Things to do this weekend, 5th – 7th February 2016

Light Night 2016

The first weekend of February sees Nottinghamshire burst into life in more ways than one – whether that be through fantastical light displays and creative city centre events, or picture postcard scenes of flowers in bloom to remind us that spring-time is just around the corner. Keep up to date with what’s happening throughout the week, and across a hectic weekend, on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and search out your own itinerary of things to do by visiting our what’s on page.


Light Night 2016 at Various Venues in Nottingham

It’s not every Friday night that you can explore Nottingham after dark and enjoy over 50 cultural events at your leisure. On Friday 5th February, bring the family to Nottingham and discover a wide range of sights and sounds, from fantastic light installations to live entertainment right across the city for Light Night 2016.

See Nottingham Castle in a new light after hours. Watch Star Wars inspired lightsaber displays, enjoy free live musical performances, browse food and craft markets, and visit exhibits at the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard. The entire programme of Light Night events is online to view, so make sure you click here to find out more.

Newark International Antiques and Collectors Fair at Newark Showground

Well known as the largest event of its kind in Europe, and regarded by enthusiasts and collectors alike as the go-to event for all antiquities and collectibles, the Newark International Antiques and Collectors Fair returns to Newark Showground from the 4th – 5th February 2016.

Up to 2,500 stalls will bring thousands of people through the gates over two days, and there will be no shortage of vintage and antique goods on sale from a variety of sellers. More details on the event can be found here.

Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory and Holme Pierrepont Hall

Regarded as a signpost to the impending arrival of Spring, and considered one of the most picturesque floral sights you will see throughout the year, the arrival of snowdrops across Nottinghamshire is always a moment to pencil into any calendar. And this week, the county is fortunate enough to have snowdrop displays sprouting up at two beautiful sites – Holme Pierrepont Hall and Hodsock Priory.

Holme Pierrepont Hall is nestled close to the National Water Sports Centre and Holme Pierrepont Country Park on the banks of the River Trent. Explore this historic hall, and wander through its picturesque grounds at your leisure every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday throughout February to enjoy the snowdrops. Click here and discover more about Holme Pierrepont Hall.

Alternatively in north Nottinghamshire, steeped in hundreds of years of history, you’ll find Hodsock Priory. Celebrating 25 years of snowdrops in 2016 and 250 years of the Buchanan family calling Hodsock their home, it’s a landmark year to be seeing this fantastic spectacle. Enjoy five acres of landscaped gardens and 12 acres of Horsepasture Woods, all of which is overlooked by a Tudor Gatehouse. Click here to find out more on Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory.

Hetty Feather at Theatre Royal

A story adapted from the book by best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson and brought to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal stage from 3rd – 7th February 2016, Hetty Feather will entertain people of all ages with its thrilling circus skills and charming story line.

This production has already enjoyed a sold out run in London’s West End, and is gathering momentum as one of the must-see shows on the circuit. Suitable for children aged 7+, Hetty Feather is a charming stage show that will capture any imagination. To find out ticket information and show times, visit the Theatre Royal website.

Looking Good at Tropical Butterfly House

It’s not just humans that have their own beauty secrets, animals know how to keep themselves looking great too! Visit the Tropical Butterfly House this weekend and see the animals put on a show and share their secrets to ‘Looking Good!’.

Enjoy catwalk style performances from animals such as meerkats, lemurs, owls and snakes in awe inspiring ‘animal encounters,’ and see these rare and magnificent creatures up close and personal in a way you’ve never seen them before. Find out more on the Tropical Butterfly House and Falconry Centre by heading over to their website.

Posted on 01 February 2016
Featured author: Tom

Nottingham lad who’s a proud Notts County fan, cheese fiend, chocaholic and loves travelling and music.

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