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

Theatre in Manchester and the North


You’ll find everything from work-in-progress scratch nights to multi-award winning musicals in this month’s theatre guide.

Classical Music

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

Food and Drink

Get ready for spring and summer with the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.


Northern flicks, sci-fi masterpieces and some brand new film festivals feature in this month’s cinema preview.


Spring weather might be dragging its feet a little, but the world of exhibitions isn’t slowing down with new shows popping up everywhere to greet the new season.

The Bull and the Moon at Instituto Cervantes


With spring’s indecisive weather in mind, we’ve pulled together a whole load of fun indoor and outdoor family events and activities taking place in Manchester and the North.

Poet Helen Mort.


Spring is making an entrance in live literature land with some extra special festival events, writing walks, online launches and in real life readings from local writers as well as international talent.


From Father John Misty to The Flaming Lips, The Waeve to Big Thief, here are the gigs on our radar for early spring.

Tours and Activities

From indie markets to bit-sized meditation, spoon carving workshops to gallery tours, here are the headlines in the world of tours and activities.