• sleep Posted on 24 November 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 27th – 29th November 2014

    We have noticed there is a definite chill in the air today and as autumn turns to winter we can’t help getting a little excited about all the festive events taking place around Nottinghamshire this weekend. From pantos to Santa, our blog has plenty of ideas to get you in the mood for Christmas, as well as events for those who want to avoid it for at least a couple more weeks. So take a peek and see what’s happening . . .

    Sleeping Beauty at Nottingham Playhouse

    This weekend marks the start of pantomime season – and at Nottingham Playhouse you will be able to immerse yourself in the magical world of

  • D7K_8439 Posted on 17 November 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 21st – 23rd November 2014

    It’s a week where Nottinghamshire starts to become a little bit brighter, as the Christmas lights are switched on. There’s a feast of festive activities and events taking place as well this weekend – which is just FIVE weeks away from Christmas. So have a look at a few festive events as well as exhibitions and performances taking place in the county this weekend.

    Nottingham Winter Wonderland 2014 at The Old Market Square

    Nottingham’s annual Winter Wonderland returns on 20th November – and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The Old Market Square transforms into a winter paradise, with food, drink, music and a festive atmosphere that will melt anyone’s

  • Literary heroes banner-01 Posted on 14 November 2014

    Nottingham writes its name in the history books by becoming a UNESCO City of Literature

    When you stop and ponder the contribution that Nottingham has made to the world of literature, it’s easy to see that it’s right up there with the greatest places across the globe. Last week, its contribution to the written word was finally recognised as the city scooped one of the most prestigious titles – UNESCO City of Literature. Only 11 other cities across the globe held the coveted title before Nottingham, as the city joins a colourful and prestigious list which includes Prague, Melbourne and Edinburgh to name but a few.

    When you look at the wealth of literary talent that’s been produced over the years, you can’t doubt Nottingham’s credentials

  • Rufford Santa's Grotto Posted on 10 November 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 14th – 16th November 2014

    We know the festive season is knocking at our door when certain events start popping up in our calendars. This week is no exception, as we welcome back some familiar favourites and some new faces to take us through the middle of November. Those who are lacking in festive food and gift inspiration might just discover some unknown gems and there will also be performances of old classics, as  well as a chance to follow in the footsteps of old St Nick and experience the life and times of one of our county’s best-loved writers.

    Lustre 2015 at Lakeside Arts Centre

    It’s never too early these days to start looking around for Christmas

  • Sleeping Beauty 2014 Posted on 06 November 2014

    Your chance to WIN tickets to see pantomime Sleeping Beauty at Nottingham Playhouse

    Panto season is here . . . Oh yes it is!

    This Christmas, Nottingham Playhouse welcomes families with open arms to its performance of Sleeping Beauty. Come prepared for laughs aplenty, glitter galore and thrilling musical numbers – everything you have come to love about Nottingham Playhouse pantomime.

    Sleeping Beauty will be at Nottingham Playhouse from 28th November 2014 to 17th January 2015. Although long-standing Nottingham Playhouse favourite Kenneth Alan Taylor has taken a step back from performing, you won’t be short of a laugh or two as he is still behind the scenes directing, plus there will be a few familiar faces for you to hiss, cheer and applaud, as well as a

  • missoula Posted on 04 November 2014

    Get ready for a sparkling Christmas in Nottinghamshire

    Christmas is just around the corner which means it’s time to start thinking about celebrations with friends and family. If you need a little inspiration, or want to do things a little differently this year, then take a look at what is taking place around Nottinghamshire. Don’t forget that many hotels will be offering special overnight packages so why not book a room instead of a taxi? You can also find more ideas on our Christmas pages.

    St James Hotel invites you to a masquerade ball

    Step back in time to a glamorous era at the St James Hotel Venetian Masquerade Ball Christmas Party where guests can look forward to a three-course

  • fire Posted on 03 November 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 7th – 9th October 2014

    Halloween is now behind us for another year so it’s time to look ahead to the next seasonal event – Bonfire Night. This week’s round-up includes a few of the best fireworks displays taking place around the county, as well as some top picks if you want to stay warm and toasty indoors.

    My Sight Nottinghamshire Charity Fire Walk and Fireworks Spectacular at Nottingham Castle

    Could you walk over hot coals to help improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people? That’s exactly what the charity My Sight Nottinghamshire is challenging you to do this Saturday at Nottingham Castle. Brave ‘soles’ are being invited to walk over a path of smouldering

  • Patchings - HaideeJo Summers2 Posted on 30 October 2014

    Discover the vivid landscapes of Haidee-Jo Summers at Patchings Art Centre

    It is a sunny day in late autumn and the red-brick former farm buildings at Patchings Art Centre near Calverton are bathed in a warm light. The golden, freshly-harvested fields surrounding it seem to stretch for miles and it’s difficult to believe that this peaceful retreat is just a short drive away from the centre of Nottingham.

    When I meet artist Haidee-Jo Summers, whose exhibition A Breath of Fresh Air recently opened at Patchings, she is taking a break from teaching a group of painters at the workshop in the converted barn. We make our way to the gallery where the exhibition is housed – and I am immediately greeted with

  • sky2 Posted on 27 October 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 31st October – 2nd November 2014

    Spooktacular events will be occurring this weekend as Nottinghamshire falls under the shroud of Halloween. Creepy critters, haunted happenings and spine tingling tours make up just a small portion of the offering at the end of half-term week. There’s not just Halloween on the agenda however, with plenty more lined up for those who might not wish to spend the weekend surrounded by ghosts and ghouls. So read on and see what there is to take part in across our county this weekend . . .

    Fright Post Farm at White Post Farm

    Nottinghamshire’s White Post Farm will be transformed this Halloween to offer visitors a few frights as part of

  • Sheriff's Gauntlet GameCity9 Posted on 20 October 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 24th – 26th October 2014

    We’re very excited for this weekend, not that we’re not usually excited for the weekend of course! But with outlaw celebrations at a famous landmark, a festival dedicated to a well-loved fruit, a celebration of all things horror as well as the largest cultural video game festival in Europe, Nottinghamshire really is the place to be this weekend. Keep reading to see exactly what you can look forward to if you’re visiting us this weekend or indeed if you’re a local looking for something to do. We have it all in one county.

    The Robin Hood Pageant at Nottingham Castle

    The legend of Robin Hood is one that is woven into the history

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As the temperature drops it seems our festive spirits get higher, so with the arrival of December we are now fully in the mood for spectacular seasonal soirees and cheery Christmas celebrations. There’s a great array of events on our What’s On calendar, so don’t forget to have a gander, but read on to check out our…