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42 brilliant things to do in Bristol this November


November often gets outshined by it's glitzy and glamourous younger sibling December. However, we know that November is not to be underestimated- especially when you have a look at all the hustle and bustle that is happening across the city!

We've rounded up 42 experiences happening this month that'll suit every taste so that you can have a sparkling November that'll go off with a bang!

Have you always wanted to try chocolate making? Are you looking to get some tips from an interior designer? Are you wanting to spice up date night with something unusual? Look no further! 

We've divided this collection of experiences up into food & drink, craft, festive, sports & adventure, arts & culture, animals & nature, and lifestyle & wellbeing. Scroll down to your favourite vibe or peruse the whole list to find something unique and unexpected.

Foodie experiences for those with good taste

Give your tastebuds a tingle, discover new flavours, and enjoy the decadence of autumn! Bristol's food and drink experiences are sure to take you to new destinations:

1. Heavenly chocolate-making workshop: Monday, November 8 - Tuesday, November 30

Chocolate making workshop in Bristol

Learn the art of the chocolatier during a two-hour workshop in the historic seaside town of Clevedon. You'll lovingly create two different types of chocolate with the guidance of Clevedon's very own Chocolate Tart!

 

-> Book the heavenly chocolate-making workshop here

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2. British craft beer & cheese tasting at home: Saturday, November 13

Throw a dinner party with a difference and set yourself up for a brilliant big night in! Host Ben will lead you through the tasting that will showcase the very best in British craft beers and artisan cheeses right in the comfort of your own home.

Each item on the menu is not only delicious, but also supports British artisans and microbreweries from Scotland to Cornwall.

 

-> Book British craft beer & cheese tasting at home here

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3. The MAZI Project's fundraising feast and cocktail masterclass: Friday, November 12 + Thursday, November 25

Join the MAZI Project for two amazing foodie experiences that will raise money to support and feed disadvantaged young people in Bristol.

Choose to be delighted at the Feast for the Future Fundraiser and tuck into dishes from Bristol's best chefs or take your cocktail craftsmanship to the next level with The Aperitivo! Co. and Psychopomp for Bristol's best cocktail masterclass!

 

-> Book a MAZI Project fundraising experience here

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4. Sloe Gin Making Masterclass: Thursday, November 11 - Thursday, November 25

Gin distilling and sloe gin making class Cribbs Causeway

Keep yourself warm this winter (or seriously impress a lucky recipient) with your very own sloe gin. Sample some delicious gin from 6 O’clock Gin as they guide you through creating this iconic beverage and then take your bottle home to mature to its fullest flavour.

 

-> Book sloe gin making masterclass here

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5. Cocktails 101 at Chew Valley Distillery: Thursday, November 4 + Thursday, November 25

Get party season ready and wow your guests by creating some seriously sophisticated classic cocktails.

Explore Chew Valley Distillery's many ingredients and learn the fundamentals of creating a showstopping beverage before using your new knowledge to produce your own signature cocktail to show off.

 

-> Book Cocktails 101 at Chew Valley Distillery here

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6. Dim sum feast in an evening: Friday, November 26

Dim sum Chinese food cookery class in Bristol world cuisine

Fried or steamed, meat or veg, hot or cold- you can't go wrong with a tasty dumpling! Create bao dough from scratch and explore the endlessly tasty world of dim sum, wontons, and baos.

This event is BYOB so you're more than welcome to bring along some beer or wine to complement the flavours of what you create!

 

-> Book dim sum feast in an evening here

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Crafty experiences for those with flair

For those with a boundless imagination and fingers itching to create, these craft experiences will fill your November with joy and delight! They also make for some one-of-a-kind sentimental gifts for your favourite humans!

7. Make your own silver earrings: Tuesday, November 9 + Sunday, November 21

Silversmithing and jewellery making classes in Bristol silver gifts personalised jewellery

Design and create your own bespoke pair of silver earrings with The Silver Duck. This half-day experience will guide you through techniques like doming, forming to make 3D forms, soldering, and texturising with hammers and stamps.

You could walk away with something sparkly for yourself, or make a breathtaking gift for someone else!

