Things to do

With November comes dark nights and the thrill of fireworks. Here are some dazzling displays that are sure to ‘spark’ your interest.

Fabulous Fireworks at Lightwater Valley, 3 November

Join Lightwater Valley for a fabulous firework spectacular, choreographed to music and set over our picturesque Swan Lake. The theme park rides are all open as usual from 10am and once darkness falls their 10 minute firework show will provide heaps of extra excitement at no extra cost.

Bolton Abbey Bonfire Night, 3 November

In the shadows of the Priory ruins by the banks of the River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey’s annual bonfire and firework display returns alongside fire eaters and traditional fairground rides. Wrap up warm, and be entertained by fire eaters and traditional fairground rides. The evening will end with a dazzling firework display.

Cannon Hall Farm Bonfire Spectacular, 4 November

Cannon Hall's annual bonfire returns on November 4 with a fun-packed family day out. The bonfire is an all day event and your ticket includes farm admission, indoor and outdoor play, tractor and trailer rides.

There will be a DJ with kids entertainment provided by the specialists CopyCat Party Company and the day will be rounded off with the bonfire which will be lit at 5pm and the firework display at 6.30pm.

Stockeld Park, 4 November

Stockeld are joined by the same amazing company from last year that lit up the sky over Stockeld Park in 2017.  This year they have a new longer 30min show, plus an amazing display of fireworks, entertainers, a Live DJ & dare-devil fire breathers.

Wrap up warm and enjoy the sky lighting up once again above Stockeld Park!

Fireworks displays aren’t the only events taking place this month that will wow you either!

Leeds International Film Festival

The world's first films were made in Leeds in 1888 by Louis le Prince and today the city is a leading centre for film culture. The city is now also home to an epic celebration of global filmmaking culture in the form of the Leeds International Film Festival. The festival, which runs over 15 days has an incredible choice of film experiences for everyone; with over 300 events at a range of venues across the city.

To kick start the 32nd Leeds International Film Festival at Victoria Hall in Leeds Town Hall, the team there are delighted to present the world premiere of a new documentary about a Leeds sporting hero, newly-crowned IBF featherweight boxing champion Josh Warrington.

The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate

Head to Harrogate for the North’s biggest celebration of textile based crafts.

Join thousands of fellow crafters to learn, shop and be inspired at the finest and best loved exhibition in textiles. The event welcome complete beginners alongside seasoned stitchers and cover everything from knitting, crochet, dressmaking, quilting, embroidery, felt making, cross stitch and so much more.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a major UK and international film festival. It is an important outlet for moving image and digital culture, creating a platform to champion short film internationally. The festival holds talent development at its core and leaves a lasting legacy by inspiring innovation in film. Its seventh edition ran over an unprecedented five day period, providing even more opportunities for talent development, networking and inspirational film viewing.­

November also brings with it a feeling of excitement for the forthcoming festive period and these markets are sure to make it feel like Christmas every day. 

Leeds Christkindelmarkt

Christkindelmarkt is Leeds' annual traditional German Christmas market, bringing a little piece of Germany into the heart of the city centre. Millennium Square will be transformed into a scenic winter village featuring a variety of authentic wooden chalet stalls, cosy indoor retreats, a traditional carousel and daily programme of light entertainment.

Harrogate Christmas Market

Held on The Stray in the historic Montpellier Quarter of Harrogate town centre, this four-day festive market will be filled with high quality Yorkshire and Harrogate products. This year it is expected to have nearly 200 stalls selling everything from Yorkshire cheeses and chutneys to handmade gifts and Christmas decorations. Not forgetting Santa's Grotto and real reindeer!

St Nicholas Fair, York

Celebrating the very best of local arts, country crafts and seasonal gifts, from jewellery, and ceramics to tree decorations, scented soaps and handmade chocolates, this market has it all. There's also a visit from Santa, traditional music and children's craft-making activities. Drop in any time to this winter wonderland.

Sheffield Christmas Market

This market has grown from a handful of cabins on the main shopping area of Sheffield to an entire Christmas experience of 50 cabins. Santas Grotto is at the heart of the event with the much loved Sleigh Bar and the traditional German Sausage grill. Santas Grotto guarantees a meeting with the big man himself with a photo opportunity and top quality gifts for every child.