Remember, remember, it’s now November, and there is plenty going in Cambridge to get you in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year.
Whether you want to get into the festive spirit early or just fancy having a laugh, there is something for everyone this month, and you may as well make the most of your free time before the dreaded Christmas rush.
From fireworks to comedy nights, music and art, you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do. So wrap up warm and prepare yourselves for a jam-packed month of merriment.
Here are some the best, and quirkiest events in town.
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Fireworks, fireworks and more fireworks
Get your bobble hat and gloves at the ready for some of the most spectacular displays in town.
The big one will as ever be held on Midsummer Common, with other brilliant displays including Wilburton, Willingham and Ely.
For a full list of firework displays in and around Cambridge click here.
Today and tomorrow (November 4 and 5), falconry fans will be able to try their hand at a spot of gothic falconry at Audley End.
From 11am to 4pm you will be able to witness graceful hawks, elegant owls and glorious falcons in flight, as expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting with the birds.
You'll hear the revealing tales of gothic tragedy and the superstition which surround these amazing birds.
For more information head to the Audley End website.
Have a giggle at one of three comedy shows
November is set to be a month of laughter and merriment with as stand-up night organisers Custard Comedy bring three evenings of hilarity to Cambridgeshire.
The first of the trilogy will be held at Comberton Sports and Arts centre on November 10 with headliner Markus Birdman, who made his name at the Edinburgh Fringe. Markus will be supported by Simon Clayton, Sarah Johnson and Jacob Hawley.
The second night will be held at Impington Village College, headlined by Angela Barnes, who has captured audiences with her witty world view and television appearances on popular panel shows such as Mock the Week. Support acts include Simon Bligh and Patrick Draper.
The final night will be held at Over Community Centre on November 18, which will see Angela Barnes take to the stage once more, followed by Yorkshire lad Matt Green and jet-setting stand-up comedian Philip Simon.
The events are for over 18s only and cost in the region of £8 to £10 to attend. For more information or to book your tickets head to wegottickets.com
Cambridge International Jazz Festival is set to soothe your soul this autumn.
Running from November 11 to 26, this year’s event features a galaxy of major international stars, some of the UK’s finest female instrumentalists, emerging and boundary-pushing talents, workshops, tributes and much, much more.
With backing from major sponsor Brewin Dolphin, the festival runs 80 events and workshops in 25 concert halls, university venues, schools, churches, clubs, pubs, bars and bistros all over the city.
Saxophonist Andy Sheppard will be opening the festival at the stunning Stapleford Granary, bringing to life a new project called ‘Beyond the Dancing Sun’, while legendary vibraphone icon and godfather of neo-soul, Roy Ayres will winds down the festival at Cambridge Junction, bridging the gap between generations of music lovers.
Other venues for the swanky event include underground cocktail bar Hidden Rooms and the Fitzwilliam College auditorium.
For more information or for a full line-up head to cambridgejazzfestival.info
Running from November 10 to 12, the fifth edition of the Cambridge Art Fair will be making its way to the Cambridge Guildhall. Launched in 2013, the Cambridge Art Fair has become an established event on the international art fair calendar.
The fair brings a fantastic selection of respected UK and international art galleries and dealers to the Guildhall. This year the collection will feature the work of famous 20th century artists, alongside contemporary art by some of today’s leading artists.
The combined knowledge and experience of the galleries and dealers at the event will ensure that you are able to find the perfect piece of art to suit you, your style and your budget.
Whether you’re in the market for something contemporary or classic, the Cambridge Art Fair is a great place to shop for original works of art, right in the heart of the city centre.
For more information head to cambridgeartfair.com
Scouting for Girls will be raising the roof off the Corn Exchange
“Doing all I can do, just to be close to you, every time that we meet, I skip a heartbeat.”
English band Scouting for Girls are making their way to the Cambridge Corn Exchange this November. Marking a decade since the release of the band’s unstoppable million-selling self-titled debut album, SFG are stopping off in Cambridge as part of their nationwide tour.
The band burst onto the scene in 2007, and have since obtained a triple platinum number one debut album, multiple top ten singles and earned themselves a dedicated following of fans.
