Things to do this weekend, 21st – 23rd November 2014


It’s a week where Nottinghamshire starts to become a little bit brighter, as the Christmas lights are switched on. There’s a feast of festive activities and events taking place as well this weekend – which is just FIVE weeks away from Christmas. So have a look at a few festive events as well as exhibitions and performances taking place in the county this weekend.

Nottingham Winter Wonderland 2014 at The Old Market Square

Nottingham’s annual Winter Wonderland returns on 20th November – and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The Old Market Square transforms into a winter paradise, with food, drink, music and a festive atmosphere that will melt anyone’s heart.

Get your skates on and book a session on the ice-rink in the market square, which will have the beautiful Nottingham Christmas tree at its heart. Skate with friends or family, whether you’re a Torvill or Dean or you’re giving it a go for the very first time.

Shop the weekend away with local traders and craftspeople selling finely produced wares and Christmas gifts. Taste freshly-made produce and get your hands around a cup of hot chocolate.

For more information visit the Winter Wonderland website.

Happy Jack at The Lace Market Theatre

We all love a good love story, something that can pluck at the heart strings and leave you feeling happy and sad at the same time. The Lace Market Theatre, in the heart of Nottingham, presents a heart-warming tale this week entitled Happy Jack (18th – 22nd November).

Written by notable play write John Godber, this performance looks at everyday life occurrences that we all experience. The two central characters, Jack and Liz Munroe, are an old married couple, and we first meet them at the end of their lives. We’re then swept backwards, through key moments in their lives and eventually end up working all the way back to when Jack asked Liz to go on their first date.

This is a very touching and heart warming story of love and the events that happen along the way, but cleverly in the style of Godber, the play doesn’t tell the story in a conventional way. For more information on Happy Jack and for information on how to book tickets for a performance, please visit the Lace Market Theatre’s website.

Anima Astratto – Journey into Perception at St James Hotel

St James Hotel

Nottingham’s boutique St James Hotel

St James Hotel, one of Nottinghamshire’s newest hotels, has recently launched a brand new art gallery – The Left Gallery.

Art is a fundamental feature of the St James and the brand new exhibition by Nat Coalson entitled Anima Astratto – Journey into Perception, typifies the styles that feature around the hotel. Featuring abstract art, this exhibition leaves the interpretation up the the audience. With photography at the heart of Nat’s work, the collection draws from photographs taken over a nine year period at locations around the world. Some have been added to with acrylic and textured gel to add to the abstract nature of the image.

Nat’s pieces are available to purchase and make a stunning centrepiece for any contemporary home. To see this brilliant exhibition first hand, and for more information on the artist, please visit the St James Hotel website.

5D Grotto at The Broadmarsh Shopping Centre

Christmas isn’t the same without a trip to see Santa and for the little ones in the family, 2014 promises a Santa experience like no other at intu Broadmarsh.

Take a trip to Santa’s 5D Grotto, which is open until Christmas Eve, and experience magic and Christmas cheer. Become part of the show and meet characters from the north pole including Ella the Elf and all her friends on their festive journey as they help Santa prepare for his busiest time of the year. Meet Santa and share your Christmas wishes with him.

The Grotto opens from 10am – 5pm and booking is essential. For more information on how to book and what else you can experience at Broadmarsh this Christmas, please visit the website.

Being Human: A Festival of Humanities at Various Nottingham Venues

Nottingham is synonymous with heroes and villains. This common centrepiece to stories old and new features heavily in our heritage. From Robin Hood and his Merry Men, to Lord Byron, the Luddite movement and the origins of the Civil War. Nottinghamshire has a major part to play in this subject matter.

The Being Human Festival looks at being human, as expressed through rebellion and subversion. Several attractions and arts venues are taking part in the festival to convey how real life and mythical characters as well as events throughout history have played their parts in subversion and rebellion. There will be public debates on the subject, as well as film screenings, family fun days and much more centered around the topic.

So to take a closer look at the legends and events that have shaped our city and county as well as visit some of our fantastic attractions, make sure you experience the Being Human Festival this weekend. For a full listing of events taking place as part of the festival, please visit the University of Nottingham website.

For even more events, visit our What’s On page or keep up to date on Twitter or Facebook.

Posted on 17 November 2014
Featured author: Tom

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

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