Things to do this weekend, 20th – 22nd November 2015


The festive season comes to Nottingham this weekend with the arrival of the Winter Wonderland to the Old Market Square. Alongside this, yet more festive cheer is springing up across the county, as Santa comes to Rufford Abbey. It’s not just Christmas on the agenda though, there’s plenty more to enjoy across Nottinghamshire if you’re out and about. Visit our What’s On page for more inspiration, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates on events and places to visit.


Winter Wonderland at The Old Market Square

The annual Winter Wonderland returns to its pride of place, Nottingham’s Old Market Square, this week for the entirety of the festive season. The festive lights will be switched on this Friday night, as the city centre takes on a picture postcard scene with lights, ice rink, wooden huts selling Christmas wares, gifts, food and drink, and much more.

Take to the ice and skate the night away with friends under the lights, or wrap your hands around a winter warmer while browsing the many Victorian style cabins at the heart of the city centre. However you choose to enjoy it, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone at this fabulous event. Visit the website for more details.

The Vaccines at Capital FM Arena

Following on from the recent success of their sold out series of intimate shows across the UK, as well as the release of their third album English Graffiti, The Vaccines rarely need an introduction to audiences nowadays, as their success has made them a favourite among rock lovers and gig goers.

This week, the band take to the stage of Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena on Friday 20th November to perform a live set of their music – some new, some old. It’s a gig that’s hotly anticipated by their fans, and one you won’t want to miss. To find out more information, including ticket prices and availability, head over to the Capital FM Arena website.

Santa’s Christmas Trail at Rufford Abbey Country Park

Get into the festive spirit at Rufford Abbey with Santa’s Christmas Trail – which takes visitors around the grounds of this historic property in search of Santa’s lost decorations. Help him find them to be rewarded with a chocolate treat! And, as if that wasn’t enough, Santa will be in his grotto this weekend to find out what children have put on their lists for Christmas. Well-behaved children will of course receive a festive gift from Santa himself!

Santa’s grotto will be open from 10am – 4pm this weekend and entry is £5 – this does include a gift. To find out more information on what’s happening at Rufford Abbey, please visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website.

P.H. Emerson: Presented by the Author at Nottingham Castle

A new exhibition opens this week at Nottingham Castle, exploring the work of pioneering photographer P.H. Emerson – whose work circulated around the UK in the late 19th century. Emerson was well known as a man who didn’t hold back in his writing or his beliefs on how photography should be carried out. His philosophy was to always capture a natural side to the world, and not an ‘artificial’ view of the world – something he felt other Victorian photographers frequently presented.

A collection of his work will be on display at Nottingham castle from 21st November – 2nd February 2016. More information on the exhibition can be found on the Nottingham Castle website.

The Nottingham Poetry Festival at Various Nottingham Venues

It’s hard not to link Nottingham to fine poetry and word-smiths who have dazzled and amazed with written and spoken words over the course of history – from Byron to to D.H. Lawrence, Nottingham has been graced with some of the finest.

This year, for the first time in its history, the city of Nottingham hosts its very own Poetry Festival from the 17th November – 2nd December. With great names such as Lemn Sissay MBE and acclaimed Liverpool poet Brian Patten coming to Nottingham, as well as many more, make sure you catch some of the great events happening in the city. To find out more details, visit the official Nottingham Poetry Festival website.

Posted on 16 November 2015
Featured author: Tom

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

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