Our Top Autumn Events
1. The Snow Centre – Hemel Hempstead
Can’t wait for your skiing holiday, or just desperate to see the snow? The country’s largest indoor ski slope is the perfect place to get some early season ski lessons in, or to hang out and soak up the mountain vibe! Families can book lessons together or ride the Ringo Slide (advance booking recommended) – and there’s an alpine-themed restaurant and “Shuss Bar” to get the après mood going.
2. Churchill War Rooms
Stand in the footsteps of Churchill and feel history at your fingertips. These underground emergency headquarters in Westminster were used by Winston Churchill’s wartime government. The Churchill War Rooms, part of the Imperial War Museum, consist of 24,000 sq m of blast-proof rooms, 10m below street level. Construction started in June 1938 and was completed just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. They were closed in 1945 and in 1984 opened to the public along with a Churchill Museum. Here you can see where Churchill and his War Cabinet met and step back in time in the map room – which remains just as it was on the day the lights were switched off in 1945 – all of which is brought to life with an excellent audio guide.
Open daily from 9.30am – 6pm, including Bank Holidays. Last admission 5pm. Adults: £18; children aged 5-15: £9.
3. November Scoff ‘n’ Stroll, Roald Dahl Museum, Great Misseneden
Enjoy a guided Roald Dahl countryside walk followed by an afternoon tea packed with sandwiches, scones and cakes.
Stretch your legs and fill your tummy! Your guide Michael will lead you from the Wonka gates at the Museum and through the nearby woods and fields that inspired Roald Dahl. Listen to extracts from Roald Dahl’s last book My Year, as well as Fantastic Mr Fox and Danny the Champion of the World. See the glorious Chilterns countryside that Roald Dahl used to walk in, and take in some deep breaths of calming, country air!
You’ll then head back to the Museum for a well-deserved delicious afternoon tea in the Café, consisting of homemade sandwiches, sweet treats and scones, as well as tea or coffee – delicious!
4. Little Angel Theatre – London
THE PIXIE AND THE PUDDING
Fri 22 November 2019 – Sun 2 February 2020
It’s Christmas Eve on the farm, and the chickens, pigs and cows are fast asleep. Inside the farmhouse, the fire is roaring and a delicious, steaming pudding is left out on the windowsill…
When Charlie and her dad move to the farm from the city, everything seems to go wrong. Dolly the cow’s in a grump, there’s not an egg to be found, and even the cockerel has stopped crowing! If only they’d paid attention to the mysterious note left on their windowsill about a curious pixie and the pudding she likes to eat on Christmas Eve…
This brand new musical brings a tale from Scandinavian folklore to life with puppetry, original music and a sprinkling of pixie magic.
The Pixie and the Pudding is aimed at ages 4 – 11. A magical, musical family show with a storyline accessible for children of four and over, it explores ideas of tradition, rural life verses city life, friendship and being kind. Younger children may not follow everything.
5. Cliveden House National Trust
National Treasure: The search for the Sancy Diamond
Somewhere in Cliveden’s woodlands there’s a lost jewel to be discovered.
Back in 1946 during a lavish dinner party, the Sancy diamond from Nancy Astor’s bejewelled tiara was stolen. The criminals hid the stolen diamond in the woodlands and left instructions for an accomplice to collect it at a later date, but during their escape they dropped the clue sheet and so never returned to collect their plunder. Decades later, these instructions have been rediscovered and now it’s your turn to try crack the codes and find Nancy’s Sancy diamond.
Various dates in October and November.
6. A Royal Castle, Windsor Castle
Join in with some creative family fun. Learn about Windsor’s transformation from medieval fortress to magnificent royal palace and, inspired by your visit, design your own fairytale castle fit for royalty. Younger children will love this.
Every saturday in November.
7. Ascot Race – Fireworks Spectacular Family Race Day
On Saturday 2rd November 2019 the Jumps Season Starts with a Bang. The National Hunt season promises to get off to a memorable start and visitors can enjoy one of the region’s largest firework spectaculars. A safe environment for families and there is free entry for under-18s when accompanied by an adult. Hospitality packages also available. The £100,000 Sodexo Gold Cup Chase over three miles is the feature race of seven and there is plenty of fun to be had off the track with fairground rides and an epic fireworks display after racing. White-knuckle fairground rides include the Sizzler Twist, The Superbowl, Oxygen and Dodgems (or similar). Plus a few gentler rides such as Mini Jets, Teacups and pony rides for the under-10s. Rides are free of charge until 4 pm and cost £1 thereafter with proceed donated to local charities.
Gates open at 10:45am.
8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at The Royal Albert Hall
The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series returns to the Royal Albert Hall for the fourth installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga. For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while a live symphony orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score and Harry Potter™ soars across the big screen in high-definition.
Get ready to fight a dragon, swim with merpeople, and find out just who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire™!
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Justin Freer Conductor
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd November 2019
Starts: 13:30 / 14:30 / 18:30 / 19:30