24 brilliant things to do this November
Naughty November! 20+ brilliant things to do this month including a DJ ride and dance night, comedy, theatre, Cabaret and bats!
MUDDY’S PICK OF THE MONTH
Local firework displays, Fri 5 – Sun 7 Nov
Ka-boom! Celebrate bonfire night in style across Kent with our pick of the bunch, 20 family-friendly events to be precise.
Virtual Cooking Workshops, The Cooking Apple, Thurs 4 & 18 Nov
Stuck in a cooking rut? Fed up with churning out the same old recipes and family meals? (Can’t be just us?!) Look no further than the brilliant Pip at Sevenoaks based cookery school, The Cooking Apple. This November, Pip is running 2 different live virtual cooking workshops which are super speedy, only 40mins long so you can enjoy a small experience, in the comfort of your own home AND have dinner made! Sign us up!
Move over chilled summer sushi, this Autumn Asian Class is all about keeping those delicious umami flavours but in a comforting, steaming bowl. On the menu is ‘yakimeshi’ or Japanese fried rice and some delicious miso-marinated lamb. Class starts Thurs 4 Nov at 7:30pm. Tickets are just £15.
After something sweeter? Why not try this pudding class, The Pudding Apple? Pip will share a winter berries take on tiramisu (a great dessert to learn how to make ahead of the party season!) and some chocolate treats to enjoy with coffee. Class is on Thurs 18 Nov at 7:30pm. Tickets are just £15.
OR if you’re completely over Zoom and would like to try a class in-real-life, join Pip for a Cosy Curry Evening (7:30-9pm) at Vine Baptist Church in Sevenoaks on Weds 10 Nov. Curries are great for feeding a crowd stress-free – plus you can make them a day in advance! The evening will start by making some tasty Asian-style nibbles, then sit, relax with a mocktail whilst Pip demos a great curry. She’ll show you how to make it spicy or mellow and how to add some great ‘cheat’ sides to make it a real feast. Book your ticket here.
Rib Club, Smoqe, Rochester, Weds 10 Nov
The first Wednesday of every month is Rib Club at Smoqe! Savour their deliciously tender St Louis Cut Pork Ribs, taste new recipes and sample some specialist craft beers in the company of fellow foodies. Pre-order your portion and enjoy a complimentary beer or house wine of your choice. Book your tickets now!
Food Workshops, Kent Cookery School, Thurs 11 & Fri 19 Nov
Learn something new this November with hidden gem Kent Cookery School PLUS Muddy Readers get an exclusive 10% discount! Located in an old listed barn (it’s been spruced up, pictured) so walk through the cobbled courtyard and discover an idyllic countryside haven, near Ashford. Bring your friends or colleagues and enjoy a rustic and friendly atmosphere. They have a huge range of workshops and courses, the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need so you’ll just need to bring yourself!
They have a few spaces left on their ‘To Go’ courses enjoy Mexican St Food on the 11 Nov or Middle Eastern St Food on the 19 Nov! Designed to fit into your busy schedule, make tasty dishes and take them to share with friends and family. Result! Just pop ‘MUDDY10‘ at checkout and get booking.
Canterbury’s Christmas Light Up Parade, Fri 12 Nov
Head to Canterbury city centre on Fri 12 Nov (6-7pm) to enjoy the launch of this year’s Christmas festivities. There will be a Light Up Parade beginning at 6pm with the illumination of Westgate Towers, and as the parade moves up the high street, the light-up will follow! Led by the fantastic No Limit Street Band with elves, Christmas characters, lanterns and The Marlowe Theatre’s Panto cast members will be following in a a fairy-tale horse drawn carriage. Ending at Rose Ware where you’ll meet KMFM Presenter Garry Wilson for the final selection of lights to be switched on and the festive season to officially begin! Whilst you’re in town, why not pop along to the fantastic Christmas Market? It’s open from 10am-7pm in St Georges Street, Whitefriars and Rose Lane.
DJ Ride & Dance Night, SPN Tunbridge Wells, Fri 12 Nov
Oooh you won’t wanna miss this! SPN in Tunbridge Wells has got a very cool Live DJ Ride and Dance evening. Choose between a Ride 60, taught by 2 instructors with a DJ set for 60mins of high energy house music or an 80s themed Dance Aerobics Class – or go wild and do both! Prosecco and nibbles will be flowing post class to celebrate. The evening will be kicking off at 6pm and ending up 10:30pm. Each class is £25. Book yours now.
