TIMPI Top Picks for November

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November, a month that starts with a bang and ends with the promise of Christmas. Sandwiched between fireworks and festivities, it’s easy to forget it has a middle. So, while the quote may tell us, ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November’, we thought it was about time the rest of the month got a look in too. Check out our top picks below.

Top event picks

 Regents Street Motor Show 

Ladies, for once, you won’t have to drag your husbands to the shops. On 4th November, Regent Street will be celebrating 125 years of motoring, with cars old and new joining the party. Classics, dating back to the early 20th century, will sit side-by-side with futuristic low-emission motors, as stunt shows and dance performances go on in the background. Bring your driving licence and you may even get to test drive one of the vehicles.

 

Oxford Street Christmas Lights 

Ok, we know we weren’t going to focus on Christmas, but this one was pretty hard to resist…and miss, considering Oxford Street will be lit with 750,000 LED lightbulbs. This year, we’re set to see falling snowflakes decorate the street, but we’re still in the dark about who will be turning them on. With Craig David pressing the button last year, alongside Louisa Johnson and The Vamps, we’re sure this one will be just as star-studded. Turn up on 7th November to see for yourself, and start that countdown to Christmas.


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Theatre Pick 

Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

Winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ is reopening at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 6th December…and is, of course, sold out. However, all is not lost, as you can try and bag a ticket in one of the two lotteries starting soon. Keep those eyes peeled.  

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Music Pick

EFG London Jazz Festival 

From Friday 10th – Sunday 19th November, London will come alive for the 25th anniversary of the EFG London Jazz Festival. Get ready to be blown away (and not just because some of the events are free).

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The White Rose Ultra

If you’ve run the marathon and are wondering what’s next for you, we’ve found it. On 4th November, Huddersfield is playing host to a 30, 60 and 100 mile ultra marathon. We’re exhausted just thinking about it.

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Pirates Week Festival 

From 9th – 13th November, Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands, will turn into a Pirates of the Caribbean fanatic’s paradise. We’re not promising Jack Sparrow, but there will certainly be a (mock) pirate invasion, with three full-scale pirate sailing ships in tow, as well as music and dancing, street parades and firework displays. And, once the shenanigans finish on land, you’ll have shipwrecks to explore in the waters too.


Destinations to visit in November

Cape Verde

Where, you ask? Sitting 500km off the coast of West Africa, Cape Verde is a former Portuguese colony, comprising of ten beautiful islands. With temperatures hitting 26 degrees in November, this is the perfect time to explore the mountains by foot, before resting your hard-worked soles on one of the many stunning beaches. And, if none of this makes you fall in love with the place, just wait until you meet the locals. Renowned for their hospitality, they’ll no doubt work their magic on you too.

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South Australia

What better way to escape the cold weather, than by jetting off to the other side of the world. This is a great time of year to visit Adelaide, as the city moves from Spring to Summer, and the temperatures sit nicely at 24 degrees. Make sure to hop over to Kangaroo Island, and look out for wallabies, possums and bandicoots, as well as the kangaroo that gave this island its name. Get back on the water, and take a relaxing cruise along the Murray River, before exploring some of the 15 wine regions that have made this area Australia’s wine capital.  

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Argentina 

Like Australia, Argentina is enjoying Spring, and 25 degree temperatures, this month. Head to Buenos Aires, though, and you’ll find another colourful surprise that comes with this time of year. The jacaranda trees, native to this country, are in full bloom, painting the city a beautiful lavender blue colour. But don’t stay put, there are other visual delights waiting to be seen. Take a day trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier, head to Iguaza Falls, and visit the stark landscapes of Salta. Add in Argentine cowboys, giant guinea pigs and some fantastic wines, and you’ll be head over heels with this country.

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Dubai 

Sizzling hot all year round, Dubai cools to a manageable 31 degrees in November, making this a great time of year to visit. Unfortunately, everyone has had the same idea, and this month marks peak tourist season. If you’re ok with the company, head high and scale the Burj Khalifa, head low and dine underwater at Atlantis The Palm, and finish off by heading straight to the shops. For any J-Lo fans, you’re in for a treat, as she will be performing at the Autism Rocks Arena on 17th November.

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Dylan Winn-Brown