Things to do this weekend, 4th – 6th December 2015

Christmas at Newstead

It’s time to embrace the festive spirit and begin the countdown to Christmas, as we welcome December. With plenty happening up and down the county, Nottinghamshire really is the place to be when you’re thinking of celebrating the Christmas season with friends and family. Our top 5 choices of things to do this weekend are below, so read on for some inspiration. Join in our Nottinghamshire Christmas chat on Facebook and Twitter and visit our what’s on page for more ideas.


Aladdin at the Theatre Royal

You know Christmas is close when we start saying those immortal words “he’s behind you!” Nottingham’s Theatre Royal, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015, welcomes a very special theatrical performance this week, as Aladdin takes to the stage until early January 2016.

With nationally loved star of stage and screen Christopher Biggins taking a lead role as Widow Twankey – alongside Simon Webbe from the hugely popular boy band Blue – this stellar cast will have you laughing and singing along all night long.

To find out more information on the show, including details on how to book tickets, please visit the Theatre Royal website.


Christmas Celebration at Newstead Abbey

The halls will be decked this Christmas at Newstead Abbey, as the historic former home of Lord Byron welcomes in visitors with glittering lights, decorations, and much more.

Browse a wide range of delightfully made crafts in the Cloisters, if you’re looking for that perfect Christmas present for a friend or loved one, or simply enjoy some delicious food and drink in the Abbey Cafe. And it wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to see Santa in his Grotto!

To find out more, head over to the Newstead Abbey website.


Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair at Newark Showground

Packed to the rafters with antiquities and curiosities, the Newark International Antiques and Collectors Fair returns to Newark Showground this week – perfect if you’re looking for a rare item or collectible for either yourself or someone you know.

From old toys and games, to antique furniture, pottery and paintings, the largest event of its kind in Europe will certainly leave you spoilt for choice when searching for rare and historic items of interest. To find out more details on the fair including times and admission details, head over to the website.


Craft. Design. Contemporary at Nottingham Contemporary

Weekday Cross will be a hive of activity this weekend as you’re invited to join the Nottingham Contemporary for Craft.Design.Contemporary from the 4th – 6th December. Some of the most exciting designers of glass, textiles and more will be selling items at the event, and there’s also the chance to enjoy festive treats in the cafe.

Across the road on High Pavement, make sure you visit the exciting pop-up shop ‘Nottingham Market’ – with yet more fine items on sale to spoil your loved ones with this Christmas.


Neverland at Nottingham Lakeside Arts

The story of Peter Pan is said to take inspiration from Nottingham, and now it will play out to audiences at Nottingham Lakside Arts, as J.M. Barrie’s classic story comes to life, telling the story of the boy who never wants to grow up in, Neverland.

Re-live this epic adventure with all the characters fans know and love, including Tinker Bell, Captain Hook and many more! Tickets are on sale for performances of Neverland, which runs from 4th – 31st December (excluding 7th, 14th, 25th & 26th December). To find out more, visit the Lakeside website.


The Great Christmas Show at Wollaton Hall

Tuck into festive fayre and pick out some tasty treats as gifts for friends and family this Christmas at the Great Christmas Show at Wollaton Hall on the 5th & 6th December 2015. From crepes to chocolates, with a splash of mulled wine, craft beers and much more, this event is bound to have the taste buds dancing in anticipation of the Christmas season, when food and drink truly take centre stage.

Santa will be in the grounds of Wollaton in his grotto and there will be plenty of activities to take part in for the entire family. To find out more information on the event, please visit the Great Food and Drink Festival website.

Posted on 01 December 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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