Blackheath Fireworks, one of the biggest free shows in London, takes place on Saturday 1 November. The funfair opens from 4pm with food and drink from 5pm and the fireworks at 8pm. Other firework displays nearby include the Chislehurst Rotary Club annual display on 1 November (funfair from 6pm, fireworks at 7.30pm; adults £6, under 14s £3, under 4s free), Crystal Palace Park fireworks on 5 November (funfair from 6pm, children’s show at 7pm, main show at 8.30pm; adults £7, ages 3-10 years £5, under 3s free) and Brockwell Park fireworks on 5 November (5pm-10pm; adults £7, under 16s free).
2 Art: From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia
Dulwich Picture Gallery presents the first major solo exhibition in Europe dedicated to Canadian artist Emily Carr (1871-1945). Featuring her paintings of the aboriginal settlements she encountered and her formidable landscapes and seascapes, From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia is a stunning look into her world. From 1 November.
Gallery Road SE21 7AD; 020 8693 5254; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
3 Music: Andrea Bocelli
Classical musician Andrea Bocelli heads for the O2 Arena in Greenwich on 20 November. The show features the repertoire that has made him famous the world over, crossing boundaries between classical and pop, as well as songs from his latest album, Passione. Bocelli has sold over 80 million albums around the world and his much-loved duet with Sarah Brightman, Time To Say Goodbye, reached Number 1 in charts in 1998. He will be joined by revolutionary American violinist Lindsey Stirling, who fuses classical violin styles with futuristic electronic beats, and classical chart sensation, Lucy Kay. 8pm. Tickets £53-£140.25.
To book see axs.com or see 0844 856 0202
4 Cabaret: La Soirée
Roll up, roll up – La Soirée is back in town! The award-winning cult hit returns to the South Bank from 5 November until 11 January to celebrate its 10 year anniversary. Part of Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival, the sumptuous Spiegeltent hosts La Soirée’s heady cocktail of cabaret, burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety featuring the acrobatic English Gents, cult striptease act Ursula Martinez and the world’s only flying pole duo, Saulo & Anna. Tickets £15.
To book see southbankcentre.co.uk or call 0844 847 9910
5 Jewellery: Dazzle@Oxo
Dazzle contemporary jewellery exhibition returns to gallery@oxo from 9 November with its biggest ever line-up. Browse some 4,000 unique, handmade pieces by more than 90 international jewellery designers. Alongside revered names in jewellery design such as Sophie Harley, you’ll find emerging talent handpicked from graduate shows. Until 11 January.
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH; dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk
6 Art: Lee Green Open Studios
Lee Green Open Studios takes place on the weekends of 15-16 November and 22-23 November at the premises of some 50 artists and designer-makers around SE12. Discover the works of printmakers, photographers, painters, sculptors, ceramicists, textile artists, jewellers, mosaic artists and more. There will also be a group exhibition at St Margaret’s Church on Brandram Road from 7-9 November.
For times and further details see leegreenopenstudios.com
7 Children’s theatre: Dusk at The Young Vic
Young Vic associate company Fevered Sleep’s Dusk is an adventure that explores the meaning of home, family, change and reunion. Created for 4-7 year olds, Dusk intertwines film and live performance to create a magical experience in which your child will play a central role. So put on your tail, prick up your ears, and get ready! 13-29 November. Tickets £10.
66 The Cut, Waterloo SE1 8LZ; 020 7922 2922; youngvic.org
8 Talk: Monty Don at Blackheath Halls
The BBC’s face of gardening, Monty Don, appears at Blackheath Halls on Friday 21 November. Monty will speak about his life and travels visiting gardens all over the world, what really happens behind the scenes when filming, how he made his own organic garden from a bare field and how understanding and working with nature enriches and empowers us all. Monty’s TV credits include Gardeners’ World, Around The World In 80 Gardens and My Dream Farm. 7.30pm. Tickets £18, concs £16.
Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ; blackheathhalls.com
9 Disco: Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet
HDSY is back for more 70s and 80s shenanigans on 1 November at Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich. There’ll be a spooktacular Halloween theme with themed dance routines including Thriller, Time Warp and Ghostbusters. There will be prizes for the best outfits including a voucher for dinner at The Guildford and tickets for the Big Xmas Disco Ball in the Grand Hall at Blackheath Halls on 13 December. Tickets £15.
To book see haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk
10 Contemporary Shakespeare: Shakespeare Schools Festival
The Shakespeare Schools Festival takes place from Monday 3 November to Saturday 8 November at Greenwich Theatre. Twenty-four secondary and primary schools – nine of them from the Royal Borough of Greenwich – will put on half-hour versions of the Bard’s plays, four per night. Boxgrove Primary School presents Twelfth Night, and Eltham Hill Secondary School for girls performs Romeo and Juliet. Last year, Corelli College performed Macbeth, which went on to enjoy a successful week-long run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 7pm. Tickets £9.75, concs £7.75.
Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
11 Photography: Trees of Greenwich Park
Greenwich resident Liz Wrigley exhibits her collection of photographs of trees in Greenwich Park at West Greenwich Library. Exploring the year and the seasons, it shows how the layout of the main tree avenues in the park has not changed in over 300 years. All the prints are for sale and cards can be commissioned to order. The exhibition runs from 10 November to 13 December.
West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road SE10 8NN; 020 8858 4289; greenwich.gov.uk