Things to do this weekend, 31st January – 2nd February 2014

Snowdrops at Hodsock

We’re a little bit excited for this weekend because there’s the slightest suggestion of spring in the air! One of the events we’re bringing to you this weekend is an annual event that is always the start of spring in our eyes, even if it’s still only the beginning of February. We also have four other events to offer to you as ideas to inspire you and your family for the weekend ahead. So sit back, have a leisurely read and take plenty of notes!


Snowdrops 2014 at Hodsock Priory

In the intro I touched upon the fact that we had a little taste of spring to offer you this weekend. Well here it is! An annual occasion, the Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory always bloom at this time of year, lighting up the grounds of this fantastic historic attraction. The sea of white flowers are a sure sign that the seasons are slowly ready to change and that warmer and sunnier days are approaching. Visitors from all over the UK flock to the Priory every year to see them in bloom and you can catch them from 1st February – 2nd March 2014. With a five acre garden to explore and a half mile walk through beautiful woodland, the whole family can appreciate the location as it transforms dramatically in a tremendous natural display.

As well as taking in the scenery, visitors are able to stop off at the tea rooms for a tasty cream tea and afterwards, make sure you explore the plant sale and gift shop to pick up some mementos of your day at the Priory. George Buchannan and his team at Hodsock are extremely proud of their annual event and it brings a real ray of excitement and joy to everyone at a time where the cold weather might dampen spirits after the recent new year.

Please check the weather forecast before you visit and always come equipped with wellies, boots or walking shoes. Wrap up warm and allow a good two to two and a half hours for your visit.

For more information on Snowdrops and all future events at Hodsock Priory, please visit their website.


My Judy Garland Life at The Nottingham Playhouse

Did you grow up with a hero figure in your life? A celebrity that adorned the front cover of magazines or hogged the media spotlight and became an idol in your eyes as someone to follow. Most people idolise a famous figure at some stage and My Judy Garland Life is a production coming to the Nottingham Playhouse from much loved and acclaimed writer, Amanda Whittington, that tells the story of hero worship.

The play tells a story of growing up under the spell of Judy Garland, a singer and actress who lit up the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s with performances that included her title role in The Wizard of Oz as well as A Star Is Born. This story is adapted from an autobiography from Susie Boyt and uncovers the relationship between the celebrity and the girl who idolised her. With many well known songs from Judy’s career as well as key moments from both their lives, it shows us how Judy helped Susie through some very tough times with her troubled voice and her own struggles that were well publicised. Ultimately this is an uplifting and touching performance that will tap into your emotions and in some ways ring true about today’s culture.

Full ticket information for My Judy Garland Life can be found on the Nottingham Playhouse website.


Seed: Blood Exhibition at Southwell Minster

Make a trip to the beautiful Southwell Minster this weekend to see the opening of their latest exhibition – Seed: Blood. This particular exhibition tells the story of sacrifice, brought to you by Jean Lamb. The exhibition is made up of paintings and sculptures around this theme and runs from 1st – 28th February 2014 with the preview taking place on the evening of 31st January at 7pm.

Once you have explored the exhibition, why not walk the grounds of the Minster and take in the historic tourist attraction that has been attracting a lot of publicity lately including a very special visit from the BBC show Flog It! this Thursday 30th January.

For more information on Southwell Minster as well as any future events and exhibitions taking place, please visit their website.


Chinese New Year Fireworks at Lakeside Arts Centre

Chinese New Year is being celebrated right across Nottinghamshire this weekend, with one of the picks of the events on offer happening at the Lakeside Arts Centre at the University of Nottingham. Their Chinese New Year Fireworks display on the evening of 2nd February is set to welcome in the Year of the Horse with a spectacular firework display overlooking the lake. With BBC Radio Nottingham’s Mark Dennison overlooking proceedings, visitors will be able to enjoy a Dragon Dance, Lion Dance and traditional music as well as much more!

Be sure to wrap up warm, bring the whole family and be mesmerised by the display that’s guaranteed to light up your night. Proceedings get under way from 4.30pm and are expected to last until 6.15pm.

For further information please call the Lakeside Arts Centre on 0115 8467777 or visit their website.


The Aura of Boxing at New Art Exchange

The Aura of Boxing by Max Kandhola brings together inspirational and unique photography from the world of boxing, focusing on four legendary British boxers; Howard Clarke, Julius Francis, Robert McCracken and Carl Froch. This is no ordinary photography exhibit, which seeks to move away from the stereotypical image of the sport and instead portrays it as graceful, intelligent and spiritual. For example the gyms often used for boxers to train in, many in grotty and ill-maintained circumstances, are portrayed in Max’s work as temples to the sports men and women that use them to train in. Max has been working on the exhibition for 18 years and this opening at the New Art Exchange is the premiere of this particular set of works from a world renowned artist. With his previous works exhibited around the globe, it is a great honour for Nottingham and the NAE in particular to have the opportunity to show this particular collection first.

The exhibition runs from 1st February – 21st April 2014 and admission is FREE.

For further details on this exhibition and any future exhibits at the New Art Exchange, check out their website.


Don’t forget that the great events and attractions don’t stop here! There’s even more to explore across Nottinghamshire by visiting the What’s On page on our website.

Posted on 27 January 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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