Things to do this weekend, 14th – 16th March


It seems like spring has definitely sprung in Nottinghamshire and we have plenty of reasons to be cheerful, not least the fact that a bumper weekend of events lies ahead of us. From a major Sci-Fi convention to a day of vintage treats at one of our best-loved attractions you will not be short of things to do in our city and county. Don’t forget to visit our website for more details of upcoming events.

Em-Con at the Albert Hall

Some of the biggest names from the world of Sci-Fi and fantasy will descend on Nottingham this Saturday for the Em-Con event which takes place at the Albert Hall. Fans of the genre will be able to browse an array of stalls selling merchandise and meet comic artists and writers as well as popular actors such as Chris Barrie (Red Dwarf), Jessie Cave (Harry Potter) and Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones) who will be signing autographs (charge applies). Afterwards, guests are invited to dance the night away at the Approach where there will be live music from The Joe Strange Band and Richie Muir.

Buy your tickets for the convention via the website or in person from the Nottingham Tourism Centre on Smithy Row.

Em-Con in Nottingham promises a star-studded line-up

Em-Con in Nottingham promises a star-studded line-up

FREE entry at Nottingham Castle

Tourists and locals alike will be able to visit the fantastic Nottingham Castle free of charge on Saturday. Wander around the manicured formal gardens before heading to an exhibition by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller which looks at the effect of industrialisation on popular culture or enjoy some of the free family activities which are taking place.

There will also an opportunity to find out about Nottingham City Council’s exciting plans to transform the castle into a world-class heritage attraction so make sure you go along to find out more.

T.Rextasy at Newark Palace Theatre

Top tribute act T.Rextasy will be bringing the glam rock sounds of Marc Bolan and T.Rex to life with their foot-stomping show ‘I Love to Boogie’ which comes to Newark Palace Theatre on Saturday. With a career spanning more than 20 years, T.Rextasy is the only band to have won the approval from the late Marc Bolan’s family and former band members. For further details or to book tickets visit the website.

Relive the age of jazz at DH Lawrence Centre

Step back in time and discover the glamorous era of jazz, flapper girls and Prohibition at the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre in Eastwood on Saturday. Dress up in 1920s style clothes and book a table at the Bistro which will be offering an Italian-inspired ‘speak easy’ menu – and there will even be police on hand to make sure no-one consumes any illegal alcohol! Vintage lovers will be able to pick up jewellery, accessories and textiles from one of the many arts and craft stalls and there will also be entertainment from the Jazz and Cocktails Band, fronted by Jeanie Barton.

Sean Cummins: The Potato Eaters Discover Cold Fusion at Bonington Gallery

A brand new exhibition, which examines the link between one of Van Gogh’s paintings and the idea of that nuclear power could help us create a utopian world, is explored in a new exhibition by Sean Cummins which opens at Bonington Gallery on Wednesday. Taking its name from one of Van Gogh’s best-known works, the exhibition juxtaposes the masterpiece, which depicts subsistence, with the misguided idea that cold fusion could bring an endless supply of energy. The Potato Eaters Discover Cold Fusion is FREE to attend.

Tell us what you get up to this weekend! Tweet your top places with the hashtag #LoveNotts or post your pictures to our Facebook page.

Posted on 10 March 2014
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

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