Things to do this weekend, 24th – 26th October 2014
We’re very excited for this weekend, not that we’re not usually excited for the weekend of course! But with outlaw celebrations at a famous landmark, a festival dedicated to a well-loved fruit, a celebration of all things horror as well as the largest cultural video game festival in Europe, Nottinghamshire really is the place to be this weekend. Keep reading to see exactly what you can look forward to if you’re visiting us this weekend or indeed if you’re a local looking for something to do. We have it all in one county.
The Robin Hood Pageant at Nottingham Castle
The legend of Robin Hood is one that is woven into the history of our city and county. Books have been written, and films made about his life. Now it’s time for you to celebrate him at one of Nottingham’s most iconic settings.
This weekend, the annual Robin Hood Pageant returns to Nottingham Castle when the grounds will be transformed to into a Medieval town, recreating the times of our legendary outlaw. Meet an array characters as you walk around the Medieval town including Robin and his Merry Men and King Richard I in his royal encampment. Robin will be fighting the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and you can also look forward to jousting displays and sports events hosted by Robin and Maid Marian. And for the kids, there’s the opportunity to enjoy activities such as archery and jousting as well as much more.
The Robin Hood Pageant runs from Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th October from 10.30am – 5pm, with a special night time joust at 6.30pm on Saturday. For more information visit Nottingham City Council’s website.
GameCity 9 – Various Nottingham city centre locations
Video games are popular across the globe and people of all ages can now feel a part of the world wide phenomenon. Starting this weekend, you’re invited to come along and try your hand at hundreds of FREE activites and events aimed at getting people involved in the world of video games. GameCity is the largest video game event in Europe and is now in its ninth year.
This year, you are asked to participate in the Sheriff’s Gauntlet, testing your ingenuity and skill through various challenges. It’s based on a centuries’ old tradition and is continued in a unique way at GameCity this year. Registration for the Sheriff’s Gauntlet should be completed by the 27th October and more information can be found on the GameCity website.
Other activities include the Open Arcade where you can experience video games from the past, present and future with the developers themselves. It’s a great opportunity to get competitive and try your hand at what’s out there. There’s also the Sports Time Machine where participants can take on animals and sports stars in a virtual reality competition.
For more information on what’s happening at GameCity 9, please click here.
Mayhem Film Festival at Broadway Cinema
Lovers of cult movies, sci-fi classics and horror features will adore the offering at this year’s Mayhem Film Festival at Broadway Cinema in Nottingham. Now in its tenth year, Mayhem is running for ten days in 2014, showcasing the very best in premiers and classic feature length films to audiences as well as many activities centred around the festival for the celebration of Broadway’s showpiece event.
Mayhem is the opportunity for the public to get up close and personal with film makers, watch premieres and new releases as well as enjoy cult classics all under one roof. This Saturday, Mayhem opens its doors with Teen Mayhem, with the aim of increasing the awareness of the genres to younger audiences and to increase their engagement through activities. Mayhem Certificate X will then step in, presenting the history of X certificate movies through the context of screenings.
Mayhem is a film buff’s dream, and an event not to be missed as film makers from across the globe converge on Nottingham to celebrate this genre in all its glory. For more information on what’s happening as part of Mayhem X, please visit Broadway Cinema’s website.
The Bramley Apple Festival – Various locations in Southwell
The Bramley Apple is the nation’s favourite cooking apple, used in recipes for centuries. The apple was first propagated over 200 years ago, and has been a staple of cooking in the UK ever since. Every year, Southwell comes together to celebrate the Bramley Apple with their own unique festival that sees visitors from all over the county, country and indeed the world.
The festival takes place on Saturday 25th October from 9am – 4pm. The historic Southwell Minster will provide a stunning backdrop as well as a central location from which the festival can sprout into life. Enjoy a food and drink festival at the Minster, perfect for all keen foodie’s out there. There will be over 30 food and drink stands, cookery demonstrations and much more to enjoy to whet your appetite with local delicacies. In addition, there is a celebration of the Bramley Apple and its heritage across Southwell. There will also be live music throughout the day, accompanied by Morris dancing.
Visit Southwell library to see the Giant Apple created by members of the public, woven from twigs and branches to offer a fantastic creative centre piece. You can also visit The Workhouse for their Apple Day, with lots of apple themed activities to have a go at for all ages.
For more information, please visit the Visit Southwell page.
Il Divo at The Capital FM Arena
World wide super stars Il Divo bring their classical voices to Nottingham this week as they stop off in the city as part of their world tour – A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live on Friday. The group have recently released their sixth studio album entitled A Musical Affair, and embarked on their tour in February, taking in many countries along the way. They’re now in the UK, wowing audiences with songs from well known stage shows such as the Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story and Carousel.
The show incorporates fantastic duet performances from stars such as Barbara Streisand, Nicole Sherzinger and Michael Ball. The four performers are no strangers to big stage shows, with members of the quartet having experience musical stage productions in the past. Their powerful delivery and enchanting melodies will lose you in the occasion and draw you into their world of Broadway hits from some of the most historic and legendary shows.
Tickets are still available for Il Divo’s performance at Capital FM Arena this Friday. Please click here to find out more information on the show and how to book your seats.