Hello November

By November 1, 2017 No Comments

Light up your November with fireworks and Christmas light switch-ons! Here are some wonderful things to do in Surrey, London and beyond this month…


Christmas Light Switch-ons

Regent Street: November 16th

Oxford Street: November 7th

Carnaby Street: November 9th

Covent Garden: November 14th

Kingston: November 16th

Guildford: November 16th

Chelmsford: November 26th

Braintree: November 16th

Brentwood: November 26th

Winchester: November 16th

Chichester: November 23rd



The historic Chiddingfold bonfire night takes place on Saturday 4th November 2017 at 7pm. This is one of the most popular bonfires and firework displays in the south so check for tickets and road closures in advance.

The Fireworks Festival is back at Alexandra Palace this year. It includes a huge firework display, laser display, street food market, a German Bier Festival, funfair, ice skating and Day of the Dead Parade. £11 adults, £8.50 children; ice skating and bier festival extra. November 3rd and 4th.

The Lambeth festival of fireworks will include a spectacular display, live entertainment and street food traders. 2017’s theme is A Night at the Movies. The event opens at 5pm with an 8pm fireworks display. £3.50-£50, book ahead. November 4th.

The Kensington Roof Gardens are bringing Bonfire Night to a stylish new height with a firework display and BBQ. Doors open 7pm, fireworks at 11.45pm. £20, book ahead. November 4th.

The Richmond annual family fireworks take place at Richmond Athletics Ground with a display composed to music, plus a funfair, live music, food and drink stalls and more. November 5th.

The Guildford Firework Fiesta at Stoke Park is back by popular demand! The Guildford Lions Firework Fiesta will this year take place on Saturday 4th November 2017.  The Firework Fiesta is a major event in the Guildford calendar and one of the largest for people of all ages.The truly amazing torchlight procession will leave the Guildhall at 7.00pm and will again be led by the Sea Cadets marching band.


We want all of our families and AuPairs to enjoy the festivities of bonfire night but here are a few tips on staying safe with sparklers:

  • Always supervise children using sparklers.
  • Store sparklers and other fireworks in a closed box in a cool, dry place
  • Don’t give sparklers to a child under five.
  • Always light sparklers one at a time and, preferably, wear gloves.
  • Show children how to hold sparklers: away from their body and at arm’s length.
  • Teach children not to wave sparklers near anyone else or run while holding them.
  • Never hold a sparkler yourself, if you’re also holding a baby/child in your arms.
  • When a sparkler’s burned out, plunge it, hot end down, into a bucket of water. Sparkler’s can stay hot for a long time.
  • Don’t take sparklers to public displays. It will be too crowded to use them safely.
  • Make sure your children aren’t wearing loose, flowing clothes: in the unlikely event that things do turn dangerous, loose clothing is more likely to catch light.


The end of the year tends to be a time that many of our host families say goodbye to their lovely Au Pairs as they head home for the festive break, or sometimes for good as they finish their placements. So, fill it with lots of family time and activities and be sparkly…