Things to do this weekend, 27th – 29th November 2014

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We have noticed there is a definite chill in the air today and as autumn turns to winter we can’t help getting a little excited about all the festive events taking place around Nottinghamshire this weekend. From pantos to Santa, our blog has plenty of ideas to get you in the mood for Christmas, as well as events for those who want to avoid it for at least a couple more weeks. So take a peek and see what’s happening . . .

Sleeping Beauty at Nottingham Playhouse

This weekend marks the start of pantomime season – and at Nottingham Playhouse you will be able to immerse yourself in the magical world of Sleeping Beauty. Written and directed by local legend Kenneth Alan Taylor, this year’s show promises glittering costumes and sets, along with enchanting musical numbers and big laughs.

Further details, including performance times and tickets, are available on the Playhouse’s website. And if you’d like the chance to WIN a family ticket don’t forget to enter our competition.

Santa Specials at Great Central Railway

This weekend you can catch your first glimpse of Santa Claus on board a steam train at Great Central Railway. As the train meanders through the Nottinghamshire countryside, children will be able to give Santa their Christmas list and receive an early present.

There will also be a range of seasonal refreshments offer as well as the chance to see the miniature and model railways in action.

Booking is essential via the Great Central Railway website.

Star Gazing at Sherwood Pines

Away from the bright light of the city, Sherwood Pines is the perfect place for a spot of star glazing. Wrap up warm and discover distant galaxies millions of light years away using telescopes and light maps against the backdrop of this ancient forest.

At the event, which is opened to anyone aged eight or over, you will be able to learn about space during a classroom presentation before exploring some of the mysteries of the universe.

It costs £5 each and places must be pre-booked by calling 01623 821459.

Create a Christmas stocking at Framework Knitters’ Museum

Whether it is hung up on the fire place, or miraculously appears full of presents by your bed on Christmas Eve, many people remember their Christmas stockings fondly. Now youngsters will be able to create their own stocking – and memories – at Framework Knitters’ Museum on Saturday.

During the afternoon, children will be able to knit a stocking using traditional knitting machines before adding a little bit of festive sparkle.

Entry to the museum is FREE on Saturday and stocking making costs £5. Further details are available on the website.

Two war exhibitions set to open at Lakeside

Next year marks the 70th anniversary since the end of the Second World War and as the nation continues to remember the sacrifices made by servicemen and women, two complementary exhibitions will open at Lakeside Arts Centre on Saturday.

The first, entitled In the Shadow of War, features the work of world famous artists such as Lowry, Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach. Visitors will be able to explore how the post-War generation of artists responded to the horrors of the conflict using striking and at times painful imagery.

In addition, Lakeside will also host an exhibition of Lee Miller’s photographs which were taken during the Second World War. The American photographer, who worked with artists such as Man Ray and Picasso, became a photographer for Vogue during the Second World War and captured many of the key events such as the liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau concentration camps.

Both exhibitions are free. For details visit Lakeside Arts Centre’s website.

Hope you enjoy your weekend in Notts. Make sure you share your favourite bits with us on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #lovenotts.

Posted on 24 November 2014
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

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