Things To Do This Weekend : 21st – 23rd April
Hopefully you are all thoroughly relaxed and rested after the Easter Bank Holiday and raring to have more fun over the coming weekend. We’ve got Record Store Day, Nottingham Poetry Festival, stage shows and exhibitions all happening so get planning your weekend!
Don’t forget to check out our What’s On Guide and for some final Easter activities go to our Easter Listings, or if you’re feeling chatty get in touch via Twitter, or connect on Facebook and Instagram to share what you’re up to in Nottingham!
Lakeside Arts Centre
Sat 01 Apr – Sun 18 Jun
We often think of the medieval art as quite grim. Endless tapestries depicting difficult sagas, people who are mucky and miserable, complicated histories woven into single work of art and stories that are just somehow difficult to relate to. This latest exhibition at Lakeside Arts Centre is turning this idea on its head, and shining a light on the more colourful side of the dark ages. Answering questions about the medieval colours palate, how colours were used and created, and what each hue symbolised. This exhibition brings together artefacts that are not usually on display from the University of Nottingham Museum; Nottingham City Museums & Art Galleries; Bassetlaw Museum; Derby Museum and Art Gallery; along with private collections.
There’s nothing like finding a great record and the anticipation to listen to it. With the sad decline of record shops in recent years, the invention of Record Store Day comes as a good reminder for many to get out, stock up on vinyl and CDs and support local business. Bookwise in Hockley may look like a bookshop at a glance, but if you delve a little deeper into the shop they also have a fantastic range of classical music. All the money made goes to Music for Everyone, a music-education charity which provides imaginative music participation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities across Nottingham and the region.
Nottingham Poetry Festival
Fri 21st Sunday 30th April
Perhaps it’s something in our blood, but in Nottingham we have always had a way with words. Over the past few years the poetry scene has blossomed and now we are looking at some serious talent in the city. Organised by poet and producer Henry Normal and Hockley Hustle director Tommy Rosley, The Nottingham Poetry Festival 2017 is a ten day event with over 50 events across the county, and this year its looking rather marvellous. Wendy Cope, Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy and John Cooper Clarke are just a few of the names who will be gracing the stages of various venues and libraries, along with some great home grown talent too.
Saturday 22 April 2017 at 11am and 1.30pm
In a world where CGI dominates cinema it’s expected that almost anything can happen on screen, and by consequence theatre has become all the more magical. This production of The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio quite literally brings to life this classic story in a fun filled, family friendly performance that promises a whale of a time. Patrick Lynch from CBeebies acts as the puppet master, turning the pages to bring you the true story of Pinocchio.
Castle Rock Brewery Tour
If there are two things which Nottingham is renowned for it is ale and Robin Hood, and what a perfect pairing they are. While the latter is perhaps slightly more famous, Nottingham’s unusual history of brewing is a fascinating tale itself. As far back as the middle ages it was found that the network of soft sandstone caves upon which the city sits provided the perfect temperature for brewing, and so began centuries of this citywide obsession. Lead by Nottingham’s official Robin Hood, you’ll be granted VIP access to the brewery, regaled with tales of bygone years, given samples to try, and the chance to pull your own pint. Chances are you’re likely to leave a merry man or woman!
A great idea for stag and hen parties, group visits and birthdays – for full details and to book a tour with Castle Rock Brewery, click here.