Things to do this weekend, 15th – 17th November


We have a great mix of events this weekend, with a sprinkle of Christmas inspiration and a pinch of November autumnal cheer. We’re on the slope towards Christmas and the pick of events this week reflects the impending season of goodwill. Take inspiration from the craft events, food and drink as well as festive light switch-ons. Safe to say we have this weekend covered for the entire family. So, no matter what everyone wants to do, there’s something for everyone!

Winter Food Fest at Thoresby Courtyard

Calling all foodies out there! Thoresby Courtyard hosts its Winter Food Fest this weekend on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November. Local food producers will be showcasing the very best Nottinghamshire has to offer in terms of its fresh produce. If you love fresh meats ranging from sausages to pork roasts, vegetables, alcoholic beverages or dairy produce, it’s all under one roof this weekend. Names such as Sherwood Game, Gonalston Farm Shop and the Deli Cheese Company will be in attendance for those who love a local flavour to their food as well as local brewers, Flipside Brewery.

As well as local delicacies, visitors will be able to sample world foods ranging from Caribbean to Spanish treats.

Admission and parking at the event are FREE and the event is open 10am-4pm daily over the weekend. For more information and contact details, visit our dedicated page.

Mansfield Christmas Lights Switch On at Mansfield Market Place

Get into the festive spirit this weekend as Mansfield is lit up ready for Christmas! Mansfield’s amazing Christmas lights are switched on and you are invited to come along, wrap up warm and watch the big switch on with the whole family! With a seasonal film playing out in the Market Place, as well as a parade, music, fireworks and an appearance from jolly old Saint Nick himself, there’s plenty happening across the day for everyone. The festivities kick off at 12 noon and carry on until 5pm. Visit our dedicated page for more information as well as links to the dedicated page to the event on the Mansfield District Council website.

Pop Up Party Chicago at Riverbank Bar & Kitchen

The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen’s fantastic pop-up-parties continue on the evening of Friday 15th November with their latest installment, Pop Up Party Chicago! The music will keep the night young from 8pm – 3am with live sets from Derrick Carter as well as performances from various artists and a mixture of soul, hip-hop and acoustic numbers across the three rooms within the venue.

For ticket information please visit the Riverbank Bar & Kitchen Pop Up Party Chicago page on our website.

Nottingham Craft Marathon at Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop

The Lace Market in Nottingham has a little hidden gem, and if you blinked you would miss it! Debbie Bryan’s studio and shop is a slice of unique gifts and art work that help to reinforce the notion of Hockley being a creative hub within Nottingham City Centre. This weekend sees Debbie’s shop and studio play host to several different craft events from speed craft to more leisurely craft centred activities. Several workshops are taking place as well, so feel free to specialise in skills including book binding, glass, print making, cyanotype, textiles and origami.

For full details on this event as well as more craft events taking place at Debbie Bryan in the coming months, visit her Christmas Season Workshops event page on our site.

Christmas Fair On The Hill at Kirk Hill, East Bridgford

East Bridgford Hill is a beautiful location at any time of the year, but especially during the autumn as the trees transform to golden brown and the scenery takes on the crisp wintry backdrop we expect on the run up to the festive season. This weekend it provides the backdrop to a Christmas Fair at the Country House. The Christmas Fair offers a unique collection of Christmas ideas, food and drink, talks, raffles and much more over the 15th, 16th & 17th November. Tickets to attend are £6 per person, enquire directly for more information by visiting the East Bridgford Hill website or contact them directly on

Don’t forget that for a full guide to what’s happening across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire this weekend, visit our What’s On page. 

Posted on 13 November 2013
Featured author: Tom

Nottingham lad who’s a proud Notts County fan, cheese fiend, chocaholic and loves travelling and music.

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