What’s On in November

Although the nights are now drawing in, there’s still plenty to do and see in November, including fireworks displays, Christmas illuminations, Christmas markets and ice skating – something for everyone. 

Eastleigh Steam Railway Halloween Special
On Saturday 29th October Eastleigh Steam Railway will be running their spooky trains through the dark country park. As well as train rides, you can enjoy Mr Wizard performing a spooky magic show, along with performances throughout the evening. Find out more…

The Best Fireworks Party in the South at Ageas Bowl
The Ageas Bowl is hosting a spectacular annual fireworks party on Friday 4th November with a whole host of entertainment for the family to enjoy. With a funfair, music, giveaways, and of course fireworks, in what promises to be a spectacular autumnal occasion. Find out more…

Enjoy an evening at a fireworks display
Enjoy an evening at a fireworks display

Winchester Bonfire & Fireworks
The Winchester Bonfire & Fireworks event takes place in the heart of  Winchester on Saturday 5th November 2022. Each year, the city centre procession, the lighting of the Bonfire and the spectacular Fireworks display is a huge success. Bringing together the city with all profits going to local organisations and charities. The procession is a sight to behold as over 20,000 gather to celebrate the failed plot of Guy Fawkes. Find out more…

Southampton Ice Rink at West Quay
Southampton’s annual ice rink opens on 11th November for its winter season until 8th January 2023. The rink is held within the Esplanade, next to the Medieval Walls and West Quay South, which will be brought to life for the Christmas season. Find out more…

Butser Ancient Farm
Butser Ancient Farm

Downland Tales with Storyteller Dawn Nelson at Butser Ancient Farm
The South Downs is a natural wonder, filled with tails and tales. A place where Herne is a ghostly hunter, hares can be bewitched and bears can be found in the stars. Join author and professional storyteller Dawn Nelson around the fire in the great roundhouse for stories of the animals that inhabit this special landscape both above and below the earth. Friday 11th November. Find out more…

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market
Winchester’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe. Taking place from 18th November – 22nd December 2022, the Christmas Market is renowned for its bustling atmosphere, stunning location and handpicked high quality exhibitors, which attracts visitors from around the world who come to shop at the pretty wooden chalets inspired by traditional German Christmas markets. Find out more…

Winchester Christmas Market
Winchester Christmas Market

Glow Christmas at Marwell Zoo
Visit Marwell Zoo for a light extravaganza that will see Marwell’s majestic grounds turned into a twinkling wonderland full of fairy lights, magic, and delight. Glow Marwell invites guests to explore the zoo in a whole new light with more than 250,000 LED bulbs making up their wonderful illuminations. Full of gently glowing displays and spots for reflection, the winter light trail event promises an uplifting evening of festive delights. 18th November until 30th December. Find out more…

Steam Illuminations at the Watercress Line
Steam Illuminations is a unique Christmas, pixel mappable digital LED train. It’s an incredible light show on and in a steam train, consisting of thousands of fully controllable colour mixing LED lights and LED wristbands. This makes the train look magical both inside and out. Popular and traditional Christmas music will play along with the lights onboard the train. From Friday 18th November until January 2023. Find out more…

Light Up Sir Harold Hillier Gardens at Christmas
New for 2022 is a light trail at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. See the gardens as they have never been seen before, transformed into a kaleidoscopic and multi-sensory world of light and sound. It will be a truly unforgettable, magical walking experience for the whole family, and lovers of the great outdoors. 24th November until 31st December. Find out more…

Chawton House Christmas Fayre
Visit the Chawton House Christmas Fayre on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November. Whether you’re just starting your Christmas shopping or looking for those final few festive gifts, you can explore a variety of stalls, all run by small independent businesses, in the historic setting of Edward Austen Knight’s Chawton House. Find out more…

Christmas at Mottisfont 
Step into a Narnia-inspired world at Mottisfont, with decorations and a family trail inspired by C. S. Lewis’s beloved story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. As you enter the house, you’ll be greeted with warmth and sparkle from a 1940s Christmas, with trees, traditional toys and paper decorations. Follow in the footsteps of wartime evacuees, Edmund, Lucy, Susan and Peter, passing through that famous wardrobe and into the kingdom of the White Witch, a landscape of frost, snow and Turkish Delight.  26th November until 8thJanuary. Find out more…

Christmas Festival at the Brickworks Museum
See the museum site shining in the glow of Christmas lights and decorations to begin the festive period; shop at the craft market and find out about Christmas past in the Victorian cottage display. Father Christmas will also be taking time out of his busy schedule to come and hand out gifts to the youngest visitors. Sunday 27thNovember. Find out more…

Weald & Downland Living Museum
Weald & Downland Living Museum

Advent – A Christmas Experience & Market at the Weald & Downland Living Museum
Come and visit the Museum on 26th & 27th November to see the Museum prepare for Christmas across the ages. There’ll be choirs, hands-on demonstrations, make & take activities for children and families and of course the chance to explore our collection and historic houses. Find out more…

Portsmouth On Ice
Get your skates on this festive season when Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square is transformed into a winter wonderland. Portsmouth On Ice will see a huge ice rink installed in Guildhall Square – big enough for 215 skaters per session. From 26th November until 8th January. Find out more…

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink
Enjoy ice skating over the festive period

Image credits:
Featured image by Erwan Hesry on Unsplash
Fireworks display by Elisha Terada on Unsplash