Things to do this weekend, 20-22 January 2012


Despite it being in the deepest depths of January, the forecast for the weekend is quite mild so let’s not waste it and get out and about with friends or family. There’s plenty going on including celebrations for the Chinese New Year.

Here’s our quick summary of what to do this weekend:


Try out binoculars at Attenborough Nature Centre, or head along to Star Night (suitable for children aged 6 and over).

Tonight The Halle are joined by Argentinean pianist Nelson Goerner and perform at the Theatre Royal Concert Hall.

Broadway Cinema present the MET Opera Live performing a take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest by satellite in their Cinema screenings.

The outstanding poet Roger McGough is at Nottingham Playhouse tonight. Catch him if you still can.

Harley Gallery Open Exhibition, is displaying work that looks at things beginning with H. Entrants include hints, hang-ups and hand embroidery.

There’s still time to catch the Lowry exhibition at Nottingham University’s Lakeside Gallery.


Chinese New Year

Opium Restaurant has a special banquet menu, firecrackers and a genuine lion dance.

A Taste of China at Durban House with music, story telling and even Dragon Dancing with Ling Peng, Saturday 21 Jan.

Nottingham University has a family workshop afternoon on Sunday 22 January, included calligraphy, Thai chi, tea ceremonies and origami. Fan dancing workshops are available but need to be pre-booked.


Here are great recommendations from Twitter:

@lucymccarry – Take the children to @Nottm_Contemp for marvellous crafts session (free)

@BritNordicWalk – For fitness in #Nottinghamshire how about a 5km run with @parkrun at Colwick?

@Mikey_two_eyes – Go see the Panthers. That is all. #panthersnation

@Anna_C_Hunt –  I would recommend a trip to Nottingham Castle to catch the Stirring the Swarm exhibition before they fly off on 29/01/12

@Answer4uBM – Off to visit Wetlands Animal Park near Retford with mini-me… if the rain holds off…

Posted on 20 January 2012
Featured author: Dale Web Marketing Officer

A Mansfield lad who likes reading, running and red wine.

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