Christmas Exhibition, West End House Gallery, Sat 13 – Sun 14 Nov
Fancy giving your walls a lot more character by adding some art to your home? West End House Gallery is set in the heart of beautiful, historic Smarden. This contemporary gallery shows original artworks including paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and glass – at prices to suit all purses.
Don’t miss their Christmas Exhibition on Sat 13 and Sun 14 Nov, enjoy mulled wine, festival nibbles and of course, a fantastic selection of artworks. Make a note in the diary now!
Outatime, Dreamland, Margate, Sat 13 Nov
After a sell-out night of fun in July, Outatime is back this November! Enjoy all the greatest hits from two of the best decades of music. Grab your girlfriends and dance and sing your hearts out to the top tracks from the 80’s & 90’s! Starting at 9pm. Book your tickets now.
Willow Weaving, Brogdale Collections, Sun 14 & Sun 28 Nov
Why not try something new this November? Working-farm Brogdale Collections in Faversham has a one-day course introducing you to the traditional craft of working with willow and basket weaving. Get hands on practice and learn the skills you need to work with willow and make baskets. Perfect for those new to basket weaving as well as those wishing to rekindle their skills. 10am-4pm with light lunch included. There’s only a handful of tickets left so get yours now.
James Bond: No Time To Die, Trinity Theatre, Tues 16 & Tues 23 Nov
What better way to witness Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond than in the comfy seats at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells? Go out for dinner then head to the bar for a drink before the movie begins. No Time To Die is the 25th movie in the record-breaking franchise and it’s a big one. Starring Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Ana De Armas, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, & Lashana Lynch, and featuring an outstanding score (as usual!) from Hans Zimmer. Book your seats now.
John Bishop, Assembly Hall Theatre, Weds 17 – Thurs 18 Nov
Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming to Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells with his highly anticipated brand-new stand up show – Right Here, Right Now. We know you’ll be in stitches. There’s just a handful of tickets left so go, go, go!
Ceramic Workshop at Water Lane, Hawkhurst, Thurs 18 Nov
You won’t wanna miss this! Local potter Kate Monckton Ceramics is coming to Water Lane in November with a pottery workshop. On Thurs 18 Nov create 2 tea cups and a small vase (pictured) using the ‘Kurinuki’ method. It promises to be a fun and informative day, the perfect chance to try something new and create your own piece of pottery.
Kate will be on hand throughout the day to offer guidance and help, there will also be be breaks during the day for mid-morning coffee and lunch. Kate will take your finished pieces away to be fired and glazed, then you’ll be able to return to Water Lane for you to pick up 2 weeks later. All you need to bring is an apron and wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Book your place now.
DJ Yoga Full Moon Party, SPN Sevenoaks, Fri 19 Nov
Yoga with a DJ? We like the sound of this! Welcome in the full moon SPN style with a Live DJ and Yoga Class with Charlotte and SPN’s founder Jaime for 90mins of immersive flow. Flow to the DJ beats and finish the evening with a beautifully guided meditation. Suitable for all levels. Class is £25. Book your space now.
SKATE at Tunbridge Wells, Calverley Park, Fri 19 Nov – Mon 3 Jan 2022
It always heralds in the start of the festive season – when Calverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells is once again transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland. There’s Father Christmas on-site to visit, Themed DJ Nights, Wreath Making Classes, Bavarian Curling and even Skate with your favourite characters including Cinders and those Snow Sisters! Book your tickets now.
Full Moon Weekend Retreat, Samsara, Fri 19 – Sun 21 Nov
Squeeze in some ‘me time’ before the hectic Christmas season! Book a 2-night retreat stay at Samsara’s iconic Yoga retreat. Three days filled with Yoga, meditation, treatments, delicious food, a healing gong bath and a two-night stay at their unique luxury location – we like the sound of that! Their monthly retreats are held when the moon is at its fullest, the point in the lunar cycle when people most desire some much-needed calm in their busy lives. Book your spot on this soul nourishing weekend here.
Cabaret 007, Assembly Hall Theatre, Fri 19 Nov
If you’ve missed the Assembly Hall Theatre‘s Cabaret evenings over the summer, where have you been? Coming this November is a Bond Glamour themed Cabaret evening. Starring the devilish Mrs D who will be your host, enjoy delicious food and listen to award-winning vocalists. Cabaret 007 will definitely leave you shaken AND stirred. Upgrade your tickets to receive a food platter, bottle of wine or Prosecco and table snacks. Book your table now.
Christmas at Bedgebury, Fri 19 Nov – Mon 3 Jan 2022
Visit Bedgebury Pinetum at night to experience Christmas at Bedgebury, a magical spectacle of light. Surround yourself with singing trees saturated in colour-changing lights, giant baubles and snowflakes and of course you won’t wanna miss the breath-taking tunnel of light – you’ve seen it on Insta right? PLUS a special appearance from the big man himself. This event sells out early every year but there are a handful of tickets left so be quick! Book here.
