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Dundee November 2012

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What's on in Dundee in November 2012?

Event of the month

Dundee Science Festival

Dundee Science Festival (3 - 18 November 2012)

Dundee is known as a city of scientific discovery and innovation, and Dundee Science Festival celebrates these great achievements through entertaining and challenging events for the whole family to experience and enjoy. Now in its third year, this two-week celebration of science takes place across over 20 venues in the city, reaching thousands of visitors and inspiring our next generation of scientists. - Find out more in our Dundee Science Festival blog post.

Dundee Mountain Film Festival (23 – 24 November 2012) - The UK's longest running festival of mountain adventure and expedition film celebrates its 30th anniversary with a programme of films, presentations, book signings and art and photography exhibitions. Featured speakers include world renowned explorer Ranulph Fiennes, lecturer and mountaineering historian Julie, mountain film maker SummersLucasz Warecha, and mountain author and photographer Hamish Brown. - Bonar Hall, University of Dundee, Park Place, Dundee, DD1 4HN - www.dundeemountainfilm.org.uk

Kevin Bridges Live (17 - 18 November 2012) - Kevin shot to fame in 2009 appearing on shows such as Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, and has become one of the biggest names in Scottish stand-up. His new tour ‘The Story Continues’ comes to Dundee this month, following his hugely popular sell out tour ‘The Story So Far’ in 2010. - Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - http://www.kevinbridges.co.uk/

NEoN Digital Arts Festival (4 - 10 November 2012) - This week long international digital arts festival celebrates the moving image, performance, music and technology driven arts. Delivering a full programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions, commissions, screenings, performance and more, digital media enthusiasts will not want to miss it! - Various venues - www.northeastofnorth.com

The Singing Kettle: Fairytale Christmas (15 - 18 November 2012) - Spout, handle, lid of metal, what’s inside the signing kettle? Children's entertainers, The Singing Kettle, combine traditional Scottish children's music with fun action singalong songs. This year, join Cilla the Good Fairy, Artie the Mad Hatter, Gary as Prince Charming and Kevin as the Pied Piper in this magical fairytale show for all the family. - Whitehall Theatre, Bellfield Street, Dundee, DD1 5JA - www.singingkettle.com

Witches Blood Walking Tour (5 November 2012) - This walking tour takes place on bonfire night, taking you to visit the locations around Dundee from William Blain’s novel Witch’s Blood and introducing you to some of the characters. With real-life stories of witches and grave-robbers that are stranger than fiction. Tour begins at the Flames Mosaic on Peter Street. - Flames Mosaic, Peter Street, Dundee, DD1 2EW - www.scotiaheritage.co.uk

10 Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci (until 4 November 2012) - To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, ten of Leonardo da Vinci’s finest drawings in the Royal Collection are touring across the UK, and will be in Dundee until 4 November. A unique chance to see these masterpieces up close, the drawings were chosen to reflect Leonardo’s use of different media and extraordinary range of activities from fine art to botany to anatomy. - The McManus Art Gallery and Museum, Albert Square, Meadowside, Dundee, DD1 1DA - www.royalcollection.org.uk

Edinburgh November 2012

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What's on in Edinburgh in November 2012?

Event of the month

Panto Season

Panto Season (27 November 2012 - 20 January 2013)

November to January is traditionally panto season in the UK, when towns and cities all over the country put on their festive shows and the rafters ring to the calls of 'He's behind you!' In Edinburgh, the two main productions for 2012 are Mother Goose at the King’s Theatre and Cinderella at the Lyceum Theatre. - Find out more in our Edinburgh Panto Season blog post.

Edinburgh Art Fair (16 – 18 November 2012) - If you are visiting Edinburgh this November, be sure to check out the Edinburgh Art Fair - the largest event of its kind outside of London. Featuring 64 handpicked galleries the art fair is vibrant and has become a key date in Edinburgh’s social scene. All artists exhibited are selected for their diversity, quality and originality. - Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ - www.artedinburgh.com

Treasures from the Queen’s Places (until 4 November 2012) - 2012 has been a great year and this event is your last chance to witness key items from the Royal Collection, in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. With over 100 drawings, paintings, manuscripts, miniatures, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery pieces on show, these treasures reflect the true tastes of the various members of the royal family, spread over the centuries. - The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX - www.royalcollection.org.uk

The Black Dinner (26 – 30 November 2012) - Hear the shocking tales of the Black Dinner which will leave you with a chill down your spine! Engross yourself in this living history event and listen to the story of how in November 1440 the young Earl of Douglas and his younger brother were invited to dinner with James II, only to be instantly beheaded. - Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG - www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk

Picasso and Modern British Art (until 4 November 2012) - This is your last chance to experience the first exhibition and explore Pablo Picasso’s lifetime connection with Britain. This pioneering display marks the first time the Tate Modern and Scottish National Gallery have collaborated on a major exhibition. Displaying over 150 works from both private and public collections, from all over the world, this is an iconic exhibition not to be missed. - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR - www.nationalgalleries.org

The Edinburgh Wedding Fair & Fashion Show (3 – 4 November 2012) - The Edinburgh Wedding Fair has grown to be the largest event for Brides and Grooms, in the East of Scotland. Featuring over 130 exhibitors, this wedding fair is a must see to help plan your perfect day. Whether you are just engaged or at the final planning stage, there will be something for everyone and promises to be a great day out. - Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ - www.edinburghweddingfair.com

