My now regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway.

Not much happening next month though – everyone seems busy with fireworks and avoiding the cold.

Bridgwater Carnival 4th Nov
A huge procession of illuminated carnival floats and displays of the Bridgwater Squibs fireworks. Bridgwater, Somerset

Turning the Devil’s Stone 5th Nov
Annual turning over of a 1 ton stone in the village to forestall bad luck for the rest of the year. Shebbear, Devon

Lewes Bonfire Night and Parade 5th Nov
A famous parade and bonfire with tar barrels – they try to dissuade visitors arriving on the day itself due to crowds. Lewes, East Sussex

Tar Barrels 5th Nov
Ancient tradition for the townspeople to carry flaming tar barrels through the streets to a bonfire Ottery St Mary, Devon

The Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular 5th-6th Nov
Hailed as one of the finest fireworks displays in the South East, the Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular will this year be set to music inspired by ‘Space’. Maidstone, Kent

London to Brighton Run 6th Nov
Around 500 vintage motor cars in the annual rally from London to Brighton on the South Coast South England

Hatherleigh Carnival 12th Nov
Another tar barrel rolling festival – this one lasts all day. Hatherleigh, Devon

Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show 12th-13th Nov
End of season event with tractor auction, displays and trade stalls – in dozens of huge tents. Newark, Notts.

Stir up Sunday at Blenheim Palace 13th Nov
A series of events at the venue to mark Stir Up Sunday, when traditionally the Christmas Pudding is given its final stir while making a wish. Woodstock, Oxfordshire

The World’s Biggest Liar Championships 17th Nov
Annual contest in memory of Will Ritson, a 19th century publican called the world’s biggest liar for the tales he told. Stanton Bridge, Cumbria

Calne Winter Festival 26th Nov
Massive community event which traditionally draws thousands. The celebrations include a Traditional Lantern Parade and the ‘switching on’ of our Town Centre Christmas lights. Calne, Wiltshire

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre 26th – 27th Nov
Jesters, entertainers, archery, historical re-enactments create a medieval atmosphere for your Christmas shopping. Ludlow, Shrophsire

Royal Welsh Winter Fair 28th-29th Nov
The two-day Royal Welsh Winter Fair, acclaimed one of the finest prime stock shows in Europe, along with around 300 trade stalls. Llanelwedd, Wales

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