Events in November 2017



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Solitary Bees and Wasps: Garden Pollinators and Predators

Wednesday 1st of November 2017

Bryan Pinchen presents a talk about the important role that solitary bees and wasps play in our gardens, including their fascinating life cycles, ecology and provides ways to attract these beautiful insects to your garden. Shapwick Village Hall, Station Road, Shapwick TA7 9NJ. Members £2.50/Non-members £3/Children & Students £1 - find out more here: http://www.somersetwildlife.org/events.html

Discover Poetry!

Thursday 2nd of November 2017

An evening poetry reading group with themes reflecting the changing seasons. The Trust will be embracing Hygge with cosy fireside evenings of informal, relaxed debate discussing poets old and new - find out more here: https://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html

Christmas Gift Fair,

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 to Friday 3rd of November 2017

Join the festive fun at Upton House with local stallholders offering handmade gifts, beautiful crafts and tasty food and drink. See the house decorated for Christmas using handmade crafts and warm up with tasty food in the restaurant. Price: Normal admission applies -find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upton-house-and-gardens

A Wild Night Out with Chris Packham

Thursday 2nd of November 2017

Chris Packham goes wild with an entertaining and informative look at some of nature’s most popular and interesting species. Illustrated with his superb photographs from around the world and UK, he explains the fascinating ecologies and behaviours of a range of creatures from Leopards to Barn Owls, from Cheetahs to Pond Skaters, from Polar Bears to Peregrines. This entertaining and informative evening is suitable for the 8 to 80’s with time for questions at the end. Westlands, Westlands Close, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 2DD. Band A £25/Band B £23. Booking essential - find out more here: http://www.somersetwildlife.org/events.html.

‘Changing Seasons’

Saturday 4th of November 2017 to Sunday 19th of November 2017

Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is launching its annual art exhibition from Saturday 4th November until Sunday 19th November, entitled ‘Changing Seasons’. The exhibition is a collection of art from local artists depicting the changes in the seasons, using wildlife and wild spaces as inspiration for their work. There will be a variety of mediums displayed including glass art, photography, pottery, fine art and paintings. Everything in the exhibition is for sale, including prints and cards.

Handmade & Artisan Fayre

Saturday 4th of November 2017 to Sunday 5th of November 2017

Escape the high street this Christmas, and instead pick up your festive shopping at the Hanbury Hall Fayre. Browse beautiful stalls from local artisan producers, and find one-off gifts and indulgent treats. There will also be live music, food and drink to get you in the festive mood. Price: £2 entry, National Trust members free - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanbury-hall-and-gardens

British Spiders

Tuesday 7th of November 2017

Francis Farr Cox talks about Britain’s fascinating variety of spiders, and their different biology and behaviours. Caryford Hall, Ansford, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ. Members £2.50/Non-members £3/ Children & Students £1 - find out more here: http://www.somersetwildlife.org/events.html

Chats with the Curator

Wednesday 8th of November 2017

Jeff Cowton (curator) will be hosting evening gatherings to share collections not currently on display to the public. These will include rare books, paintings and irreplaceable poetic manuscripts - find out more here: https://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html

Christmas Fair

Thursday 9th of November 2017

Many of our modern Christmas traditions come from the Victorian era, so where better to celebrate the festive season than the former Victorian farm at Southwood? The outbuildings will be converted into a winter wonderland, brimming with stalls where you can find finishing touches and last-minute Christmas treats. Make a wish on the wish tree and uncover the story of Southwood at the shearing shed exhibition. Price: Free entry - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southwood-estate

Christmas craft & food fair

Saturday 11th of November 2017 to Sunday 12th of November 2017

Discover the ideal gift this Christmas, as over 40 stalls of the finest local food, drink and crafts arrive at Buckland. From glass jewellery to home-made fudge, there are plenty of delights to tempt you along with hot food, warming drinks and music to get you in the festive spirit. If you fancy a few moments' peace, treat yourself to a wander around the gardens and estate, where you can soak up the autumn colours and admire the views across the Tavy Valley. Free park and ride service running every 10 minutes from Harrowbeer Aerodrome.Price: £3 entry (NT members free) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey

Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday 11th of November 2017 to Sunday 12th of November 2017

Wimpole's festive season kicks off with their enticing Christmas Craft Fair. Find unique and unusual presents, from handicrafts to food and tasty tipples. When you’re all shopped out you can head for the Stable Block café to enjoy mulled wine and tasty mince pies. Price: £4 entry (inc NT members) - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate

Handmade & Artisan Fayre

Saturday 11th of November 2017 to Sunday 12th of November 2017

Escape the high street this Christmas, and instead pick up your festive shopping at the Hanbury Hall Fayre. Browse beautiful stalls from local artisan producers, and find one-off gifts and indulgent treats. There will also be live music, food and drink to get you in the festive mood. Price: £2 entry, National Trust members free - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanbury-hall-and-gardens

