Things to do this weekend 9th-11th November

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This month is going by so quickly, and the freezing temperatures are not letting up, so we have some activities for you to do this weekend that will be sure to keep you warm & cosy (and if not, cold but cheerful with festive spirit!)

Lest we forget, Armistice day is on the 11th November,  and you’ll be able to pay respect to those who have lost their lives and loved ones at Nottingham’s annual Civic Service of Remembrance which will take place at the War Memorial, Victoria Embankment, starting at 10.45am. After the service the Lord Mayor, and other dignitaries, will return to the Council House in the Old Market Square to take the salute. At 11am in the Market Square, members of the 307 Battery South Notts Hussars will fire the gun to begin and end the silence. Further commemorations will be held across the county.

Also upcoming is the spectacular festival of Diwali, which you can celebrate in style at Memsaab. The stunning Indian restaurant promises the traditional Diwali celebration dress and decor, awash with candlelight and intricate rangoli floor art. For £23 for a five course meal, you will really be able to experience India from the 9th-15th November.

It’s your last chance to see T’is A Pity She’s a Whore this weekend – Friday and Saturday are the last nights you’ll be able to see this controversial play, about a brother/sister incestuous relationship.  Over 16s only due to partial nudity and themes of an adult, violent nature… don’t miss this poignant production of a vivid and violent classic at the Theatre Royal at 7:30pm.

Wrap up warm and come early to avoid the At Lakeside Arts Centre, you can find Lustre 2012 at the weekend from 10-5pm each day. Whether you’re revitalising your home, updating your look or seeking out that unique Christmas gift, you’ll find all the inspiration you need at Lustre, one of the highest quality craft events in the UK. During this special weekend at Lakeside you’ll find 55 of the country’s finest contemporary craft makers, selling everything from fine jewellery, bags and hats to sculptural vases and tableware.queues! You can meet Santa for the whole weekend from 11am-4pm each day.


For something that appeals to your inner soul, the Motown tribute night at the Crowne Plaza will be just that. On Friday evening, £20 will get you a delicious three course meal, the tribute act and a disco!

An exciting new exhibition is opening at Nottingham Castle this weekend. The lace exhibition, Lace Works; Contemporary Art & Nottingham Lace will be part of a dedicated season of events across Nottingham to celebrate the city’s lace heritage. The wider programme, Lace:Here:Now is taking place until February 2013 and demonstrates the way in which lace still inspires, fascinates and excites. Also The Framework Knitters Museum will be holding unique lace events at the museum on 10th and 11th November as part of the Lace season.

The Nottingham Playhouse are once again bringing you top quality theatre with Inua Ellams Black T-Shirt Collection, a new play about two foster brothers building a global T-shirt brand. Inua was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK as a teenager. He merges visual art, poetry and theatre, telling stories with iconic imagery and humour. That’s on both the 9th and the 10th.

Santa Clause is coming to town! Well… coming to Rufford Abbey Country Park anyway. A simple but traditional way to create some magical Christmas memories for the whole family. Sing along as the charming ride transports you to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus in his winter grotto.


Feeling spoilt for choice yet? Well hold your horses, as we have Dream of Gerontius, choral work by Elgar. The setting of the poem by John Henry Newman follows the imagined journey of a soul through death and beyond, guided by a guardian angel. Uplifting and beautiful, this is an experience to soothe the mind. You can find that on Saturday at the Royal Concert Hall.

Craft in the City are hosting their very first Winter Craft Fair at St. Peters Church on Saturday 10:30am-4pm. The event will offer stalls of unique handmade gifts produced locally by some of Nottingham’s finest makers and artists and the best part? Admission is free!

Now… four things to get your heart pounding and your body moving… each of the following events will be held at Sherwood Pines Forest Park.

First, The Robin Hood 10k run is on Sunday, open to everyone over the age of 15. All abilities welcome, this is an inclusive 10km run which offers fantastic scenery through Robin Hood’s beautiful forest. The course will follow the internal roads and trails within the park providing competitors with a safe enjoyable event, whether you are chasing down a fast time or simply enjoying the woodland.

How about the Evil Sheriff Duathlon? This will be a challenging off road duathlon course, consisting of a 5km run – 16km bike – 3km run. This event has some technical up hill sections and will undoubtedly live up to its name of being an ‘Evil Off Road Duathlon’! However don’t let this put you as off the course is great fun and competitors of all abilities will be taking part.

For something a little less challenging, try the Little John 2k fun run. Not called a fun run for nothing, it’s for boys and girls up to the age of 15. We encourage children of all abilities to take part, and hopefully this event will be full of fancy dress! Set within the safety of the park this is the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to a fun running event.

None of those tickle your fancy? Try  something in between with the Maid Marion 5k run. Again this event is open to anyone over the age of 14 yrs old and all abilities. Whether you are training to get fit, raising money for charity or simply fancy setting yourself a challenge why not try this 5km run in Sherwood Pines.

If you do venture out this weekend, be sure to capture your memories and share with us on our facebook page or twitter! You could also enter your snaps into our photography competition, which could land you a £200 cash prize – a nice little bundle for the new year!

Until next time!

Posted on 07 November 2012
Featured author: Erin

Australian now calling Nottingham home. Piano playing, cake making, bicycle riding lady who loves travel.

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