November is a month that sits quietly in anticipation for the big festivities ahead, a great time to reflect on the year gone by , whether that be with a stroll around the park in the fresh crisp air, or a visit to an arboretum to watch the trees turn their incredible amber hues en masse. November is dramatic and wonderful, no matter the weather, and here are some great events to embrace it to the full in your local area…

‘Surviving Or Thriving’ Exhibition at Kew Gardens, Wakehurst – Sussex

Daily 10am-3.30pm- Adult £13.95- Children FREE

Step into a fascinating specially-curated exhibition about the state of the world’s plants and what this means for humanity, based on Kew’s pioneering annual science reports. 

This exhibition brings Kew’s State of the World’s Plants reports to life with games, film, sound, models and a futuristic garden, which tells the story of why some plants are only surviving, while others are thriving.

The ‘Surviving Or Thriving Exhibition’ at Wakehurst is a fascinating look at our relationship with plants

Plants are in crisis – but it isn’t all bad. We’re still discovering 2,000 new species a year. Some may be edible, some may be medicinal, and this exhibition showcases many of the reasons why plants matter.

There are fascinating stories about the vital roles of fungi too – from a fungus that breaks down plastics to one which provides the ingredients to make Lego bricks. This wonderful exhibition is a must see for those even the slightest bit enthused by plants, and most definitely will inspire all those that visit to be a little greener…

Countryside Volunteering- Birch Thinning, Shackleford Common, Surrey

Sunday 17th November- 10am-2pm- Meet at carpark off Elstead road

Have you ever fancied volunteering? This may be your moment. Waverley Borough Council are looking for help in rejuvenating and maintaining the woodland on Shackleford common, which is important habitat, and supports much wildlife and symbiotic life. We all want greener spaces, and more trees, so by thinning the less healthy young birch, other trees are enabled to thrive by receiving more light and air. Being out in nature, doing a really important job and working with like minded people sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday to us. If you’re interested please sign up using the link here

The Vyne, Winter Woodland Walk- Basingstoke, Hampshire

National Trust Entrance Fees Apply. 10am-4.30pm

The magical woodlands of The Vyne

Explore a former Tudor powerhouse turned 17th-century family home set in 1500 acres of gardens woodlands and wetlands. Boasting a stunning Tudor manor, with an extensive and varied estate, why not escape to a plethora of woodland colours by taking an easy stroll around the beautiful woodlands. Begin at Visitor Reception and travel along a medieval parkland boundary, whilst making out the remains of a medieval fish pond, and stumbling across remnants of a storage site built for use during the Second World War. Woodlands have an uncanny way of recharging ones energy, so even if the weather is a little gloomy, heading out for a walk in the woods is always a good idea.

The Wine Garden of England Festival, Rochester Cathedral, Kent

16th November- 11am-2pm- £35

Now for something a little different..

Kent is known for its wonderful fruit and has been hailed as the orchard of England, but did you know it’s one of the countries top producers of wine? This event will look to inform and dazzle its visitors with an array of locally produced beverages.

The Wine Garden of England Festival, organised by the Wine Garden of England partnership will take place in the cathedral’s spectacular crypt – a celebration of Kent’s finest wine producers today and in honour of one of the county’s very first producers – Gundulf, a monk who championed viticulture at the cathedral more than 1,000 years ago.

The ticketed event will offer tutored tastings and talks from the wineries about their wines in sessions throughout the day. There will be two, three-hour sessions on the day, and attendees will have the chance to meet the producers themselves, hear their fascinating stories and sample up to 30 incredible Kent wines.
Tickets for one three-hour session will cost £35. Spaces are limited, and tickets are on sale now here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/visit-kent-produced-in-kent-rochester-cathedral-wine-garden-of-england-southeastern-17564342729