What's On in Plymouth - November 2023
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!
Hosted by ‘Changing the Tides’, a group of second year Fine Art students on a mission to make change through social engagement, you are invited to join in the session of ‘Fish Making’, using waste plastics. You’ll be provided with the waste plastic raw materials for ‘fish making’ along with the tools and consumables - where you’ll be asked to unleash your creativity and make wondrous fish to join the shoal. Join in on an interesting back-and-forth chat about how we can all help reduce plastic pollution and combat the impact of this scourge on biodiversity, on ourselves and on future generations.
Responding to the heart-wrenching events of 2021, Arts University Plymouth takes part in Violence Against Women and Girls working groups in the city concerned with improving equality and supporting women and girls' safety and support nationally and in the region. We are proud to initiate a new partnership with women and children's charity Trevi, marking a united front against violence against women and girls and supporting local families. You can get involved with plenty of fundraising opportunities through their website and look out for upcoming live project briefs.
The Lions Barber Collective is an international collection of top barbers who have come together to help raise awareness for the prevention of suicide. Members of the collective will be offering free haircuts throughout the day, first come, first served.
Flowers of the Killing Moon (15) comes to Plymouth Arts Cinema from 3 November
Director Martin Scorsese returns with another epic tale from American history about the horrific murdering of members of the Osage tribe. Based on the best-selling book of the same name by David Grann, the film depicts the true story of the Osage Native American nation who became incredibly wealthy in the 1920s thanks to their reservation sitting on a land rich with oil. This attracts the attention of the white population, who will stop at nothing - including murder - to get what they think is their ‘fair share’.
Made up of Molly, Rebecca and Vanessa, a trio of students at Arts University Plymouth, they are Elevate. Their aim is to elevate the voices of women and gender non-conforming people through collective storytelling and creativity. In this free workshop, you’ll be provided with supplies and support to create badges. You’re welcome to bring any materials you may want to use. This is a free event and tickets are not required.
Join textile artist Zowie Wyatt and staff from Arts University Plymouth as they demonstrate how to make natural dyes from plants and how acid and alkaline solutions can influence the colours you create. Zowie Wyatt is a textile artist, designer and maker with a love for texture, colour and contemporary design. From her studio in Cornwall, she creates bespoke textiles that fuse abstract design and playful textures. All her work is handmade using high quality, natural materials. Zowie is passionate about British fibres and endeavours to use them whenever possible.
Plymouth Comic Con and Gaming Festival returns to the Life Centre this November, with a huge selection of TV and film memorabilia, board games, computer games, comics, LEGO, Harry Potter, Japanese manga and more will be available to purchase throughout the weekend. Cosplay is a huge part of the event and the Gaming Zone will allow you to experience different types of gaming including virtual reality and retro games.
Royal William Yard’s popular Good Food & Craft Market will be taking place inside the iconic Melville building and surrounding area outside. Enjoy the freshest local produce from the South West’s top suppliers and unique arts and crafts by artisan makers, while also having the opportunity to explore one of the Yard’s oldest buildings.
DJ Simon S and guests invite you to a Sunday of soulful sounds at Hub Plymouth. Record collectors - there will be quality new and used vinyl for sale, as well as great food, drinks and company.
Bonfire Night ascends on Plymouth Hoe on 5 November
Remember, remember the fifth of November! Plymouth Hoe will be lit up with a spectacular bonfire and fireworks display, while the Hoe promenade has been transformed into a playground of fun with thrilling rides and a special children’s fairground. Wrap up warm, bask in the heat of the giant bonfire and enjoy the show!
Would you like to improve your spoken English and meet new people? The Conversation Cafe will help you feel more confident when speaking out during lessons, discussions, crits, presentations or to your peers. Please contact Karen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Donna (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
This poetry event launches the books of local author, Rachel Gippetti, who up until recently worked at Arts University Plymouth, and is a writer and educator who grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and now lives in Plymouth. Her pamphlet Birthright was published by Eyewear Publishing in 2016 and in 2022 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize for Poetry. She is the recipient of a doctoral studentship at the University of Plymouth where she is working towards a PhD in Creative Writing.
