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The nights are longer and Christmas is just around the corner (after bonfire night, of course!) so join in the local festivities like the true Manxie you are, yessir.Here’s your guide to the best events, pop-ups and things to do in the Isle of Man this November. 

3 Nov – Douglas Fireworks Display

Where: Douglas Promenade         When: 7.15pm-20.00pm             Cost: FreeYour November on the rock begins with something for all the family, the Douglas fireworks display. At 7.30pm the bonfire will be lit then at 7.40pm the fireworks display, set to music, will be fired from a barge moored opposite the War Memorial.Watch the sky light up while enjoying food and drink from various catering outlets along the promenade.Find out more here

4 Nov – Sayle Gallery Half-Term Workshop

Where: Sayle Gallery           When: 1pm-4pm              Cost: £10Looking for something crafty to keep the kids entertained this half-term? Why not let them get creative through artwork inspired by the sea and fishing at the Sayle Gallery.Children aged 8 years and above are invited along to the Sayle Gallery for a workshop exploring print-making, collage and drawing. Materials drawn from the beach and harbours will be provided to make marks, textures or impressions or to inspire drawing.Find out more here

11 Nov – Isle of Man Gin Fest

Where: Noa Bakehouse              When: 7.00pm               Cost: £45We’ve hooked up with Roots Bev Co. and lewislewis for the first ever IOM Gin Fest event. Expect music, cocktails, food from the Noa Bakehoues gang, more garnish than you can shake a stick at and of course, gin! Clearly, we’re an island that L.O.V.E.S. gin, so for that reason we don’t have just one bar, not even two, we’ve got a whole damn five of them… We know right?!This event is limited to 120 people and is almost certain to be a sellout, so don’t delay in booking your tickets. We’ll see you at the bar.Find out more here

11 Nov – World Famous Hypnotist, Andrew Newton

Where: Gaiety Theatre                       When: 7.30pm                     Cost: £14.50World Famous Hypnotist Andrew Newton returns to the Gaiety Theatre for another night of side-splitting laughter. To date, he has hypnotised over 60,000 people worldwide, including many famous names in the UK and abroad.If you think the show it’s all about getting people to run round like chickens, think again! Instead, Andrew offers fascinating insights into the mind, punctuated by spells of laughter and disbelief.Find out more here

12 Nov – Pound for Pink

Where: Warehouse Fitness                   When: 10am-11am                Cost: £5Rock out to some awesome songs all in aid of a good cause. Pound is a cardio workout inspired by the energising fun of playing the drums. Get the feel good factor from releasing those endorphins knowing you’re doing your bit for charity.This Pound for Pink class is in aid of the Breast Cancer Support Group and takes place at Warehouse Fitness (a ladies only gym – sorry boys!).Find out more here

16 Nov – Pregnancy Life Drawing

Where: Noa Bakehouse                      When: 7pm-9pm                  Cost: £5Take the unique opportunity to draw a model who’s 7 months pregnant. Bring your own favourite art supplies and paper to Noa Bakehouse for two hours of celebrating the miracle of life…drawing!Your host, Kim Gee Studio, will lead the group through different timed poses and a few drink breaks, and at the end of the night they’ll be plenty of opportunities to show off your creations. Everybody welcome regardless of ability level, as long as you can enjoy a chat and love to draw.Find out more here

21 Nov – Bonnag to Buggane: The Great Isle of Man Quiz 2017

Where: Bar George      When: 7pm       Cost: £5 per personBlock out your diaries now for the third edition of The Great Isle of Man Quiz, raising money for the Manx registered charity DO!Developing Orphans. DO! and its volunteers raise money for the vital education of orphans in northern Uganda. The quiz is being held at Bar George, Hill St, Douglas from 1900 on Tuesday 21 November.Quiz teams of up to eight people, with a minimum £5 donation per person. To book your table now and avoid missing out contact Andrew Newton via ecoperatives@hotmail.com or 427925.For more information find the charity on Facebook. 

23 Nov – Christmas Lights Switch On

Where: Town Hall, Douglas               When: 6.15pm-7.15pm               Cost: FreeYou know it’s officially the run-up to Christmas when the lights get switched on in Douglas. Lower Ridgeway Street will once again be the setting for an evening of family entertainment with seasonal music from Douglas Town Band, followed by a sneak preview of Aladdin – this year’s pantomime at the Gaiety Theatre.At 7.00pm Her Worship will switch on the Christmas lights, ‘snow’ will fall, Santa will be in his grotto on the corner of John Street, Thursday late-night shopping begins and Christmas comes to the capital.Find out more here

24 Nov – Vegan Pop Up

Where: The Alpine Cafe         When: 7.30pm         Cost: £25The Alpine cafe has an emphasis on super fresh and healthy food with a relaxed vibe. They’re offering many pop up events throughout November, including a much anticipated vegan night.Everything is made with local Manx produce as far as possible and is designed to make you feel good. Just imagine you’re at the top of the alps yodelling your heart out. Feels good, doesn’t it?Find out more here

24-26 Nov – Peel Christmas Art Crawl

Where: Peel    When: Friday 2pm-9pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm           Cost: FreeEmbrace the festive spirit in a Christmas market style event in a variety of venues in Peel and The Isle Gallery.  Browse the finest collections from some of the finest artists and crafts people from the Isle of Man.Mulled Wine and seasonal snacks will be served at each venue for a serious weekend of merriment and Christmas shopping experience.Find out more here

30 Nov – Isle of Man Biomed 2017: Innovation

Where: Villa Marina          When: 8.30am-4.30pm          Cost: FreeManx Business Connection aims to create an environment in which to cultivate originality and identify real opportunities for Isle of Man Biomed.Throughout the day speakers will present “ideas” (not funding pitches) designed to develop opportunities for the Island’s biomed sector and healthcare provision. Delegates are invited to attend this free event to actively participate and, ultimately, decide if the idea presents a real opportunity for the Island and should be progressed.Find out more here

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