After the bright lights and indulgence of the festive season, January can feel like a long and sometimes dreary month. Thankfully, we've got a great round-up of exciting cultural and creative events to help you shake off the winter blues and welcome in the new decade in style.

This weekend sees the start of Chinese New Year celebrations in Nottingham, plus the stunning seasonal displays of snowdrops - both heralding the imminent arrival of spring and brighter times on the horizon. We’ve picked out a few of our favourite events coming up this weekend, and there’s plenty more ideas for great things-to-do in our What's On guide.    

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Chinese New Year Temple Fair

Saturday 18 January | Old Market Square | Free
The Year of the Rat is approaching, and as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Nottingham, the Temple Fair returns to the heart of the city for its fifth year. Temple Fairs, also known as Miaohui, are Chinese cultural gatherings which take place during the Chinese New Year period. Head to the Old Market Square for a range of traditional activities to see and take part in, from music and dance – including the Chinese Dragon Dance – to storytelling and a variety of arts and crafts, plus the chance to try out some authentic Chinese dishes.    

For more information, please click here.

Live Music

If you’re looking to get out and enjoy some live music this weekend there’s plenty to choose from in Nottingham on Friday evening. Taking the stage at Nottingham’s Jazz club Lewis Floyd Henry, pictured above, will be bringing his unique, one-man-band sonic journey through the genres - if you're looking for something fresh, inventive, and low-fi, Lewis is your man. Elsewhere you can see indie-rock icons the Kaiser Chiefs with special guests Razorlight at the Motorpoint Arena, or step back in time at Nottingham Playhouse to see the moves and hear the sounds of the Cotton Club – New York's most celebrated nightclub of the 1920s and '30s. The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra will provide the swinging soundtrack while The Lindy Hop Dance Company light up the stage with their breath-taking routines.


Four new exhibitions open at New Art Exchange gallery this weekend, so to celebrate they’re hosting a Season Launch Party on Friday evening. Immerse yourself in Shezad Dawood's Virtual Reality installation Encroachments (pictured above), get a fix of 1980’s nostalgia in Dawinder Bansal's Jambo Cinema, explore A Black Canvas photographic exhibition which highlights young black local creatives and This Is Who I Am, a portraiture project by members of Kairos, a Nottingham based support group for lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers. Join them for a free drink on arrival and be the first to explore the new exhibitions before checking out the live music in the café bar.

Also opening this weekend, new touring exhibition Brick by Brick launches at The Harley Gallery on the beautiful Welbeck estate in North Nottinghamshire. 18 international visual artists have taken inspiration from childhood favourite LEGO® bricks to create stunning, thought provoking and often humorous artworks sure to appeal to adults and children alike.

For details of all current art exhibitions in Nottinghamshire, please click here.

Get Creative

Get cosy in the tea room at Debbie Bryan for a self-guided craft session as you learn needle felting and felt appliqué techniques to make your own cameo broch accessory. Or for those looking to freshen up their walls with something unique on Sunday the team will be running a workshop using beautiful printmaking and paper-craft techniques to create a one of a kind A3 print complete with Oak Hanger.

Also on Sunday artist Jane Stockley will be leading a print workshop at Lakeside Arts using a Chine Collé printing technique combining shiny card, intaglio lines and subtle collage, inspired by the Ivon Hitchen landscapes exhibition Space through Colour

Madame Parboiled's Historical Pub Tour

Sunday 19 January, 7pm | Starts at The Bell Inn | Tickets £7 per person

Spend a relaxed Sunday evening exploring some of Nottingham and taking in some of our most legendary pubs with Madame Parboiled. Find out how the pubs got their names, about famous faces and residents who ignored closing time and hung around for hundreds of years since, along with more fascinating facts and stories about our richly historical city. A great opportunity to sample some local ales!  

For more information, please click here.


Chinese New Year Celebrations at Old Market Square
Old Market Square
Chinese New Year Celebrations at Old Market Square | Visit Nottingham

Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) invite you to celebrate 2022 - Chinese year of the Tiger.

Root Down! Lewis Floyd Henry
Live Music
Peggy's Skylight | Visit Nottinghamshire

A One Man, Multi Genre, Traveling Sonic Medicine Show. Lewis Floyd Henry performs at Peggy's Skylight

Kaiser Chiefs plus special guests Razorlight
kaiser chiefs tour motorpoint arena nottingham 2020

Kaiser Chiefs are heading out on a huge UK arena tour in January 2020, with very special guests Razorlight.

Swinging at the Cotton Club 2019
Swinging at the Cotton Club 2019

Swinging at The Cotton Club' is the action-packed show celebrating the music and dance of the Cotton Club – New York's most celebrated nightclub of the 1920s and '30s.

Season Launch Party
New Art Exchange | Visit Nottinghamshire

Be the first to experience four new exciting exhibitions at New Art Exchange

Shezad Dawood: Encroachments
New Art Exchange | Visit Nottinghamshire

In this new exhibition at New Art Exchange, Shezad Dawood takes a pragmatic and oblique look at the relations between Pakistan and the US since partition in 1947 through a Virtual Reality (VR) environment

Jambo Cinema
New Art Exchange | Visit Nottinghamshire

Jambo Cinema is a multifaceted installation emerging from a nostalgic time in artist Dawinder Bansal's childhood in Wolverhampton.

A Black Canvas
New Art Exchange | Visit Nottinghamshire

An exhibition by All Black Connect, New Art Exchange's young people's collective, exploring issues impacting young black people in the UK today.

Felt Appliqué Cameo Brooch Crafternoon
Felt Appliqué Cameo Brooch Crafternoon

The Debbie Bryan felt appliqué craft with a cameo twist! Don your own fabulous cameo brooch as this year’s new year accessory.

Design your own A1 Print with Oak Hanger
Design your own A1 Print with Oak Hanger

Freshen up your walls and put together a one of a kind print, created through beautiful print-making and paper-craft techniques.

Printing Patterns in Nature
Lakeside Arts | Visit Nottinghamshire

Be inspired by Ivon Hitchen's landscapes, spend time looking at patterns from nature, then transform your ideas and sketches into print.



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