Get ready for a day of workshops, activities, sustainable market stalls from local makers and creators, delicious food, music and more! Set up by two local business owners, Plymouth Eco Market is all about celebrating community, creativity and sustainability. It’s the perfect opportunity to support small businesses, learn something new and immerse yourself in the vibrant, eco conscious Plymouth community.
Craft & Flea returns for a Christmas Market at Plymouth Guildhall on 12 November
Craft & Flea is a collection of independent makers, collectors, designers and creatives all under one roof! Shop small and local in this authentic twist on the traditional craft market with a huge selection of products from illustration to vintage bric-a-brac, plants to jewellery, sustainable products to food, ceramics to candles and so much more. This is not your typical craft fair, with stalls handpicked based on their high quality, on-trend products.
The Christmas calendar officially kicks off with the switch-on of this year’s Christmas lights, adding festive sparkles and colour to the city centre, and highlighting the beginning of the late-night Christmas shopping period, with many shops open until 9pm on Thursdays. There will be lots of festive treats, including performances with local dance, theatre and singing groups, as well as Santa, his elves, the Lord Mayor and special guests who will be switching on the city’s colourful Christmas lights.
Featuring Santa’s Grotto, enchanting street performers, elf workshops, storytelling and crafty Christmas delights, the Barbican Christmas lights will be switched on at the Barbican and Sutton Harbour. Don’t miss out on the incredible stall holders and even enjoy a dog show courtesy of Gables Farm!
AUP:SU will be hosting Rectory Vintage and Pickle Deli & Market in the Students’ Union for a Pop Up Shop so that you can shop their wares. Want to shop with them beforehand or get an idea of what they’ve got in store? Find them on Mutley Plain! Pickle Deli & Market are bringing high-quality local food, drink and authentic produce from abroad, bringing the farm to the city, stocking the best produce from across the South West and beyond. Rectory Vintage, situated inside Pickle Deli & Market, is a vintage clothing stall offering a sustainable option to bag some great fashion items.
Are you passionate about sewing and looking for a supportive community to share your projects with? Join Lizzy from Makeat140 where sewing enthusiasts can come together to work on their personal sewing projects in a fun and chilled environment. The fully equipped sewing studio awaits with spacious tables, a comprehensive sewing kit and all the accessories you’ll need to unleash your creativity. Whether you’re a seasoned sewist or just starting out, this is the perfect place to make progress on your projects while connecting with like-minded individuals who share your passion.
Sitting with the Darkness is a unique experience hosted in the South Gallery of The Box for one night only. The exhibition explores the emotional impact of child abuse through ceramic artworks, paintings and a 15 minute poetry soundscape performed in total darkness. Jane McEwen is a ceramicist studying her MA at Arts University Plymouth, while Thom Boulton is the former Poet Laureate for Plymouth (2016-2020) and has given words to the experiences that have come from Jane’s studies. In collaboration with musician Dan Morgan (frontman for Exeter based group Ashen), they have created an experience that explores the varying degree of emotions through music, sound recordings and performance poetry.
Experience life at Arts University Plymouth at our Open Day on 25 November
Our Open Days offer you the chance to ask questions and find out more about studying at Arts University Plymouth. Our online events are a great option to get a feel for life at Arts University Plymouth, where you can speak directly to our expert staff and students about your options - all without having to leave the comfort of your own home!
The Yard Sale is an indie flea market with a mix of art, crafts, second hand and vintage fashion, laid back alternative vibes. Supporting local creative communities and promoting sustainability in a fun way!
Visit the Plymouth Christmas Market and shop for delightful gifts from over 50 beautifully decorated Christmas cabins in the heart of the city centre. Enjoy live entertainment, warm up with a mulled wine and tuck into some deliciously festive delights.