Guy Fawkes Festival and Fireworks

From 2pm onwards visitors can catch a short theatre production and witness musket firing, taking audiences into scenes from the Gunpowder Plot. Plus, there are family fun activities featuring slime making and lantern making. As darkness falls you can warm up with some hot food. On both Saturday and Sunday festivities conclude with an epic fireworks display.

Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY, Saturday, November 3, to Sunday, November 4, from 2pm. Details: 01992 707370

Wanstead Flats Fireworks

A dramatic soundtrack has been chosen to complement this dazzling fireworks show. The event will also include children’s funfair rides and food stalls plus a bar selling mulled wine and your favourite tipple, while DJ Roberto from HEART FM will keep you dancing all night. The display will begin at 7.30pm.

Wanstead Flats, Dames Road, Forest Gate, E7 0DZ, Saturday, November 3, from 6pm. Details:

Fireworks Festival

No one does fireworks quite like Ally Pally. They’ve been letting off zingers, sending up sky rockets and spinning Catherine wheels into London’s heavens for over 150 years. Watch the capital’s skyline sizzle and whizzle from the most spectacular vantage point imaginable. The Great Hall will be transformed into a gigantic German Bier Keller and a circus will be accompanied by a live choir and performed against a backdrop of dancers with illuminated props.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY, Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3, from 6pm. Details: 020 8365 2121

Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers

As the nation commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, a new installation at the Tower of London will fill the moat with thousands of individual flames: a public act of remembrance for the lives of the fallen, honouring their sacrifice. This is an evolving installation, which will unfold each evening over the course of four hours, with the Tower moat gradually illuminated by individual flames. The unfolding visual spectacle will be accompanied by a specially-commissioned sound installation. Each evening will begin with a procession led by the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. Emerging from the fortress, the Yeoman Warders will ceremonially light the first flame. Members of the public are invited to return to the Tower of London to see the installation evolve each night, and to join in this public act of commemoration.

Tower of London, EC3N 4AB, Sunday, November 4, to Sunday, November 11, 5pm to 9pm. Details:

Talon – The Best of the Eagles

Over the last two decades Talon have risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful theatre touring shows in the UK. This show will feature the Eagles’ timeless back catalogue including Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights, Desperado, and many more.

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS, Saturday, November 3, 7.30pm. Details: 01279 431945

We’re Going Places

After celebrating the success of their 10th Anniversary Show, Windmill Theatre School presents 'We're Going Places'. Contrasting the themes of 'Real Places' with 'Fantasy Places of Wonderland' the students, aged from 3-18, will perform classic musical theatre hits from West End and Broadway shows including The Greatest Showman, Half a Sixpence, Moana, Wonderland, and Finding Neverland.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Saturday, November 3, 2pm and 7pm. Details: 01245 606505

Jamali Maddix

Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Viceland’s Hate Thy Neighbour, Jamali Maddix is embarking on his first world tour. He’ll be bringing brutally honest and unflinching material on the state of society along with personal tales from his travels around the world.

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ, Saturday, November 3, 8pm. Details: 02089 852424

Christmas Card Printing Workshop

Print your own handmade Christmas cards with artist and printmaker, Jamie Temple. This workshop gives you an introduction to lino printing, exploring shape, colour and texture to make unique seasonal cards.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, Saturday, November 3, and Sunday, November 4. Details:


For the first time ever in the UK, StageCon, a convention for theatre fans throughout the UK and Europe, will be held over this weekend. StageCon intends to represent all aspects of theatre, from musicals to plays, opera to dance, and will include not just those on the stage, but those who make, shape and develop theatre. Those already confirmed to take part include Christina Bennington, Cameron Blakely, Samantha Bond, Carrie Hope Fletcher, David Hunter, Scott Paige, Charlotte Wakefield and Michael Xavier. Programming will include a range of live performances, sing-a-longs, discussions, cast reunions, panels, games, exclusive previews, workshops, meet and greets, and showcases. A village of stalls will be sharing and selling a range of goods, merchandise and theatrical services.

Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, EC1V 9LT, Saturday, November 3, and Sunday, November 4. Details: 020 7739 6176

Mischief and Mayhem

During this two week event, visitors can enjoy a range of fun and frightening activities. Little ones can get creative in the farm’s very own pumpkin patch where they can carve and decorate their own pumpkin before joining the family for a walk along the eerie trick or treat trails. Those brave enough can also visit the Haunted House.

Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF, Saturday, October 20, to Sunday, November 4, 10am to 5pm. Details:

New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival

A book fair and day of talks, workshops and screenings, exploring contemporary feminism through the lens of mythology. Inspired by African-American author Octavia Butler's last epigraph, New Suns welcomes writers, artists, academics, poets and audiences to explore contemporary feminism through the lens of mythology and current myth-making. Recent events including the global Women’s March protests have created an explosion of energy, raising many questions around power, justice and solidarity. New Suns will make space for discussion on those topics and others - as varied as the #MeToo movement, occult poetry, bodies and sex work.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, Saturday, November 3, 11am to 6pm. Details:

Languages of London Festival

London is a diverse and global city, which is home to the speakers of over 300 languages. These languages all help to tell the story of London's people, who we are and where we come from. At this special festival weekend learn phrases from a new language, discover secret languages of the past and try your hand at British Sign Language. Plus, have a go at communicating in unexpected ways through song, spoken word, emojis and more.

Museum of London Docklands, Hertsmere Road, E14 4AL, Saturday, November 3, and Sunday, November 4. Details: