Things to do this half-term in Nottinghamshire, 18-24 February 2013

Hodsock Priory

It’s February half-term and Nottinghamshire has a fun-packed calendar of events to entertain the whole family. From longs walks in the lovely Nottinghamshire countryside to a film festival and tales of Robin Hood, you may struggle to just pick a few activities to indulge in.

Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory – Visit Hodsock and enjoy 12 acres of snowdrop-covered woodland. Explore five acres of formal gardens, as well as the new Snowdrop Village. The Snowdrop Village is located in front of the magnificent 19th century country house, with direct access into the snowdrop woodland and gardens. We went for a stroll only a few days ago and highly recommend it.

Tales of Robin Hood – Stories of Nottingham’s most famous outlaw have been passed on by minstrels and storytellers. Now you can hear them from the man himself at Nottingham Castle. This half-term you can discover the tale of Robin Hood & Maid Marian or the tale of Robin Hood and the Dragon.

Spectacular! Spectacular! – Broadway Cinema has partnered with Bartons and the Cambridge Film Festival to bring you a programme of films old and new this half-term weekend at Bartons in Chilwell. Cult classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life will share the screen with new releases such as Moonrise Kingdom.

More great half-term events:

Pirate-led tour – Step back in time and into the original Victorian Criminal Courtroom of the Galleries of Justice, in this brand new actor-led tour ad discover Nottingham’s horrible history through the eyes of Pirates ‘Captain Callico Jack’ and ‘Anne Bonny’.

Mud and Mess Mayhem – Clumber Park invite you to  explore mud sculptures, splish splosh trails, boggharts and sloggharts. Wellies and waterproof essential as you will get muddy.

Joseph – The Nottingham Arts Theatre and the NAT Youth Theatre present this adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical Jospeh and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Full of catchy numbers, this story based on the “coat of many colours” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis is a guaranteed great family night out.

The Nottingham Contemporary are on top form this February half term, with three great events to be enjoyed by kids and adults. On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, you’re invited to populate The Space with interconnected sculptures inspired by nature. From Tuesday to Friday, Piero Gilardi’s foam costumes represent the natural world (including a watermelon suit). Look out for Mr Zebra on Wednesday! On the last Saturday and Sunday, you can see John Newling’s miracle trees grow ever so slowly to give us hints about his ideas of time where you will be given the opportunity to invent a time machine!

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Posted on 18 February 2013
Featured author: melissa.gueneau

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