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Article published 05/11/2021

It’s that time of year again where we are gathering chestnuts, jumping in piles of leaves, and the early Christmas lists are being drawn up. Just because the ‘nights are drawing in’ doesn’t mean the fun stops there, as there are a range of in-person, online and hybrid events on offer across November for everyone to enjoy.

All our listed events are supported through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund, which was established by our EventScotland team with funding from the Scottish Government to help the events sector plan and deliver a range of event experiences. Some of the events have also been supported as part of Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.

More information about Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 can be found on our dedicated page on

With COP26 underway in Glasgow, the eyes of the world are on Scotland as we all consider what the future holds and how we can be more sustainable, including when hosting events.

This November there is an exciting programme of events giving visitors, locals and communities a chance to experience and enjoy some of the best of what Scotland has to offer, whilst reinforcing Scotland’s place as the perfect stage for events.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events

Launch! On the Sea with Scotland's Lifeboats

In-person event from 16 October to 3 December.

Ready, Set, Launch! Coming to a cinema near you, experience this unique documentary-style film that celebrates Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) communities across Scotland. As part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, this artistic tribute to our front-line coastal workers has an original immersive soundtrack and archive footage from RNLI; it is one film that is not to be missed.

More information about this event is available on the Launch on the Sea website.

Wondrous Woods 2021

In-person event from 21 October to 14 November.

Wondrous Woods returns with a spectacular lighting and sound effect show for audiences of all ages, taking place at the magnificent Hopetoun House Estate. The 2km woodland trail lets your imagination run wild, as you meander through unseen areas of the gardens and follow the captivating sounds and fluorescent lights which enhance the natural beauty of the estate.

More information about Wondrous Woods 2021 is available on the Citizen Ticket website.

Borders Book Festival

Hybrid event from 2 to 7 November.

The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival offers literary enthusiasts a chance to celebrate Scottish and international writers of various genres and gather to discuss the creative artistry of writing. This six-day book festival caters to a wide audience, hosting a Family Book Festival which adults accompanying children are permitted free entry.

More information about this event is available on the Borders Book Festival website.

Brodie Illuminated

In-person event from 3 to 7 November.

Every Wednesday to Saturday this November, come see the magnificent 16th century Brodie Castle in Forres for a magical experience of illuminated trails on the stately grounds. This light show experience highlights the beautiful shrubbery, foliage and flowers around the estate but also offers something for all the family, as the castle will remain open to provide refreshments and host musical performances.

More information about Brodie Illuminated is available on the National Trust for Scotland website.

Musselburgh Fireworks

In-person event on 5 November.

Musselburgh Racecourse is set to host an explosive evening of festivities this Guy Fawkes Night. Fairground rides, festoon lighting and a thrilling fireworks display are all part of this annual event, as well as an exciting range of specialist vendors who will provide food and drinks for all attendees. Hosted by Forth 1 radio presenter, Boogie in the Morning, the Musselburgh Fireworks will be a night to remember.

More information about the Musselburgh Fireworks is available on the Musselburgh Racecourse website.

Scottish National Surfing Championships

In-person event from 5 to 7 November.

Surfing enthusiasts prepare to brace themselves for the North Atlantic winds in Thurso as the Scottish National Surfing Championships commence this weekend. This exciting competition will host some of the best surfers from Scotland and will be one of the last remaining events from this year’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 programme, so don’t miss out.

More information about the Scottish National Surfing Championships is available on the Scottish Surfing Federation website.

Surfer on a wave competing in the Scottish National Surfing Championships

Travelling Gallery Shapes of Water Tour

In-person event from 6 to 24 November

As part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, come see this mesmerising exhibition on wheels throughout the month of November. The exhibition tells a story by three artists about our individual perspectives to our relationship with water. The gallery will be touring Crieff, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, and North Ayrshire so don’t miss out.

More information about this event is available on the Travelling Gallery website. 

