What's on in November, from The National Trust
PUBLISHED: 00:16 20 January 2012 | UPDATED: 10:34 21 February 2013
Browse through the guide to what's on this November at National Trust places in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
What's on this November
Dunstable Downs & Chiltern Gateway Centre
Local Producers MarketSunday 6 November, 10am-3pmTastes of Bedfordshire farmers and local producers bring you a selection of stalls and products at this regular monthly market. Booking contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. 01582 500920
Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill
House Exhibition: Treasures of the LibraryWednesday 16 November Sunday 15 January, 11am 3.30pmLibrary books are coming off the shelf to reveal their exquisite illustrations and bindings in this brand new exhibition. On the launch of a new book by the National Trust's Libraries Curator, we think its time to delve a little deeper into these sometimes forgotten treasures.
Purl Alpaca: Hand Knitting Workshop
Saturday 12 November, 10am 4pmPurl Alpaca provide a relaxed and friendly environment in which knitters or beginners can learn or refresh knitting skills. Join award-winning designer, Kari-Helene for 1:1 tuition and Alpaca breeder, Tracy Birch to meet fibre providers Fantasia, Cleo and Beauty. The price includes a Purl Alpaca knitting pack and 5 balls of wool to begin your own small project during the workshop. Includes refreshments throughout the day. 95 or 90 if booking in a group of 3+, booking essential. 01223 810080
Christmas Decorations Workshop
Saturday 12 November, 10am 1pm, or 2 5pmUse rush and willow to make natural decorations for your home and tree this Christmas. Taught by local basketmaker Nadine Anderson.
Tickets 18, includes materialsBooking Essential 01353 720274
Mucky Pups DoFenland Fun
Friday 18 November, 10.30am 12 noon
A mix of activities for pre-school children, all about nature. This is one of our regular Mucky Pups Do toddler events.
Booking advisable 01353 720274
Winter Wildlife Walk
Saturday 19 November, 10.30am
Enjoy a walk with our Warden, to discover the wildlife at the Fen at this time of year. Warm up with a hearty bowl of soup in the caf afterwards.
Tickets 8.50, includes soup
Booking essential 01353 720274
Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
Saturday 26 or Sunday 27 November, 10am 12.30pm, or 1.30pm 4pmUse willow and natural materials to make your own festive wreath with a difference.Taught by local basketmaker Nadine Anderson
Tickets 18, including all materials
Booking essential 01353 720274
Heavy Horse Talk
Wednesday 2 November, 11am
An introduction into the daily lives of Wimpoles Shire horses, including an opportunity to meet these gentle giants.Booking essential
01223 206000 9 includes coffee on arrival
Dust & Discovery
Wed 9 & 23 November, 11.30-1pmJoin us on a stroll through our winter conservation; an opportunity to find out how to care for your own treasured objects. Followed by a guided tour of the attics.Booking Essential 01223 206000. 30 places available Adults 8 Children 4 (not suitable for under 12s)
Dust & Discovery
Wed 16 & 30 November, 11.30 1pmJoin us on a stroll through our winter conservation; an opportunity to find out how to care for your own treasured objects. Followed by a guided tour of the attics.Enjoy a two course lunch with tea/coffee from 1pm in the Old Rectory Restaurant.Booking Essential 01223 206000 30 places available Adults 20 Children 10 (not suitable for under 12s)
Hedge Laying Course
Saturday 12 November, 10am to 4pmAn introduction to hedge laying using axes and billhooks where you will learn how to lay a Midland style hedge at Cobbs wood farmBooking Essential 01223 206000 6 people 75 each, including simple lunch
Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November, 10.30am-5pmWimpole's 16th Annual Christmas Craft Fair is set in heated marquees in the grounds.
Woodturners to potters, painters, bakers and jewellers, meet the producers who make these unique crafts and gifts. The Christmas Craft Fair provides the perfect opportunity for you to buy your special presents for Christmas.Admission 4 under 14s free, free parking.
Basic Beginners Blacksmith Course
Sat 26 November, 10am to 4pmAn introduction to blacksmithing in Wimpoles own blacksmith shop where you will learn the basic techniques of this old craft and take home the object you make
01223 206000 4 people 95 each including simple lunch
Thursday 3, 10, 17, 24 November, 9.45amA variety of intermediate health walks through this ancient medieval Forest. Please note this is a muddy site with roaming cattle. Well behaved dogs are welcome. Free, car parking charge applies. No booking required.
Venison Taster Event
Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November, 10am 4pm.Free entry and free car parking. Our butcher will be there to explain the various cuts, give cooking advice and give away recipe cards. We will also be giving away free samples for people to try. There will be experts from The Deer Initiative available to answer peoples questions.
