The clocks have changed and sadly the nights are getting shorter (hello, darkness from 4pm- we’ve missed you!) but as tempting as it is to retreat inside from the cold and curl up under a blanket, there is plenty of things to do in Liverpool this November. This month will see old and new events arrive in the city like the long-awaited Christmas markets and festivals to the latest outdoor activities such as the River of Light Trail and the Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest experience. So, it’s time to wrap up, explore the city and beyond, as well as tuck in to some comforting food and drink- it’s the only way to do November in Liverpool. And to give you plenty of inspiration, check out our guide to the best things to do in Liverpool to make for an unbelievably fab November.
1. Explore the outdoor illuminated River of Light trail at Liverpool’s waterfront
The city’s waterfront is about to get a glow up once again with an outdoor illuminated art gallery set to take over the area for 17 nights as part of the River of Light Trail. This autumn, the people of Liverpool can experience a series of spectacular audio and visual installations along the Mersey, which will showcase the work of leading local, national and international artists. From October 22 to November 7, light installations with the theme Rhythm of the Light will take over the city centre, with each artwork inspired by Liverpool’s musical heritage, the majority of which will have an accompanying soundtrack. Find out more information about the River of Light Trail here.
Get ready for an afternoon of all things Disney at this bottomless brunch as you enjoy three full hours (yes, that’s right, three hours!) of the best Disney anthems mixed by the resident DJ as well as performances and singalongs. From Frozen and The Little Mermaid to The Lion King and The Jungle Book, you can expect to hear all the classics. Dress to impress as your favourite Disney character and dance the night away. Add in bottomless booze and cocktails as well as the tastiest brunch dishes like eggs Benedict, American pancakes and more. Find your tickets here.
3. Head to St John’s Gardens for this year’s Christmas Market
Get the tinsel ready as Liverpool’s Christmas Market is making its return to the city from November 12, and in a brand new home. Expect around 40 stalls, festive rides and twinkly lights to transform St John’s Gardens, William Brown Street and the area around the North Entrance of St George’s Hall (near the Stebble Fountain). Open every day, the festive market will be packed with a delicious range of food and drink including Yorkshire pudding wraps, German sausages, dipped pretzels, siu mai, crêpes and hot chocolate. Plus, those after a festive tipple can enjoy German beers, not cider and mulled wine at a variety of festive themed bars.
Known from generation to generation as one of the most iconic movie franchises of all time, the very best of Bond is coming to Liverpool this November– but not as you know it. Making up part of Fever’s best-selling Candlelight Concert series – which has taken up residence at the stunning St George’s Hall – fans will be able to immerse themselves in the famous soundtrack like never before, with a number of the movie’s biggest title tracks in store for the special concert. Grab your tickets here.
5. Indulge in a range of tapas dishes at this new Spanish restaurant
A new restaurant is coming to Liverpool’s Queen Square and it’s bringing a slice of the sunshine with it. Opening at the beginning of November, the new tapas bar and restaurant, Tapas Revolution, will feature an improved Spanish-style terrace for over 100 people to drink and dine al-fresco at as well as traditional, authentic tapas dishes to tuck into. Expect small plates like ham and béchamel croquettes; chorizo roasted with cider; Spanish-style meatballs; patatas bravas; calamari with alioli and lemon; and sliced Galician octopus layered on baby new potatoes, dressed with sweet smoked paprika and extra virgin olive oil. Vamos!
A woodland trail inspired by the Forbidden Forest from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series is set to open at Arley Hall & Gardens in Cheshire from this October. Taking fans on a journey that will quite literally illuminate some of their favourite Forbidden Forest moments, the incredible experience makes for a perfect getaway if you’re looking to escape the city, just in time for Halloween. With illuminating sets, atmospheric lighting and magical creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, there is plenty to discover along the way. Find your tickets here.
