Things to do this weekend, 22nd – 24th January 2016

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We’ve had our first sprinkling of snow this winter and with it, we continue to see a sprinkling of great reasons to get out and enjoy Nottinghamshire, no matter what the weather brings! Entertainment, the great outdoors, family events and attractions and much more will dominate the coming weekend so be sure to read on and discover ways to keep everyone happy even when the temperature plummets. Join us on Facebook and Twitter to see daily inspiration of things to do or do your own search on our what’s on.


The Mousetrap at the Theatre Royal

Having enjoyed a long stint in London’s theatres, breaking records and stealing the affections of many, The Mousetrap is widely regarded as one of the most successful and best loved ‘who dunnit’ murder mysteries to ever grace the stage. Written by Agatha Christie and in the middle of its first ever UK tour, this production returns to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal – the very venue where it first appeared back in 1952 – on 19th January

A web of intrigue will unfold before your eyes, gripping from start to finish and leaving you with more questions than answers. Don’t miss out on this brilliant stage show while it’s in town. To find out more on the dates as well as ticket details, visit the Theatre Royal website.


Lipstick and Lace at Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Join Debbie Bryan at Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts Centre as she introduces you to the art of designing your own cosmetic bag with lace during her crafternoon entitled Lipstick and Lace. Currently on display at Lakeside is a thoroughly local exhibition all about the NO.7 brand – highlighting the social changes made by this iconic beauty brand which began in Nottingham.

Debbie will show you how to create your own unique bag, using Nottingham’s lace as well as textile embellishments and imagery from the NO.7 archives. To find out more on this crafternoon session and to book your place, visit the Lakeside website.


Motown’s Greatest Hits: How Sweet it is at Nottingham Playhouse

Hark back to the days of classic Motown at The Formations deliver a stunning live show entitled Motown’s Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is on Friday 22nd January.

This is the 13th consecutive year of this amazing live show, which delivers well known tracks from artists such as The Jackson Five, The Temptations, Lionel Ritchie, The Four Tops and many more. You will struggle to stay on your seat as the hits keep on coming in this fantastic tribute to the masters of Motown. Find out more about this performance and book your seat by visiting the Nottingham Playhouse website. Please note limited seating is available and information is correct at time of publication.


Performing Drawology at Bonington Gallery

The Bonington Gallery is in a period of transformation this month, as Performing Drawology takes over the space until 12th February. A variety of artists will be invited to spend time creating lines and creating drawings which compliment the space.

As well as drawings on paper, works will include performance, moving image, projections and much more. Passers-by are encouraged to pop-in and watch the space transform between the 15th January and 12th February. To find out more on this exhibit, head over to the Bonington Gallery website.


Fragments in Time at Rufford Abbey

Few people know what Rufford Abbey once looked like and indeed how it was once used. This former mansion, owned by Lord Saville, has many secrets and in this new exhibition entitled ‘Fragments in Time’, a series of objects donated to the abbey over recent years will go on display to offer an insight into how it once looked and how it was once used.

Objects in the exhibition include two wooden boxes crafted from wood used to repair the Rufford chapel organ in the early 20th century, as well as fragments from the original Northern Gates at Rufford Abbey which no longer grace the entrance. Many more rare and intriguing items are on display so head over to the Nottinghamshire County Council website to find out more.



Posted on 18 January 2016
Featured author: Tom

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

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