Christmas at Hever Castle, Sat 20 Nov – Mon 3 Jan 2022
Are you ready for the ‘C’ word? The magic of Christmas is coming soon to Hever Castle with 2 Christmas Trails, Fairground, Santa’s Grotto and a visit from the Huskies (weekends 12-8pm until 24 Dec), there’s plenty to see and do to get into the Christmas spirit. Take the kids along to the Pinocchio’s Christmas Trail where you’ll start in Geppetto’s Workshop surrounded by his wonderful woodcarving creations and then journey through the land of toys (don’t forget to find Jiminy Cricket) and the story of Pinocchio. Finishing as the Blue Fairy grants Pinocchio’s wish of becoming a ‘real boy’.
If you’re up for a longer stomp, try Hever’s after-dark Christmas Light Trail which takes approx 1.5 hours to see the Castle’s much-loved landmarks lit up in glorious colours. Starting from 4pm, wrap up warm, enjoy a walk under the stars and witness the enchantment of the Castle, gardens and lake festooned with fabulous colours and twinkling lights. Bring torches and don’t forget your wellies.
Dried Flowers Floral Workshop, Water Lane, Sun 21 Nov
Water Lane, an idyllic walled garden in Hawkhurst has just launched a series of gorgeous floral styling workshops with Bloom & Burn! Learn how to style seasonal British flowers with flowers freshly cut from Water Lane’s cutting garden, why not join their Dried Flower Centrepiece Workshop on Sun 21 Nov? Learn how to collect flowers and seedheads for drying from your garden and how to dry them. Classes start from £70 including all tools, materials, refreshments and cake. You could even enjoy lunch at Water Lane’s restaurant after all that work! Book your spot now.
Vintage Shopping Masterclass, Becky’s Wardrobe, Thurs 25 Nov
Is it time for a wardrobe edit? Meet Becky Leeson, of beckyswardrobe.com. Becky motivates and coaches women to rediscover their identity, to own their own style, to feel confident, comfortable, feminine and empowered everyday.
As a Sustainable Style Coach she supports you with her range of styling experiences, from bespoke Digital Mood Boards, Wardrobe Reframes and Outfit Reinvents plus Online Masterclasses! Don’t miss her Vintage Shopping Masterclass on Thurs 25 Nov, it’ll be a 1 hour virtual event filled with her vintage shopping tips and experiences for just £25. Book your tickets now.
Sustainable Shopping at Frasers, Egerton, Thurs 25 Nov
Start your Christmas shopping and support sustainable, local, artisan products at Frasers. Open 2pm-9pm, go along for an afternoon or evening of browsing a beautiful selection of artisan creations from vegan homemade candles, unique jewellery, up cycled craft wooden gifts, bespoke artwork and cards, festive hampers, 100% recycled throws, blankets and cushions and much more! £10pp including a delicious glass of Biddenden Vineyards Sparkling Wine. Book your ticket here.
Christmas at Leeds Castle, 27 Nov – 2 Jan 2022
Step into Christmas at Leeds Castle and enjoy wintery woodland walks in the crisp winter air. Pop on your coats and spot the 12 unique artworks located around the estate, all themed to the Twelve Days of Christmas Carol. Walk under the turtle dove arch, admire the seven mirrored swans swimming on the Great Lake and bang the 12 drummer’s drums with your little ones. The castle itself will be dressed beautifully with magnificent trees everywhere! Book your tickets now.
Festive Market, Folkestone Harbour Arm, From Sat 27 Nov
For the first time ever, Folkestone Harbour Arm will become home to a purpose-built Festive Market! Expect lots of wooden huts surrounded by decorated trees and fairy lights – pictured above. Beginning from Sat 27 Nov, running every weekend in the run up to Christmas, including the 23 & 24 of Dec. There will also be a programme of Christmas events including bands, choirs and films plus traders from The Good Yard will be offering the very best of food and drink with a festive twist. More details coming soon…
Bats Trail, Bodiam Castle, Until Sun 28 Nov
Did you know that Bodiam Castle has one of the most important bat roosts in the UK? Back in 2013 they even recorded the earliest ever births of wild baby bats in the UK! Awww! So what better way this October to discover why bats love Bodiam Castle so much and embark on the Bats Trail. Find out what they eat, how they live and see if you can spot their favourite places. Grab your wellies and head out as a family along this spooky, sensory trail.