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.

Rudding Park Fireworks

On Saturday 4th November Rudding Park’s bonfire is back! Not only is there a fantastic firework display but Mark Green will be in attendance with a disco at the Deer House.

Bolton Abbey Bonfire Night

This annual event is held in the most stunning of locations. With a bonfire and firework display set by the banks of the river Wharfe in the shadows of the Priory Ruins, it is definitely a night that you will remember, remember.

Stockeld Park: Firework Display

What goes BOOM deep in the Yorkshire forest? Why, Stockeld Park’s spectacular firework display of course! With incredible entertainers and fantastic fire breathers, this evening of Yorkshire entertainment is sure to amaze.

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

Leeds International Film Festival

The city of Leeds is home to an epic celebration of global filmmaking culture in the form of the Leeds International Film Festival.

The festival, which runs over 16 days has an incredible choice of film experiences for everyone; with over 300 events at a range of venues across the city.

The world’s first films were made in Leeds way back in 1888 by Louis le Prince, so it is only fitting that the city is now a leading centre for film culture in the heart of Yorkshire; which is a major region in Europe for film production.

Hull Comedy Festival 2017

Hull’s funniest festival returns this year to celebrate its 10th anniversary. With over 40 shows packed with variety and for all comedy tastes, there is something to keep everyone entertained.

With a variety of acts and performances including big TV names and award-winning performers, and the promise of 20 days of jokes and belly laughs, this event truly is unmissable.

Queens of Industry

From November, the Leeds Industrial Museum is giving visitors the chance to celebrate the stories of women in industry from the early 20th Century to the present day, in an exciting exhibition set to run until September 2019. 

The exhibition will focus on working class 'queens' that were elected to represent some of Britain's greatest industries, from coal to cotton and is a truly inspiring display.

Festival of Remembrance

Bradford’s annual Festival of Remembrance returns to the city’s stunning Cathedral this November, with performances from the City of Bradford Brass Band, Claire White-McKay (mezzo-soprano) and the Cathedral Choir.

This year marks the 71st festival and will also include the Parade of Standards and Service of Remembrance.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Founded in 2011, Aesthetica Short Film Festival is an international festival that takes place annually in York at the beginning of November. It's a fantastic celebration of independent film from around the world and is an outlet for supporting and championing filmmaking. 

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

Now in its 6th year, the Harrogate Christmas Market has won several awards and is now recognised as one of the best in the UK. It has a strong Yorkshire theme and features many goods not normally found on the High Street. Hand-crafted gifts made in or near Yorkshire are favoured whilst locally produced food and drink feature on several very popular stalls.

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.