Things to do this weekend, 12th – 14th December 2014
Christmas is now knocking on our doors and there are just two more weekends to go before the big day. Many of you will be rushing around finishing (or starting!) your Christmas shopping but if you’re looking for an escape from the mayhem then take a look at some of the seasonal treats on offer around Nottinghamshire this weekend. Don’t forget there is more inspiration on the What’s On page of our website.
Victorian Christmas at Framework Knitters Museum
Many of the Christmas traditions we know today were introduced by the Victorians and on Saturday you will be able to travel back in time and experience them for yourselves at Framework Knitters Museum. Under the soft glow of candlelight you will be able to listen to the sounds of a choir and barrel organ and enjoy hot chestnuts and crumpets, as well as browse the Textile Emporium for bespoke gifts.
There will also be plenty of entertainment for youngsters including festive story-telling and Santa’s Grotto. Admission is FREE and further details are available via the Framework Knitters Museum website.
Free entry at Nottingham Castle
This weekend you will be able to visit one of our best-loved heritage attractions for FREE as part of a nostalgic Christmas event. Nottingham Castle will be throwing open its doors and inviting you to take a stroll around the landscaped gardens and explore the exhibitions, which includes the superb Riot 1831.
The castle will also be hosting I’ll be home for Christmas, which includes brass band music, cave tours, craft stalls and much more. You can also enjoy a festive afternoon tea in these magnificent surroundings (booking essential on 0115 8761400).
Entry to the castle is between 10am and 4pm. Further details are available on the website.
Southwell Racecourse Beer Festival
Beer festival season may be over but luckily Southwell Racecourse has something to keep ale lovers going through the dark winter months. Building on last year’s success, the racecourse will once again be hosting its Beer Festival Weekend which promises to be a great day out for all the family.
Over the two days you will be able to sample a wide range of local beers, watch nail-biting horse racing and enjoy live music. Further information and tickets are available to buy from Southwell Racecourse’s website or by calling 01636 814481.
Santa Run at the Forest Recreation Ground
Santa suits at the ready – the Great Nottingham Santa run is back! Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in the 5km or 2.5km, which takes place on Sunday at the Forest Recreation Ground just outside the city centre.
All adult entrants will receive a Santa costume, while children will be given an elf hat and there is a medal for all finishers. As well as the run, participants and spectators can also enjoy hot chocolate from the Christmas stalls, toasted marshmallows and sing Christmas songs. There is also delicious food and warming drinks available at Homemade Pavillion.
Money raised from the event will be donated to Nottingham charity When You Wish Upon a Star, which grants wishes for seriously ill children. For further information or to sign up online visit the website.
Celebrate Christmas at Sherwood Forest
Following the sell-out Sparkling Sherwood, our famous forest has two more seasonal events to look forward to at the weekend.
On Saturday evening there will be a Medieval-style banquet complete with a King’s hog roast feast and pitchers of mulled cider or spiced berry punch to get you in the festive spirit. There will also be music and ceilidh dancing. The meal costs £25 for adults and £13 for children and booking is essential on 01623 823202.
The following day you can see the forest magically light up at the Mid-winter Lantern Walk. During the walk you will be able to shine a torch or lantern on these ancient oaks, which includes the iconic Major Oak, and see them as you’ve never seen them before. It takes place at 4.30pm and tickets are £4 per person. Pre-booking is required on the number above.