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October is almost here in all its autumnal glory and it’s a bumper month for fantastic events across the county, so once you've got your weekend plans sorted why not have a gander at what’s coming up and plan some adventures in Nottinghamshire.

If the long, dark evenings are making you think of Halloween thrills and chills to come, take a look at all the spooky and spinetingling shindigs coming up here. A little nearer on the horizon, this weekend you can take a tour of the pretty, working windmill just outside the city centre, get into the Oktoberfest spirit at the Bavarian Oom-pah-pah Night at Conkers or laugh your heart out at the Just the Tonic Comedy Club.

We've picked some of our favourite events below, but don't forget to have a look at our What’s On pages and Things to Do section for lots more ways to spend your weekend! We love to see and hear what you have been up to in Nottinghamshire so don’t forget you can use #lovenotts to share the love and connect with us via our TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

Goose Fair
 

Goose Fair NottinghamWednesday 2 to Sunday 6 October | Forest Recreation Ground

Nothing signals the arrival of autumn in Nottingham like the appearance of the much loved Goosey on the roundabout by Forest recreation ground. It can mean only one thing – Goose Fair is on its way, bringing with it crunchy toffee apples, pots of mint-sauce-drenched mushy peas and, of course, rides and amusements galore. Whether you’re an adrenaline seeker looking for the thrills and spills of fast rides and roller coasters, or you prefer a gentle stroll taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the fair, and perhaps a cheeky try on the Donkey Derby or Coconut Shy, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this Nottingham tradition.

Find out more about this year’s fair here or read our blog on the fantastic history of Goose Fair. If you'll be visiting Nottingham for the fair, we've got lots of ideas for places to stay and things to do to make the most of your trip, here.


Shakespeare, with a twist.

Sh*t-faced Shakepeare at Nottingham Playhouse

Saturday 5 October | Nottingham Playhouse 

Fringe Festival phenomenon and runaway smash hit Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream is coming to Nottingham Playhouse on Saturday. If you’re not familiar with the concept, the players present an entirely serious adaptation of a classic play, with one unique exception. Four hours before the show is due to commence an actor is chosen at random to down their drinks and get ready to perform, well, sh*t-faced. Limited tickets remain so snap them up quick if you don’t want to miss this hilarious and unpredictable theatrical event.

Find out more.


Harvest Gathering

Saturday 5 October 2019 | 12 - 5pm | New Art Exchange

This Saturday at New Art Exchange they’ll be appreciating the bounty of autumn with an afternoon packed full of family craft activities, live performances and cooking demonstrations. You can even fill your basket with veggies, grown locally by the Nottingham Growing Network, perfect for hearty, seasonal soups and casseroles to warm you up as the weather takes a chill.  

Find out more.


Inspiring Exhibitions

Ghost Horses and Guns by Melanie Tomlinson


The Harley Gallery are ushering in a new season with all three galleries filled with automata by different artists as they bring sculptures to life with Moving Stories. Ghost Horses and Guns features nine new artworks by Melanie Tomlinson composed of hand-painted metals, mixed media and found objects. Curious narratives merge childhood memories with real life events to create intriguing and intricate works where there is more lurking than first meets the eye. Kinetic artist Martin Smith’s Little Machines are playful and beautifully engineered automata that are a joy to behold, from beating hearts that demand the attention of a loved one to a nonsense machine that elaborately assists in the firing of party poppers. Last by not least, Laurence and Angela St Leger have created a specially commissioned series of miniature moving sculptures inspired by the saucy dancers and strong men found in end-of-pier shows of old for Tiny Movements.

While you’re there be sure to visit the Portland Gallery to see their latest exhibition Men, Women and Things, which shines a lights on the remarkable stories of the duchesses of Portland who’ve resided at the Welbeck Estate over the past 400 years, from the first sci-fi writer to a renowned natural historian. We paid a visit to the opening and found it truly inspiring; you can read our review here. If you can resist the lure of the internationally acclaimed ‘Stichelton’ blue cheese (made on the estate), rustic sausage rolls and other tasty treats from the multi-award-winning Welbeck Farm Shop during your visit, you have a stronger will than us!

These exhibitions will run until 5 January 2020.


Classical Concerts


Ju Liu - Sunday Morning Piano Serise at Theatre Royal Concert Hall Various Venues

On Friday evening at St Mary’s Church Carlton Male Voice Choir and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir come together to celebrate 50 years of friendship between Nottingham and our twin city of Karlsruhe with a memorable male voice concert.  Ease into Sunday morning with an hour of the melodic, musical stylings of Ji Liu, as part of the Sunday Morning Piano Series at the Royal Concert Hall. The popular pianist will be performing several exquisite arrangements, including an original composition and a world premier from Stephen Hough, after which you can enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee along with an enticing slice of cake. 



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

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