 

-> Book make your own silver earrings here

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8. Make coil baskets from sea plastic: Saturday, November 20

Make eco friendly crafts from waste products in Bristol

Do your bit for the planet and create some beautiful homewares at the same time! Visit the dreamy eco-friendly hub that is Prior shop in Quakers Friars and rework plastic fishing waste pulled from the beaches of Wales into something seriously cool.

Enjoy meeting other like-minded people in a relaxed workshop environment- with snacks! Use the skills you pick up in this workshop to make coasters, earrings, tablemats- all sorts!

 

-> Book make coil baskets from sea plastic here

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9. Make a lola linen tote bag: Saturday, November 13

Learn how to assemble a gorgeous tote bag with clean lines, french seams, matching linen straps and a touch of edge stitching in this workshop which will take you from basic sewing knowledge to a working skill that will help you create more and more elaborate creations!

 

-> Book make a lola linen tote bag here

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10. Become your own interior designer: Saturday, November 20 + Thursday, November 25

Learn interior design and DIY makeover with an interior designer in Bristol

Unleash your inner Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen with this interactive interior design experience with an interior designer. Build your perfect room from scratch and learn the dos and don'ts of what makes a room wow-worthy.

Come with the dimensions of your room (or rooms) and the measurements of your furniture and learn how to make your interiors pop!

 

-> Book become your own interior designer here

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11. Artisan soap making workshop: Sunday, November 28

Create beautiful traditional soaps with host Karen in her home workshop. You'll take home a skin-loving honey and oatmeal soap loaf to divvy up into individual portions and you'll also learn how to make fresh, natural lip balms.

Create your own stocking fillers this year with this fantastic workshop!

 

-> Book artisan soap making workshop here

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12. Create your own needle felted animal head: Thursday, November 18

Learn needle felting and create animal ornaments in Bristol

This is one for animal lovers AND crafters! Learn the basics and intermediates of needle felting to create your own little cushioned creature! Immortalise your fave pet or create a special personalised gift for the cat/dog parent in your life.

You can create all kinds of sculptures with needle felting, so the sky's the limit after this masterclass!

 

-> Book create your own needle felted animal head here

 

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Christmas experiences for the festive fancies out there

We've been waiting all year long to lavishly mull all of our drinks and tuck into mince pies- and finally, it's about time to get into the festive spirit! These experiences will get you roaring ready for a handmade, Pinterest-worthy Christmas with all the trimmings

13. Jaminglish Christmas dinner fusion: Sunday, November 21

Learn to make Jamaican cuisine and make the best Sunday roasts and Christmas dinner in Bristol

Soggy sprouts? Ropey roasts? Wizened turkey? Absolutely not. Not on our watch! Join Just Love Nibbles and make a mouthwatering Jamaican/British fusion roast dinner to put all other roast dinners to shame.

Your host Saláma and her award-winning jerk marinade will make sure that you never have a dull Christmas dinner again.

 

-> Book Jaminglish Christmas dinner fusion here

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14. Build-your-own beer advent calendar workshop: Thursday, November 11 + Thursday, November 25

Build your own beer advent calendar workshop in Bristol Whiteladies

We're grown-ups now and a thumbnail-sized sliver of chocolate is not the way to count down to Christmas day. Get merry this festive season by choosing 24 unusual craft or locally-brewed beers for an advent calendar that makes each day just as special as Xmas day.

You'll get to try beer on tap and tuck into some cracking cheeses as you select your 24 winning brews.

 

-> Book build-your-own beer advent calendar workshop here

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15. Make Xmas decorations/wire sculptures on a boat: Sunday, November 7 - Tuesday, November 30

Make your own wire sculptures and/or wire & bead festive decorations with an award-winning local artist and sculptor. You’ll be creating on the cosy (covered and heated) deck of a vintage Caribbean Cruiser boat in Portishead marina- dreamy!

 

-> Book make Xmas decorations/wire sculptures on a boat here

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16. Make a Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt: Wednesday, November 3 + Wednesday, November 17

Don't leave your Christmas tree's legs all cold and naked! Make your tree the belle of the ball with a lovingly quilted Christmas tree skirt.

Hide ugly Xmas tree stands, protect your floor/carpet from any glittery wrapping, and give your prezzies a nice soft place to chill out until the big day!