Travelling Gallery bus with artwork design on the side

Everything Flows: Photography on Screen

In-person event on 7 November

The Everything Flows screening is a unique cinematic experience not to be missed. The Isle of Arran will welcome this 80-seat, air-conditioned mobile cinema which will screen a range of short films celebrating the interdependency of land and sea, the Scottish isles and its peoples. Supported by Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, this travelling cinema experience travels across the country to share their art with all communities.

More information about Everything Flows is available on the Street Level Photoworks website.

NEoN Digital Arts Festival

Hybrid event from 10 - 13 November.

NEoN Digital Arts Festival presents ‘Wired Women’, a digital and technology-driven art exhibition that focuses on the gender divide in STEAM industries and highlights the contributions of female and nonbinary artists in shaping digital art sectors.

More information about this event is available on the NEoN Digital Arts Festival website.

Cartoon of women operating machinery
Cartoon of women operating machinery

Image credit Neon Digital Arts Festival

Moray Way Ultras

In person event on 13 November.

Runners prepare yourselves for this exceptional endurance event, as the Moray Way Ultras returns with The Dava Way race. This 50km woodland, moorland, and farmland route takes place along part of the old Highland Railway Line. The event will welcome 150 runners to take part in this scenic sporting event, taking in views from atop the Dava Summit (1050ft) to the Moray Firth.

More information about this event is available on the Moray Way Ultras website.

Scotland Re:Design

Hybrid event from 17 to 21 November.

Scotland Re:Design Fashion Festival 2021 is hitting the runway this month, as the eclectic series of live in-person and online fashion first events is set to premier at the V&A Dundee. The hybrid event will showcase Scottish Design at its finest, focusing on this year’s theme of Equality, Technology and Sustainability.

More information about this event is available on the Scotland Re:Design website.

Kirkwall BID Winter Wonderland Weekend

In-person event from 18 to 22 November.

Join in the festivities on Orkney as the Kirkwall Winter Wonderland Weekend kicks off this month. The town is set to transform into a snowy haven, with a free skating rink and giant snow globe to take centre stage in the town square. With plenty of Alpine food and drinks to choose from, it is guaranteed to be a fantastic week of festivities.

More information about the Winter Wonderland Weekend is available on the Kirkwall Bid website.

Scottish Open Badminton Championships

Hybrid event from 25 to 28 November.

The Scottish Open Badminton Championship will see some of the top badminton players from around the world compete at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. First held in 1907, the Scottish Open is the third oldest badminton tournament in the world and its legacy continues with a new line-up of competitors coming to Scotland to take part in this prestigious sporting event.

More information about the Scottish Open Badminton Championships is available on the Badminton Scotland website.


In-person event from 26 to 28 November.

Troon is set for a rockin’ show this November as the WinterStorm rock music festival returns to South Ayrshire. The weekend will be themed around the festival’s story so far and will welcome artists from across the country, as they perform at this unique music event.

More information about this event is available on the WinterStorm website.

Helensburgh Winter Festival

In-person event from 27 to 28 November.

The highly anticipated Helensburgh Winter Festival returns this year, promising a weekend of Christmassy fun and an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate the festivities. There will be a range of stalls located in the town square, offering unique wares and food and drink for attendees, as well as the ever-important Helensburgh Christmas Light Switch On.

More information about this event is available on the Helensburgh Winter Festival website.

The Caledonia Festival

Hybrid event on 30 November.

This St Andrew’s Day join a wide range of talented artists across Scotland for the inaugural Caledonia Festival. This hybrid programme of events will put on a fantastic show of theatre, film, art and have you falling off your seats at the closing comedy show in Stirling.

More information on this event is available on the Caledonia Festival website.

Nairn Christmas Market

In-person event on 30 November.

The community of Nairn are getting into the Christmas spirit this November, as the town prepares for 12 continuous hours of festivities. The day is set to begin at 10am with a wide range of craft fayres, choirs, and street entertainment available to all attendees. The day will end with the all-important switching on of the lights and a ceilidh being held at the community centre.

More information about the Nairn Christmas Market is available on the Nairn BID website.

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