Things to do this weekend, 6th – 8th December 2013

The Aurora Winter Illuminations at Rufford Abbey2

Welcome to December everyone! The festive season is rapidly approaching and with that in mind, we have another shortlist of fantastic events for you to plan into your weekends. Whether you want some light throwing into your plans during the dark nights of winter, some top-notch food courses so that you can wow your friends at the Christmas parties, or pay a visit to Santa and enjoy the festivities of carols, stories and markets from around the county. We guarantee we have something for everyone this weekend!

Aurora Christmas Illuminations

Rufford Abbey Country Park illuminates once again this December during its Aurora Christmas Illuminations event, starting on 6th December. The annual light spectacular will see one of Nottinghamshire’s most picturesque parks transform with the assistance of lights adorning the trees and sculptures throughout the park. Ice and fire lanterns will set Rufford ablaze with colour and wonder, accompanied by a background soundtrack of relaxing music as you wander and admire the many delights hidden in the formal gardens.

Advanced booking is essential for Aurora so please call 01623 821323 between Monday – Friday to guarantee your spot. Further displays are taking place throughout more weekends in December. Please visit our dedicated listing for further information.

Christmas Courses at the School of Artisan Food

Every Christmas we often see the cookery shows on TV, teaching us how to make that perfect Christmas lunch for our family and friends. This year, instead of watching it on the TV, get stuck in and have a go yourself at the School of Artisan Food as they seek to train you up on how to make those delightful dishes even tastier this Christmas. The courses run throughout December giving you the opportunity to learn new skills from the expert team.

Fresh produce is their specialty, so for a Christmas lunch with a distinctly fresh local feel to it this year, make a date to spend the day on the Welbeck Estate at the School of Artisan Food and hone your culinary talents!

Pre booking is always required so contact the guys on 01909 532171 or visit their website at for more information.

Christmas Santa Cruises

Prepare to embark and set sail on a magical cruise along the river at Gunthorpe this December to see Santa on his River Cruise with Gunthorpe Leisure Boats. Take in the lovely Nottinghamshire views as you cruise along the river, with Christmas music playing in the background to truly set the scene. The children will of course get a chance to sit with Santa once you find him along your journey, and share all on their Christmas lists. Every child will receive a gift and refreshments will be available on board whether you want hot tea or coffee or an orange juice and biscuits for the kids.

Cruises are taking place on weekends throughout December as well as Christmas Eve. The cruise lasts for roughly one hour. Pre booking is essential . Please contact the team on 07854 004333 or email

Tom Brown’s Christmas Market

For those unique Christmas gift ideas as well as decorations and food and drink to stock up ready for the festive season, make a trip to Tom Brown’s Christmas Market on Saturday 7th December! A festive barbecue will be open as well as fresh coffee and cake, food stalls, mulled wine and of course the boutiques selling their unique gifts and decorations. This is all topped off with a sprinkle of festive music to get everyone in the Christmas mood. You could even make a day of it and book yourself a table for lunch or dinner at Tom Brown’s before or after your visit to the market.

The market is open from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 7th December. Entry to the market is FREE.

A Victorian Workhouse Christmas

On Friday 6th December you’re invited to enjoy Christmas the Victorian way at the Workhouse in Southwell. The event takes place between 5pm – 8pm for a special opening of the Workhouse during the winter period. The inmates are preparing for the festive season, as carols fill the building, stories from the past are re-told and refreshments are on offer to all who pass through the doors. Of course, all festivities will take place under the watchful eye of the master!

Pre booking is essential for this event so please get in contact with the guys at the Workhouse before attending. Please contact them on 01636 817260. Admission on the night is £4 for adults and £1 for children.

Posted on 06 December 2013
Featured author: Tom

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

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