 

-> Book make a quilted Christmas tree skirt here

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17. Festive calligraphy with Rosie Somerset Lettering: Saturday, November 13 + Saturday, November 20

Learn to write like Santa with this festive calligraphy workshop. Make your Christmas cards stand out from all the rest and have the most enviable handwriting of them all plus take away a starter Christmas card kit to get you going!

 

-> Book festive calligraphy with Rosie Somerset Lettering here

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18. Make a Christmas stocking & decorations: Saturday, November 13

This child-friendly workshop will have you walk away with your own personal stocking ready to be filled with all kinds of awesome surprises!

Plus you'll be provided with felted stars and baubles to string your own rustic festoons to get that cottagecore Christmas vibe dead-on!

 

-> Book make a Christmas stocking & decorations here

 

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Sports and adventure experiences for the wild at heart

Hey there thrill-seekers! This one's for you! Just because it's a wee bit nippy does not mean that you've got to hunker down in your jammies until spring. Here are some awesome experiences to give you that sport and adventure boost this November:

19. Drum & bass boxing club: Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 20

Get hyped and get fighting fit this November with drum & bass boxing club. Enjoy the disco lights and listen to some absolute bangers whilst you bang out a couple of friendly punches with your opponent! The perfect playful pick-me-up!

 

-> Book drum & bass boxing club here

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20. Forest of Dean evening wildlife safari: Saturday, November 13

Forest of Dean wildlife safari British nature wild animals

Discover the natural beauty of the Forest of Dean at night with this wildlife safari. The Forest of Dean is crawling with critters like deer, otters, wild boar, foxes, and even a pine marten if you are super lucky!

Enjoy native British wildlife and the stunning surroundings on this nature-loving experience.

 

-> Book Forest of Dean evening wildlife safari here

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21. JumpFit HITT rebounder workout: Wednesday, November 3 - Monday, November 15

Alternative and fun dance aerobic fitness class bouncing trampoline boots Bristol

Ever tried bounce boots? Jump into an alternative form of exercise that really packs a HIIT with JumpFit. Strap these boots on and have fun with this fitness class that's great for all ages, shapes, and sizes.

Ideal for those that are wanting to mix up their fitness routine and make new friends without going to the gym!

 

-> Book JumpFit HIIT rebounder workout here

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22. Introduction to burlesque: Saturday, November 20

Slip into something a little more sparkly and give burlesque a spin. Lavrak Circus' introduction to burlesque is all about self-love and body confidence, so you'll dance away feeling all warm and tingly after.

This workshop is about laughter, empowerment, and bringing your best burly self.

 

-> Book introduction to burlesque here

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23. Adult obstacle course: Sunday, November 14

One of the perks of being an adult is that you can really, genuinely appreciate being able to act like a big kid! Join the adult obstacle course, a playful workshop that will allow you to drop some responsibilities, let your hair down, and indulge in some uninterrupted playtime!

A perfect mood booster and stress buster!

 

-> Book the adult obstacle course here

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24. Gold anytime balloon flight over Bristol: Thursday, November 4 - Wednesday, November 10

As the ballooning season comes to a close, why not squeeze in the trip (and view) of a lifetime with a hot air balloon ride over Bristol?

The most Bristol experience one could do, see your familiar sights and haunts from a whole new perspective.

 

-> Book gold anytime balloon flight over Bristol here

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Arts and culture experiences for those that like a bit of drama

These experiences are perfect for those that revel in the theatrical and appreciate quirky and alternative forms of expression. November's arts and culture experiences are a must on the calendar of anyone with creative flair who enjoys entertaining others or being entertained themselves!

25. Airplane! at Aerospace Bristol: Wednesday, November 10

Aerospace Bristol watch film festival unique immersive cinema

Cry laughing at this cult comedy classic under the wings of the last Concorde to ever fly. This immersive cinema experience hosted at Aerospace Bristol is part of Bristol Film Festival's incredible film lineup this year.

Explore the interior of the last Concorde before diving into this maddeningly quotable hit 80s comedy.

