Things to do this weekend, 21-23 September 2012
After a hectic week, I get the feeling that something funny is happening in Nottingham. Ahhh, it must be the Nottingham Comedy Festival which starts this weekend. First on our round-up of things to do this weekend, here’s who to see:
Saturday brings Alan Davies, the star of Jonathan Creek and QI, who makes a long awaited return to stand-up at the Royal Concert Hall.
On Sunday, Laurence Clark performs as part of the cultural Olympiad at The Approach and this comedian with Cerebral Palsy is well worth seeing. Marcus Brigstocke, the mainstay of many TV satire shows, performs at the Nottingham Playhouse. Carl Donnelly who has appeared on Mock The Week and Russell Howard’s Good News performs at The Approach.
Over at the Theatre Royal on Saturday night there is the #NottinghamRocks event, featuring the latest music sensation, Natalie Duncan as well as Nina Smith and Indiana. They will perform with a live orchestra.
The world-renowned choir The Sixteen perform The Earth Resounds at Southwell Minster tonight. Doors at 6.30pm with pre-concert talk at 7pm followed by the concert at 7.30pm.
Food and Drink Events
On Old Market Square on Friday and Saturday the Regional and Speciality Food and Drink Market comes to the city. Sample the best in local produce and buy fresh ingredients for a homemade meal.
Staying with a food theme the Love Food Hate Waste Roadshow comes to West Bridgford Farmers Market. Local chef and butcher Johnny Pusztai gives handy tips on making top food and reign in the waste at the same time.
There is an Autumn Food and Craft Fair taking place at Old Hall Farm Shop at Kneesall from 10am to 3pm on Saturday.
Arts and Culture Events
They say everyone could write at least one book. Head over to the New Writers UK Book Festival and Fayre on Friday and Saturday at County Hall. Meet with literary agents, speak with publishers and enjoy talks, workshops, book stalls and more.
A brand new exhibition called Journeys of Lace opens at Lakeside Arts Centre displaying work inspired by the archives of Nottingham Trent University relating to the local lace industry.
An exhibition of the work of Dame Laura Knight opens at the Djanogly Art Gallery, also at the Lakeside Arts Centre. The free exhibition takes in paintings that look at the countryside and the open air.
And Something Different…
Sherwood Observatory will have an open evening on Saturday to give you an intriguing insight into the works of the local astronomical society.
Nottingham is home to the design classic the Raleigh chopper (I know loved mine) and the Nottingham Classic Bike Ride on Sunday at the Victoria Embankment celebrates the style and fun of cycling. There are prizes for Best Dressed and Best Bicycles to add to the jaunt.
The Last Minute Triathlon will take place in the beautiful surroundings of Southwell on Sunday. This is pitched at first time attempts and experienced athletes too, so if you’ve been inspired by the Olympics or just want to watch then head on over.