Things To Do This Weekend : 7th – 9th April
It may be just the beginning of the week, but we’re already beginning to daydream about the weekend – and who can blame us when it’s so beautiful outside! Feel the same? Well you’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up an eclectic mix of events and goings on in Nottingham this weekend to satisfy you over the next few days. If you’re out and about having fun don’t forget to keep in touch by by Tweeting us, or connect on Facebook and Instagram to share your good times in Nottingham!
The Harley Gallery
Friday 7 & Saturday 8 April 2017 from 11am – 3pm
As part of the BBC’s Get Creative Weekender, The Harley Pottery Studio are offering drop in clay workshops so you can have a good old dabble with your inner potter. Try out a variety of pottery techniques, learn how to sculpt with clay and hear about firing processes. While you’re at it there’s lots to see at The Harley Gallery and the surrounding estate too, and the ancient site of Creswell Crags is just a short walk so definitely worth a wander off the beaten track!
Sunday 9th April
Everyone has dreamed about running away to join the circus, and if it wasn’t for lack of co-ordination and flexibility we’d probably all be pros. Now you can enjoy all the fun of the circus and perhaps pick up a new party trick at the 30th British Juggling Convention. Along with a grand gala performance to see on Sunday, there will be juggling, spinning, hooping, workshops, shows and games throughout the event, held both at Harvey Haddon Sports Centre and the Royal Concert Hall.
Patchings Art Centre
Saturday 1st April – 7th May
Take a trip to the quaint and peaceful Patchings Arts Centre this weekend to see the tenth in this series of annual exhibitions. Exhibitors range nationally, from the amateur to the pro, exhibiting photographs that reflect their personal perceptions of landscape and environment, and guest speakers will be present each day to entertain with short talks. The Patchings Art Centre, set in the beautiful north Nottinghamshire countryside, also has three galleries with monthly exhibitions, art materials, a gift shop, a restaurant and a framing service so there’s much more to see and do!
Civil War Centre
Saturday 1st – Monday 17th April
In what looks like yet another cracking programme of events, this Easter The Civil War Centre is presenting the more recreational side of the Civil War, with 17th century games, crafts and talks. Discover Oliver Cromwell’s wild side with his best mate Edmund Ludlow, who’ll be sharing stories of their capers, including the time he began a food fight at his daughter’s wedding.
25 March – 7 May 2017
Nottingham’s history of industry and manufacturing is really quite an impressive story. Raleigh, Boots, John Players, tarmac, traffic lights and the lace industry all had their beginnings in Nottingham factories. With archival photographs and contemporary commissions, Strangers Not Allowed On This Works examines how inventions, household name goods and signature trades have sprung up in the county and undoubtedly shaped both the area and the people and culture throughout the past few centuries.
Just a short wander out of the city centre you’ll find the delightful Stonebridge City Farm, a small haven away from the busy streets, which houses quite a menagerie! This Easter they have several lovely events for children, including dress up days, live music and of course animal handling. Have a look at their programme of events and try to get down for an egg hatching if you can – a truly magical thing to experience in the spring time!