Things To Do This Weekend 19th-21st October

Apples at The Workhouse in Southwell

This weekend, we’ve found an absolute GOLDMINE of activities for you to enjoy.

First up… Game City! It’s back and it’s better than ever. Game City 7 can be found from the 20th to the 27th this month and there are so many activities that you can get involved in.  It’s Nottingham’s very own video game culture festival with yet more fun and surprises than ever before. This mostly FREE to attend festival brings people of all ages together to celebrate video games and their influence on culture worldwide. The festival encourages conversation about video games, what they are, what they mean and why they are interesting, as well as showcasing the latest in video game culture. For the second year running the festival will also award the GameCity Prize, the only prize of its kind in the world.  2012’s main events include; Your Cardboard Life with Philippa Rice on Sat 20th, Minecraft EDU sessions on Mon 22, 23, 25, 26th, LEGO Lord of the Rings first UK showing on 21st and Venus Patrol Training Centre, 20-27th. Get there and get square (eyes!).

For something a little cooler (temperature wise), Creswell Crags will launch the Swimming Reindeer exhibition on Saturday, featuring one of the most important pieces of Ice Age sculpture, on loan from the British Museum. The 13,000 year old object will be the focus of a new, temporary exhibition held at Creswell Crags Visitor Centre entitled The Swimming Reindeer: Ice Age Art and Storytelling, which explores the relationship between art and the practice of telling stories in everyday life. Links are drawn with Creswell’s own rich Ice Age art.

For one night (and one night only!) head on over to the Capital FM for a bedazzling and fantastical performance of Jesus Christ, Superstar. This is on tomorrow, Friday 19th, so book now! A seemingly random cast (Tim Michin, Melanie C and Chris Moyles sound more like a dream dinner date) cleverly put together to create a truly spectacular take on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary rock classic!

Everyone loves their grub and juice in Nottingham, if our office is anything to go by… so we have exciting news! The Nottingham Regional & Speciality Food and Drink Market is coming this weekend- Friday and Saturday. You can eat your way through delicious, fresh local produce and sample great tasting drinks. Our suggestion: bring a picnic hamper, disposable plates, buy some produce and wander off to Nottingham Castle and have a picnic before the weather gets too cold!

Aargh! Halloween is so soon (and I know we keep saying it but we’re just SO excited!) and you can get your spooky celebrations in early at Xtreme Fright Nights at Twinlakes… even the name sends shivers down our spine. Be there if you dare! 25th,26th,30th and 31st of October 2012 with a 7pm start. 

Stewart Francis, the hilarious star of Mock the Week, Michael McIntyres Comedy Roadshow and Live at the Apollo is embarking on a brand new tour. On Friday at 7:30, prepare for seat-wetting comedy! The Guardian has claimed that Francis has “A brilliant comic brain… this stand-up cracks some of the best one liners I’ve ever heard”.

Expect to laugh, expect to cry… expect emotion at the stage performance of RENT! You may have seen the film, but it will not compare to the upbeat atmosphere of this revolutionary tale presented to you by ‘The University of Nottingham – Medical School’ in association with STOPAIDS. 18th – 20th October at Nottingham Arts Theatre.

An apple a day keeps the Doctor away, your Mum used to say. Well, the Clumber Park Apple Festival celebrates this incredible fruit with apple tasting, apples for sale, apple produce to sample, apple pressing and juicing and apple themed games for children. Basically, what we’re trying to say is that Clumber Park is mental for apples and you should be too! Sat and Sun, 12pm – 4pm. Free (and healthy) event.

What’s that? You want more apples? Well… how about the Apple Fun Day at Southwell Workhouse? We’re not apple-obsessed crazies in the office, Saturday is actually National Apple Day…  A celebration of all things apple! As part of Southwell Bramley Festival, take part in a variety of apple-themed events. Come Monday morning you’ll be fit as a fiddle and won’t have a cold for at least five years.

You may think… there can’t be any more apple related events this weekend… well you’d be totally wrong. The Bramley Apple Festival (if you didn’t know… Southwell invented the Bramley Apple) is also on Saturday at Southwell. The famous cooking apple deserves to be celebrated, because who hasn’t enjoyed a gorgeous, hot apple pie with custard made with one? Go for a day of apple-y fun and events! 

“Stop with the apples!” I hear you cry, tucking into your 10th apple pie… How about a good ol’ fashioned knees up? Papplewick Pumping Station is hosting their 1940’s weekend on the 20th-21st. Re-enactors in military and civilian costume, displays of civilian and military vehicles, war time music and stalls, James Watt Beam engines, Robey Winding engine and miniature railway all in steam. You can also take a trip down to the underground reservoir and enjoy the marvellous cafe and gift shop. Fancy dress is optional, but we do recommend you get into the spirit! Cafe, gift shop and free car parking available!

Have fun this weekend, and PLEASE, if you do engage in these exciting activities over the weekend, post us your pictures and comments on our Facebook page: or on twitter #lovenotts @experiencenotts. We love receiving them!



Posted on 18 October 2012
Featured author: Erin

Australian now calling Nottingham home. Piano playing, cake making, bicycle riding lady who loves travel.

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