November 2016 brings to the city sounds of laughter, the rhythm of blues and the brain power of one of Britain's most celebrated science boffins. So don't let the dreary days drag you down, and definitely don't put the Christmas tree up yet, because, as this month proves, it really is never dull in Hull.
1. Hull Comedy Festival
Hull Comedy Festival celebrates its 10th birthday by packing over 40 hilarious shows into just 17 days. Comedy masterminds Seann Walsh, Gary Delaney and Carl Hutchinson will bring the laughter, alongside rib-tickling shows such as Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show. Local heroes will get their chance to make audiences laugh too, as well as hot acts from Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Hull Comedy Festival takes place across the city 3-20 November. For more information, please visit www.hullcomedy.co.uk.
2. Hull Jazz Festival
J-Night brings another winter music festival to the heart of Hull. Inviting some of the world's most distinguished artists to the region, as well as supporting young local talent, this five-dayer is a great chance to enjoy smooth sounds and uplifting rhythms. Hull Truck Theatre will host most of the events, whilst the newly refurbished Middleton Hall at the university will see Phil Robson's Organ Trio take to the stage, with a two-hour workshop taking place on the same day.
Hull Jazz Festival runs at various venues Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th November. Please visit their website for more details on how to get tickets.
3. Professor Brian Cox Live
Most famous for his entertaining TV programmes discussing the study of physics and science, Brian Cox now comes to Hull ready to captivate a live audience with his extensive knowledge and complex theories. Fun and educational, the British particle physicist will take science into a whole new dimension with his easy-to-understand stand-up-style routine. On top of this, get to know the real professor as he answers personal questions posed by The Infinite Monkey Cage co-host Robin Ince.
Professor Brian Cox Live will take place at Hull City Hall on Tuesday 1 November. For more information, please visit www.apolloschildren.com.
4. Humber Mouth Festival
This year's literature festival will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of wordsmith William Shakespeare. Inspired by The Bard's popular plays, which saw people from all walks of life flock to theatres, Humber Mouth Festival is committed to making the art of the written and spoken word accessible to all.
Humber Mouth Festival runs Friday 4th - Monday 14th November in venues right across the city centre, including Central Library, The Polar Bear and Kardomah94. For more information, please visit www.humbermouth.com.
5. Victorian Christmas Market
We know we originally said to refrain from decking the halls, but as November draws to a close and Yuletide is on the horizon, we think it's more than acceptable to pay a visit to the stunning Burton Constable Hall for their annual Victorian Christmas. A fantastically fun family day out, this free to enter event is certain to leave you feeling festive. Enjoy some traditional refreshments, explore the local traders and start filling those stockings in time for the big day!
Burton Constable Hall's Victorian Christmas Market takes place at the hall on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November. It's free to enter the market and also free to park nearby. For more information, please visit their website.