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Dates for the Diary November 2014

November is super busy starting off with the remains of Halloween, sparkling through Guy Fawkes night and then towards the end of the month Christmas events galore start opening across the country.

So here at LaterLife we thought this month we would take a look at some of the other great events that may be sidelined by the frenzy of other activities, but nevertheless are perfect for our age group and well worth knowing about.

Even forgetting fireworks and Christmas, there is a lot of fun to be had this month as the nights draw in......

Feed the wild birds
From 2nd November for whole month
Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Gloucestershire

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge is internationally recognised for its conservation work looking after wetlands, an essential for life itself.

Wetlands are the main source of drinking water for people and also for wildlife. At Slimbridge, thanks to their carefully managed landscapes, thousands of wild birds arrive throughout the year, some staying and some in transit.

During November, there is a fantastic winter spectacle as Slimbridge wardens feed thousands of wintering wild birds including hundreds of Bewick’s swans that have flown all the way down from arctic Russia to Slimbridge.

You can enjoy the event from the comfort of the heated observatory and the wardens will be giving full commentary to help you recognise the birds and understand their life patterns.

The feeding and commentary is expected to take place around 4pm every day, but times may vary so it is best to check first. More information on 01453 891900, or visit



Investigate the Paranormal
Evening Friday November 7th
Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire.

Famous Beaulieu Abbey is recognized for its National Motor Museum which houses a fascinating collection of over 250 noteworthy and historic vehicles. It is also known for a number of specialist events it holds throughout the year plus its beautiful Palace House and Gardens and the Abbey itself are great visitor attractions.

On the night of Friday November 7th though Beaulieu will have a very different atmosphere at the Hampshire Ghost Club embark on a paranormal investigation.

It is the ideal place. Beaulieu was originally built as a Cistercian Abbey in 1204 and while it was partially demolished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, certain parts of the building have survived, along with strange stories and legends that continue along the generations.

Even today both staff and visitors have reported glimpsing ghosts of the Abbey’s former inhabitants as well as sounds and even smells from eras past.

Members of the public are invited to join this special ghost hund which will use professional equipment and include investigations around the Abbey’s Domus building, the Abbey ruins and the Cloister. The cost is £35 a person including hot drink refreshments and you do need to book. The event is only open to adults ages 18 years and over.

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The Lord’s Mayor’s Show
November 8TH London

This great London event dates back to 1215 when King John granted a charter allowing the citizens of London to elect their own mayor.

Next year there will be big celebrations to mark its 800 year anniversary, but this year still has a spectacular line up in its long exciting and colourful parade that features everything from pomp and pageantry to military marching bands and samba dancing. This is the time when the fabulous golden Lord Mayor’s Coach can be seen outside the Museum of London.

But while the event is all about fun and celebration, it does actually have a purpose – it is when the newly elected Lord Mayor of the City of London travels from the City of London to Westminster to pledge allegiance to the Crown.

This year it is the turn of Alderman Alan Yarrow who was elected as the 687th Lord Mayor in September. He will serve as the global ambassador for British based financial and business services.

This year promises to be a great day for all the family, beginning with the traditional river pageant – the original Lord Mayor’s journey was always by river. There will be a flotilla of traditional Thames barges and small boats including the famous QRB Gloriana and Tower Bridge will open at 09.25 for a salute.
The Lord Mayor’s procession starts atMansion House at 11 am with around 7000 participants, 20 band, 150 horses and a mass of other vehicles and mobile displays. At 5.15pm the day will be completed with a massive fireworks display over the Thames between Blackfriars and Waterloo. All the roads in the area are closed so you can walk around the river to enjoy the end of the show.

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Merseyside Guitar Show
Sunday November 23rd
Aintree Racecourse Exhibition Centre, Liverpool

So many people of our generations are learning musical instruments and even joining bands, and learning the guitar is one of the top favourites for budding older musicians. If you are one of them, then this is the event for you. It is a massive show dedicated totally to guitars, and now in its twelfth year it is growing all the time. There are four floors with nearly 100 exhibitors plus of course collectors and dealers.

Whether you have finally decided to sell that guitar from your youth, or want to buy a guitar to start your new interest, or whether you just want to wander around and see the amazing array of different instruments available, this show is well worth a visit.

Of course there will be live music as well. Along with workshops and demos all days great bands will be performing new and traditional melodies and riffs. There will be Led into Zeppelin, the UK’s top Led Zeppelin tribute band (yes, I expect we will hear Stairway to Heaven!) plus, more for our age group, there will also be authentic 50s and 60s rock’n roll from Original Replica.

Doors are open between 10am and 4pm, and there is an onsite cafe and licensed bar. Admission costs £6, visit for more information.

Ulverston Dickensian Festival
November 29th and 30th
Ulverston, Lancashire.

The Ulverston Dickensian Festival is one of the most famous celebrations of this acclaimed British author. It started sixteen years ago and now attracts thousands of people from across the country.

Ulverston itself is well worth a visit but transformed for this special festival it becomes a must see place with a unique Dickensian atmosphere packed with specialist decorated shops, cosy pubs, cafes, cobbled streets and a host of fun activities for everyone.

While everyone is encouraged to come suitably dressed, expect to see Queen Victoria and even Santa as well at Mr Bumble as everyone joins in the fun and the chance to win the period costume competition. There are horse drawn carriages, a traditional fairground, hundreds of festive stalls and free entertainment and events all created to help provide the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional market town in the Dickensian era.

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