10 Fun-Filled family things to do this November in Nottingham and Derby

 As Autumn turns to winter there’s still LOADS going on in Nottingham. Everything from bonfire night to Christmas fairs - you’ll find something fun to do with the kids in here!


November means fireworks and lots of them! It's also getting towards Christmas market season - the festive season is nearly upon us.


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1. Jurassic Kingdom at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham

Saturday 20 October – Sunday 4 November

There always seems to be something great going on at Woolaton Hall. We loved the dinosaurs of China exhibition they had last summer (I can’t believe it was last summer - I was convinced it was just a few months ago!) and now they’ve gone one step further with over 30 different interactive, life-sized replicas. Expect to come face to face with a 26m long Diplodocus and the notorious Tyrannosaurus rex in an animatronic experience, as these fearsome creatures come to life - watch out that they don’t make you jump with their raging roars!

2. Bonfire and Fireworks at Chatsworth House

Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Wrap up warm and enjoy the live music, performers, dancing and circus performances as well as the traditional bonfire and dazzling fireworks displays. Chatsworth certainly knows how to put on a show! You can also keep warm with delicious food from hog roasts to jacket potatoes, from churros to sweet treats and don't forget a glass of mulled wine or cider?


3. The Nottingham Comedy Festival

Friday 2nd November to Saturday 10th November

The Nottingham Comedy Festival is celebrating it’s 10th year with comedy at venues across Nottingham. There’s something for everybody, including stand-up, improvisation, sketch, musical, alternative and everything in between. To find out more about the 70 acts included make sure you head over to their website.

4. Christmas Showcase

Friday 2nd November to 24th December 2018, Focus gallery, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Looking to indulge in some Christmas artwork? Focus gallery presents a mix of artwork from local and national artists. It's also an excellent chance to pick up a unique Christmas gift.


5. Bonfire night at the Forest

Monday 5 November 2018, Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

When it comes to fireworks in Nottingham, the Forest Rec is the place to be! It's the largest and most central fireworks in Nottingham. The Forest Recreation Grounds will be packed with fairground rides, delicious warming treats and of course the roaring bonfire and stunning fireworks. Get there early to make ensure you get a good spot!


6. Stringwise! 2018

Saturday 10th November - Sunday 11th November, Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane, Nottingham

Do you have a musical little one amongst your family? Whether they’ve been playing for years or have only just signed up Stringwise! could be a perfect weekend for them! It will give them a chance to play a range of instruments, try things out in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and then work together towards an informal performance.

7. The Sky's the Limit

Saturday 17th and Friday 30th November, 7pm-9pm, Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire

You will be amazed by the night sky at Elvaston. Learn about the planets in our Solar System, the stars, constellations and see what you can spot through high-powered telescopes. You might even be lucky enough to see the spectacular Leonids Meteor Showever on 17th November (weather permitting of course!) Hot drinks will be available whilst you gaze at the stars.


8. The Matthew Walker 10k Pudding Run 

Sunday 18th November, 10am, Shipley Country Park, Derbyshire

The Matthew Walker 10k Pudding Run is into it's 32nd year and it's set to be it's biggest yet! Last year saw 932 finishers and this year numbers as up to 1,200. All finishers will receive a Matthew Walker Christmas pudding and technical t-shirt. This event is organised by Heanor Running Club and further information and registration information can be found on their website.

We love Christmas, here's one of our favourite Christmas shots from Salisbury Cathedral in our hometown

We love Christmas, here's one of our favourite Christmas shots from Salisbury Cathedral in our hometown

9Welbeck Winter Weekend

Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th November 2018, 10am - 5pm, The Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire

The annual Christmas market returns, over the weekend of 23rd to 25th November, to celebrate all things hand-made. There will be more than 100 artisan creators showcasing their wares, with a range of handmade arts and food from across the region. On top of this there will be 15 artists' studios to explore. Entry and parking are both free.


10. Christmas at Chatsworth

Saturday 10th November - Sunday 6th January, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Chatsworth knows how to get you into the Christmas spirit with Christmas displays, markets and workshops on all things Christmasy. More details on this will be released nearer the time. In the past, they have also put on fantastic performances including The Nutcracker, Oh Dickens! and Christmas with Mr Toad. Find out more when it's release here.





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