To Do List: HELLO!'s pick of events and new releases

Bonfire night may be on 5 November but firework displays take place throughout the week all around the country. The Richmond Athletic Association is hosting its popular annual family night on Sunday, where live entertainment and a funfair will add to the traditional bonfire event.

The days are getting colder so if you plan to stay indoors a trip to the cinema to watch Brooklyn will move you to tears and joy, while foodies can experience a real winter wonderland dining experience with the Snow Queen afternoon tea.

Read on for this week's events...





Saoirse Ronan gives an incredible performance as young Irish girl Eilis Lacey, who crosses the seas to settle in 1950s Brooklyn in search of a better life. The timid small towner finds a job – and soon after love in the form of sweet Italian immigrant Tony. Eilis, however, finds herself having to choose between two men and two countries in the process.




Richmond Family Fireworks

Remember, remember the fifth of November! Bonfire Night returns and events are taking place around the country on various dates. Richmond is once again hosting its favourite family night on Sunday 8 November and this year's theme is "A Night at the Musicals", featuring classic West End songs. Food and drink stalls, live entertainment and a funfair will all be on offer. Tickets can be bought in advanced at the Richmond Athletic Association or at the gates on the night, but it will be first come first served. Adult prices from £8.

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Exploring the theme of endangered species, Critical is a new exhibition that has just opened at the Loughran Gallery in London that will run for the rest of the month. Beautiful oil and watercolour paintings created by Dave White are on display and portray the artist's trademark expressive style. The exhibition engages the viewer to question our environment and our impact on the natural world, which is in danger of falling to pieces.

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Snow Queen afternoon tea

Inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy-tale, the Snow Queen afternoon tea at the Conrad London St. James hotel immerses guests in an enchanting winter wonderland dining experience. Treats on offer include the "magic mirror" with salted butter shortbread, yoghurt cream, frosted blueberries and sugar shards, as well as "the palace snowflakes" with blackcurrant and cardamom cake, glittering meringue and icing sugar snowflakes. The Snow Queen's sceptre combines chocolate and pearl sponge, praline ganache dipped in chocolate and snowflake lace. Glasses of G.H.Mumm Champagne will compliment the experience, which starts at £39.

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1992 and Over There: Two Short Plays

For four nights only next week The Blue Elephant Theatre in London will host two short plays that have never been staged in the capital before. 1992 by Lisa McGee tells the tale of two brothers hiding out in a mansion on the outskirts of Liverpool, who wrestle with a dark secret that has shaped their lives. Over There by Jon Fosse follows a couple who stop for a break as they ascend a mountain. But what is that in the distance? Tickets start from £6 for shows running from Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 November.

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Dancing Out of Darkness: My Story

Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff has penned a new book about growing up in Soviet Russia. In Dancing Out of Darkness: My Story, the blonde beauty takes readers on a journey of her life, from winning competitions aged seven to become an international champion after university. Her formative years were spent under Soviet rule – something Kristina admits "will always be fascinating" in her HELLO! Online blog. Apart from her career, the dancer also addresses the truth behind the tabloid headlines and her high-profile relationships.

John Blake Publishing Ltd, £17.99

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