Things to do this weekend, 14th – 16th November 2014

Rufford Santa's Grotto

We know the festive season is knocking at our door when certain events start popping up in our calendars. This week is no exception, as we welcome back some familiar favourites and some new faces to take us through the middle of November. Those who are lacking in festive food and gift inspiration might just discover some unknown gems and there will also be performances of old classics, as  well as a chance to follow in the footsteps of old St Nick and experience the life and times of one of our county’s best-loved writers.

Lustre 2015 at Lakeside Arts Centre

It’s never too early these days to start looking around for Christmas presents, especially downloadwhen there’s so much else to prepare ahead of the festive season. All the more reason to visit Lakeside Arts Centre this weekend for Lustre, an annual event that showcases some fantastic and beautiful hand crafted items from independent makers.

Over the coming weekend visit one of the highest quality selling craft events in the UK as you browse many stalls displaying items from over 65 of the countries finest contemporary craft makers. Whether jewellery is your weakness, or you’re searching for hand crafted bags, hats and other items of clothing finery, or you prefer household items such as ceramics, glass and tableware, there’s something for everyone. Shop for yourself or if you have a friend or relative that loves unique hand crafted goods that help them stand out from the crowd.

For more information on Lustre 2014, please visit the Lakeside Arts Centre website.

Pride and Prejudice at Newark Palace Theatre

Following a sell-out performance at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds last year, this adaptation of Pride and Prejudice comes to Newark’s Palace Theatre on Saturday as part of a nationwide tour.

See this classic Jane Austen novel brought to life as you immerse yourself in the world of the Bennet sisters.

Tickets for this performance are priced at £15 for adults, £13 for concessions and £10 for schools. You can book your tickets online by clicking here.

Santa’s Christmas Trail and Grotto at Rufford Abbey Country Park

Bring the kids along to Rufford Abbey Country Park this weekend and follow a magical trail set out by Santa Claus himelf. His Christmas Trail guarantees festive delights for the little ones as well as hours of fun and enjoyment.

On his recent visit to the park, as he made his way to the North Pole, Santa lost all his Christmas decorations, leaving them scattered around the historic Rufford Abbey site. You’re tasked with finding all his decorations by following the clues and working your way through the park and up to the Mill where a very tasty reward will be waiting for you once you’ve completed the trail.

While you’re there, you might just be lucky enough to catch Santa himself in his grotto as well! Share your Christmas list with him and enjoy his traditional Victorian grotto located at the Rufford Mill Cottages, all decorated and ready for Christmas.

Last admission for Santa’s Grotto is at 3.45pm and admission is priced at £5 per child which includes a small gift. To take part in the trail, collect a leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre when you arrive. Leaflets are priced at just £1. For more information, please visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website.

Winter Foodfest at Thoresby Courtyard

It’s the time of year when delicacies are much sought after for those festive meals or thoresby_courtyard_01_webthoresby_courtyard_02as gifts for the foodie in the family. Thoresby Courtyard is proud to welcome back the Winter Foodfest this weekend, with its wide selection of artisan food and drink on offer to the public.

Sample food and drinks from the many stalls before you decide what you want to purchase. With producers from around the county as well as the UK, you’re guaranteed to be spoiled for choice. And if that wasn’t enough, you will also be able to enjoy an expert live cooking show, live from the theatre with great tips on how to make the most of your dishes this autumn and winter. 

The event is FREE to attend and runs from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please visit the Thoresby Courtyard website.

D.H. Lawrence Heritage Open Day at D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre

Explore the life of one of Nottinghamshire’s best loved writers for free this weekend at D.H. Lawrence Heritage in Eastwood.

As part of the National Festival of Humanities Week, the Heritage Centre is putting on this special open day, offering taster tours of the Birthplace Museum throughout the day absolutely free of charge. It’s a rare opportunity to wander around this dedicated site to Lawrence and his literary legacy. With various exhibitions and events taking place around the site as well as a gift shop and the bistro, why not take this opportunity to find out more about what inspired him?

For more information on what there is to see and do at D.H. Lawrence Heritage this weekend during the open day, please visit the Heritage Centre website.

Keep up to date with what’s on over the weekend on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Alternatively, explore our What’s On page and search through the wide selection of other events taking place across Nottinghamshire this weekend.

Posted on 10 November 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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