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.

Jones Ale Soul Cakers 1st Nov
Traditional mummers plays and soul-cake celebration by the local Morris dancers. Chester, Cheshire

Halton Souling Play 1st – 2nd 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

Bridgwater Carnival 2nd Nov
A huge procession of illuminated carnival floats and displays of the Bridgwater Squibs fireworks. Bridgwater, Somerset

London to Brighton Run 3rd Nov
Around 500 vintage motor cars in the annual rally from London to Brighton on the South Coast Brighton

Ripley Assize of Bread & Ale 5th Nov
Traditional ale tasting by the local Morris Men in a recreation of a 13th century statute requiring the ale to be tested for quality. Ripley, Surrey

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

Burning Boat Parade and Fireworks 9th 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 9th Nov
Another tar barrel rolling festival – this one lasts all day. Hatherleigh, Devon

The Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular 9th – 10th 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 ‘Fire’. Maidstone, Kent

Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show 9th – 10th Nov
End of season event with tractor auction, displays and trade stalls – in dozens of huge tents. Newark, Notts.

The Wroth Silver Ceremony 11th 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

Shepton Mallet Carnival 13th 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

Lumiere Durham 14th – 17th Nov
The city centre is transformed with huge public lighting displays over four nights. Durham, County Durham

Clovelly Herring Festival 17th Nov
There’ll be herring specialities, cookery demonstrations, traditional shanty singers, street entertainment, and local stalls. Clovelly, Devon

The World’s Biggest Liar Championships 21st 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

Tree Week
23rd Nov – 1st Dec
National Tree Week is a chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape. Nationwide

Aldermaston Candle Auction 25th Nov
Since the early 1800s, Aldermaston has held a candle auction every third year. The auction, which sees a horseshoe nail driven through a tallow candle an inch below the wick, is held at the Hinds Head pub. Aldermaston, Berkshire

Annual Holly and Mistletoe Auctions 26th Nov
A number of trade sales of Christmas decorations – most
fresh wreaths sold over Xmas around the UK come from here.
Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

Christmas Tree Festival 28th Nov – Xmas
Each day, a local church is lit up by over 90 Christmas Trees, each decorated for one of the 81 charities taking part. Fakenham, Norfolk



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One comment
  1. Greg Tingey says:

    I note the preponderance of fire-festivals, & the mumming ….
    A prelude to the dark months

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