Things to do 8th-10th February 2013
February is an uplifting month. The days start getting noticeably longer and brighter and everybody has snapped out of their January blues. Nottinghamshire has come alive with events for you this weekend.
This February and March, two unique events will light up Nottingham Castle and Newark Castle in a way they have never been seen before. Elemental Force at these major Notts attractions will offer visitors a fire garden, fireworks, film projections and soundscapes as part of a sensory display that will celebrate our history and heritage.
The first event takes place on Friday 8 February 2013 at Nottingham Castle as part of the Nottingham Light Night activities and on 16 March, the display then takes place at Newark Castle.
The Nottingham Castle performances coincide with the city’s annual Light Night events with free entertainment, light installations, street performers and music performances transforming the city after dark.
Although this event is free, you will be required to book, and we have a very limited online allocation available here and a limited number of tickets available through the tourism centre, so book quickly to avoid disappointment. Tickets for the Newark show will be available mid February.
The Nottingham Festival of Words is a series of celebrations of literature which kicks off on Saturday to the 24th Feb with Something in the Shadows– an evening of thrilling and spine-chilling stories of ghosts, the macabre and the evil that lurks just out of sight at Newstead Abbey. Newstead Abbey will also be holding a poetry weekend with prize winning poets CJ Allen and Adrian Buckner who will read and talk about some of their recent work and reflect on the interestingly unsuccessful commercial enterprise that is contemporary poetry. Another event here is Byron’s Pants!, a book arts and writing workshop with Carol Rowntree Jones of Nottingham Poetry series where you can take part in a folded ‘trouser’ book workshop, perfect for a billet doux for Valentine’s Day or somewhere to make notes on your unfolding novel.
For something a little different on Sunday, Glee Club in association with Scarlett Daggers presents The Gilded Merkin: Burlesque and Cabaret. The most extravagant variety show Nottingham has ever seen is making a welcome return. Dress to impress for an evening of glamour, comedy, music and more, featuring acts Kitty Bang Bang, Mat Ricardo, Em Brulee and Ginger Blush.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo return to Nottingham on Friday and Saturday at the Theatre Royal following their hugely successful 2011 visit. The Sunday Times said ‘this is the funniest night you’ll ever have at the ballet’ with pure comedy, extraordinary technical prowess and genuine ballet passion.
Film buffs will enjoy a trip to the Broadway Cinema this Sunday where a film explores war photographer Don McCullin’s life and work, and also the way the ethos of journalism has changed throughout his career. Additional screenings are available until the 14th February.
To end your weekend with fun and laughter, head to the Nottingham Playhouse on Sunday, where Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Carl Donnelly (as seen on Mock the Week and Russell Howard’s Good News) will be reading choice excerpts from his unpublished and hugely embellished autobiography.