Things to do this weekend, 22nd – 24th November
November is drawing to a close. Christmas cheer has officially hit Nottinghamshire now with numerous festive lights switch on events taking place across the city and county and this weekend promises to serve up yet more winter events that will leave you needing to catch your breath. So let’s delve into the top five events we’ve picked out for the weekend of the 22nd – 24th November 2013. IN NOTTS WE LOVE TO SPOIL YOU ROTTEN!
The David Ross Collection at Djanogly Art Gallery
We are extremely lucky to have the works from many fine artists to be calling Nottingham home between November and February. David Ross will be showcasing his collection at the Djanogly Art Gallery at Lakeside Arts Centre from this weekend, with the exhibition opening on Saturday 23rd November for public viewing. His collection of artistic work spans from the late 20th century, right through to more contemporary pieces from the 21st century, taking in names such as David Hockney, Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Patrick Caulfield.
To have so many talented artists’ pieces under one roof is a tremendous honour for the county, so make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to take in their work and enjoy the cultural feast on offer.
The David Cross collection is being exhibited between 23rd November 2013 – 9th February 2014. Please check the Lakeside website for Christmas and New Year opening times and any further information.
Hockley Rocks at Hockley Square
From Saturday 23rd November you will be able to enjoy live music performances in Hockley as part of Hockley Rocks, an initiative to bring live street music to Nottingham to showcase some of the fantastic local talent. Performers will include local singer songwriters, street dance, DJs, a vintage tea dance, choirs and brass bands. So there really will be something for everyone in the run-up to Christmas! The initiative has been put together by local businesses, including Hartley’s Cafe, as well as performers and Nottingham City Council.
The event takes place every weekend between now and the 21st/22nd December between 12pm & 4pm. For continuous updates, check the dedicated Hockley Rocks Facebook page.
Rufford Christmas Market at Rufford Country Park
Rufford Abbey Country Park gears up for the festive period this weekend with its annual Christmas Market. With plenty of stalls offering a wide range of gifts, food and drink and many more interesting curios, you won’t struggle to find some festive cheer at Rufford this weekend! And of course once you’re done with exploring the many delights that the market has to offer, take a leisurely autumn stroll around the ground of the Abbey and the country park itself. The country park boasts some of the best scenery in the county, with plenty to explore. Take the time to watch the changing seasons, the wildlife and let the day seamlessly wash over you in this beautiful part of Nottinghamshire.
The Christmas market is open on both Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November from 10.30am – 4pm.
Newark Christmas Lights Switch On at Newark Market Place
Newark receives its annual dose of Christmas merriment this weekend as the Christmas lights are switched on throughout the historic market town on Sunday 24th November. Lights will adorn the streets, so take your spot in Newark market place as the countdown will begin to the big switch on. Naturally there is plenty more to occupy the family in and around the market place so make a day and night of it by exploring the charity stalls, craft market and entertainment on offer to the public. The market opens at 11am, with the programme of events continuing right through into the evening.
So for a fun family day out to get everyone in the festive mood, take in Newark this Sunday!
Santa’s Grotto at Floralands Garden Centre
Santa has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit the Floralands Garden Centre this weekend. With so many presents to deliver, make sure you take your little ones to meet jolly Saint Nicholas so they can give him their list and make sure they get the presents they want this Christmas. You will need to explore the magical Winter Wonderland to find Santa’s grotto, so there’s plenty to occupy the children. Once you’ve seen Santa, explore Floralands Garden Centre, take lunch in their coffee shop and take a look around the many seasonal offerings in their gift shop.
Santa’s Grotto opens on the 23rd November and will be open on the 24th as well. The grotto is also open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between this weekend and Christmas as well as Christmas Eve so there’s plenty of opportunities to meet Santa! The price is £5.50 per child and every child receives a small gift.
As ever there is a pact programme of events taking place across Nottinghamshire this weekend so you can always go to our What’s On page to find your perfect event or attraction for the weekend.