Things to do this weekend, 30th January – 1st February 2015

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We wave goodbye to January this weekend and say hello to February. And with a new month comes exciting new events to see across Nottingham and the wider county. Here’s a quick round-up of what’s on this weekend. For more inspiration, you can visit our What’s On page or check in with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

It’s one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see when you visit Nottinghamshire and sadly it only lasts for a few weeks of the year. The bloom of beautiful snowdrops at Hodsock Priory is an event recognised not just locally but nationally as a must-see spectacle.

The grounds of Hodsock are perfect for a walk at any time of the year, but from Saturday  until 1st March 2015, visitors can see the snowdrops in full bloom, as they create a white carpet to the grounds around this historic attraction which this year celebrates 250 years of the Buchanan family owning the property.

Snowdrops is open daily from 10am – 4pm. Visitors are advised to check the weather forecast before visiting and bring wellies in case of rain. Entry prices are £5 for adults, £1 children (six to 16) while under-sixes go free. Free entry for wheelchair users. For more information, please visit the Hodsock Priory website.

The Nottingham Wheel at Nottingham’s Old Market Square

It’s great to see Nottingham from the ground but how about seeing the city from the air? Well from this Saturday, you can!

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The Nottingham Wheel

The Nottingham Wheel returns this weekend until the 22nd February, offering a stunning bird’s eye view over the city of Nottingham and beyond. Look out over landmarks such as Nottingham Castle and Trent Bridge as you see Nottingham from a whole new perspective. You will be 60m in the air and have a panoramic view, making for a fantastic trip for the whole family.

For more information on the Nottingham Wheel, including prices and how to book, please visit the website.

Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra: Come Fly With Us at The Royal Concert Hall

The Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual family concert is set to transport you into the clouds as you enjoy music from many classic motion pictures as well as pieces that lift you into a flight of fancy.

Hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce, Come Fly With Us will reunite you with musical scores from films such as E.T., Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Superman and Harry Potter as well as many more in a performance that’s suitable for the whole family. From birds to superheroes, a broad array of creatures and stars of the screen will be flying around the Royal Concert Hall for a night of soaring musical blockbusters.

For more information on the show as well as details on how to book your seats, please visit the Royal Concert Hall website.

Forever Young at Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse presents a touching and heart warming story about retired actors and how their careers are not as dead and buried as some would believe. You’re invited to step into the Nottingham Playhouse Home for Aging Thespians in Forever Young, and see the antics that unfold as they prove that their best years are definitely not behind them.

Watch their story unfold in the nursing home as a sometimes devastating but also uplifting story takes place before your eyes. There are some very lively performances to songs from artists you will know including Tom Jones and Aretha Franklin. It’s a comical show that will have you singing and tapping along from the first minute to the last.

For more information on Forever Young and details on how to book your tickets, please visit the Nottingham Playhouse website.

Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas at Nottingham Contemporary

The latest exhibition to land at the Nottingham Contemporary, Rights of Nature, looks into the human relationship with nature and how Earth has been used for its natural resources over time to bring us to a current ‘crisis point’. The focal point is the Americas, exploring the European influence in places such as the Gulf of Mexico, the Andes, the Amazon and the Arctic.

The work explores economic, cultural, political and ecological issues as well as the issue of climate change. Artists’ contributions to this exhibition show the rights of nature to flourish and not be constrained by human actions that have ultimately threatened to destroy them. Whether it be social and cultural traditions in the Americas, or habitats and wildlife, you will be able to see through fascinating contemporary art, the impact human action has had upon Earth over time.

For more information on this exhibition as well as all up-and-coming exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary, please visit the website.

Posted on 26 January 2015
Featured author: Tom

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

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