Back stage PassWeekends in NovemberVisit parts of the house not on the usual visitor route. House entry, plus 5.
5 & 12 November
Home made soup followed by four wicked desserts freshly prepared by the head chef finishing with a cheese course. Take the recipes home so you can create them yourself. In Lord Lothians Study. 20.50
Tuesday 1 Sunday 6 November, 1, 2 and 3pmSpecial tours of house and a trail in the garden.
Christmas Wreath Making / Decorations
WeekMonday 21 Friday 25 NovemberWith a workshop on Thursday 24 November, 20. Booking essential 0844 8004308
Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre Improving your Watercolours- Flowers and Landscapes Friday 18 Sunday 20 NovemberThis course is suitable for beginners or those who would like to learn further techniques to improve their work. Individual attention will be given, with consideration of individual style. We will concentrate on buildings, landscapes and flowers. Drawing pens may be used for emphasis. Booking required 01485 210719. Prices range from 130 to 267
Pickles, Preserves & Party Pieces
Tuesday 22 November, 9 amCome to the BMAC kitchen and prepare delicious chutneys, pickles, jams and sauces, using local (where possible) and seasonal ingredients. We will also make some lovely bites to serve with your party drinks and buffets. These will form the mainstay of our lunch, along with some homemade bread, pts and sweets. Crank up Christmas and prepare for the party season in advance. Our head cook Amanda has been a professional cook for over 30 years, but with no formal training is flexible in her outlook to all foods and cooking. She always tries to use local and seasonal products and strives to promote healthier eating for children and adults. 49 per person. Booking essential 01485 210719
Friday 25 Sunday 27 November Enjoy a guided bird watching weekend for beginners and more experienced birders alike.. Visit some of the key venues for waders including our over wintering pink-footed geese flocks. Booking required 01485 210719 . Prices range from 122 to 225.
Beat the Rush!
Every Wednesday 9 November 14 December, 12 - 2.30pmCome and enjoy a two course roast lunch in the tea-room for 9.95 and do your Christmas shopping in the National Trust shop in peaceful surroundings. Booking essential on 01366 328258
Behind the Scenes with the Experts
Saturday 12 November, 11am 3pmThe House will be closed for the winter clean, so take a chance to see a variety of specialist conservators, who will be demonstrating their expertise in caring for Oxburgh Hall, such as care of clocks, furniture repair, conservation cleaning, textiles, book cleaning. 4 (including members), payable on the day.
Christmas Estate Walk
Sunday 27 November, 10.30am 2pmEnjoy a warm drink before a guided walk of the estate with Head Gardener, Graham Donachie. A roast lunch will greet you on your return. Dress warmly and bring walking boots or wellies. 25. Booking essential 01366 328258 - limited numbers.
Sheringham Park Ramble
Sunday 6 November, 2pm Volunteer led ramble starting from the Visitor Centre. Route varies throughout the year. You must have suitable clothing and footwear, and the ability to walk for at least 2 hours. Dogs on leads please. Free. Car park charge applies to non members.
Sunday 13 November 1pm
Get into the Christmas spirit by following the 12 days of Christmas trail at Sheringham Park. Find out about Christmas folk-lore and make a wonderful Wreath or Yule Log to take away. Seasonal family fun.
4 adults, 2.50 children
Sunday 13 November, 2pm - 3.30pm Discover the fascinating history of Sheringham Park with a volunteer led walk. Learn about the Upcher family who owned the estate from 1811 and landscape gardener Humphry Repton who described the park as my favourite work. Includes a fun quiz for younger members of the group. Walk is approximately two miles, dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead. Adult 2, children free.
Sunday 27 November, 2pm - 3.30pm Discover the fascinating history of Sheringham Park with a volunteer led walk. Learn about the Upcher family who owned the estate from 1811 and landscape gardener Humphry Repton who described the park as my favourite work. Includes a fun quiz for younger members of the group. Walk is approximately two miles, dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead. Adult 2, children free.
