Things to do this weekend, 2nd – 5th May 2014

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With this weekend incorporating May Day bank holiday and spoiling us with another three day weekend, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and about to explore, discover and unearth some great locations, attractions and events taking place across our county. We have so much to show you and not enough time and space to fit it all in! So here’s our quick round-up of what you should see and do this bank holiday weekend.

Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre: The Rite of Spring and Petrushka at Nottingham Playhouse

This production brings together contrasts and comparisons of complete opposites. The Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre present to you The Rite of Spring and Petrushka at the Nottingham Playhouse on 2nd and 3rd May.

Adapted from the original performances and music that caused outrage and intrigue in the early 20th century, this performance brings together dark and malevolent alongside lighter and brighter connotations. The Rite of Spring contains scenes where Pagan fertility rights are played out, with darkness surrounding all levels of its being. Petrushka on the other hand is depicted through happy folk dances and the symbolism of couples dancing for approval from their ancestors.

It’s a powerful and thought-provoking production.

For more information on this production and future plays at Nottingham Playhouse, please visit the website or head to the box office.


Hardwick Hall Food Festival at Hardwick Hall

From Saturday 3rd – Monday 5th May, why not go along to the Hardwick Hall Food Festival for some tasty nosh and a sprinkling of entertainment?

There is set to be plenty to whet the appetite at this event with over 80 top local food producers already committing to attend the event to give you a taster of some of the best local produce around. From hot food fresh from the pan, to real ales and fine wines, there’s something for everyone at this year’s food festival in this charming location.

On top of this, you will be able to wander around the craft and gift stalls set up, great for finding that birthday present, gift or something special for yourself you’re always looking for. Accompanying all of this will be a great selection of live music, guaranteeing a perfect family day out.

For more information on Hardwick Hall including opening times and all future events, please visit the website.


1940s Knees Up at The Brewhouse Yard

There promises to be a rich offering of 1940s themed events at The Musuem of Life at Nottingham’s Brewhouse Yard on Monday 5th May at the 1940s Knees Up. Between 11am – 3.30pm you will be able to enjoy live music and sing-a-longs to favourite 1940s music from the period. Veterans and heroes from the second world war will be in attendance, reveling in the merriment and only too glad to share with you stories from times gone by.

You will be able to hear speeches from Winston Churchill, moments that lifted the nation in its hour of need. You’ll also be able to experience rationing with ration coupons as you purchase yours so that you can pick up your sweets, food and drink on the day. There will also be period vehicles, street games and a moment to reflect and remember at the closing ceremony.

For more information on this event and more taking place in the city, please visit the Nottingham City Council website.


Workers Playtime at The Framework Knitters Museum

The family favourite Workers’ Playtime event returns to the Framework Knitters Museum this weekend. It’s always a highly anticipated event at the historic Nottinghamshire museum, located in the village of Ruddington. The event takes place on May Day, 5th May, from 11am – 4pm.

Framework Knitters Museum

Framework Knitters Museum

The essence of the day is to celebrate music and dance and get together for family-fun activities and have-a-go at traditional craft activities. There will be professionals on-hand, offering live demonstrations to the public of traditional techniques and craft skills. Dancers will be in attendance to entertain you throughout the day as well as live music as you explore the museum and uncover the history of Framework knitting through arts and crafts.


Open Studios at Patchings Art Centre

For several years now, Patchings Art Centre has promoted the works of some of its very own talented artists every year and this year is no different as the Open Studio event returns.

Pop along to Patchings this bank holiday weekend from the 3rd – 5th May to see some of the talented artists work on display and take away plenty of inspiration from their works. This event helps to launch the month long Nottinghamshire open studio’s scheme and has become a favourite with visitors of all ages.

Patchings is a beautiful location to visit in the spring and with many other exhibitions on display in the various barns and buildings at the moment, it’s the perfect time to explore one of Nottinghamshire’s quaintest attractions.

For more information on this event and more, head over to the Patchings Art Centre website.

For more information on all the events taking place across Nottinghamshire this bank holiday weekend, please visit our What’s On page.

Posted on 28 April 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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