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What's On in Plymouth – November

To make sure you don't miss a thing, we've put together a guide of some of the best arts and culture events to see, do, and attend in our city this month.

Christmas is just around the corner, but that’s no excuse not to get involved in some winter activities across the art and cultural scene in Plymouth. There’s plenty to do in the run up to Christmas, so let the festivities begin!

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Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Every Bonfire Night, Plymouth’s Hoe is lit up with the dance and crackle of bonfire flames while the night sky is lit up with fireworks. There will also be fairground rides, food and drink on offer as well as live entertainment from Radio Plymouth. Wrap up warm, fill your thermos with some tea and enjoy the evening.

5 November 2021 - From 4pm @ Plymouth Hoe

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Open Days are a great way to find out more about Plymouth College of Art

Before deciding where and what to study, it is important to find out as much as you can about the institution and course you’re interested in. At our Pre-Degree Open Day, we’ll have everything you need to know about our UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas, International Baccalaureate Career-related Programmes and Foundation Diplomas.

6 November 2021 - 12pm - 4pm @ Plymouth College of Art

From comic books to cosplay, from video games to cult TV shows, the Plymouth Comic Con and Gaming Festival offers nerds, enthusiasts and collectors the chance to explore the world of fantasy, science fiction and video games. With live performances, cosplayers, authors and artists, there’s plenty for everyone to see and do.

7 November 2021 - 10am - 5pm @ Plymouth Pavilions

At our Open Day, we’ll have everything you need to know about our BA (Hons) Degrees, Extended Diploma, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and Pre-Degree offering. You can experience our state-of-the-art studios and workshops, explore our campus, talk to our programme leaders, visit the accommodation on offer and talk through any questions or queries you may have with our knowledgeable staff.

13 November 2021 - 10am - 2pm @ Plymouth College of Art

Christmas Lights

It's the most wonderful time of the year... the Christmas Lights Switch On! Photo credit: Plymouth Herald

The Christmas holiday calendar officially kicks off with the switch-on of this year’s beautiful Christmas lights, marking the start of late-night shopping.

18 November 2021 - 5pm - 9pm @ Armada Way, City Centre

The spectacular Illuminate light festival will once again transform Royal William Yard as well as the Market Hall in Devonport, through light art installations and projection mapping. Created by local and international artists, techn designers and students from Plymouth College of Art and other institutions, the free festival promises to deliver an inspiring, immersive experience, delighting visitors of all ages. Illuminate 2021 will also reflect on and respond to COP26 with a focus on the Climate Crisis, exploring what it means to each of us and how we can all contribute to making change happen.

15 - 28 November 2021 - 5.30pm - 10pm @ Royal William Yard & Market Hall, Devonport

Junction

The Junction on Mutley Plain hosts regular live music events with plenty of booze and soft drinks and a pool table!

An evening of music, poetry and performance at The Junction to raise funds for the families and communities affected by the tragedy in Keyham. The evening’s entertainment features sets from local bands, including The Busketeers, Tailfin and acclaimed Cornish singer Ezmay Grace, with spoken word and poetry performed by former Plymouth laureate Thom Boulton and Plymouth art collective WonderZoo founder Peter Davey. Admission is £5 on the door.

26 November 2021 - 7.30pm - 11.30pm @ The Junction, Mutley Plain

It’s that time of year again, Miss Ivy Events brings the popular Love Local Christmas Market. Jam packed full of festive treats, the market hosts over 50 artisan, upcycled and gift exhibitors selling a selection of jewellery, candles, gifts and much more. Expect local choirs, street food, mulled wine and much more.

28 November 2021 - 10am - 3.30pm @ Plymouth Albion RFC