My 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.

Bridgwater Carnival 3rd Nov
A huge procession of illuminated carnival floats and displays of the Bridgwater Squibs fireworks. Bridgwater, Somerset

The Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular 3rd-4th 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

The Halton Souling Play 3rd-12th Nov
The Halton Souling Play is a traditional play performed in Halton in the 1880s and now revived by members of the Earl of Stamford Morris. Halton, Cheshire

London to Brighton Run 4th Nov
Around 500 vintage motor cars in the annual rally from London to Brighton on the South Coast South England

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

Firing of the Fenny Poppers 10th Nov
A tradition dating from the 18th century to fire six small cannons in memory of Dr Thomas Willis. Fenny Stratford, >Milton Keynes

Burning Boat Parade and Fireworks 10th Nov
A procession with flaming torches, drum bands, floats and walkers from local groups and, bringing up the rear, a Burning Boat. Rye, Sussex

Hatherleigh Carnival 10th Nov
Another tar barrel rolling festival – this one lasts all day. Hatherleigh, Devon

The Wroth Silver Ceremony 10th Nov
The UK’s oldest continuous annual ceremony, where the local parishes pay the landlord for permission to drive cattle over his land. Knightlow Hill, Warwickshire

Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show 10th-11th Nov
End of season event with tractor auction, displays and trade stalls – in dozens of huge tents. Newark, Notts.

Shepton Mallet Carnival 14th Nov
The Somerset Carnivals date back more than 400 years, and are one of the most spectacular unique events in Somerset today. Shepton Mallet, Somerset

The World’s Biggest Liar Championships 15th 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

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre 24th-25th Nov
Jesters, entertainers, archery, historical re-enactments create a medieval atmosphere for your Christmas shopping. Ludlow, Shrophsire

Royal Welsh Winter Fair 26th-27th 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

Annual Holly and Mistletoe Auctions 27th Nov
A number of trade sales of Christmas decorations – most fresh wreaths sold over Xmas around the UK come from here. Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

 

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