Things to do This weekend 26th-28th October


“It’s not Friday yet!” I hear you cry. Well no, we’ve decided to give you more of a chance to plan your weekend around our suggestions rather than spring it on you last minute. From now on, you can plan your weekend from Wednesday (which makes the midweek that little bit more exciting).

Robin Hood month is coming to a close with the ever popular Robin Hood Pageant at Nottingham Castle this weekend, a great family event which will leave the little ones happy yet exhausted by bedtime. The perfect ending to half term will include jousting and a lovely medieval village with treats and activities all day.

Unless you harbour the lucky ability to hibernate, winter is very much around the corner, with the weatherman glumly promising plummeting temperatures. We thought it was only fitting to include Ice Age Live at the Capital FM Arena, to add a little winter joy and sparkle to your lives. It’s been playing since the 25th, but you can catch it right up till Sunday.

The Newark Festive Gift Show is on this weekend. Early birds looking to start their christmas shopping, will be spoilt for choice at this fair which is on from the 26th – 27th at Newark Showground.

Watch people who push themselves to their absolute physical limit, see as they sculpt their bodies like plasticine. Dance 4- Bodies in Flight Gymnast is a video installation, theatre and choir performance that explores the ‘athlete’ as the interface between human and superhuman, mortal and divine, at the Surface Gallery in Southwell on Saturday at 3pm.

It’s Alan Sillitoe season. Any man that is cause for a celebratory season deserves a huge pat on the back. This author is one of the most famous people to come out of Nottinghamshire and you can appreciate him at the Nottingham Contemporary on the 27th.

For the past three ‘things to do’ blogs, we have expressed more and more our excitement and anticipation for Hallowe’en. Mess-making, treats, maybe an alcoholic beverage or two, rides and fancy dress… What’s not to love? So here are some activities to enjoy, and we have even taken the liberty of rating them on a Scare Scale of 1-10.

Wollaton Hall has had some pretty awesome people visit, such as Michael Caine and Christian Bale, but some people loved it so much, they never left. Lady Middleton is one such inhabitant, having stayed in room 19, the room in which she died, since she was paralysed. Talk about outstaying your welcome, Middleton. To experience some seriously creepy goings-on, join a ghost hunt on Friday at 7pm. It’s a late one, finishing at 2:30am, but well worth it.
Scare Scale rating: 9/10

You can express more ghoulish love at Newstead Abbey on Saturday, where state of the art ghost busting equipment and top notch paranormal investigators will be available to help you hunt down (and presumably hoover up) yet some more creepy inhabitants. Full ghost busting outfits are optional, but probably not necessary.
Scare Scale Rating: 9/10

Halloween craft fairs can often be scary in themselves… getting tangled in fake cobwebs and seeing little ones running around with Frankenstein or (even scarier) Justin Bieber masks, but they are also SO MUCH FUN! Wollaton Hallowe’en craft fair and market is on all weekend 26th-27th. Ideas, treats and foodie surprises lay in store!
Scare Scale Rating: 3/10

Because the walking dead aren’t scary enough, you can now RIDE with them! Twinlakes Family Theme Park are putting on their annual Fright Nights… sorry… XTREME Fright Nights, with activities and events from 7pm-10pm on Friday night. It’s for 14 years plus, and for good reason. With scare zones, and an assortment of weird activities, this fear factory is not for the fainthearted.
Scare Scale Rating: 10/10

Running around with zombies in aid of a good cause, The Parkinsons UK Spooky Sprint is on at the National Water Sports Centre at 5pm for kids fun run and 6pm for the hardcore 5k and 10k courses. You can choose your distance and they provide a t shirt, head torch, chip timing and a finisher’s medal, plus prizes for the best spooky costume.
Scare Scale Rating 6/10

In conclusion: SPOOKTACULAR!

We’re sorry if we’ve scared you with all this ghost and walking dead talk. We’ll make it all better with the following, stunning act:

The Royal Concert Hall is going to be hosting John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra this coming Friday. They sold out in 2011 and are returning with their spectacular shows celebrating timeless musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, such as Oklahoma, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and Carousel. Set to be a magical night, book now to avoid disappointment.

Please remember to send your pictures and comments to us on our Facebook page, or on Twitter using hashtag #lovenotts.

Don’t forget we are currently holding a photography competition, so if you think your weekend snap is a winner, send it in to

Happy weekend!

Posted on 24 October 2012
Featured author: Erin

Australian now calling Nottingham home. Piano playing, cake making, bicycle riding lady who loves travel.

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