Weekend city guide: 18 – 20 November

From ice skating and holiday fun to curling championships and a big West End opening (hello Dreamgirls), this weekend has it all! 

Anyone up for rugby or wrestling? How about a performance from an R&B party band, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee or some Swedish heavy metallers? You’ll discover a heaping dose of sport and music all around the UK… and that’s just the beginning of what you can enjoy. Find even more cool events in our Winter, London, Manchester and Scotland guides.


Skate at Somerset House
Opens 17 November
Somerset House

Pretend you’re a world champion figure skater while you glide across the ice at one of London’s most beautiful open-air rinks. With majestic Somerset House as the backdrop, your visit is sure to score maximum points for merriment.

Opens 19 November
Savoy Theatre

We’ve been waiting 35 years for this! The Tony Award-winning musical is making its UK premiere with Amber Riley of Glee fame in the role of Effie White – and she’s got the voice.

The Nutcracker on Ice
Opens 18 November
Winter Palace Theatre

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has gotten more awesome for its 10th anniversary season. This year sees the arrival of a lavish new theatre that will showcase The Nutcracker on Ice, a one-hour version of the Christmas classic featuring the Imperial Ice Stars.


19 November
The SSE Arena, Wembley

This is the Swedish metal band’s only UK date. Expect a bangin’ show split into two distinct set lists: the first featuring material from Opeth’s recently released 12th album, Sorceress, and the second focusing on songs from their 2002 and 2003 records, Deliverance and Damnation.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens
20 November
Shaftesbury Theatre

Fancy a night of good music and goodwill? Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf/Caf Stevens, is celebrating 50 years as an artist with his A Cat’s Attic acoustic tour. Get up close and personal with the legendary songwriter at this stripped-down, introspective performance.


Rugby League Four Nations Final
20 November

Don’t miss the biggest international Rugby League tournament to be held in the UK since the Rugby League World Cup in 2013. Facing off in the final are World Cup holders Australia against New Zealand, the No.1 ranked team in the world.


Jools Holland

Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
19 November
O2 Apollo Manchester

Let Jools Holland sweep you away with magnificent music and a party atmosphere. His 19-piece orchestra is packed with talented musicians and vocalists including the UK’s queen of soul Ruby Turner.


European Curling Championships
19 – 26 November
Braehead Arena

See Europe’s top curlers in action at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016. In addition to watching heated competition from 26 men’s teams and 20 women’s teams on the ice, you’ll discover a variety of activities off the ice.


Scottish Autumn Tests
19 November
BT Murrayfield

Scotland faces Argentina in the second of three autumn internationals on Saturday. The two teams last met in 2014’s Scottish Autumn Tests where the Scots ran in five tries to win by a score of 41-31. We’re hoping for a repeat!

20 November
The SSE Hydro

Prepare yourself – it’s going to be a big night in Insane Championship Wrestling history. Called Fear and Loathing IX, the unforgettable matches will feature the likes of Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle, tag team Team 3D and high-flying sensation Ricochet.