What's on this weekend in Nottingham 21 -23 December 2018 banner
Twas the weekend before Christmas and all through the 'shire people were looking for events to inspire... Oh yes, after weeks of anticipation, finally Christmas weekend is here! If you are visiting family, or nipping to Notts for a day, there's still plenty of things to do in Nottingham to get you in a jolly mood!

There are many more events on our What’s On calendar, so make sure to have a gander, or read on to check out some of our favourite things to do this weekend…

Don’t forget, if you are out having a great time in Nottinghamshire, you can use #lovenotts to share the love and connect with us via our TwitterFacebook or Instagram, or use #ChristmasInNotts to share your seasonal images!

A Christmas Celebration Concert

Southwell Minster in the snow

Friday 21 December 2018 | 7:30pm | The Nave, Southwell Minster | Tickets: £12 - £25

The stunning Southwell Minster is a lovely place to visit at any time of year but is especially magical at Christmas. Situated in one of the most picturesque towns in Nottinghamshire, the cathedral is rich in historical and architectural interest and is renowned for its wonderful music concerts. Join them for an evening of spectacular, seasonal solos and ensemble arrangements performed by the Southwell Festival Voices, with readings from Clive Mantle of Holby City and The Vicar of Dibley fame. This popular service brings together a varied range of sacred and secular words and music for Christmas, from the medieval to the modern, old favourites to exciting new discoveries.

For more information, please click here.

Foam Parties

Foam party at the National Ice Centre

Friday 21 December, 5.30 – 7pm (Family Foam Party) & 7.30 – 9.30pm (Club Foam Party) | National Ice Centre | Tickets: From £7.50, under 5’s free with full paying adult

There may not be snow this festive season, but on Friday night there will be plenty of foamy fun to be had on the ice. The rink looks fabulously festive surrounded by twinkling lights and a majestic tree, so get your skates on for an evening of family fun. There’s no need to worry about sliding around like Bambi taking his first steps on the ice, there are plenty of fun ice equipment characters available for anyone who needs a little support. Later on they’ll be turning the lights down low and the music up high for their club foam party, so let it snow and have yourself a white Christmas at the National Ice Centre.    

For more information, please click here.

Get away from it all at Clumber Park

Clumber Park lake looking forsty

Park Open Daily, 7am – 7pm | Clumber Park | Adults £4, Child £2, Family £10, National Trust members Free

Breathe in the fresh air at Clumber Park and explore an expanse of open parkland, woodland and heathland, with breathtakingly beautiful wintery scenes all around. Take a gentle stroll along the longest avenue of Lime Trees in Europe, or wander around the magnificent serpentine lake, complete with fairy-tale bridges and stunning views. There’s plenty of self-guided walk trails to enjoy, from short routes on the flat paths, perfect for a family walking expedition, through to long rambles for intrepid adventurers. Saturday 22 there’ll be a guided family dog walk around the park for approximately one hour commencing at 11.30am, with a prize for the best dressed pooch on the day, plus a wide range of Christmas crafts for children to enjoy in the Discovery Centre between 10:30am and 3:30pm.

For more information, please click here.

Nottingham Harmonic Choir: Family Carol Concert

Royal Concert Hall interior.Saturday 22 December, 5pm | Royal Concert Hall | Tickets: £10 - £21

There’s nothing like a jolly singalong to get into the Christmas spirit. Add some sparkle to your festive season and sing your heart out with the Harmonic Choir and Thoresby Colliery Band at this family-friendly concert featuring the very best of traditional and modern Christmas music.

For more information, please click here.

An Audience with Father Christmas at Bolsover Castle

Bolsover CastleSaturday 22 & Sunday 23 December 2018 | Performances throughout the day from 10.30am - 3.30pm | Tickets: £5 per child, plus standard admission charges (Adults: £11.30 / Concessions: £10.20  / Children: £7.80 / Family: £29.40 / English Heritage Members Free)

There is a wonderful fairytale quality to the beautiful Bolsover castle and it looks especially lovely decked out for the festive season. Take in the spectacular views of the countryside, wander the lavish rooms of the Little Castle, explore the romantic ruined terrace range, then gather round as Father Christmas shares stories of Christmas past. Each child will receive a small present from the man himself. Please note, tickets for this charming event must be booked in advance, and ticket sales close Friday 21 3pm.

For more information, please click here.

This blog was written by Claire Jones, Marketing Assistant at Visit Nottinghamshire. 


Bolsover Castle
Historic House / Palace
Bolsover Castle, Nottinghamshire

There's a fairytale quality to Bolsover Castle that makes it a firm favourite with anyone looking for a great value day out in the East Midlands.

The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall
The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall

With over half a million visitors every year, the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham are two of the UK's most successful touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands region.

Market Town
Southwell Minster
National Ice Centre
Sports Ground
National Ice Centre

Home of ice skating legends Torvill & Dean, the NIC is the coolest place to skate in Nottingham!

Clumber Park
Country / Royal Park
Clumber Park

Theres so much to do at Clumber Park throughout the year, whether you like walking or cycling, eating in the restaurant or joining in with one of our many events.



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