Things to do this weekend, 31st October – 2nd November 2014


Spooktacular events will be occurring this weekend as Nottinghamshire falls under the shroud of Halloween. Creepy critters, haunted happenings and spine tingling tours make up just a small portion of the offering at the end of half-term week. There’s not just Halloween on the agenda however, with plenty more lined up for those who might not wish to spend the weekend surrounded by ghosts and ghouls. So read on and see what there is to take part in across our county this weekend . . .

Fright Post Farm at White Post Farm

Nottinghamshire’s White Post Farm will be transformed this Halloween to offer visitors a few frights as part of Fright Post Farm. The family-friendly Eerie Evening on Friday is perfect for the whole family to attend and you’re invited to come along in fancy dress to truly make Halloween at the farm authentic. And anyone who comes along in their scariest outfits will get a free bag of food to feed the animals.

There’s also the haunted Halloween barn to explore, with a ghostly walk through to discover and a nautical twist at the end and the chance to experience the pitch black labyrinth.

Of course, you also will have the opportunity to meet the animals, with owls coming out to say hello as well as many more opportunities to get up close to the many animals on the farm at selected times of the day.

For more information on the spooky happenings at White Post Farm this Halloween half-term, please visit their website.

Nottingham Diwali Celebrations at Highfields Park, University of Nottingham

People from all walks of life will be coming together this weekend at Highfields Park on the University of Nottingham campus to celebrate the Festival of Light; otherwise known as Diwali. It’s an opportunity for everyone to take part in a beautiful festival that will light up the lake at Highfields park, with visitors being offered the chance to create their own floating lotus flowers to release onto the lake. These will help form part of the beautiful light installation, so it’s your chance to get involved and make a part of the festivals centre piece yourself.

There will also be the opportunity to take part in several different workshops on the day including classes in rangoli, baubles, bangles and beads as well as many more traditional activities as part of the festival. You will have the chance to join celebrated artist Shamila Chady in creating a rangoli pattern on Friday, with classes taking place at different times throughout the day.

For more information on events taking place as part of Diwali at Lakeside Arts Centre this weekend, please visit the website.

Arcadia at Nottingham Playhouse

Arcadia is a performance like no other. It tells a story over two different periods of time but from the same room, as the history of Sidley Park, a grand house set within a Derbyshire backdrop, is being unearthed. Academics in 1993 are trying to discover the secrets hidden within the house, especially given the incidents in the early 1800s.

In 1809, the house was home to a very different inhabitant, and plans to remodel the landscape were being drawn up which could significantly change the area. Scientist Thomasina Coverly was on the verge of making a very important scientific discovery and is also very interested in her tutor, Septimus Hodge. Her story unfolds, as too does the story of Bernard and Hannah in the 1990’s as they try to unearth the meaning behind a diary and, what Lord Byron might have been up to during the time of Thomasina Coverly.

Arcadia comes to the Nottingham Playhouse between the 31st October and 15th November 2014. For more information, please visit the Nottingham Playhouse website.

A Symphony of Curves at The Harley Gallery

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Symphony of Curves at the Harley Gallery

The work of Geoffrey Preston goes on display at the Harley Gallery this week in an exhibition showing some of his best plaster work. He is one of the UK’s leading architectural sculptors and this exhibition, entitled A Symphony of Curves, aims to showcase his work on varying scales, from small  relief panels to larger items such as re-sculptured ceilings. He is skilled in the art of stucco, something which he has perfected over many years and is a skill not well known to many.

Not only will you be able to see examples of his sculptures first hand, but you will also be able to view pictures and drawings of his work throughout the exhibition to provide you with historic background on what he has achieved to date. Tools and materials used by the artist will be on show as well so that you can better understand the processes of this fine art form.

For more information on A Symphony of Curves or indeed any of the other exhibitions at the Harley Gallery, please visit the website.

Halloween at Making It! Discovery Centre

Halloween is a great time to get creative and this half term at Making it! Discovery Centre, the team are inviting families to come and take part in some great activities. The Interactive Galleries are hosting great creative activities throughout half-term as well as craft workshops where kids are invited to design it, make it and take it away.

In the Interactive Galleries, it’s not just about making. Kids can learn how things are made and then make a working model of their own. It’s educational as well as fun and promises to keep them entertained for hours. There’s also a spooky Halloween hunt for kids so have to look out for themed pictures around the centre and if they spot them all, they could be in with a chance of winning a pass for four to use at Making it! in the future.

There’s plenty of fun to be had so to find out more and to book your place, please visit the Making it! Discovery Centre website.

Posted on 27 October 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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