Christmas shopping season

Monday 13th of November 2017 to Sunday 17th of December 2017

A select group of stallholders will be back at Stowe this year to present their homemade and traditional products for sale. They’ll be in the historic Parlour Rooms at New Inn, a former coaching inn on the estate. There’ll be music, carol singers and warming drinks every weekend – the perfect start to the festive season. Price: Free entry - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

Brown Trout and River Ecology,

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Mike Blackmore of The Wild Trout Trust describes the key role of wild trout in freshwater conservation and river restoration in the UK. The Parish Rooms Market Square, Somerton TA11 7NB. Members £2.50/Non-members £3/Children & Students £1. Find out more here: http://www.somersetwildlife.org/events.html

St Ives (Cambs) Antiques Fair

Saturday 18th of November 2017 to Sunday 19th of November 2017

Finding that special something for a Christmas gift can be a nightmare, unless you pop down to the AA signposted St Ives Antiques Fair at Burgess Hall, One Leisure Centre in St Ives (Cambs). Here you will find the unusual, fabulously special and vintage originals that make gift-giving a breeze! Find out more here: www.stivesantiquesfair.co.uk

Christmas Market

Saturday 18th of November 2017 to Sunday 19th of November 2017

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Visit Tattershall Castle to find unique presents and stocking fillers hand-made by Lincolnshire craftspeople and food suppliers. There will be around 50 stalls selling a variety of crafts and produce ranging from artisan breads and various flavours of fudge to scented candles and Christmas decorations. Grab a mince pie, slurp some mulled wine and browse to your heart’s content. Price: free entry. Find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tattershall-castle

Christmas craft fair

Saturday 18th of November 2017 to Sunday 19th of November 2017

For a more relaxed Christmas shopping experience, head to Souter’s Christmas craft fair where you can browse handmade crafts, gifts, jewellery and cards. When it’s time to take a break from shopping, indulge yourself with some seasonal treats in the Lighthouse Café. Price: free entry - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas

Winter Fair

Saturday 18th of November 2017 to Sunday 19th of November 2017

Start off the festive season when Colby Woodland Garden hosts its annual winter fair. Visitors can make a start on seasonal shopping and browse a range of traditional stalls, with local arts, crafts and homemade produce on offer. Once you’re all shopped out you can grab a moment of peace in the woodlands or take a bracing walk along the beach, and then cosy up in the Bothy tea-room. Price: Free entry - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/colby-woodland-garden

Wycombe Court Artists present

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 to Sunday 26th of November 2017

Wycombe Court Artists is a collective of local craftspeople who work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and more. Visit Hughenden to see their work on show, and pick up some unique Christmas gifts. Price: Normal admission applies - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

A Life in Imaging: It Can’t All Be Shot in the Field

Friday 24th of November 2017

David Spears will tell of the trials, tribulations & some of the laughs involved in making natural history and science programmes for the broadcasters. This partly autobiographical presentation will include some incidents and experiences rarely encountered by the layperson: from Cape Buffalo in South Africa to bacterial trains trundling around their culture dish in Chicago. Parish Hall, North Street, Ilminster TA19 0DG. Members £2.50/Non-members £3/ Children & Students £1. Find out more here: http://www.somersetwildlife.org/events.html

Levels’ Best Craft & Farmers’ Markets

Saturday 25th of November 2017

Held in the old Stable Yard at Montacute, this ever-popular 'best in Somerset' market is a must for those who like top quality local produce and crafts. Each market hosts around 30 stalls, selling a variety of fresh, artisan and traditionally-made food and drink. Local crafts also feature, so you’re sure to find the perfect Christmas gift. Price: Normal admission applies www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house

Traditional Christmas Fair

Saturday 25th of November 2017 to Sunday 26th of November 2017

Looking for a truly festive atmosphere? Head to the beautiful National Trust mansion of Dinefwr, where the courtyard will be brimming with stalls offering tasty seasonal treats and handmade gifts. Hear festive choirs and bands whist sipping a free glass of mulled wine, listen to seasonal storytelling or join in with family craft activities. Price: Normal admission applies - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr

Craft Fair

Saturday 25th of November 2017 to Sunday 26th of November 2017

Start your festive season with a visit to Crafted at Castle Ward. Find the perfect bespoke gift for that special person this Christmas. Meet some of Northern Ireland’s leading artists and makers from the world of textiles, ceramics and jewellery and even have a go yourself with some hand on demonstrations to inspire you. Price: Normal admission applies - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward

Christmas at The Botanical Gardens

Wednesday 29th of November 2017 to Monday 1st of January 2018

A spectacular new Christmas trail at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens will be transforming the gardens into a magical illuminated wonderland when it opens on 29 November 2017. The jewel-coloured trail will lead visitors through the Gardens, highlighting the rich Victorian history and heritage trees, all with the magical entertainment of the festive season.