The clocks have changed and sadly the nights are getting shorter (hello, darkness from 4pm- we’ve missed you!) but as tempting as it is to retreat inside from the cold and curl up under a blanket, there is plenty of things to do in Glasgow this November. This month will see old and new events arrive in the city like the long-awaited Christmas markets and festivals to the latest outdoor activities such as GlasGLOW and cycling. So, it’s time to wrap up, explore the city and beyond, as well as tuck in to some comforting food and drink- it’s the only way to do November in Glasgow. And to give you plenty of inspiration, check out our guide to the best things to do in Glasgow to make for an unbelievably fab November.
1. Get on your bike and get involved in this COP26 challenge
From the 31st October – 12th November Glasgow is hosting the COP26 climate conference, and Love To Ride, a year-round, online community cycling platform, is challenging you to show support and swap cars for handlebars. Can you make some of your small everyday journeys by bike? If you clock up 26 bike riding miles for transportation during COP26, you can earn Love To Ride’s special COP26 badge and be entered into a draw for some awesome prizes from local businesses. The prizes range from Paesano pizza vouchers, Glasgow Science Centre tickets, and free bike services- so go on and get on your bike!
Known from generation to generation as one of the most iconic movie franchises of all time, the very best of Bond is coming to Glasgow this November– but not as you know it. Making up part of Fever’s best-selling Candlelight Concert series – which has taken up residence at the stunning Òran Mór – fans will be able to immerse themselves in the famous soundtrack like never before, with a number of the movie’s biggest title tracks in store for the special concert. Grab your tickets here.
3. Indulge in a tasty curry packed with flavour at new restaurant Namaste by Delhi Darbar
As we enter autumn, there’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of curry to warm us up. Luckily, you can dive into one at Namaste by Delhi Darbar, which has now opened its doors and is bringing some sensational food bursting with spice and flavour. Located at St Enoch Centre, Namaste will be offering an array of dishes to tuck into including classic curries such as lamb bhuna, chicken korma and king prawn rogan josh. You’ll also find vegetarian dishes featuring paneer and chickpeas, as well as trio of lassis to choose from to provide you with a creamy and refreshing drink to accompany your meal, including a strawberry and rose flavour.
4. Dance in a club powered by body heat
From November, nightclub SWG3 will be trialling ground-breaking technology, which will see body heat generated by revellers converted into energy to power the venue. Yep, our minds are blown too. This Scotland first will mark the arrival of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (also known as COP26) in Glasgow, which begins on October 31. The inaugural club night will be taking place a week later, on November 7, with DJ Honey Dijon on the decks.
5. Help save the fictional world of Glasglopolis in this year’s new GlasGLOW outdoor show
With the biggest climate change summit taking place in Glasgow, and the eyes of the world on the city, GlasGLOW is back and it’s got a brand-new, outdoor show. Guests will enter the fictional world of Glasglopolis, a sprawling metropolis which is under attack from a terrifying toxic gloop. Playing the role of an undercover reporter, each guest will go on a journey to expose the truth and save the city’s annual pumpkin festival. Set to run from October 27 to November 7, GlasGLOW will once again transform Glasgow Botanic Gardens into an immersive journey created by a team of where your success will determine the future of Glasglopolis.
6. Sample a range of sustainable dishes and drinks created by the city’s best chefs
More than 35 Glasgow hospitality venues including Eusebi and The Duke’s Umbrella have joined together as part of a new initiative designed to address food waste and its impact on climate change. As part of this hospitality-led initiative, scheduled to coincide with COP26, diners can look forward to sampling a range of sustainable Food Hero dishes and drinks created by some of the city’s best chefs from 12 October – 12 November inclusive. All dishes are designed to showcase at least one of four food waste reduction techniques, challenging traditional and wasteful dining and takeaway business models with the goal of sending as little organic waste as possible to landfill.
Ready to drift away from all your worries? Well, hang tight as Fever have the solution with these ferry impressive jazz candlelight concerts coming to Glasgow this November. Hop on board the splendid ship, the Glenlee, which will be transformed to create a unique jazz club vibe. There will be some truly magical jazz performances at these candlelight concerts, where you’ll hear the greatest jazz classics streaming merrily from the bow to the stern and beyond. Get your tickets here.
8. Tuck into some delicious sushi and help plant a tree at the same time
As COP26 gets underway in Glasgow from October 31, businesses across the city are taking action in support of a more sustainable lifestyle by launching green campaigns including Finnieston-based Japanese restaurant, Pickled Ginger. The restaurant has launched a new campaign known as ‘Plant One On Pickled Ginger’, which allows customers to plant trees and contribute to carbon sequestration (removal) in the future. Starting from October 25 until the end of the COP26 conference, the restaurant will plant one tree for every £15 spent in the restaurant- simply ordering their salmon teriyaki or three portions of their edamame spring rolls will result in a tree being planted. That’s feel good food, alright.
9. Head to St Enoch Square for this year’s Christmas Market
With the Christmas market and Christmas light switch-on in George Square sadly cancelled this year, Glaswegians are in search of some festive cheer. And Christmas isn’t Christmas without a market for us to wander round. Luckily, there’s a Christmas market in the city to give you all the feels and it’s in St Enoch Square. Running from November 21 until December 23, St Enoch Square’s Christmas Market will include a beautifully-dressed Christmas village of over 50 seasonal chalets featuring local crispy duck rotisserie, bratwurst sausage, crepes, hog roast and much more.
10. Improve your Mondays throughout November by joining The Thornwood’s Macaroni Club
First rule of Macaroni Club. Tell everyone about Macaroni Club. Returning from Monday November 1st and back by popular demand is The Thornwood‘s unbelievable deal of macaroni cheese for £5 every Monday with your seventh one free. The Thornwood has seven varieties of macaroni cheese on the menu from the Scottish mac and cheese with haggis and spring onion to the Spaniard mac and cheese with chorizo and smoked paprika, you’ll be spoilt for choice plus there’s a vegan option too.