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1. The Collection, Lincoln

The Collection museum and art gallery in Lincoln includes the Usher Art Gallery and the City and County Museum of Lincolnshire. They run a mind-boggling array of events, workshops, talks, tours, and exhibits, alongside an ever changing roster of new, upcoming, and local artists and firm favourites, including masters such as Turner and Lowry. So if you’re looking to get inspired on a cultural day out then The Collection is sure to be a winner. Then, when you’re all tired out from exploring you can grab a tasty treat from the onsite cafe to relax and reflect on all the amazing artwork.

2. The Lake District

The Lake District has so much to offer in November and that’s why it’s the perfect time to visit and bring the whole family. From the 17th to the 20th of November you can experience the Kendal Mountain Festival, which offers tons of exciting events and activities across Kendal and is one of the most varied festivals in the world! With local and global film premieres, competitions, adventure sports, and tons of family-friendly events, there is something here for everyone.

If you’re looking to enjoy the natural beauty of Cumbria at night then you can experience the Cumbria Dark Skies festival until the 12th November. Winter is the perfect time to discover Cumbria’s astonishing star-laden skies. There are loads of night time events revolving around getting outdoors and enjoying the wonders of nature, so you can be sure you’ll have a  unique adventure in the Lake District this winter. The Lake District has so much to offer for the adventurous among us, but it is also the perfect place to relax and get closer to nature, making it the perfect day out for everyone.

3. The John Rylands Library, Manchester

With the grand architecture of a cathedral and the warmth and convenience of a modern library the John Rylands Library is the perfect place to relax and while away the time reading a good book. The building itself is worth exploring due to its style and history. Built in 1890, the Victorian Neo-Gothic architecture is stunning and today offers the perfect backdrop for photos on your day out. There’s plenty of information dotted around the building so you can learn all about its history and the books held within.

An astounding collection of rare books and manuscripts means John Rylands has one of the best collections in the world. The collection includes gems such as Elizabeth Gaskell’s letters and a Gutenberg Bible. It is part of the University of Manchester and therefore boasts the 3rd largest academic library in the country, making it the perfect place to learn a few new things during your relaxing day out.


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4. Theatre Royal, Nottingham

In the beating heart of Nottingham lies the truly magnificent Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall. The Theatre is a cultural hub offering the very best in local and international live performances including international orchestras, dance shows, opera, dramatic performances, stand-up comedy, and live music, alongside world-renowned West End musicals and family-friendly shows. What makes the Theatre Royal different, however, is the community values they put at the heart of everything they do. With a vast array of workshops, talks, and educational activities in the community there will always be something new to enjoy at the Theatre Royal making it an unmissable experience when you’re in Nottingham.

5. Tate Gallery, Liverpool

One of four incredible Tate galleries across the country, the Tate Liverpool is a definite must-see. Designed to house British art from the 16th century onwards, and international modern art, the Tate galleries are at the forefront of the fine arts in Britain. At Tate Liverpool you can see great masters of modern art including Piet Mondrian and Joan Miro, as well as old masters like JMW Turner. What’s more, you can even take a free guided tour around the Tate and get all the inside info on the great artworks on display. If that wasn’t enough, there are also plenty of exhibition workshops on offer to keep you entertained. The Tate is family-friendly with many useful facilities including a cafe for when you’re footsore from exploring 500 years of art history.

There are so many amazing places to visit in the North of England in winter that we just couldn’t fit them all onto this list, but wherever you choose to go you will be sure to discover something exciting whilst exploring the hidden gems North England has to offer.

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