Things to do this weekend, 5th – 7th December 2014


We’re now into December – and judging by the number of people who visited Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland on Saturday it is clear that we are all feeling very festive indeed. This weekend promises plenty more seasonal delights, including family shows plus the chance to start the party season in style at a winter ball. Read on to find out more . . .

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal

Panto season is upon us and we’re getting very excited about Snow White and the Seven Dwarves which opens at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal on Saturday. This year’s production once again has a star-studded cast which includes television favourite Lesley Joseph who recently returned to our screens for a new series of Birds of a Feather, along with East-Enders heart throb and Dancing on Ice winner Sam Attwood.

Theatre-goers can also expect a few Theatre Royal panto favourites along with awe-inspiring stage sets, costumes and special effects.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the pantomime so make sure you book your tickets via the website.

Visit Santa in his Ice Age Grotto at Creswell Crags

Santa will feel like he’s in Lapland when he takes up residence in the Ice Age Grotto at Creswell Crags this weekend. Take your little ones to visit him in his cosy yurt and they will be able to tell him what they’d like for Christmas. There is also a small gift in store for every child. In addition, his elves will be on hand to help young visitors make Christmas decorations to take home with them.

While you are at Creswell make sure you take the time to explore the fascinating caves which were carved during the last Ice Age. There are also plenty of walks to enjoy in the surrounding countryside and further details are available on the website.

Winter Ball at Tom Brown’s Brasserie

It’s time to dig out your glad rags and get ready for a glamorous evening of food and entertainment at Tom Brown’s Winter Ball. Located on the banks of the River Trent, in the pretty village of Gunthorpe, the award-winning Tom Brown’s Brasserie has an enviable reputation for its fresh, modern dishes. At the black tie winter ball, which takes place on Friday, you will be able to tuck into a three-course meal as you enjoy live entertainment.

The ticket also includes fizz and canapes on arrival along with a charity casino, DJ until 2am and much more.

Tickets are priced at £55 per person and can be obtained by calling 0115 966 3642.

Christmas Baking at School of Artisan Food

Make this year a homemade Christmas by brushing up your baking skills at the School of Artisan Food’s Christmas Baking course on Sunday.

During your course you will learn how to make German-inspired Stollen along with traditional mince pies which you can take home for your friends and family. Get into the Christmas mood as the smell of freshly-baked cakes and warming spices fills the room. You will also be able to enjoy light refreshments and lunch as well as pick up top tips from course leader Emmanuel Hadjiandreou.

To book your place on the course visit the School of Artisan Food’s website.

Flat Stanley at Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre

The family entertainment continues with a production of the children’s story Flat Stanley which opens at Lakeside on Saturday. Based on the 1964 book by Jeff Brown, it tells the tale of a young boy who is flattened by a bulletin board in an unfortunate accident.

Now just half an inch thick, Stanley finds that he can go on all sorts of adventures – from sliding under doors to being flown like a kite by his brother.

So snuggle up at Lakeside with this comical and surreal classic. Tickets are available from the website.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend in Notts. Make sure you share your favourite bits with us on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #lovenotts.

Posted on 01 December 2014
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

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