The clocks have gone back, the evenings have got longer and it’s certainly got a lot colder! So what’s coming up in November to brighten things up? Here is our pick of the best events taking place in Leicestershire this month!
British Comedy Award winner, double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, BAFTA nominated filmmaker and star of BBC3’s Uncle, Heavy Entertainment, C4’s Loaded, Live at the Apollo and regular on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Nick Helm is coming to the Y Theatre to bring his unique blend of high octane stand up, music and poetry, in person, to the people. He’s brilliant live, don’t miss it.
Tickets are £12 and available from Gigantic.
Wednesday 8 November, secret location
Celebrating a year since their first gig, Sofar Sounds are back this month with another secret gig. Always in a secret Leicester location, the gig venue is revealed to the guests only 36 hours before with a secret line-up of three superb acts reflecting the emerging new music. So far the gigs have taken place in secret and diverse venues including Future Cycles, The Gate, Watch This Space Art Gallery, The Upstars Venue at The Queen of Bradgate and Bishop Street Methodist Church. If you want to be there to find out where this month’s is then you can apply for tickets on the Sofar Sounds website.
Friday 10 November, O2 Academy
Milburn are coming to Leicester’s O2 Academy on Friday 10 November as part of their biggest ever UK tour to celebrate the release of their third studio album. As comebacks go, the return of Milburn has been a hugely successful one. What began as a handful of one off shows early last year culminated in a self-curated festival on Sheffield’s famous Don Valley Bowl. To put the whole thing in perspective, in just over a year the band have sold a little under 30,000 tickets around the UK. Add to that a raucous European tour and a number of high profile festival slots, then you begin to understand just what this band still means to people.
Inject some indie into your Friday night! Tickets are priced at £20 from Gigantic.
The Gin Festival
Friday 10 & Saturday 11 November, Athena
The Gin Festival is returning to Leicester this month and additional tickets have been released to help meet demand and make sure no-one misses out on the gin-fuelled action. We’ve been to this for the last 2 years and you won’t be disappointed. On arrival festival-goers will receive their very own GinFestival.com copa glass and a Gin Explorer Book which will help them to discover the huge variety of gin on offer, whilst recommending a fantastic range of Fever-Tree tonics and carefully paired garnish. Tickets are priced at £18 and are available from the Gin Festival website.
Taste of Science
Saturday 11 November, National Space Centre
Food and space, not 2 things you’d usually put together, but now you can. Enjoy a night out surrounded by the very best food available to try and buy. Have yourself an evening dedicated to eating, drinking, learning and discovering something new and exciting around every corner. The National Space Centre will be filled with a market of food stalls, workshops, talks, demonstrations, experiments, music and an indoor food court. Drop in to the demonstration kitchen to see chefs (including Great British Bake Off star Andrew Smyth and Leicester’s own Kwoklyn Wan) create amazing dishes, take a seat to learn about the very best the region has to offer and have a go at molecular gastronomy with our special guests.
Tickets are priced at £10 and are available from the Space Centre website.
From Saturday 18 November, Curve
It’s officially nearly Christmas when the festive shows hit the theatre. Curve this year won’t disappoint as they bring their own production of Scrooge to the stage. Based on Charles Dickens’ much-loved A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is the perfect festive family treat, taking you and Ebenezer Scrooge on a spellbinding journey through Christmas past, present and yet-to-come. This spectacular musical is a wonderful, feel-good story about hope and the kind of happiness that money can’t buy, so join us as we celebrate the season of goodwill to all… even Scrooge.
Grab a ticket to one of the early performances and get yourself in the festive spirit! Tickets start from £10 and are available from Curve’s website.
Christmas Lights Switch On
Thursday 23 November, City Centre
The lights switch on really marks the beginning of Christmas in the city. Enjoy entertainment and music on the main stage on Humberstone Gate and join in the countdown to the lights switch on by the Lord Mayor. Keep your eyes out for the stars of De Monfort Hall pantomime Beauty and the Beast in the city centre.
Delilah’s Christmas Day Feast
Friday 24 November, Delilah Fine Foods
Enjoy a walk through of Christmas Day at Delilah! Spend the evening sampling the Christmas delights offered by Delilah, including food sampling to inspire your festive feasts plus try 10 different wines that are perfect for Christmas and Boxing Day. In between courses you’ll have time to browse the store and pick out any foodie presents that might catch your eye. Tickets are priced at £39 and include all food & drink, purchase from the Delilah website.
Shed Seven & Cast
Sunday 26 November, O2 Academy
What a night of indie goodness this is as Cast join Shed Seven on their UK tour. Shed Seven, known for top 40 singles like Chasing Rainbows and Disco Down will play classic hits and new material in support of their new album. Tickets are priced at £24 and available from Ticketmaster.
What else are you looking forward to this month? Let us know @coolasleicester.