7. Cosy up in these alpine-themed huts and sing along to Christmas tunes
Returning for 2021 to bring us a little bit of festive sparkle are the wonderful, twinkling alpine huts by Bar Hütte, which will be located right in the heart of the city, underneath the huge Christmas tree at Liverpool One. Popping up from November 12th, the wonderful new winter wonderland is the perfect destination for Liverpudlians to enjoy and escape the chill thanks to their private ‘huttes’ where you can sip on some fantastic festive-themed drinks including hot gin, mulled wine and Irish hot chocolates. Plus, you can also enjoy a spot of karaoke and visit their brand new Doggy Grotto, as well as celebrate the festive season with Bar Hütte’s legendary Bombardinos that are essentially Christmas in a cup.
8. Tuck into an assortment of plant-based delights at this vegan food festival
Taking over the Old Police Station on Lark Lane in November is a food festival dedicated to all things vegan known as Live A Better Life Mini Vegan Fair. The small festival will see around 30 stalls selling everything from vegan food to cruelty-free health and beauty products, along with live entertainment throughout the day. Taking place on Saturday 13th November, 10am-4pm, the Live A Better Life vegan fair will showcase the best vegan food and drink like vegan cheese, cakes, sweets and pastries, as well as natural products and homemade gifts in Liverpool.
Shining through the November darkness, timeless tunes from the ultimate diva that is Whitney Houston will leave you dancing (with somebody, maybe?) and singing your heart out all night long. You can expect tributes to the classics, including I Will Always Love You and One Moment in Time, as well as more modern hits, such as Higher Love. The night will be a celebration of one of the most legendary artists of all time – grab your tickets now.
10. Devour an unbelievable Sunday roast at one of these Liverpool restaurants
With the temperature heading into single figures, there’s ntohing quite like a roast to warm up on a Sunday. From traditional pub grub and hearty dishes to fancy roasts with all the trimmings in hotels and restaurants, we can recommend quite the selection of Sunday roasts that will leave you feeling more than satisfied. It’s the top comfort food for the month of November and the perfect preparation before heading into the season of turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets and cranberry sauce. Discover our pick of the best Sunday roasts in Liverpool here.
11. Step into a winter wonderland at this year’s Liverpool Ice Festival
The highly-anticipated Liverpool Ice Festival will be returning to the city this month and it’s bringing its biggest sheltered ice rink to-date. Taking place from 19th November until 3rd January 2022, the festival will be located at Pier Head and transport the region into a frozen winter wonderland. The festival will include a spectacular covered ice rink, to ensure the elements don’t hamper any Christmas spirits, as well as an alpine bar providing delicious hearty food and beverages and a place to shelter from the cold and a cosy up with a blanket.
12. Listen to the leaves crunch as you wander through these local woodland areas
In need of a change of scenery? Why not take a trip out and switch off from the world within a woodland blanketed with leaves, with a ton of beautiful routes right on our doorsteps? Whether you want to stay nearer the city or head to the water for some stunning sights, there are plenty of woodland walks brimming with shades of auburn and earthy tones for you to explore near Liverpool this autumn. Check out the best woodland walks near Liverpool, with some just a 20-min drive away, here.
13. Sip on hot chocolate and mulled wine at these rooftop chalet-style lodges
The glam, heated rooftop lodges that we’ve all been waiting for will finally arrive this November. Liberté’s rooftop winter village in Liverpool, known for its impressive views and luxury lodges, is making a return with a winter food menu full of festive style street food along with a selection of seasonal cocktails and hot drinks. The winter village features 16 private hire chalet-style lodges each with a capacity of up to 6 guests and two-hour time slots that will certainly get you in the festive mood. Huddle up with your mates, soak up the views, tuck into a pretzel or waffle and sip on a dreamy hot chocolate or mulled wine to create the ultimate November.
14. Take a day trip to Manchester to discover this twinkling winter island
We know it’s not quite the same as Liverpool, but this winter wonderland might just be enough to convince you to leave the city and head a bit east. Winter Island, presented by Escape to Freight Island at Manchester’s Depot Mayfield, is set to kick off from November 5 until the end of the year. The winter wonderland will have no shortage of festive entertainment to keep you busy over the next two months and best of all, it’s only an easy hour away from Liverpool. There will be firework displays, delicious food and drink, a bottomless champagne brunch, Christmas tree forest, comedy nights, DJ sets, live karaoke and more.