What To Book Around The UK This November

From a flurry of early festive events to a number of must-see exhibitions and plays, here are SL’s top cultural picks across the country this month…

HAVE A SINGALONG HERE: 9-5 The Musical, Edinburgh

This month, a touring production of the musical celebrating all things Dolly Parton will be clocking in at Edinburgh Playhouse for a one-week run. Starring Louise Redknapp, Love Island’s Amber Davies and seasoned West Enders Natalie McQueen and Brian Conley, smash-hit show 9 to 5 The Musical features a score by country legend and pop icon Parton herself. Just what’s needed to stave off the winter blues.
Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA; 12th-18th November

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TAKE THE KIDS HERE: Beaverbrook, Surrey

This month, Beaverbrook has launched a new ‘Wild Woods’ programme for families with children aged 6-12. Run by party pros Sharky & George, the programme makes use of the 470-acre estate to lay on immersive woodland pursuits and bonding activities. New pet-friendly suites accommodate families of four and come equipped with a ‘Bedroom Adventure Pack’ full of games, crafts, teddy bears and storybooks. Every weekend, children will be entertained with activities organised from a treehouse hidden away in the estate’s forest. These include ninja training, boat-making masterclasses, theatre workshops, a ‘Silly Sports Day’ and cookery classes. The latter, led by professional chefs, will help children learn the basics of cooking and baking, as well as teaching them about healthy foods during a tour of the organic garden, where they can dig, and water and pick herbs and vegetables to cook with.
Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8QX

Visit Beaverbrook.co.uk


Tom Kerridge opens a restaurant in Manchester’s Stock Exchange Hotel this November. Within the grand domed room that was previously the trading floor of the Stock Exchange, The Bull & Bear will be an approachable space, blurring the lines between elegance and informality, with a menu reflecting the Michelin-starred chef’s signature refined British classics. Expect favourites from Kerridge’s The Coach pub in Marlow, such as mushroom ‘risotto’ Claude Bosi; ‘The Coach Burger’ with smoked brisket and dill pickle; and chicken kiev with cauliflower cheese. Perfect autumn fare.
Norfolk Street, Manchester, M2 1DW; from 15th November

Visit BullAndBearManchester.co.uk


Simon Rogan has opened Henrock within Linthwaite House, a country house hotel in the hills above Lake Windermere. Head chef Brian Limoges has worked with Rogan to create a menu that utilises seasonal ingredients from Rogan’s farm in the Cartmel valley. The menu will also take inspiration from both chefs’ travels around the world – a step away from Rogan’s other restaurants, which are predominantly British focused. The main menu, comprising small plates and sharing dishes, will feature the likes of pine-smoked quail with fennel pollen, honey and quince; razor clam chowder with potato, fennel and sourdough; and crispy broccoli with lardo, yeast and caraway. Linthwaite House itself has undergone a multimillion-pound refurbishment and is now a beautifully designed contemporary hotel with views over the lake. Well worth an overnighter.
Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, LA23 3JA

Visit Henrock.co.uk

STAY HERE: Selina, Birmingham

Selina has opened in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. Offering a range of vibrant spaces – including a sociable lobby space, dedicated wellness area, cinema, coffee shop, cocktail bar and Latin American restaurant and wine bar – the property features 39 individually designed bedrooms and suites. La Mariposa has Kray Treadwell (recently seen on Great British Menu) at the helm. The restaurant is inspired by the streets of Cuba, blending sun-bleached palettes with floral and foliage. Later this year, a city garden will extend from the restaurant, allowing guests to sample cocktails among foliage and lanterns. Guests also have access to an extensive communal kitchen and library space, which feeds down into the activity centre. This space will host events throughout the year, and features a panoramic balcony with view across the city skyline.
Livery Street, Birmingham, B3 1RJ

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SEE A NEW PLAY HERE: Studio Theatre, Sheffield

My Mother Said I Never Should is a moving and funny exploration of the lives of four generations of women in one family. Shifting back and forth in time, audiences see their loves, expectations and choices play out against the huge social changes of the past century. The production has collaborated with Fingersmiths to present this award-winning contemporary play in British sign language and spoken English. Featuring a cast of d/Deaf and hearing actors, this production’s visual, physical style captures the power of a timeless story which shows it’s never too late to change.
Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA; 8th-23rd November

Visit SheffieldTheatres.co.uk

SEE SCD LIVE HERE: Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals Tour 2020

Following the hugely successful 2019 run of Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals Tour, fans of the show can now book ahead to see next year’s live stage show. The world-class line-up of Strictly professionals performing on the tour are: Australian Open Champion and 2018 finalist Dianne Buswell; two-time Ballroom and Latin World Champion Nadiya Bychkova; Italian Latin Champion Graziano Di Prima; Professional World Mambo Champion and former Strictly finalist Karen Hauer; World Professional Latin Showdance Champion and 2017 Strictly champion Katya Jones; undefeated four-time British National Champion Neil Jones; eight-time South African Latin American Champion and 2016 Strictly finalist Oti Mabuse; 2017 Strictly finalist Gorka Marquez; four-time Italian Dance Championship winner Luba Mushtuk and two-time Strictly South Africa finalist Johannes Radebe. See you there.
Various locations; 7th May-4th June

Visit StrictlyTheProfessionals.com

FEEL FESTIVE HERE: The Square, Bristol

The Square in Bristol returns this winter with a Christmas pop-up. Themed as an après-ski bar, this year will see interactive light show Submergence, a roller disco, free film screenings and Christmas tipis all make an appearance on Millennium Square. Throughout the seven-week run, food will be taken care of by Pepe Nero, a family-run business that brought the first vegan pizza to Bristol. For those planning the Christmas party, luxury tipis will be on hand, transporting ticket holders to a winter wonderland near the waterfront.
Millennium Square, Bristol, BS1 5SZ; 15th November-5th January

Visit TheSquareBristol.co.uk


Cotswold retreat Thyme is laying on a series of pre-Christmas events at its cookery school. This month will see food writer Georgina Hayden show guests how to create a Greek Christmas mezze on 30th November. This half-day class, followed by lunch with Hayden, will demonstrate how to create jewelled Mediterranean and Middle Eastern party dishes that are easy to prepare and make great additions to a home cook’s repertoire. Dishes will include spiced lamb and pine nut hummus; smokey aubergine keftedes; orange-blossom filo custard cigars; and pomegranate and rose cocktails. Other events closer to Christmas include festive breads and bakes on 5th December; simple suppers with Christmas leftovers on 11th December; and canapés and cocktails on 14th December.
Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3PW; various dates

Visit Thyme.co.uk

SEE A NEW FASHION EXHIBITION HERE: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Displaying more than 70 outfits, this new exhibition explores shopping and style in Liverpool during the interwar years. It offers new insight into Liverpool’s wealthy Tinne family, showcasing clothing and accessories purchased by Mrs Emily Margaret Tinne (1886-1966). The artefacts comprise the largest collection of a single person’s clothing in any UK gallery, including daywear, evening dresses, outdoor wear, underwear and accessories. Much of the clothing dates from 1910 to 1939, reflecting the changing styles of the period. In addition to Emily Tinne’s clothing, the exhibition features costumes belonging to her children as well as outfits worn by the family’s servants.
William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL; until 1st March

Visit LiverpoolMuseums.org.uk

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