20 Things To Do In November

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Twinkly winter lights, skating and storytelling kick off our recommended things to do

Don’t let the chillier weather slow you down this month. Our 20 things to do series continues with a fantastic selection of events and activities taking place in November.


Explore the work of David Hockney over the last six decades through his intimate portraits at the National Portrait Gallery’s Drawing for Life. (From 2)


Join the cool club and try your hand at curling at Coals Drop Yard, with six sustainable lanes for teams of up to six people. (From 9)


Mini chefs can hone their sushi-making skills at a Sticks’n’Sushi Kids Masterclass, while learning all about the history of the Japanese dish. (11)


Based on the beloved Christmas movie, get into the festive musical spirit early with a little help from Elf. (From 15)


Big Bad Me is an alternative spin on the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, which will remind you to never judge a book by its cover. (Until 19)


Get your skates on and Glide over to the riverside ice rink at Battersea Power Station. (From 10)


Mr Shadow can transform into just about anything in the light-hearted Puppet Barge show My Shadow and Me. (4 to 5)


Celebrate Diwali at Marble Hill and create your own lantern made from wallpaper and silk patterns. (11)


Practice Japanese wood block printing at the Young V&A’s Make-Lab Workshop. (4)


See animated coming-of-age film My Neighbour Totoro at The Barbican, where the magic of sprites, spirts, and even cat buses is explored with puppetry and live music. (From 21)


Help a very unusual princess solve an unexpected problem in The Lightbulb Princess, a Polka Theatre show full of sparkle and song. (8 to 12)


Stroll past illuminated outdoor artworks that play with light and colour at Southbank’s Winter Light. (From 13)


Design your own cartoon characters at Witches, a draw along workshop at The Cartoon Museum. (11)


Use instruments, hands and voices to help create the soundtrack to well-loved animated films at The Enchanted Cinema at the Horniman Museum. (12 and 26)


Visit Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and enjoy circus attractions, festive shows, a huge ice rink, street food and lots more wintery fun (From 17)


Gamers can put their creativity and skill to the test with the Minecraft Build Challenge at the Microsoft Experience Centre. (11)


Skate the open-air Queen’s House Ice Rink surrounded by iconic architecture and magical views of London. (From 23)


Hear a story about winter trees then recreate a scene by drawing the trees on black paper at a Garden Museum Storytelling Workshop. (21)


Join Little Bear and Dad Bear as they learn how there are many ways to communicate love, and to find your place in the world, at Watermans show Can Bears Ski? (26)


Hit the dance floor with your mini clubbers at BOXPARK Wembley’s daytime FUN DMC Family Block Party. (19)

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