What's on this Weekend in Nottinghamshire

Is there a better way to soak up the festive spirit than a visit to a Christmas market? Taking place at a host of beautiful venues across Nottinghamshire this weekend, they're a great way to get your shopping sorted, support indie businesses and enjoy a delightful day out too. Read on for a bumper round-up of five fabulous craft fairs and Christmas markets to check out, along with a small selection of other events which caught our eye.

Don't forget Nottingham's Winter Wonderland is open daily, with a variety of stalls to browse, traditional rides to enjoy, bars to cozy up or chill out in and a huge outdoor ice rink to glide around on. 

There are many more things to do and see in our What’s On calendar, so make sure to have a gander. 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 Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Craft Fair Contemporary - Visit Nottinghamshire

Christmas Markets & Craft Fairs 

Various Venues 

Lovers of art and everything artisanal are in for a treat this weekend with five fabulous craft fairs and Christmas markets taking place across Nottinghamshire. 

The much-loved Winter Weekend returns to the grand Welbeck Estate, celebrating the best in handmade art and food from across the region. Whet your appetite with specially selected artisan food stalls and the wares of the award-winning Welbeck Farm Shop, take in the exhibitions in their critically acclaimed art galleries and explore 15 artists’ studios before a tour of the art marquee hosting 75 carefully curated artists and craftspeople. Visitors will also have the opportunity to find out more about the artisan makers and producers based in the historic estate, including Welbeck Abbey Brewery, the renowned Stichelton Cheese and The School of Artisan Food

Over at the equally beautiful Thorsby Park, their Victorian Riding Hall welcomes a range of talented makers showcasing their hand-crafted wares for Winterfest. Expect a fabulously festive atmosphere with Father Christmas in attendance, live music and festive food and drink to indulge in. Wrap up warm to enjoy a winter wander around the grounds during your visit, with a 12 Doors of Christmas Trail to keep little ones entertained as they hunt down clues to complete the traditional poem and learn some interesting things about the estate.

Craft Fair Contemporary brings hundreds of beautiful, bespoke products from the very best designers and makers from Nottingham and beyond to the wonderful Nottingham Contemporary art gallery. Check out their current exhibition Still Undead: Popular Culture in Britain Beyond the Bauhaus before heading downstairs to peruse the stalls for stylish items you most definitely won’t find on the highstreet.

Those looking for a more sustainable approach to their Christmas Shopping should head to the Conscious Christmas Market on Sunday at Nottingham’s stunning Victorian Music Hall, the Malt Cross. Shop Zero will be filling the beautiful balcony area with stalls showcasing a host of eco-friendly, reusable and sustainable gifts from local makers and businesses.

Last, but by no means least, Patchings Art Centre present over 50 stalls selling items crafted by gifted artists and designers, including textiles, fine art, ceramics and jewellery.

Sleeping Beauty at Nottingham Playhouse

Pantomime & Family Theatre

Various Venues 

Get ready to cheer on the heroes, boo the baddies and get you festive fix of slapstick and silliness - Panto season arrives this weekend in Nottingham! Something magical is afoot at Nottingham Playhouse... evil fairy Maleficent has a sinister plan to trick Princess Rosalind. Prince Alexander, Jerry the Jester and Fairy Wisheart will do all they can to save the day, but will they live happily ever after? With spectacular costumes, stunning sets, plenty of belly-laughs and magical musical numbers, Sleeping Beauty is the perfect festive treat.

Over at Lakeside Arts on Sunday, Soonchild is a heart-warming Arctic adventure with a cast of cool polar creatures. The creative production comes to life with live music, 3D and shadow puppets, creative captioning, integrated sign language and song, and a cosmic Northern Lights show.

Celebrating Catterntide - Visit Nottinghamshire
Celebrating Catterntide | Nottingham's Lacemaking Past

Saturday 23 November 2019 | 11 am - 4 pm | Nottingham Trent University and Backlit Gallery | Free

In days past Nottingham was the centre of the global lace trade, renowned for creating the finest lace in the world. To celebrate the city’s lace-making heritage Nottingham Trent University and Backlit Gallery are reviving the long lost tradition of 'Catterntide Day' - an annual celebration of St Catherine, patron saint of lace and textile makers. This free festival is full of family-friendly activities inspired by lace as well as a range of talks, workshops and tours of the lace archives. 

 Find out more.

Yoga & Art - New Art Exchange

Yoga and Art

 Sunday 24 November | 10 am - 12pm | New Art Exchange | Free

If you’re feeling a little frazzled or want to find a space of calm before the festive frenzy kicks in get yourself to New Art Exchange this Sunday for a mindful morning of art appreciation and yoga. Both yoga and the visual art ask us to slow down, pause and be in the present moment. During this unique wellbeing experience, you will have time to mindfully explore the current exhibition, followed by a gentle and slow flow yoga session with Parmjit Sagoo.

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


Winterfest at Thoresby Park
Fete / Fair
Winterfest at Thoresby Park

Celebrate the diverse local handmade crafts brought to Thoresby Hall for the annual Winterfest

Welbeck Winter Weekend
Christmas Events
Welbeck Winter Weekend

More than 100 artisan makers will be showcasing their wares at the Welbeck Winter Weekend, along with delicious food and artists studios to explore.

Craft Fair Contemporary
Christmas Events
Nottingham Contemporary | Visit Nottinghamshire

Pick up affordable, contemporary Christmas presents from exciting designers and makers in Nottingham and beyond.

Patchings Christmas Market 2020
Christmas Events
Patchings Christmas Market 2020

The perfect opportunity to buy individually designed work from selected Artists & Craft makers.

Conscious Christmas Market
Christmas Events
Malt Cross | Visit Nottinghamshire

If you're looking for a more ethical approach to Christmas then come along to Shop Zero's Conscious Christmas Gift Market to find the best sustainable gifts from local makers and businesses.

Sleeping Beauty
Playhouse Pantomime | Visit Nottinghamshire

With spectacular costumes, stunning sets, plenty of belly-laughs and magical musical numbers our legendary panto is perfect for a festive treat.

Family Fun

Set in the Arctic Circle, Soonchild is the story of John and his wife whose baby refuses to be born until she can hear the World Songs. John embarks on a quest to find the songs and save the world, aided by a cool cast of polar creatures.

Celebrating Catterntide | Nottingham's Lacemaking Past
Celebrating Catterntide

Saturday 23 November, 11am - 4pm. Celebrating Catterntide is a free family-friendly festival that commemorates St Catherine, the patron Saint of lacemakers. Join us for some Cattern cake and enjoy a range of free arts and crafts activities inspired by lace and Nottingham's cultural heritage. From jewellery making to storytelling; creating lace from recycled plastics to making a lace carpet from icing sugar. Take tours of NTU's renowned Lace Archive and play a lace piano that plays sounds from the Cluny Lace Factory.

Yoga & Art
Yoga & Art

Both yoga and the visual art ask us to slow down, pause and be in the present moment. During this unique wellbeing experience, you will have time to mindfully explore the current exhibition, followed by a yoga session with Parmjit Sagoo.



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