12 Dancers/ Deliberance (21 November 2012) - Guilty or not guilt is the question. Explore the true concept of guilt with the aid of 12 dancers performing to an innovative dance, choreographed by Andy Howitt. Set in a jury room, this performance features an all star cast, including Angus Balbernie, Ian Spink, Alan Greig and Matthew Hawkins - Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh,Scotland, EH1 2ED - www.traverse.co.uk

Steel Panther (9 November 2012) - For one night only, you can experience the iconic, glam metal rockers from Los Angeles, Steel Panther. Arguably one of the most tongue in cheek bands of all time, Steel Panther is the parody of 80s hairspray rock. Enjoy this electric performance from one of the most entertaining bands of all time. - Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ - www.edinburghcornexchange.com

Edinburgh’s Christmas (29 November 2012 – 6 January 2013) - Experience one of Europe’s premium Christmas festivals this year as it returns to Edinburgh with a month-long programme bringing festive cheer to all. Grab those hats and scarves and wrap up warm so you and the family can enjoy a spin on the city’s big wheel, experience panoramic views of Scotland’s capital and much more. - Edinburgh City Centre - www.edinburghschristmas.com

The Scots Fiddle Festival 2012 (16 - 18 November 2012) - Calling all fiddle music lovers, the annual Fiddle Festival returns to Edinburgh for a full weekend of non-stop music. This annual festival isn’t just about playing the fiddle it about the lifestyle that comes with it, featuring talks, ceilidhs, recitals and workshops. - The Queen's Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG - www.scotsfiddlefestival.com

London November 2012

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What's on in London in November 2012?

Event of the month

BBC Good Food Show

BBC Good Food Show (9 – 11 November 2012)

The BBC Good Food Show returns to London this year and is set to be the tastiest date in the calendar for 2012. Hosted at London’s Olympia, the exhibition is packed with tantalising dishes, demonstrations that feature a variety of exciting culinary traditions, exquisite wine tasting and much more – you will be spoilt for choice. - Find out more in our BBC Good Food Show blog post.

London Jazz Festival (9 – 18 November 2012) - The city’s biggest music festival has arrived, showcasing an invigorating mix of world-class artists and emerging stars from around the world. The festival continues to bring live jazz providing back-to-back concerts across the city. In the words of The Guardian "The London Jazz Festival is iPod-shuffling with live music, only governed by the nimbleness of your legs rather than your thumbs" - Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS - www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk

Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks Display (10 November 2012) - The fireworks and 3 mile processions (including marching bands and floats) welcomes the newly selected Lord Mayor of City of London - who shall be the 685th Mayor! Luckily for our guests staying in London all three Apex Hotels are based in prime locations for watching this celebration – fingers crossed for a clear, starry night! - Various venues - www.lordmayorshow.org

Shakespeare Staging the Worlds Exhibition (until 25 November 2012) - Your last chance to experience this major exhibition on the world of Shakespeare. Housed at the iconic British Museum, you will get an exceptional insight into London, seen through the pioneering perspective of Shakespeare’s plays. See London, as it was 400 years ago, come to life through this unique, once in a life time exhibition. - British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG - www.britishmuseum.org

Ski and Snowboard Show (31 October – 4 November 2012) - Really get in to the winter spirit and experience the largest winter sports show in the world! With new features, impressive stunts and returning old favourites, the Ski & Snowboard Show will be the ultimate day out for all winter sport fans. Make sure you check out the Les 3 Vallees Resort Bar and grab a vin chaud! - Earls Court, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA - www.metrosnow.co.uk/the_show

Swan Lake (Selected dates 6 – 24 November 2012) - Swan Lake is arguably the greatest romantic ballet of all time thanks to its instantly recognisable music and an enduring story of good versus evil. Performed in one of the world’s great opera houses, against a magical backdrop, this show will leave you completely mesmerised. A true must see for all romantics! - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD - www.roh.org.uk/swan-lake

Greg Davies – The Back of My Mum’s Head (17 November 2012) - Comedy giant and star of the BAFTA award-winning show ‘The Inbetweeners’ (sardonic Head of Sixth Form, My Gilbert) Greg Davies is back with a brand new stand-up tour. Following on from his previous sell-out tour, the comedy giant is back so expect hilarious family life tales from this superb comic. - Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH - www.venues.meanfiddler.com/apollo

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (8 November – 17 February 2012) - The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the world’s leading international photographic portrait competition, celebrating contemporary photography. Exhibiting in the world renowned National Portrait Gallery will be entries of photographic styles submitted by a broad range of artists, from photography students, to established professionals to the naturally gifted. - National Portrait Gallery, 2 Saint Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE - www.npg.org.uk

Frankie Boyle – The Last Day of Sodom (8 November 2012) - Frankie officially quit stand up back in 2010. Now, luckily for us he is back for one last farewell tour. The British public will be at the mercy of Fankie’s tongue lashings and be in for a treat, as the show will be bursting with comedy telling it how it really is. - Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH - www.venues.meanfiddler.com/apollo

The Bodyguard (6 November – 27 April 2013) - The 1992 iconic film which had us all belting how hearts out singing ‘I will always love yoooooou’ is now back in the form a theatre play! 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! - Adelphi Theatre, 411-412 Strand, London, WC2R 0NS - www.adelphitheatrelondon.com

Ideal Home Show at Christmas (14 – 18 November 2012) - The Ideal Home Show at Christmas is the largest festive show of the season and a great day out for the whole family. Featuring over 600 exhibitors, this show covers everything from food & drink to home improvements, to outdoor living to gifts and decorations – this show has everything you need to get your home Christmas ready! - Earls Court, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA - www.idealhomeshowchristmas.co.uk