 

-> Book Airplane! at Aerospace Bristol here

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26. Rock up and sing – find your voice: Saturday, November 27

Get your voice carol-ready with the help of not one, but two professional singers! This nifty workshop is for all abilities and will help you develop your voice. You'll run through warm-up exercises before moving on to more complex techniques such as harmony, tone, and style! 

 

-> Book rock up and sing- find your voice here

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27. Dreamy live harp serenade: Thursday, November 4 - Tuesday, November 30

Make any occasion an unforgettable and magical experience with a live harp serenade. Whether it be a birthday, an anniversary, or a proposal, the addition of a harp lifts it to something otherworldly.

Choose your perfect set from an extensive repertoire that includes popular hits from bands such as Snow Patrol and Daft Punk and popular themes like Disney or Star Wars.

 

-> Book dreamy live harp serenade here

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28. Upfest art walk with founder, Stephen Hayles: Sunday, November 7

Upfest art walk with founder of festival discover art gallery in Bristol

Explore the ever-changing streets of Bedminster and Europe's largest street art festival, Upfest, with its founder Steven Hayles. 

Learn the stories and secrets of places you once thought of as familiar and see BS3 from a whole new perspective. This is a great day out for anyone new to Bristol or for Bristolians that fancy a refreshing take on their city.

 

-> Book Upfest art walk with founder, Steven Hayles, here

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29. Completely Wonderful - cocktails & comedy: Thursday, November 18

Join Bristol Improv Theatre for a night of music, theatre, and cocktails! This wild night of improvised storytelling is one to watch for anyone that likes the new and the original.

International improv veterans Caitlin and Douglas will take you on an unknown journey through comedy with all the twists and turns you can expect from the unexpected! Autumn/Winter is all about theatre and shows, so might as well start the season off right!

 

-> Book Completely Wonderful - cocktails and comedy here

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30. Battleship Potemkin at Bristol Cathedral: Tuesday, November 16

Watch silent black and white art soviet film in Bristol

Whilst we're in the mood for the unknown and unexpected, join Bristol Film Festival for this silent film with a live, entirely improvised organ to accompany. You'll receive welcome drinks before being seated in the breathtaking and cavernous Bristol Cathedral for a piece of true cinematic history.

This soviet-era film is one of the most influential of the 20th century and has made a rippling impact on the film industry and subsequent films. You'll recognise how Battleship Potemkin has influenced some of your favourite classic films. 

 

-> Book Battleship Potemkin at Bristol Cathedral here

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Animals and nature activities for the outdoor wanderers

Enjoy Bristol's natural beauty wide-eyed and full of wonder this Autumn. These outdoorsy and nature-loving activities are brilliant for those that love a bit of fresh air or are a bit green-fingered.

Have a peep at these animals and nature experiences on Yuup this November:

31. Foraging for fire cider and immune boosting tonics: Saturday, November 13

Give your immune system a good kick up the bottom with some freshly foraged herbs and medicinal plants found in the hedgerows of Bristol. Host Maria will take you on a foraging journey through the undergrowth where you will discover the untapped potential of the foliage that lines our paths and walkways.

Banish the winter sniffles with a fiery tonic cider concoction that you will brew under some expert guidance. Happy foraging! 

 

-> Book foraging for fire cider and immune boosting tonics here

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32. Apple pressing for cider in an urban orchard: Saturday, November 6 - Sunday, November 14

Cider making and cider apple juice pressing in Bristol

One of Bristol's most charming features is the pockets of nature that are hidden within the city. Visit Woodcroft Community Orchard in Brislington and have a dip into the world of cider apples, modern orchard practices, and what goes into the West's greatest export: cider.

After pressing and collecting your own apple juice you'll enjoy some cake and juice refreshments before toasting the trees with hot cider as they descend into their winter dormancy.

This is a fundraising experience to help rebuild a new compost loo for the orchard's ongoing community project. 

 

-> Book apple pressing for cider in an urban orchard here

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33. Axe Throwing: Tuesday, November 2 + Monday, November 8

Brocks Outdoor Adventures is a wild outdoor activity centre set against the stunning backdrop of Bath's natural beauty. Summon the strength of your ancestors and test your skills with a spot of axe throwing.

