Things To Do This Weekend 12th-14th October

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We hope you enjoyed the suggestions from last weekend, but if you didn’t manage to get round to doing them, you have another chance this weekend to experience the fun-filled activities that Nottinghamshire has to offer!

First up – The Robin Hood Beer Festival is this weekend, and for those lucky enough to get tickets, it promises to be bigger and better than last year. For those of you who don’t have tickets, you can still experience real ale and wake up the next morning feeling exactly the same as the Festival attendees- happy and fulfilled of course! The Real Ale trail is still going strong in Nottingham and is ever popular. We challenge you this weekend to try them all!

Fancy a touch of class this evening? Head to the Royal Concert Hall to experience Northern Sinfonia, a richly textured programme of musical masterpieces by Ravel, a central musical figure in the first half of the 20th century. Enjoy intoxicating harmonies and darting rhythms that will entrance you again and again. There will be a pre concert talk at 6:30pm.

As we like to keep reminding you through sheer excitement, Halloween is approaching! What better way to start the forthcoming celebrations than by joining a grizzly Ghost Tour that will haunt you for a good few weeks! Join Dr David Cross for haunting, true stories, stand where grim history unfolded and listen in terror of true tales of murder, corruption, hangings, grave robbing, misery and mayhem in Victorian Nottingham. What a fun bunch they were. Tour starts at 7pm with a meet up at the Ye Old Salutation Inn on Saturday… if you dare.

Another Halloween inspired event taking place this weekend is the first of the Xtreme Fright Nights at Twinlakes. A cauldron of scare zones, live actors, music and a bar awaits. They’ve guaranteed it to be the scariest yet. It’s on a very fitting 13th of October. Need we say more? Shiver…

Is the onslaught of winter getting you down? Well, so long as it doesn’t snow and you can get to the Nottingham Playhouse without skiing down Derby Road, Beating Berlusconi is sure to dry your icicle tears and give you a comedy experience like no other! Mark Radley’s real life, 10 minute encounter with Silvio Berlusconi at the Ataturk Stadium has been immortalised in this hilarious comedy. One actor. One city. Forty Characters. Unlimited laughter. It’s playing just tonight and tomorrow, so don’t miss this absolute gem!

Who could forget what month this is? It’s Robin Hood month of course! A once-a-year event, the Robin Hood Game and Country show at Newark Showground is all about showing off your mad archery skills, to watching, wide eyed, a thrilling jousting display and insane BMX stunt shows. You will have the chance to partake in a highly-entertaining range of country leisure pursuits, such as paintball firing range and an amazing, educational medieval village, where you can indulge in a little medieval life. Medieval violence and general bloodlust optional. We jest, of course. It’s on from the 13th to 14th October.

To continue the party after all that jousting and fresh air, you must attend the Freshers Foam Party. It’s not just for Freshers… it’s for whoever wants to smoosh themselves into foamy goodness whilst dancing to great music. Food, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are at your disposal and although it would be hilarious not to, we do recommend you take a towel and fresh clothing afterwards. You can find this palace of foam at the National Ice Centre at 7pm on Saturday 13th.

Calling all Fashionistas! 48 HOURS of fashion is here. Nottingham’s retailers are gearing up for a pre-Christmas sales boost this October, thanks to an increase in ‘Fashionista footfall’ when the city hosts a large-scale Fashion event. 48 Hours of Fashion, taking place in various locations across the city centre on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October, is an initiative of the Nottingham Retail Business Improvement District (BID). Through an exciting mix of fashion-focused events, performances, demonstrations, makeovers and special offers, its aim is to showcase Nottingham’s impressive range of fashion retailers, bring fashion spending into the city and further strengthen its position as a UK fashion hot spot.

On the 27 November 1989, Elton John gave the inaugural concert to mark the opening of the exciting new Royal Concert Hall Nottingham. To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the Royal Concert Hall, they’re throwing open the doors and inviting you in to come and have a look around! Ever wanted to see the dressing rooms where Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Billy Connolly, Shirley Bassey, Johnny Cash, Duran Duran, Rudolf Nureyev, Bolshoi Ballet, One Direction, Kylie Minogue, Nigel Kennedy, Paul Simon and many more stars have hung out? Ever wanted to stand on the stage in the Royal Concert Hall and look at the auditorium? Ever wondered what it would be like to go up into the roof of the venue and look down on to the stage? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then come along to the Royal Concert Hall on a fascinating and informative Backstage Tour. It’s completely free, just turn up at 10am – 3pm on Saturday for the most dramatic tour of your life.

We hope you have an amazing weekend, whatever you decide to do! Until next Friday…


Posted on 12 October 2012
Featured author: Erin

Australian now calling Nottingham home. Piano playing, cake making, bicycle riding lady who loves travel.

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