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Dundee November 2013

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What's on in Dundee in November 2013

Event of the month

Get your jazz on

Dundee Jazz Festival (20 -24 November)

The Dundee Jazz Festival evokes the distinctive character of British jazz which can trace its roots back to 1919 when the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, hailing from New Orleans, toured the UK and ignited a vibrant new music scene.

Despite once being frowned upon by the authorities as being "riotous" or "unnerving", British Jazz became a cultural sponge further obsorbing the America jazz tradition during World War 2 and then taking varied influences from Africa and the Caribbean. All that is best about British Jazz is now coming to Dundee from 20 - 24 November and fans and curious parties alike are in for a treat. Among those flexing their talents will be Jo Harman, considered the hottest new vocalist on the UK blues scene and trombonist Chris Barber who has been the most important figure in the British traditional jazz scene for over 50 years. If you have never experienced jazz before, you don't know what you're missing baby!

Location: Gardyne Theatre, Dundee

Website: jazzdundee.co.uk/

Dundee Science Festival (2 – 17 November)

The Dundee Science festival is two weeks of exciting events from family fun days to talks and school programmes. It is a great way to see some daring experiments and have some fun at the same time.

Location: Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB

Website: dundeesciencefestival.org

Singing Kettle (15 - 18 November)

The Singing kettle is fun for the whole family and will have your kids clapping, singing and laughing. If you're thinking of taking the kids to a panto for the first time this year, this is a great introduction. It has great costumes and even a little audience participation to get your kids involved.

Location: Whitehall Theatre, Dundee

Website: dundeebox.co.uk

Grease (13 - 16 November)

This is the original high school musical that we have all seen when we were younger, with great songs and dancing that we all know. It is a great night out with friends or with the family.

Location: Webster Theatre, Dundee

Website: webstertheatre.co.uk

Dundee Symphony Orchestra (16 November)

The Dundee symphony orchestra is playing this month, if you have a classical ear then this is the concert for you. It is a great chance to hear some live classical music from a long running orchestra that was formed in 1893.

Location: Caird Hall, Dundee

Website: dundeesymphonyorchestra.org.uk

Mad About ABBA (15 - 16 November)

Mad about ABBA is a concert with a lot of sparkle and glam mixed with the sensational sound track of ABBA songs. There is plenty of ABBA songs and flamboyant costumes for everyone.

Location: Dundee Repertory Theatre, Tay Square, Dundee

Website: dundeerep.co.uk

Edinburgh November 2013

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What’s On in Edinburgh in November 2013?

Event of the Month

Brightest night of the year

Bonfire Night (5 November)

The attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up King James 1 was a dark affair so it’s a little ironic that we choose to mark the occasion by creating one of the brightest nights of the year with bonfire night. Edinburgh’s love of a good fireworks display is well known from its New Year celebrations so it’s no surprise that the capital likes to puts its heart and soul into a night full of explosions of colour, sparklers, toasty blazes and a bag of hot chips in the cold night air. Those in and around the capital have plenty of choice on where to enjoy Bonfire Night and The List  provides an excellent overview of locations and what entertainment you can expect. It’s well known that Guy Fawkes met a dark end so please let’s keep the irony going by everyone taking extra care and having a safe and fun night.

Location: Multiple locations around Edinburgh

Website: list.co.uk

Scottish History Festival (13 – 30 November)

This November the 'Previously...' history festival comes back to Edinburgh for its third year. It hosts a range of different events throughout the month starting on the 13th of November. Previously... is about recapturing the fun times from the days gone past including the food and drink that was consumed over the centuries.

Location: 22 East Hermitage Place, Edinburgh, EH6 8AD

Website: historyfest.co.uk

Edinburgh Art Fair (15 – 17 November)

Edinburgh Art Fair is Scotland's largest art show taking place in the Corn Exchange. Established in 2005, the Art Fair has introduced over 300 galleries and 5000 artists to the visitors that come along each year.

Location: Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 New Market Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ

Website: artedinburgh.com/

Scotland VS South Africa Rugby (16 November)

Scotland take on the Springboks (South Africa) in the annual autumn test. Scotland will have a real challenge on their hands as they look to conquer one of the world’s best rugby teams.

Location: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ

Website: murrayfieldexperience.com/emc-tests/

Scottish Fiddle Festival 2013 (22 – 24 November)

The Scottish Fiddle Festival was started in 1996 to promote traditional fiddle music to the Scottish people and the rest of the world. The Fiddle Festival is put together by volunteers that are passionate about fiddle music and helping it come to life for the audience.

Location: queens hall, kings hall and summerhall Edinburgh

Website: scotsfiddlefestival.com/fiddle2013/

Christmas Markets (22 November – 5 January)

The Christmas markets start from late November and run right through to January, giving you plenty of time to get some Christmas shopping done. There is always a great selection of stalls to have a look around and find some unique and interesting gifts.

Location: St Andrews Square, Edinburgh

Website: edinburghschristmas.com/markets

Scotland VS Australia (23 November)

Scotland Vs Wallabies (Australia), this is always one of Scotland's toughest rugby matches but it will be a delight to watch as Scotland face one of the Autumn test matches and prepare for the rest of the session.

Location: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ

Website: murrayfieldexperience.com/emc-tests/

Edinburgh Christmas Light Switch on (24 November)

Nothing says Christmas is almost here quite like switching on Edinburgh’s Christmas lights. This year Sir Chris Hoy will be switching on the capital’s lights. There will be something for all the family with an all singing, all dancing show planned for this year’s switch on.

Location: George Street, Edinburgh

Website: edinburghschristmas.com/lightnight

Real Scottish Christmas Fair (30 November – 5 December)

The Real Scottish Christmas Fair is an event that happens on one of Scotland’s busiest shopping streets. It is a great chance to pick up some Scottish craft, jewellery and artefacts that you don’t usually see on the high street.