You'll learn to throw a couple of different styles of axe before competing in some mini-games for prizes- awesome!

 

-> Book axe throwing here

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34. Botanical Inks for Beginners: Saturday, November 6 + Thursday, November 25

Art with natural materials eco friendly craft in Bristol

If you love nature but have a warm and cosy streak in you then why not combine them both? Work in harmony with nature and create beautiful illustrations with inks and watercolours derived from natural and sustainable materials.

You'll learn how to create your own natural inks and will be able to take them home with you to continue your artful exploration.

 

-> Book botanical inks for beginners here

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35. Nordic walking in Ashton Court: Thursday, November 14 - Thursday, November 25

Descend upon Ashton Court Estate and traverse amongst the deer park and woodland whilst learning the art of Nordic walking. This style of walking utilises poles so that you are using both your upper and lower body for a low-impact but multi-muscle exercising experience.

This highly-effective all over workout is super accessible and can be enjoyed whatever your fitness level!

 

-> Book Nordic walking in Ashton Court here

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36. Intro to foraging wild & medicinal foods: Thursday, November 4 - Sunday, November 21

Uncover the secret lives of our native flora and fungi with Little Wild Catering and learn which found foods are absolutely brilliant for your body and health.

Once you've foraged a feast and learned the magic of our countryside and woodland you'll sit down for a wild food picnic that will blow you away.

 

-> Book intro to foraging wild & medicinal foods here

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Lifestyle and wellbeing activities for the cool cucumbers

Wind down, de-stress and chill out with a huge array of lifestyle and wellbeing experiences on Yuup. As the days get darker and colder it's doubly important to make sure you're taking good care of your mind, your heart, and your bod!

Check out these uplifting activities happening this November:

37. Discover the power of Indigenous storytelling: Saturday, November 6 - Saturday, November 27

South African art and storytelling wellbeing classes in Bristol

Embrace your unique voice, emotions, and story with this workshop that explores the indigenous storytelling techniques of Southern Africa. Utilise the knowledge of centuries and reconnect with the parts of yourself lost to modernity.

This workshop will leave you feeling energised, rediscovered, and refreshed.

 

-> Book discover the power of Indigenous storytelling here

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38. The Healing Power of Art Journaling: Saturday, November 13

Use art to express the emotions that you can't find words for with this art journaling workshop.

Join qualified therapists, artists, and mindfulness teachers Hebe and Claire for a workshop that allows you to recognise and channel your emotions through creative therapy.

 

-> Book the healing power of art journaling here

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39. Creative Writing & Meditation: Tuesday, November 23

 

Creative writing and meditation class in Bristol, use writing for wellbeing and mindfulness

Practice wellbeing and mindfulness with this ultra-soothing creative writing and meditation workshop.

Release your creative and emotional blocks with a series of fun writing exercises and share your emotions, words, and story in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

 

-> Book creative writing & meditation here

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40. Rebounding: bounce your blues away: Tuesday, November 2 - Thursday, November 25

Bounce your blues away with this awesome mini trampolining exercise extravaganza. Who said exercise can't be a laugh too?

Cue the disco lights, whack on a couple of club bangers, grab your trampoline and away you go! This workout is gentle on the joints but it works 656 muscles in your body (we didn't even know humans had that many muscles).

 

-> Book rebounding: bounce your blues away here 

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41. Deep healing private sound bath: Wednesday, November 3 - Tuesday, November 30

Sound healing and alternative emotional healing therapy in bristol

Bathe yourself in the positive energies of sound and vibration for this alternative healing session that will leave you feeling light as a feather.

Step into a calming surrounding and get ready to be seriously pampered by this one-on-one deep healing experience.

 

-> Book deep healing private sound bath here

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42. Understand your gut microbiome masterclass: Friday, November 12

Got a gut feeling that your relationship with food and your body isn't 100%? You aren't alone! Eat for Health UK has a number of experiences that will help demystify the food we eat and help you a develop positive and healthy relationship with the tasty things we put in our mouths.

Discover how much your intestinal flora and ecosystem has a part to play in our mood, health, and vitality with this microbiome masterclass and take away some knowledge that is seriously good for your gut.

 

-> Book understand your gut microbiome masterclass here

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