Fabulous events to book this November

Fabulous events to book this November in south west London and Surrey

From theatre to music to art fairs and bird watching, there’s so much going on as winter approaches!

Image credit: Kaupo Kikkas

Theatre to book in November

1 Calendar Girls the Musical – New Wimbledon Theatre, 31 October – 4 November

Following the death of a much-loved husband, a group of ordinary women in a small Yorkshire Women’s Institute are prompted to do an extraordinary thing and set about creating a nude calendar to raise money for charity. INFO

2 Sabbath: A Tragedy of Witches – OSO Arts Centre, Barnes, 31 October – 4 November

Based on the spine-tingling, true testimonies of the North Berwick Witch Trials, this new horror is an urgent and topical work written by Gavin Fleming and directed by Lydia Sax with the company of In Her Element. INFO

3 The Star Seekers – Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, 1-5 November

Inspired by our childhood wonder of the universe, this interactive show explores the limitless majesty of galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets through songs, silliness and anti-gravity antics. Recommended for ages 3-8. INFO

4 A View From the Bridge – Rose Theatre, 1 – 11 November

Beatrice and Eddie Carbone have built an all-American life in Brooklyn where people are meant to look out for each other. When wife and husband take in their relations, two hard-working Sicilian immigrants, the family should pull together. Instead, everything starts to unravel. Eddie included. INFO

Credit – The Other Richmond

5 The Enfield Haunting – Richmond Theatre, 21-25 November

Catherine Tate and David Threlfall star in the world premiere of this tale based on the famous true story of a family in North London who became subject of some terrifying events. INFO

6 Tiger – Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, 7 November – 2 December

Alice is grieving and she’s lost her way. Oli is a doctor, but he can’t make her better. Then Tiger arrives: the strangest person you could meet, but to Alice, Tiger makes perfect sense. A moving new play exploring love, grief, and how we find a way back from loss. INFO

7 £1 Thursdays – Finborough Theatre, West Brompton, 28 November – 22 December

An hilarious coming of age story, £1 Thursdays celebrates what it is to be young, northern and working class in an underfunded and forgotten Bradford – where for just one vodka-blurred night, you’re allowed to forget everything. And just dance… INFO

Music Events to book in November

1 Country in the Afternoon – Half Moon, Putney, 11-12 November

A mini-festival of country and Americana music featuring US and UK talent including Cody Pennington, The Blue Highways, Raintown, The Handlers, Liam Cromby, Terri Leavey, Tim Gerard and Emily Faye. INFO

2 A Feast of British Music – All Saints Church, Kingston, 18 November

Kingston Choral Society serves up a selection of wonderful British music this November. They will explore and interpret the gorgeous works of George Dyson with Hierusalem. Cecilia McDowall’s wonderful Da Vinci Requiem, commissioned by the Wimbledon Choral Society in 2019, provides the atmospheric climax to the programme. INFO

3 Ignas Maknickas – Banstead Community Hall, 18 November

An exceptional young pianist, Ignas Maknickas received “The Queen’s Commendation for Excellence” at the Royal Academy of Music in July 2021. He has performed with the Aarhus and Lithuanian Symphony Orchestras and at the Steinway Hall in London and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris. INFO

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4 Wimbledon International Music Festival – Various Venues, 11-26 November

An incredible line-up of international and local talent will be performing across Wimbledon, with highlights including The Juilliard Quartet with a feast of Beethoven, the Wigmore Ensemble in a programme devoted to Mozart’s greatest music for wind and Rachel Podger & Brecon Baroque performing a double programme of Bach Concertos. INFO

5 Joanne Harris – Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, 24-25 November

Internationally acclaimed author of blockbuster novel, Chocolat, Joanne Harris, in an ‘audience with’ on 24 November, and playing with her #Storytime band on 25 November: a live show featuring tales from her books, image projections and music. INFO

6 Wimbledon Community Chorus – Wimbledon Town Centre, 26 November

Wimbledon Community Chorus will herald the arrival of Christmas, singing carols and pop classics from their autumn repertoire at Wimbledon Town Centre’s Winterfest. The choir will perform between 12pm and 1pm. You can join in with the carols, too. INFO

Art Events to book in November

1 Worple Art Group Autumn Exhibition – Wimbledon, 10-11 November

Over 200 affordable, contemporary, original paintings and prints will be exhibited in the beautiful setting of St Mark’s Church in the heart of Wimbledon. The artworks, by a collective of 20 local artists, are an eclectic variety of styles and subjects. The artists will be present and happy to discuss their work. INFO

George Megarry, Morden Hall Park

2 Contemporary Craft Fair – RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, 8-12 November

The perfect opportunity to see outstanding work and craftsmanship from professional British makers. Browse and purchase from some of the UK’s finest contemporary artists and makers all offering a large variety of original designs to suit all tastes including ceramics, paintings, jewellery and stylish silverware. INFO

3 If Not Now, When? – Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, 15 November – 22 January

Showcasing the work of female sculptors promoting diverse artistic interactions and practices. INFO

4 Eco Day at Trinity URC Wimbledon, 9 December

Head to a fun-filled day of activities at the Trinity URC eco crafts fair, where you will learn all about environmental issues and shop for handmade sustainable crafts and gifts. Also featuring a children’s Messy Church and refreshments, this year’s Eco Day brings you a sustainably sourced Christmas. 11am-3pm. INFO

5 Matt Collinshaw presents Petrichor – Kew Gardens, runs ’til April 2024

Petrichor will showcase new commissions alongside existing works, drawing on an array of evocative imagery from the natural world. INFO

Nature Events to book in November

1 Bird Watching – Morden Hall Park, 4 November

Join Morden Hall Park volunteer and avid bird watcher, Jean, on a walk around the park in search of the feathered friends that live there. Bring binoculars. Suitable for ages 14 and up. This is a free event, but spaces are limited. Book in advance. INFO