Things to do this weekend, 27-29 January 2012


We’re already nearly a month into the New Year and there’s already been plenty of things going on. Last weekend, we had a whole section dedicated to Chinese New Year and celebration activities are still continuing. Here’s our round up of things to do this weekend.

If you’re at a loss at what to do tonight, there may still be time to catch the New Swing All Stars perform at Clumber Park Hotel. You can still book for a special evening dinner at Merchants Restaurant with Mr Rob Whittaker of Jacquart Champagne.

Arts and Crafts

Nottingham Contemporary presents the opening of its two new exhibitions this weekend, Model Studies and Decolonising Architecture. The intriguingly titled ‘How to make a million dollar idea’ by Alia Pathan is at new Art Exchange on Saturday 28 January, looking at the idea of art as work of labour and how we value it.

As well as the Anish Kapor exhibition, you’ll also find Stirring of the Swarm at Nottingham Castle, is a ceramics installation that takes inspiration from the scientific study of insects and the natural History collection at Wollaton Hall.

Head to Turner Memorial Hall on Church Street in Mansfield Woodhouse for a Local Produce and Craft  Market.


If you’ve not been fortunate enough to see the film yet, The Artist has been extended at Broadway and for me the independent cinema is the perfect place to catch this ground breaking film. West Bridgford Operatic Society presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience at Nottingham Arts Theatre on Saturday, with two performances one at 2pm and one at 7.30pm.

Get set for a big year in Britain with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, on Saturday 28 January the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra take on a performance of that’s Best of British at the Royal Concert Hall.

Richard Herring humorously takes on love with his performance inspired by the Howard Jones lyric ‘What is Love Anyway?’ at Nottingham Playhouse.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Chinese Dragons and Lanterns on Saturday 28 January at Arnolt Hill Park. Or head on over to Beeston Square before 1pm for Chinese New Year celebrations, including a traditional dancing, kung fu demonstrations and a lantern trail.

You can also get the chance to meet the Notts Anaconda Dragon Boat team at University Park on Sunday 29 January.

University Park remains the place to be on Sunday with a fireworks finale for Chinese New Year between 4.30pm and 6pm.

Just slipping over into the week, Chinese State Circus at Theatre Royal Concert Hall will be performing at the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall on Monday 30 January.

…And from Twitter

@erinhuckle – Taking a long walk @NTClumberPark followed by afternoon tea at Barker’s overlooking walled kitchen garden #lovenotts

@janeonthemoon – Rufford. Having a cuppa in the café, looking at the weird crafts in the shop and spotting giant carp in the lake

@adamjtaylor – In the sunlit chapter house of Southwell Minster, with the sound of the choir gently filtering though

@westcountrydan – Would rather redo Sunday’s walk from Attenborough Reserve to city along the Trent and canal and back home on train #lovenotts

Posted on 27 January 2012
Featured author: Dale Web Marketing Officer

A Mansfield lad who likes reading, running and red wine.

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