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

hellomagazine.com

There are only 42 days left until Christmas and wherever you look, signs of the festive season are cropping up. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London are opening their doors on Friday to unveil its most exciting event of the year – Hogwarts in the Snow.

Tom Fletcher, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Kimberley Wyatt and Rod Stewart have already been down to the preview night, so what are you waiting for?

Read on for this week's other events and new releases...

hogwarts-VIEW GALLERY

EVENT

Hogwarts in the Snow

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Harry Potter fans can head down to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London where Hogwarts has been given its most magical Christmas makeover yet. Running from Friday 13 November to the end of January, film fans will have the opportunity to discover how special effects experts make snow that never melts, how set dressers transform locations for Christmas scenes, and how flames are created without fire. The Great Hall will be beautifully dressed with festive decorations including wreaths, flaming Christmas puddings and trees complete with golden baubles.

To book tickets visit wbstudiotour.co.uk.

FILM

The Dressmaker

Kate Winslet stars as femme fatale Tilly Dunnage, who returns to her hometown in Australia to take care of her ailing mother Molly. Tilly last lived in the town as a child before she was banished at the age of 10 because of false accusations of murder. Making her return, Tilly, who has been studying fashion in Paris, transforms the locals with her couture creations and in the process gets her revenge on those who wrongly accused her. Oscar-winner Kate stars opposite Judy Davis, who plays Molly, and Liam Hemsworth, who plays Tilly's love interest Teddy.

Nationwide

FOOD AND DRINK

The Engine Room

The Art of Dining pop-up is back with a new immersive event – The Engine Room. Guests will be transported to an evening of semi-industrial glamour by chef Ellen Parr and set designer Alice Hodge. Inspired by the sheer size and beauty of engines within the walls of The London Museum of Steam and Water, Alice will take you back 160 years to a time of bold and functional beauty while Moro-trained chef Ellen will dish out a range of plates inspired by the industrial age. Think marinated lamb shoulder with whipped feta and squid braised in ink, fennel and tomato. The pop-up runs on select dates in November and tickets for the five-course dinner start at £55 per person.

To book tickets visit theartofdining.co.uk.

BOOK

Downton Abbey: A Celebration

Last week saw the end of Downton Abbey – bar the Christmas special that will air next month. For true, die-hard fans of Julian Fellowes' period drama, the book is the perfect way to relive the past six series of Downton. All the iconic moments of the Crawley family and their servants are documented in the book, as are in-depth interviews with the cast, stunning location shots and stills from the series as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes images. What better gift to give at Christmas to any Downton fan?

St Martins Press, £25

THEATRE

Aladdin

Looking to book a Christmas panto? The New Theatre in Cardiff promises an Aladdin's cave of entertainment with their new pantomime Aladdin, which features none other than H from Steps. Adults and kids alike will be laughing along to the comedy well after the curtain comes down, while the show offers spectacular special effects, stunning costumes and beautiful scenery. Shows run from 12 December to 17 January.

To book tickets visit newtheatrecardiff.co.uk.

EXHIBITION

The Cars of SPECTRE

One for the Bond aficionados! The first UK exhibition of its kind, The Cars of SPECTRE will showcase a selection of vehicles, props, models and costumes from the latest Bond film Spectre. Cars on display that 007 fans can ogle at include James Bond's Aston Martin DB10, villain Hinx's Stunt Jaguar C-X75, and Franz Oberhauser's Rolls Royce Wraith. The display will open on 18 November and will run at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden.

To book tickets visit londonfilmmuseum.com.

More on: