Top 5 Things To Do In November
It’s getting mighty cold out there, perhaps too cold to venture unnecessarily outside but we think of November as a fun month!? You try and start your Christmas shopping but it’s miles off right? You just end up buying yourself new clothes for your Christmas party then idly sip coffee and hot chocolate in Costa. So yes, we say have fun this month because it’s about to get a little more serious. This month we have a good mixture of events that aim to both enlighten and enliven from art exhibitions to the coming festivities of Christmas, so jump into your thermals and slap on your arty/fun face, for the penultimate month is here and there’s much to do.
Witches and Wicked Bodies at The British Museum
First up is a bit of culture for all you art and witch fans out there. The British Museum has collected their darkest exhibits along with contributions from the V&A, Tate, British Library and the Ashmolean in Oxford. Running until January 11th the exhibit examines the portrayal of witches and witchcraft in art over the past 500 years and how it has been interpreted through devils, hags and beasts to sexualised figures of mysterious beauty. Even if you’re not into artwork this is surely an exhibit for all to marvel at with rich drawings and prints from renowned artists such as Goya, Durer, Delacroix and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. For more information visit the website.
Collectormania, Milton Keynes
Get your geek on as the successful Collectormania comes back to the MK Dons Stadium for the 22nd event in MK with guest stars from film and TV as well as from the sporting world. There are guest panels and autograph and photo opportunities with stars such as Amanda Tapping (Stargate), Chris Barrie (Red Dwarf), Darth Vader himself (Dave Prowse), plus loads more. If you’re a boxing fan then you’ll be treated to a great line up of legends including Joe Calzaghe and David Haye among others. As well as all the famous faces their will be hundreds of stalls to browse with all manner of memorabilia ranging from action figures and statues to clothes and replica swords. If you’re shopping for a comic book or sci-fi fan this Christmas then you will find something here. The event is also hosting green screen shoots where you can be transported to Jurassic Park or have your photo taken with Bender from Futurama. It’s running on Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th with free entry.
Victorian Christmas Fayre, Worcester
What better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than going to a Christmas fayre? A Victorian themed Christmas Fayre with a carousel! The alluring smells of piping hot street food, the colourful lights and sound of the barrel organ are enough to send anyone into a child like frenzy of excitement. Experience entertainment from the choir and the juggling stiltwalkers as you sip mulled wine ,eat roasted chestnuts and donuts whilst perusing the 150 stalls for hand made trinkets. If that wasn’t enough, Worcester is home to a myriad of independant boutique shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants to fill out your day. Eyes lit up? Mouth watering? Yep, ours too. Visit the Victorian Christmas Fayre November 27th – 30th.
The Institute of Sexology, The Welcome Collection
This is the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex such as Alfred Kinsey and Sigmund Freud which will feature over 200 objects of art, photography, erotica and film. Now it’s not just a gratuitous display of nudity with bums and boobs everywhere (maybe a little), but more a history of how we view sex in terms of our changing attitudes and the lifting of taboos through observation and analysis. If you’ve been to the Amsterdam Sex Museum then this is probably right up your ally; expect some weird and wonderful exhibits exploring sexual identity from 19th century onwards. It’s running from November 20th right up until September 2015.
Swingers, Factory 7
Not those kind of swingers. Experience crazy golf like you never have before at this hugely popular event where you can get drunk and play golf (steady now). Set up in a 7000 square foot warehouse, swingers offers a 1920’s bar where you can get delicious cocktails, a diner which serves some of the best London street food including Pizza Pilgrims and Patty & Bun, and of course…the crazy golf. Now, you can turn up on the night but it would be advisable to book as it is very busy; you understandably have some waiting time for the golf, but you can do that at the bar, and if it is busy?…heck, just have another cocktail. It’s running until December 20th on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and you can visit the site here.