After a very wet and windy weekend courtesy of storm Dennis it’s been a bright and beautiful start to the working week in Nottinghamshire. Dare we say there’s almost a hint of spring in the air?! We’re excited to get out and about in the county this weekend, with so many beautiful places to explore in rural Nottinghamshire, plus it’s the last weekend to see the stunning Snowdrops at Holme Pierrepont Hall.

Take a look at our hand-picked guide to what’s coming up this weekend in Nottinghamshire, and remember there are loads more ideas for great things-to-do in our What's On calendar.

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

Children playing outside - image Credit Ben Wicks via Unsplash | Visit Nottinghamshire
Half Term Fun

Various Venues

End half term on a high at one for the brilliant family events and attractions in Nottinghamshire this weekend. Nurture their love of nature with a visit to The Tropical Butterfly House & Falcolnry Centre where they can get up close and personal with lemurs, meerkats, owls, otters, and loads more. During half term they’ll be running a special Bug Hunt with a trail, nature talks, bird identification and loads more fun ways to encourage your little one’s love of wildlife. Blow away the cobwebs and let them burn off some excess energy with a trip to Rufford Abbey Country Park where you can follow their Enchanted Fairy Trail around the glorious grounds before checking out the awesome adventure playground.  

For something educational, immerse them in history with a trip to Bolsover Castle where they can learn what life was like for a 17th Century musketeer before letting their imagination run wild exploring the fairy tale like Stuart mansion. On Friday at Lakeside Arts they can take part in everyday activities from the Roman period including dressing up, Roman hairstyles and board games, then get hands on with history handling archaeological artefacts.

If it’s free events and activities you seek there’s lots happening at the National Justice Museum this weekend, with the chance for kids to make their own unique letterpress wanted post on Friday, fun fairy tale trials on Saturday and fairy-tale storytelling on Sunday. Elsewhere it’s a great time to visit Nottingham’s free-to-enter urban farmyard Stonebridge City Farm to meet their resident cute critters, plus there’ll be a range of low cost activities this February Half Term.

For more half terms events and activities in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, please click here.

Moonlight and Magnolias at Nottingham Playhouse | Visit Nottinghamshire

Moonlight and Magnolias

Friday 21 February - Saturday 7 March | Nottingham Playhouse |1.30pm, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Opening this weekend at Regional Theatre of the Year, Nottingham Playhouse, this laugh-out-loud comedy tells the almost true tale of the making of iconic film Gone With the Wind. Three movie masters have just five days to create a Hollywood masterpiece – and the course of great arts never did run smooth. Tempers will fray, egos will clash and wits will truly reach their end as in this love letter to the silver screen.

For more information, please click here, or find out more about upcoming theatre productions in Nottingham here.  

Crewell Crags | Visit Nottinghamshire
Writing Wellbeing: Nature Poetry for Mindfulness

Saturday 22 February 2020 | 10am - 1pm | Creswell Crags | Tickets: £12 adult, £10 concessions

What better way to wind down from a busy week and recharge than by immersing your senses in the majestic landscapes of Creswell Crags for a mindful morning exploring poetry and nature. Don’t worry if you’re a complete novice to the world of poetic writing or mindfulness, beginners are welcome to learn how slowing down and paying attention to the present moment and to your surroundings can inform a poetic approach. In this practical workshop you’ll create you own poetic responses to the unique environment in the north Nottinghamshire countryside.

For more information, please click here.  

My Pet Fauxes | Visit Nottinghamshire
My Pet Fauxes

Friday 21 February | | 7pm - 11pm | Metronome | Tickets: £5

They may be relative newcomers to Nottingham’s lively music scene, but their catchy melodies, danceable guitar riffs and soaring anthemic choruses are already making quite a stir. You might not have heard of them yet, but check them out this Friday night and you’ll be soon be swaying along their infectious, energetic, indie-pop. Plus you have bragging rights for being ahead of the curve once the band – who were described as “one of the finest live acts around now” by BBC Introducing - hit the big time. Oh, and if you’re wondering how to say their name, the gig is part of the their ‘it’s pronounced foxes’ tour.

For more information, please click here.

Wire-work textile flower workshop at Debbie Byran | Visit Nottinghamshire
Get Creative

Various Venues and Dates  

If you’d rather get hands on and make something this weekend there there’s a few creative courses and workshops which might pique you interest. Get cosy in the tea room at Debbie Bryan for a self-guided craft session as you learn wire-work manipulation, finger crochet and hand-embroidery techniques to make your own trio of ever-lasting florals over a hot drink or cocktail and sweet treat from their cake selection. Head out the stunning Hanwell Wine Estate in rural Nottinghamshire to learn the art of Lino printing on Saturday or spend a relaxing Sunday making your own Roman mosaic.

For more on creative workshops and classes in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, please click here.


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


February Half Term at Stonebridge City Farm
Participatory Event
February Half Term at Stonebridge City Farm

Join Stonebridge City Farm for their fantastically fun February half term.

Half Term at the National Justice Museum
Family Fun
National Justice Museum | Visit Nottinghamshire

This February half term join National Justice Museum for free activities including storytelling sessions, fairy tale trials and poster making workshops

Mini Musketeers
Bolsover Castle | Visit Nottinghamshire

Get set for a truly historic half-term at Bolsover Castle this February and find out what life was like for 17th Century musketeers.

We're Going on a Bug Hunt!
Tropical Butterfly House | Visit Nottinghamshire

Enjoy a fun, family-friendly 'Bug Hunt' trail around the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Conservation Centre this February half-term holiday and who knows what wild discoveries you might make along the way!

Everyday Life in Roman Margidunum
Family Fun
Lakeside Arts Centre | Visit Nottinghamshire

Take part in everyday activities from the Roman period including dressing up, Roman hairstyles and Board Games. Then visit the Museum to find out more about the site of Margidunum including the opportunity to handle archaeological artefacts and develop your own archaeological drawings.

Moonlight and Magnolias
Moonlight and Magnolias

Discover the (almost) true story of the making of Gone With the Wind in Moonlight and Magnolias at Nottingham Playhouse

My Pet Fauxes
Live Music
Metronome | Visit Nottinghamshire

My Pet Fauxes perform at Metronome Nottingham

Writing Wellbeing: Nature Poetry for Mindfulness
Creswell Crags | Visit Nottinghamshire

Learn how to use mindfulness to focus the poetic gaze, and how to look closely at a single image or idea in order to produce mindful poetry inspired by the natural world at this Creswell Crags workshop.

Wire-work & Textile Flower Crafternoon
Debbie Bryan Workshop Visit Nottinghamshire

A self led Wire-work & Textile Flower Crafternoon workshop at Debbie Bryan studio

Lino Print Workshop at Hanwell Wine Estate
Lino print materials | Workshop at the Hanwell Wine Estate | Visit Nottinghamshire

Join Hanwell Wine Estate for this inspirational day and learn the fabulous art of lino printing.

Roman Mosaic Workshop at Hanwell Wine Estate
Roman themed mosaics | Hanwell Wine Estate Workshops | Visit Nottinghamshire

Join Hanwell Wine Estate for this inspirational day and make your own Roman Mosaic picture.



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