Things to do this weekend 30th November – 2nd December.


To ensure December starts with a bang, we’ve compiled some Christmassy capers and festive frolics for you to enjoy.

Kenneth Alan Taylor returns to the stage as Nurse Nellie Noggins in his 29th pantomime at the Nottingham Playhouse! Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood sees the evil Sheriff of Nottingham hatching a cunning plan to ‘dispose’ of his niece and nephew in Sherwood Forest to inherit their fortune. Can our favourite outlaw Robin Hood save the day and win the heart of beautiful Maid Marian? Book now for sparkly sets, stunning costumes and great dance routines! The The pantomime starts on Friday and runs to the 19th January.

Rufford Abbey Country Park will be hosting its annual Aurora Christmas Illuminations, and once again, the park will light up in a spectacular display inspired by the Aurora Borealis. The incredible display will be accompanied by calming music. This takes place from 1st – 16th December on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Nottingham Contemporary will be holding a Contemporary Craft Fair where some of the most exciting designers and makers from the East Midlands and beyond take over The Space for an affordable Christmas Craft Fair with jewellery, home wares, vintage clothes, illustration and much more. Mulled wine and mince pies from the cafe will instill a festive spirit. You can find this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

More theatrical fun can be had at the Nottingham Castle on Saturday which has recently introduced a series of Indoor Theatre productions. This weekend, the works of Charles Dickens will come alive with the Don’t Go Into The Cellar Theatre company.

Speed on ice will be at Capital FM Arena Nottingham 1 December 2012. A show which promises to be more dramatic, more dangerous and faster than anything ever before staged on ice! Death defying stunts and stunning burlesque performances are sure to be a hit on Saturday 1st.

Tree dressing is an ancient custom which is still celebrated today. This weekend, people all over the country will be gathering to show their appreciation for trees, and where better to gather and celebrate than one of England’s most famous forests, Sherwood Forest? FREE.

The Great Nottingham Santa Run 2012 is sure to warm you up. Run, jog or walk around Colwick Park on a 5k circuit. All money raised will be going toward the When You Wish Upon A Star foundation and is a great way to spend fun time with the family.
Entry £12.50 adults – includes Santa Suit to keep. £7.50 children – includes a Christmas hat to keep.

To help personalise your decorations this Christmas, you can take part in a wreath workshop organised by Kate Stevens, where you can create and decorate a festive wreath for your door or for a loved one. This event is happening on Thursday and Sunday at Gannets Cafe in Newark. Workshops range from £25.00 to £48.50 per person, and include delicious food provided by the team at Gannets.

What are your plans for the first weekend in December? Don’t forget to share your experiences with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Posted on 28 November 2012
Featured author: Erin

Australian now calling Nottingham home. Piano playing, cake making, bicycle riding lady who loves travel.

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