Art Workshops with Richard Nichols
Wednesday 9 November, 10am - 4.30pmArt workshop led by local professional artist Richard Nichols that help you to capture the changing seasons in an inspiring environment on the Suffolk coast. Suitable for all abilities. Cost 39. Booking required on 01728 663722 or email@example.com
Constable Country Ramble: Langham Church
Saturday 26 November, 10 am - 1.30pmLet one of our experienced guides lead you on a 3.5 hour (7 mile) walk along the Stour Valley, following the river upstream through the villages of Dedham and Stratford St Mary to the beautiful church at Langham before returning to Flatford. 6, booking essential 01206 298260
A Concert in aid of The Titanic Relief FundGiven by Miss Melanie Dennerly (cello) and Mr Michael Lunts (piano)Thursday 10 November, 7.00pm 9.30pmStep back in time to 1912 and join the Great Tottering Music Society as they host a special fund-raising concert for the victims of the Titanic disaster. An Edwardian musical evening as it would have been enjoyed by a contemporary audience. Includes a mulled wine reception. Why not book evening dinner beforehand in our restaurant on 01284 735957.15 Booking essential on 01284 769505 (Theatre Royal Booking Office)
Sunday 13 November
Indulge yourself with as many scrumptious winter puddings as you can eat with custard and sauces. Includes a light lunch, tea and coffeeserved in the beautiful Gallery on the first floor of the West Wing. Adults: 22.5012 - 16 year-olds 12.50 Under 11s 7.50
Woodland Ramble with the Head Forester
Tuesday 15 November and Thursday 24 November, 10am start
Take a 6 mile ramble in the footsteps of the Herveys with theHead Forester. Opportunities to learn and ask questions about the management of the estate and to walk away from the main visitor routes. Why not finish off with lunch in the West Wing restaurant? Walking boots and outdoor clothing essential and dogs welcomed. Meet at the West Wing at 09.45am. 8 Members. 12 Non Members. Includes Park and Garden admission. Booking essential on 01284 769505 (Theatre Royal Booking agency).
Christmas Wreath Workshop
Saturday 26, Sunday 27 and Wednesday 30 November, 11am 3.30pm
Join our Head Gardener at Ickworths festive wreath making workshop. Watch a demonstration and then make your own wreath for your front door. Materials provided please bring your own secateurs and gloves. Morning/afternoon coffee and lunch included. 50. Includes Park and Garden admissionBooking essential on 01284 769505 (Theatre Royal Booking agency).
Lecture lunch with Dr Sam Newton: The music and poetry of Anglo-Saxon Kings and cowherdsSun 6 Nov 11.30am 2pmExplore the wonders of Old English stringed music and verse. Hear the music of kings with demonstrations using a replica of the royal lyre from Sutton Hoo.
Includes refreshments and a hot lunch. 22.50 Booking essential 01394 389714
Christmas Gift Fayre
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November, 10.30am-4.30pmGet inspiration for Christmas at our festive gift fayre. Browse crafts and gorgeous gifts, sample Suffolk produce and enjoy festive music. Dont miss! Create your very own Christmas cards and decorations, 11am-4pmNormal admission (small charge for materials for card and decoration making)
Mrs Prettys house at Christmas
Saturday 19 November 18 December (every Sat and Sun) 11am-4pmCelebrate Christmas in the 1930s in Mrs Prettys Edwardian country house. Relax in beautiful Christmas interiors, enjoy festive music and be looked after by Mrs Prettys servants as our guest. Festive games and treats for all the family.Normal admission
Dick Turpins Last Ride
Tuesday 1 November Saturday 5 November, 7.30pm each day, 2pm on Wednesday and SaturdayDick Turpins Last Ride returns home to the Theatre Royal during its national tour. Booking on 01284 769505.
Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society present Patience, or Bunthornes Bride
Tuesday 8 November Saturday 12 November, 7.30pmAll the elements that made Gilbert and Sullivan the toast of Victorian theatre-land. Booking on 01284 769505.
Lunchtime Reading Diary of a Nobody
Thursday 10 November, 1.10pmA glimpse into the uptight world of Mr. Pooter from the classic comic novel The Diary of a Nobody. Booking on 01284 769505.
Ballet Theatre UK present The Snow Queen
Monday 14 November Wednesday 16 November, 7.30pm each day, 2pm on Tuesday and WednesdayA beautiful retelling of Hans Christian Andersons classic fairytale, The Snow Queen. Booking on 01284 769505.
A Script in Hand Reading The Heir At LawThursday 17 November, 7.00pm
A good-hearted comedy about wealth, whether inherited, lost or won in the lottery. Live recording strictly limited seating. Booking on 01284 769505.
Dick Whittington and his Cat
Friday 25 November 2011 Sunday 15 January 2012Many centuries ago, with the face of England scoured by the Black Death, young Dick Whittington arrives in London to make his fame and fortune. At first all goes well. He makes friends with a cat called Tommy, gets a job with a merchant and falls in love with a girl. But there are wicked forces at play. This is an adventure story like none other filled with injustice, love at first sight, shipwrecks, singing jellyfish and a trip to Morocco.traditional family fun a must see for anyone who needs a little sparkle in their stocking EADT on Mother Goose, 2010. Booking on 01284 769505.
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