As well as playing some of the UK’s biggest festivals this summer, Scouting for Girls (aka Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse and Pete Ellard) will also be raising the roof at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on November 21.
There are still tickets available but you’d better be quick as they are selling out fast. For more information or to book tickets head to cambridgelivetrust.co.uk
Driving Miss Daisy, Cambridge Arts Theatre
When elderly widow Daisy Werthan crashes her car one day in 1948, her son hires her a chauffeur, an African-American man named Hoke Colburn. Daisy and Hoke’s relationship gets off to a rocky start, but as times change across a 25-year backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, a profound and life-altering friendship blossoms in this acclaimed comedy drama.
With stars Sian Phillips and Derek Griffiths taking the reigns, this play will warm your heart and make you fall in love with the theatre all over again.
Tickets for this virtuosic play are available from The Arts Theatre Website.
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Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift and Food Fair
The biggest Christmas fair in Cambridgeshire, it will have 150 stalls and 15,000 visitors are expected to attend between Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18.
If you're looking for something to do while you wait for The North Pole to open on Parker's Piece, then why not do some Christmas shopping, or just have a festive wander around at this must-visit event.
Visitors can expect beautiful, affordable gifts and gourmet food all in the magnificent setting of the cathedral’s nave and Lady Chapel.
Additional attractions include floral and craft demonstrations, a festive food hall, hog roast, vintage carousel, reindeer and *whispers*... elves.
For more information on this truly spectacular festive fair click here.
Wimpole Christmas Craft Fair
Kick-start the festive period with a bit of old fashioned Wimpole fun. The Christmas craft fair will be the perfect opportunity to find unusual and unique presents from an exciting selection of stalls, and traders.
There will be stalls dedicated to selling delicious delicacies and tipples to suit every pallette.
Guests will be welcomed to the stable block for more shops, mulled wine and mince pies.
Admission costs £4, with under 14's going free.
For more information head to the Wimpole Hall Website
Have a laugh with Rob Brydon
Heading to the Cambridge Corn Exchange on November 22 for his first stand up show since his sell out national tour and West End run in 2009, Rob Brydon returns to the stage.
Best known for his television appearances on Would I Lie To You, Q.I. and Little Britain, this comedian and actor will have you raucously laughing the night away.
Tickets to see the Gavin and Stacey star in action are still available from CambridgeLive.co.uk
Christmas Felt Workshop, Wicken Fen
Learn ancient art of feltmaking and create your own Christmas decorations at Wicken Fen on Saturday, November 11. Create beautiful and bespoke one-off pieces which will hang lovingly from your tree or sit proudly around your house.
If you fancy having a go and this workshop and channelling your inner felt elf, tickets will cost £35 including materials.
To book your tickets, head to the Wicken Fen website.
Presents Galore, Newmarket Racecourse
Are you on the hunt for a cracking Christmas present that's guaranteed to raise a smile?
The biggest gift-buying bonanza in the region is coming to Newmarket Racecourse, with scores of stalls offering bespoke gifts that nobody else will have thought of.
Presents Galore has everything from candles to cashmeres, toys to toiletries, jewellery to jugs, books to bronzes and food for good measure - so your kids/granddad/boyfriend/best friend/mum will be well catered for.
The festive fair also supports Macmillan Cancer Support, so you can grab all your presents and feel good about dishing out your cash.
Best of all, it runs for three days, from Friday, November 24 until Sunday, November 26.
For more information about the most glamorous gift event is East Anglia click here.
Get your skates on, at the North Pole
One of our absolute favourite Christmas features in Cambridge is the much-loved, ice-skating, hot chocolate-drinking, ferris wheel-turning extravaganza which pitches up on Parker's Piece every year.
The North Pole Cambridge Christmas festival attracts visitors of all ages to chill and enjoy the cool activities - and this year it promises to be better than ever.
With a 600m open-air ice rink, majestic sky wheel, Alpine Lodge, traditional food treats and family favourite fairground rides, the event starts on November 17 and lasts until January 8.
The festival will offer a wealth of entertainment including food stalls selling fast and tasty treats from crepes to churros and an authentic German swing grill, along with traditional fairground rides for all the family, starting from £2.
For more information on The North Pole (in Cambridge) click here.
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