Things to do this weekend, 18th – 21st April 2014
The Easter holidays are now upon us and you might be thinking about how to keep the family entertained this weekend. But don’t worry – we have plenty of inspiration in our round-up of what’s on in Nottinghamshire this Easter weekend.
The Two Worlds of Charlie F at the Theatre Royal
The Two Worlds of Charlie F explores a moving story from the battlefields in Afghanistan, told through the eyes of a soldier who is struggling with pain and injury and the consequences of war on the individual. Performed by former and serving soldiers, this show delivers a powerful and emotional message to the audience, as you learn the psychological and physiological effects that combat can have on a life, especially when having to recover from serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries. It also shows the effects on other soldiers, having to watch their fellow comrades suffer at the hands of the enemy. Ultimately, The Two Worlds of Charlie F is a story of not only life on the battlefield, but life after the battlefield as well. Despite the deeply emotional and moving side, this production does deliver dark humour and is also an up-lifting experience that will stick in the mind for a long time.
Tickets are still available for shows of The Two Worlds of Charlie F which run from 14th – 19th April 2014, so visit the Theatre Royal website or head straight to the box office to purchase your ticket.
All Hail The Ale Festival at Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem
Join in the celebration of all things Ale as the Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem holds its annual All Hail The Ale Festival between the 18th – 23rd April 2014. You will be able to sample some of the finest tipples from Nottinghamshire brewers including the Lincoln Green Brewery and there will be a wide range of real ales and traditional ciders. There’s expected to be over 20 real ales for all you keen ale lovers to try so why not head down and give them a go?
While you’re there, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience the history behind Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, which is said to be the oldest inn in England. The Trip once housed a gaol in its cellar as well as a cockfighting pit which makes it as much a history lesson as a unique and memorable drinking and dining experience.
Nottingham Heroes & Villains Tour at Ye Olde Salutation Inn
Experience Nottingham like you have never seen it before this Easter Monday with a special Nottingham Heroes and Villains Tour. Take a tour of the city and learn about homicidal medieval kings, Saxon caves, evil murderers as well as the many legends Nottingham has woven into its rich and illustrious past. The costumed guides who lead the tour offer over 20 years experience, guaranteeing you a thoroughly engaging and informative tour which covers the Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham Castle, Ye Olde Trip, The Lace Market, St Mary’s and much more.
The tour starts at 2pm on Monday 21st April and lasts for approximately two hours, covering around two miles of Nottingham City Centre. Booking is essential. For more information, please visit the Nottingham Heroes & Villains Tour website.
If this has made you want to learn more about Nottingham’s history then book a place on the Original Nottingham Ghost Walk on Saturday 19th April at 7pm. You’re invited to join all the spirits to learn the chilling history of Nottingham, explore caves and graveyards and listen for the ghostly screams that come from the ghouls of Nottingham’s past.
For more information on the Original Nottingham Ghost Walk including how to book, please visit the website.
Hands On! at the Nottingham Industrial Museum
Nottingham Industrial Museum is an fascinating place of living history, crammed with vehicles and artefacts that tell the story of Nottingham through the industrial revolution.
Hands On!, is an event that does exactly what it says on the tin. This is your opportunity to get hands on with some fantastic artefacts from the industrial revolution, and you have to guess what they might of been used for. Whether you’re knowledgeable about the subject already, or what to find out more about our industrial heritage, you’re guaranteed to learn something new at this event.
Hands On! runs from 11am – 3pm on Sunday 20th April and is suitable for ages 4+. For more information on this event and others at the Nottingham Industrial Museum, please visit the website.
Papplewick Pumping Station In Steam
Papplewick Pumping Station is only in steam eight times every year, so catching a little bit of history in action is a rare treat – and this weekend (20th & 21st April) you can witness the station in full working order. The station itself was constructed in the late 1880s to pump thousands of gallons of water to the rapidly expanding industrial Nottingham. The site is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the highest preservation that can be attached to a site in England.
It is due to volunteers and the dedication of a charity set up to preserve the site that Papplewick Pumping Station is still able to operate eight times every year to demonstrate to visitors exactly what this beautiful location would have been like back in the late 1800s when it originally opened.
For more information on Papplewick Pumping Station, including further operating dates throughout 2014, please visit the website.