Location: Princes Street Edinburgh

Website: handupmedia.co.uk/events

London November 2013

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What's On in London in November 2013?

Event of the Month:

A shimmery wonderland

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (23 November - 5 January 2014)

London's winter time festivities return, as Hyde Park is transformed into a festive, shimmery winter wonderland. Skate on the UK's largest outdoor ice rink, featuring over 100,000 lights set to illuminate the rink and create the perfect magical setting. The giant observation wheel will let you experience Winter Wonderland from 60 metres in the air, providing stunning views of Hyde Park and beyond. Help make a child's dream come alive and let Santa and his elves greet you in his grotto or choose to shop, drink and dine in the Christmas markets. Enjoy the thrills of gentle carousels, roller coasters or spooky ghost rides - with over 100 rides and attractions, there is something for everyone. Experience the Magical Ice Kingdom and be amazed by the beauty of the delicate sculptures and crystal-like characters. Fashioned from over 200 tonnes of ice and snow over, this mysterious attraction will let you lose yourself in the magical land of snow and ice! There’s something for everyone at Winter Wonderland and is one festive activity not to be missed.

Location: Hyde Park, London SW1 7LY

Website: hydeparkwinterwonderland.com 

Lord Mayor's Show (9 November 2013)

The Lord Mayor’s Show is three miles long, almost 800 years old and is like no other procession in the world. Luckily for our guests, our London hotels are positioned in a prime location for the famous procession. The modern Lord Mayor will be accompanied by military displays, acrobats and marching bands, all celebrating London’s power and tenacity. Fingers crossed for a clear, starry night as at 5.00pm the new Lord Mayor launches a glorious firework display over the River Thames.

Location: From Mansion House, via Bank, St Pauls and Fleet Street to Aldwych

Website: lordmayorsshow.org

ZSL London Zoo Fire Walk (21 November 2013)

Ever wanted to walk barefoot over red hot coals in front of a crowd? Now you can at the ZSL Fire Walk. You'll begin the evening by attending a 'Nothing is impossible' seminar and with the help of a Fire Master, you'll face the challenge of a lifetime and help raise much needed funds for ZSL London Zoo.

Location: ZSL London Zoo, London NW1 4RY

Website: zsl.org

Discovering Britain's Greatest Sausages (1 November 2013)

The British Sausage Week is just a stone's throw away from the Apex City of London and Apex London Wall Hotel. The pop up shop is set to discover the best sausage Britain has to offer with the help of Simon Rimmer, a well known celebrity chef and restaurateur. Make sure to pop in and sample the finest sausage from across the country.

Location: Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW

Website: bavarian-beerhouse.co.uk

Isabelle Blow: Fashion Galore (20 November 2013 - 2 March 2014)

Somerset house is on the doorstep of the Apex Temple Court Hotel, so luckily our guests can enjoy the launch of the new fashion exhibition from Isabelle Blow. The display celebrates the astounding life and wardrobe of the Late British icon and showcases over 100 pieces from one of the best private collections of design, fashion and art in the world.

Location: Somerset House, London, WC2R 1LA

Website: somersethouse.org.uk

Freeze Festival (27 November - 1 December 2013)

Freeze Festival is the UK's largest winter sports festival and will embark on Clapham Common this year, bringing 500 tonnes of real snow with it. This five-day festival is a true winter wonderland with après-ski activities in abundance, a retail village with the latest equipment, Alpine-themed bars and live music. This event is for people who love winter sports and gives you the chance to see skiing world records be beaten.

Location: Clapham Common, SW4 9DE

Website: freezefestival.com

London Jazz Festival (15 - 24 November)

Calling all Jazz fans! The London Jazz Festival returns to celebrate its 21st anniversary and features hundreds of acts performing all over the city. Clubs, stages, restaurants and even foyers will open their doors for 10 days giving you the change to see exceptional, iconic jazz stars as well as new, up and coming musicians.

Location: Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Website: londonjazzfestival.co.uk

Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch-On (12 November 2013)

Watch the 54th annual Oxford Street Christmas lights be switched on at the world famous Selfridges. This iconic moment truly symbolises Christmas is here as the famous street is lit with beautiful lights. This year's £1.5 million display is set to dazzle crowds with three quarter of a million LED lights, it's sure not one to miss.

Location: Selfridges, 400 Oxfrod Street, London

Website: oxfordstreet.co.uk

Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live (29 November 2013)

The world’s largest and most daring action sports event returns to London this November. Travis Pastrana is a 17-times X Games medallist and will lead a crew of 40 to perform the craziest tricks in freestyle motocross and BMX on a multi-million dollar set. The stunts performed are truly extraordinary as the performers push their limits and skill to the max.

Location: Earls Court, London SW5 9TA

Website: nitrocircuslive.com

The Bodyguard (6 November - 27 April 2014)

The 1992 iconic film which had us all belting how hearts out singing ‘I will always love youuuu’ returns to theatreland and this time feature soul sensation Beverley Knight. The iconic Adelphi Theatre will be hosting the new musical and luckily for our guests the theatre is less than a five minute walk to Apex Temple Court Hotel.

Location: Adelphi Theatre

Website: adelphitheatrelondon.com

Regent Street Motor Show (2 November 2013)

For one day only the famous Regent's Street Motor Show will give you the chance to join in and celebrate over 125 years of motoring. Arguably London's most famous street, Regent Street with be closed to traffic and will display over 300 cars, ranging from the early 19th century to cars of the future. If you're a petrol head and love cars, then this is the event for you.

Location: Regent Street, London W1V 5SJ

Website: regentstreetmotorshow.com