Things to do in November 2016: Miniature worlds & Light Up Lancaster

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The Creative Tourist Cultural Calendar. This month: Miniature worlds at Castlefield Gallery and Light Up Lancaster.

Light Up Lancaster. A weekend festival of art and light illuminating the city’s historic buildings, charming streets and squares. Lancaster City Centre, 4 & 5 Nov

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. The UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music returns. Various venues, Huddersfield (dates TBC)

Miniature World. Castlefield Gallery is working with hobbyists, amateurs and contemporary artists to create an exhibition exploring our fascination with miniatures, models and dioramas. Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 18 Nov 2016 – 22 Jan 2017

No Such thing as Gravity. An exhibition that engages with both scientists and artists to address the premise that, just as with art, science is a continuing search for knowledge that leaves many unanswered mysteries.  FACT, Liverpool, 10 Nov 2016 – 29 Jan 2017

Culture Guides


Explore Hollywood history, queer rarities and squirm-inducing horror across the big screens of Manchester and the North this month.

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics


Let’s make the most of early summer, with this month’s selection of brand new art exhibitions from across the North!

Geronimo Festival 2022


Festivals, shows, museums, and much, much more – there’s plenty of summer fun to be had for families in Manchester and the North, whatever the weather. Here are our top picks.

Poet Caroline Bird


There’s plenty of sunshine-drenched reading to immerse yourself in from established names and emerging talent, poets and prose writers alike, both in real life as well as online.


From rising stars playing basement sets to open air shows by your favourite bands’ favourite bands, there are some gems in this month’s music picks.

Theatre in Manchester


Eclectic theatre festivals, silly slapstick and dreamy outdoor shows, there’s lots of brilliant performances happening inside and outside over the summer.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Baekdu Korean BBQ Restaurant

Food and Drink

Plan for July’s food and drink outings at some of the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.

Tours and Activities

Get out in the sun this month with tours and activities that will have you engaging positively with the climate, taking the plunge in Salford Quays and getting creative.