Things to do this weekend, 7th – 9th October 2014


Halloween is now behind us for another year so it’s time to look ahead to the next seasonal event – Bonfire Night. This week’s round-up includes a few of the best fireworks displays taking place around the county, as well as some top picks if you want to stay warm and toasty indoors.

My Sight Nottinghamshire Charity Fire Walk and Fireworks Spectacular at Nottingham Castle

Could you walk over hot coals to help improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people? That’s exactly what the charity My Sight Nottinghamshire is challenging you to do this Saturday at Nottingham Castle. Brave ‘soles’ are being invited to walk over a path of smouldering embers accompanied by drummers and flaming torch bearers.

All participants will be given a two-hour talk by fire walking instructor Cliff Mann who has helped thousands of people complete the challenge. It costs just £10 to take part in the fire walk and participants must raise £99 in sponsorship. For details or to enter visit the website.

Of course, this challenge isn’t for everyone but you can still be at the heart of the action by joining the crowds of spectators who will be supporting the fire walkers. There will also be a spectacular fireworks display for everyone to enjoy.

Spectator tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £4 for children. Family tickets are available for £25. Buy your tickets from the Nottingham Tourism Centre on Smithy Row or via the My Sight website.

Wine Tasting with Sinatra’s at Holme Pierrepont Hall

If you have always wanted to know about wine but don’t know where to start then make sure you book a place at the Wine Tasting with Sinatra’s evening on Friday.

Taking place at the beautiful Holme Pierrepont Hall, the event will be led by wine expert Phil Brodie who works for renowned wine merchant Hallgarten Druitt. Sinatra’s will also be preparing delicious canapés to accompany your wine.

Group travel from the city is available for a small charge which means you don’t have to worry about transport.

Pre-booking is essential on 0115 9411050 or via

Firework Spectacular at Great Central Railway Nottingham

Youngsters and their families will love the Firework Spectacular which takes place at the Great Central Railway in Ruddington on Saturday.

As well as a dazzling firework display, which starts at 7.30pm, you will be able to see a miniature railway and enjoy exhilarating funfair rides. There will also be hot food on offer, along with a chocolate fountain, licensed bar and live music from The Pinch.

For details, including how to obtain advance tickets, visit the Great Central Railway website. Tickets are also available on the gate.

Joe Moran: Arrangement at Nottingham Contemporary

See performances choreographed by Joe Moran at Nottingham Contemporary.

See performances choreographed by Joe Moran at Nottingham Contemporary.

Accomplished choreographer Joe Moran will be making use of the space at Nottingham Contemporary for a series of live performances this Saturday and Sunday.

Presented by Dance4, these bold performances will tackle ideas around masculinity, virtuosity and choreography in galleries. Among the highlights will be Joe’s solo piece, Decommission which is presented alongside the all-male ensemble, Arrangement.

Performances take place throughout the day and are suitable for all. Entry is FREE and no booking is required. Further details are available here.

Festive Food and Craft Fair at Making it! Discovery Centre

Christmas is just around the corner which means it’s time to start thinking about presents – and you will find plenty of inspiration at the Making it! Festive Food and Craft Fair which takes place from Friday until Sunday.

There will be treats for you to graze on while you browse more than 30 Christmas inspired stalls selling everything from handmade jewellery and home accessories to Christmas hampers.

Meanwhile, little ones will be able to enjoy a Christmas-themed treasure hunt, a free goodie bag and play areas, along with entertainment, face painting and glitter tattoos.

Entry is FREE and further details, including which stall-holders will be at the event, are available here.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend in Nottinghamshire. Don’t forget to share your photos and memories with us via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #LoveNotts. 

Posted on 03 November 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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