Things to do this weekend, 11th – 13th April 2014


April always conjures up images of April Showers and Easter celebrations. We’re not worrying about the April showers, because Nottinghamshire has plenty to offer you whatever the weather this April; whether you live in our beautiful county or you’re here for a short or long-term break. We’ve pulled together five of our favourite events for the coming weekend that will kick-off April perfectly. If you’re planning your Easter break now, then also make sure you visit our Eggciting Easter Roundup blog to get ahead of the game and guarantee the whole family a great Easter break!


Continental Market at Nottingham’s Old Market Square

Nottingham’s Old Market Square takes on a continental feel this weekend as the Continental Market comes to the city. The award-winning event will deliver International flavours to the city centre, with a wide variety of stalls set up offering food from different countries. Taste the world as you sample food and drink from around the globe.

Stall holders in attendance include Coffee Trader Jim Davey, with over 50 types of Fair Trade Coffee to choose from, complemented perfectly by Italian stall holders Tentazioni UK Ltd who’s samples of nougat, biscotti and cakes will leave you feeling satisfied and  craving a slice of Italy.

One very popular part of the market, which takes you away from food and drink and more into an aesthetic world, is Dutch Flowers on Tour, a company that specialises in plants, shrubs, bulbs and much more to brighten up the day. All traders are more than happy to let you sample things before you buy. So whether you want a new experience or are looking for a delicacy you’ve tried before on your travels, you’re bound to find something at Nottingham’s Continental Market.


Bless ‘Em All at The Royal Concert Hall

Take in a show this Friday night at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall with a performance of Bless ‘Em All – a wartime production in dedication to our past wartime heroes. From the producers of ‘We’ll Meet Again’, this is a performance that guarantees to leave audiences with a warm glow inside, and a feel-good factor as you sing along to wartime music and hark back to a different era. It will leave you feeling nostalgic and pays tribute perfectly to those who kept Britain smiling through some very dark times.

Bless ‘Em All stars big names such as Andy Eastwood, Lucia Mattise, Mervyn Francis and many more. Tickets are still available so make sure you book your seat now to avoid disappointment.

You can visit the Royal Concert Hall website or alternatively visit the Box Office to take your seat for a bit of 1940’s nostalgia and timeless British comedy.


Cavalier Horsemanship at Bolsover Castle

Bolsover horse photo shoot

Cavalier Horsemanship at Bolsover Castle

Transport yourself back to the 17th century this weekend at the stunning Bolsover Castle as you are invited to enjoy performances of Cavalier Horsemanship – a show of expert horsemen putting horses through their paces.

The location for the event is the period Riding School at Bolsover, a fitting location for a spectacle lifted straight from the 1600’s. Baroque music will accompany the show, as the costume performers deliver a demonstration of speed, intensity and and majesty. If can’t make this weekend’s performance, you can catch Cavalier Horsemanship throughout 2014 until the end of September.

Once you have enjoyed the Cavaliers, why not explore Bolsover Castle? The site has recently re-opened for the season, boasting new exciting features and exhibitions! It’s the perfect day out for the whole family.


Somewhat Abstract – Selections From The Arts Council Collection at Nottingham Contemporary

Opening on 12th April until 29th June, a brand new exciting exhibition launches at Nottingham Contemporary entitled ‘Somewhat Abstract’, delivering work from every significant British artistic movement since the 1940’s. Over 70 artists’ work will be on show  with eight of them Turner Prize winners.

As the title of the exhibition suggests, Abstract Art is the theme, but not all of the work is what we would consider to be truly abstract. Abstract Art is usually art that’s considered non-pictorial. However with these pieces delivered from the Arts Council’s national collection, the image has been transformed, delivering an abstract view of the world but still allowing you to see where the image originated from. Pieces in the exhibition take the form of paintings, photography, sculptures as well as the more weird and wonderful examples of abstract including a morse code monitor synchronized with a computer driven chandelier which emits work by musician John Cage through the crystal. A truly magnificent exhibition that will have your imagination racing as you ponder the meaning behind work that is not truly abstract, ‘Somewhat Abstract’ promises to mesmerise the mind at Nottingham Contemporary.

Admission to see this exhibition is FREE.


Spring Food Fest at Thoresby Courtyard

There’s nothing better than a taste of the local. If you’re a lover of fresh local produce and you want to sample some of the treats that local retailers and artisan food producers have to offer, then make your way over to Thoresby Courtyard this weekend on the 12th & 13th April for their Spring Food Fest.

Thoresby are expecting around 30 local small companies to attend this weekend, all of them bringing with them a vast array of local produce from their own shops for you, the public, to enjoy. From mature cheeses, to fresh poultry, ice cream and chocolate, you can spoil yourself rotten and taste some fine delicacies you wouldn’t find in your local supermarket.

Nottinghamshire companies named in the line up include All Mine Cakes, Sherwood Game, Tempted by Chocolate and So Smoothies. Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire will also be represented at the event, so it’s not just a Nottinghamshire, but a Midlands offering to provide you with a well-rounded taste of what local produce there is to be explored.

Admission to the Food Fest is FREE, as is the on-site parking at Thoresby Courtyard.


Top Tip: Our What’s On page is the perfect stop if you’re still looking for more great Nottinghamshire events to keep you busy this weekend or indeed any other time of the week.

Posted on 07 April 2014
Featured author: Tom

Nottingham lad who’s a proud Notts County fan, cheese fiend, chocaholic and loves travelling and music.

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