offer a real flavour of the famous golf, university and tourist town.


National Memorial Arboretum  [all through November]

More than 370 dedicated symbolic memorials make the Arboretum a living tribute that will forever acknowledge the personal sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and civil services of this country. Since planting began in 1997, covering 150 acres of beautiful woodland and gardens, the National Memorial Arboretum has been a special place honouring those who have served during Remembrance Day.


Christmas at the Botanics  [26 November 2020 – 3 January 2021]

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh will be transformed into a bright and festive trail festooned with lights and sound tracked by Christmas classics. The flora, fauna and historic buildings provide the perfect backdrop for awe-inspiring visual effects. Over one million twinkling lights will illuminate the grounds this year.