Things To Do This Weekend : 14th – 16th April
Ah the Easter bank holiday – the first point in the year when people across the country can breath a sigh of relief, look forward to a long weekend full of spring energy and plan some relaxing fun. There’s as much as ever happening in Nottingham! Cruises, castles, computer games are just a few of the things on offer, but there’s lots more. Don’t forget to check out our What’s On Guide and Easter Listings for other ideas, and if you’re feeling chatty get in touch via Twitter, or connect on Facebook and Instagram to share what you’re up to in Nottingham!
The Harley Gallery is situated on the grand Welbeck Estate, north of Nottingham city centre. An attractive estate bustling with creative talent, there’s lots behind the scenes here, including The School of Artisan Food, Welbeck Abbey Brewery and a Farm Shop selling delicious local produce. Lurking within its past is the story of the 5th Duke of Portland, a mighty odd chap who remodelled the site with a labyrinth of underground tunnels. Acutely reclusive, the Duke’s true personality is still shrouded in mystery, his legacy remaining only within the bricks and mortar of his estate. This exhibition has pulled together pieces from the Duke’s private art collection, with a focus on miniature paintings. The exhibition is an intriguing way to learn more about this fascinating and illusive figure in Nottingham’s past, this is an exhibition not to be missed.
We all know that after bit of grafting a good reward is all the more deserved. If you’d prefer the kids do some earning-and-a-learning for their chocolate this Easter weekend then head down to Bolsover Castle for an Easter Adventure Quest like no other! Search for clues as you explore the grounds, meeting characters such as a monk, a butler, a king and even a Roman centurion who will regale you with intriguing tales to help you on your quest. Bolsover is a classic castle that will capture the imagination of any child or adult, and this fab event will inspire with history, detective skills and chocolatey rewards!
With so many conveniences available at the touch of a button these days, it’s quite something to consider the many layers of inventions that have merged to create our technology, and sometimes it’s important to take a look at how things used to be done in order to really appreciate what we have. Papplewick Pumping Station is a little known feat of grand Victorian design and architecture nestled in the picturesque village of Ravenshead in north Nottinghamshire. Providing the city of Nottingham with fresh water for 85 years, the station still works to this day. Steaming days at Papplewick is an excellent excuse to learn more, admire some robust steam powered inventions, and explore the quaint countryside nearby.
When it comes to the world of gaming The National Video Game Arcade has quite a duel perspective. With expert understanding of gaming culture, they encourage children to not only brush up on their skills of beating the bad guys, but also create adventures, code, and get involved in social gaming which provides critical skills for our tech based future world. That being said, they’re also dedicated to profiling the swift and colourful evolution of the gaming industry, with a collection of retro consoles and games to try also. The new Dizzy Gallery celebrates the 30 year old classic egg themed game, making it a perfect Easter visit. Design a new character for the Dizzy world and hunt for Dizzy the egg around the arcade galleries!
There’s something for grown ups too with their Parents Meet Up on Saturday. Special guest Professor Mark Griffiths, Behavioural Addiction expert at Nottingham Trent University will be there to answer your questions.
Whether you’re visiting Nottingham or live here and want to try something different, can you imagine a more peaceful way to spend an Easter Sunday than cruising around the serene lake at Colwick Country Park? This historic site can be traced back to 1362 and is the home to 250 acres of woodland, parkland, diverse wildlife and plants. This Easter weekend Trent River Cruises are offering you a three course Sunday carvery lunch, freshly prepared in the onboard galley for just £20.5 per person! A good chance to soak up some sun, snap some fantastic photos and return to shore refreshed and revived.