Things to do this weekend, 28th February – 2nd March 2014

Light Night

It’s been said this week that Spring is well and truly in the air in Nottinghamshire now, with the sighting of peregrine falcons mating at the Newton Building at Nottingham Trent University, snowdrops in bloom and sightings of bees buzzing at Sherwood Forest. This all makes for the start of the time of the year when getting out and about becomes all that more enjoyable and we don’t have to make excuses about the weather to stay indoors. So with that in mind, let’s see what’s coming up this weekend and hopefully, fingers crossed, the weather stays fine enough for us to get out there and enjoy our glorious county.


Light Night 2014

An annual event, Light Night has become one of the iconic events in Nottingham’s calendar, as the city is lit up for one night only in true technicolor fashion! 2013 was a fantastic year for Light Night, and 2014 is promising to be bigger and better, with Nottingham’s top landmarks and attractions taking part to light the city up on Friday 28th February.

Nottingham Castle takes centre stage and focuses on the centenary of the First World War and the Trent to Trenches programme. With live singing, poetry and imagery to mark the landmark year for the county as it remembers the events from 100 years ago, Trent to Trenches at Nottingham Castle will be a spectacular centre piece for the city’s Light Night celebrations.

Feel free to wander the streets of the city and take in other key attractions and their part in the night. The Galleries of Justice will again be spectacularly lit for the occasion, with special Ghost and Terror tours and amazing street food as they team up with Nottingham StrEAT for the evening. Sneinton Market, on the outskirts of the city centre, also has a packed programme for the evening so make sure you read our blog on all the goings-on lined up on the night!

For full details on Light Night please visit the Nottingham City Council website.


The Threepenny Opera at Nottingham Playhouse

Some true moral questions will be taken in to account in a production hitting Nottingham Playhouse this February and March. The Threepenny Opera looks into when times are hard in society and asks who the real villains are. Telling the story of infamous villain Macheath who has recently married Polly the daughter of Jonathan Peachum, leader of the beggars, the play looks at how living on the poverty line and unpunished crimes can lead a society to the brink of destruction.

The performers sing well known songs such as Mack the Knife and Pirate Jenny as well as music performed by the actors themselves. The show has taken the theatrical world by storm, leaving audiences asking for more. Become immersed in the desperation of the characters and a story line putting an anarchic twist on a hard-hitting plot.

For more information on the show and how to book tickets, please visit the Nottingham Playhouse website.


Landscapes of Space at Lakeside Arts Centre

This is the first major exhibition of Tess Jaray’s work since 1988, so it’s a rare chance for you to see her fantastic visual art on display at one of the city’s most picturesque locations with her Landscapes of Space exhibition. With prints and paintings making up this exhibit, with Tess’s Italian Renaissance and Baroque inspired art capturing the imagination right from the off.

Her works explore the notion that space can be the subject of art, rather than what fills a space taking the central focus. The work on show will display her most thought provoking pieces, with structural designs, and a carefully thought-out use of colour to ensure every print and painting is unique and captivating.

Tess’s works have been so inspiring that in 2013 a new floor, designed by the artist was installed at St Mary’s Church, Nottingham. It’s safe to say the buzz around her exhibition is high and taking the time out to enjoy it is highly recommended.

For more information on this exhibition and all future events at Lakeside, please visit their website.


Grease sing-a-long fundraiser at Broadway Cinema

Friday 28th February guarantees to transport you back to the swinging days of the 1950s as much-loved musical sensation Grease comes to Broadway, Nottingham, in this sing-a-long fundraiser for Cancer Research. Feel free to dress up in the style of the film and be sure to try some of the themed cocktails on offer throughout the evening.

The event is hosted by Jeanie Finlay, a local film maker, based at Broadway Cinema. The screening of the film starts at 8.30pm. So get your singing voice in tune and prepare for a night down memory lane, as you re-live the love story and magic of the songs that made Grease an all-time hit with music and film lovers alike!

Information on this event as well as future events and ticket information is available by visiting the Broadway website.


Newark Air Museum Indoor Aeroboot Aviation and Avionics Sale

Newark Air Museum is set to host another of its unique twists on the traditional car boot sale this Saturday 1st March. Their ever-popular Aeroboot Aviation and Avionics Sale is a charity event that offers people the chance to browse 48 tables of items from 40 individual sellers. The uniqueness of the Aeroboot is that the entire event takes place within one of the hangars, surrounded by flying machines within the museum. It is a great opportunity to take in the awe inspiring sights the museum has to offer while browsing the many stalls and finding those hidden gems. Aviation items on sale include books, paintings, DVD’s and much much more.

The museum will be open from 9am – 5pm with last admission at 4pm. Entry is discounted for this event at £4 per person. It is advised you attend as early as possible as some stall owners may pack up by 1pm.

More information on this event, future events and the museum itself can be found on the Newark Air Museum website.


As ever we have plenty more happening across the city and county than what you see here! So make sure you check out our What’s On page for even more inspiration!

Posted on 24 February 2014
Featured author: Tom

Nottingham lad who’s a proud Notts County fan, cheese fiend, chocaholic and loves travelling and music.

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