Noteworthy November: what’s on in Leeds?
Words by Lauren Entwistle
The fireworks and sparklers have fizzled out and the now wrinkly pumpkin you spent hours carving has been ceremoniously lobbed in the bin – it really does feel like November. And whilst the month doesn’t get much love from anyone (having been hailed as a bit of filler before Christmas,) luckily Leeds has plenty on.
So get out your diary and start pencilling, because these are dates you don’t want to miss.
Kirkgate Market Nights
After the success of the Market’s first late-night opening last month, they will once again be opening their doors after-hours in November. Head down after 5pm to enjoy live music, shop food and drink from Kirkgate favourites and even treat yourself to a tipple or two well into the night – or 11pm, to be exact. Next opening on the 30th of November, Market Nights is something any Leeds-Lover should at least experience once. If you want to find out more, we wrote a handy article about our time there in October, which you can find here: http://leedswelcome.com/articles/up-late-at-kirkgates-night-market/
Christmas Light Switch-On
Here we go, the countdown to Christmas. But you can’t kick off the seasonal celebrations without a good old light switch on! Leeds’ gorgeous Christmas lights are already up (unless you live under a rock, you’re sure to have seen them) but will be officially illuminated on the 9th of November in Victoria Gardens.
Head down there from 6:45pm to watch Leeds Rhinos Rugby Team take centre stage after their Super League win last month and do the honours of pressing the big on button. Also hosting will be Heart Breakfast’s Dixie and Emma, alongside Boogie Storm from Britain’s Got Talent and vocal group LCS (Leeds Contemporary Singers) who took the BBC’s Pitch Battle Crown earlier this year.
This one is not to be missed.
While on the subject of Christmas, what is arguably the most anticipated Yuletide Event is coming back to Millennium Square on the 10th November. The Leeds Christkindelmarkt (which has a five-star rating on Christmas-Markets.com, don’t you know) is one of the most established German Markets in the UK, with its iconic traditional wooden stalls and festive greenery adorning the civic setting.
Over 40 wooden chalets and authentic German traders will be present, providing a huge range of gifts from hand-crafted Christmas decorations, jewellery, cards and toys. You can also tuck into German delicacies such as gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, goulash, soups, schnitzels, stollen, gingerbread and candied fruits – so expect to spend the rest of the evening walking it all off!
It will be there until Christmas Eve.
Otley Science Festival
From the seasonal to the scientific, Otley Courthouse is hosting their tenth Science Festival from the 6th to the 11th November with stalls, mind-blowing demonstrations and great experiments to try out.
The Courthouse will be alive with local and regional groups showing off the best science Yorkshire has to offer. Build yourself a molecule, have a go with the robots and play with some physics. Take a gander at the huge program and pick from film screenings, revolting science and even a talk with Professor Monica Grady, a world-expert on meteorites on the 11th of November from 7:30pm.
Cakes, teas, coffees and lunch are available if you need to refuel in the café all day.
Leeds Record and Book Fair
Love books and records? Good, because this one’s for you. Leeds Kirkgate Market holds a Fair every second Saturday of the month, making November’s offering fall on the 18th.
Grab and sift through an eclectic mix of vinyl, books, ephemera, CDs and 78s in a wide range of subjects and genres to suit all tastes. There will be up to 40 stalls in the new Event Space at Kirkgate Market with free admission, and a selection of delicious food and drink available from Market favourites.
If you play your cards right, you might find a gem.
November might be classed as a duffer month, but we think Leeds does well by the most overshadowed time of the year.