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8 Things To Do in Nottingham This Week

31 October 16 words: Lucy Manning

Forget the fireworks, there's so much more going off this week...

TenFifty - Halloween Club Night
Everyone’s favourite inclusive club night is back with their monthly Monday night shindig. This week, they’re going all out and asking attendees to rock up in their best halloween get ups for a right spooky knees up. The top club night that provides a proper party for adults with learning disabilities enables folk to experience a proper nightclub scene, developing social networks and ultimately, having a great time. Whack out the witches hats and devil horns, or go the whole hog as a bed-sheet ghost to be in with the chance of winning a prize for best dressed. If that’s not your thing, don’t worry, the fancy dress element is totally optional.

Monday 31 October, 6.30pm, £4 (support workers go free), ANDWHYNOT, Mansfield

Beauty and the Beast
On Tuesday this week, the Theatre Royal are opening their doors to the most graceful of beings. The Northern Ballet are chasséing onto the stage to present the good people of Nottingham with the
Beauty and the Beast. When a charming prince is proper rude to an old witch, she turns him into a beast as punishment. Fair does, if you ask us. He’s doomed to remain like that forever unless he can find true love. But what a mean feat that is when you’re basically a giant bison. Set to a score including music by Debussy, Bizet and Saint-Säens, see one of your favourite stories brought to life in a truly beautiful fashion. Way better than the Disney version.
Tuesday 1 - Saturday 5 November, various times, £15 - £39.50, Theatre Royal

Over at Castle Rock Brewery, they do much more than cook up a hoppy storm for your Friday night benders. This month, they’ve declared November, BROvember, to help raise money for the John Van Geest Cancer Research Fund. The Vat and Fiddle are hosting a quiz night every Tuesday with a game of sticky thirteens to boot. There’s cash and beer to win, with money donated to the research centre. The Horse and Plough are holding a bunch of raffles, and The Embankment are all growing out their moustaches – women included – and are offering a free pint to whoever comes in and shaves off their month-long tash at the end of BROvember. Get down to the Kean’s Head and buy a sausage and mash meal and see 50p of it donated to the centre, or buy a pint of Walrus beer from any pub and see 20p sent directly to the charity. Amazing.
Runs at various Castle Rock Brewery pubs throughout November

Hall of Fame Heroes

It’s been almost a year since Nottingham was crowned City of Football. To celebrate, and to mark the induction of Nottingham Forest’s European Cup winners and Notts County into Manchester’s National Football Museum Hall of Fame, a mighty bash is to be held at the Motorpoint Arena. Local hero and boxing champ, Carl Froch will be presenting the award to the European Cup winners, with confirmed players so far including John McGovern, Trevor Francis and Garry Birtles. You’ll get the chance to meet starts from teams past and present, and take a look into the future of football in the city. Plus, the girls from The Beautiful Game will be showing off their dancing skills once again. Not to be missed.
Thursday 3 November, 7pm, £5-£10, Motorpoint Arena

Nottingham Comedy Festival
Every year, the city gets taken over by the funniest boggers about, and 2016 is no different. The festival runs for a whole week and spans a plethora of venues, from The Lofthouse to Alea Casino, and everything in between, all the while making sure the Nottingham populace is suitably amused. Forget the fireworks, Mark Dolan is coming to The Nav to lay down Life Hacks on Saturday 5 November. Then there’s the open mic night at Annie’s Burger Shack on Monday 7 November – dust off your best one-liners and rock up, or simply check out the best local talent. Comedian, magician and ‘psychopath’ Jerry Sadowitz is making an appearance at Nottingham Arts Theatre on Thursday 10 November. Be sure to check out the full lineup online to find the best pickle tickler for you.
Friday 4 - 12 November, various prices, Nottingham City Centre

Montana's 8th Birthday
We don’t half love a good birthday party. Cheese and pineapple sticks, party rings biscuits, and heaps of cherryade necked when mum isn’t looking. On Friday night, we celebrate the eighth birthday of Montana – the most badass graffiti paint shop this side of anywhere. We’re swapping the cherryade for craft beer, and the cheese and pineapple sticks for the sticky, meaty goodness of Smiffy’s Smoke Shack Q. Not only that, the night is hosted by the phenomenal hip hop heavyweights, Kold Chillin’. After calling The Old Angel home for nearly five years, they’ve re-located to Rough Trade to continue providing us with only the freshest hip hop vinyl about town. Make sure you’re there.
Friday 4 November, 7pm, free, Rough Trade

Fan Club
It’s all cracking off down at Rough Trade, this week. Following the monster mash up of Montana’s birthday on the Friday, Saturday night sees the return of Fan Club – the all-ages monthly residency that celebrates the biggest females in the music biz. This month, they’re promising the night will have more glitter than ever before. How that’s possible, we don’t know. Alongside a top babe soundtrack, they’re running a banner making workshop ahead of Nottingham’s Reclaim the Night march the following week. They’ll provide the materials, but feel free to bring along as many feathers, sequins, ribbons and card as you can to donate to the workshop.
Saturday 5 November, 7pm, free, Rough Trade

Bonfire Night

Nestled away in the middle of St Ann’s is a little slice of country living. Complete with pigs, sheep and cows for all to see, Stonebridge City Farm open their gates to the community for free almost every day of the year, and have just celebrated their 35th birthday. Take the sprogs down this weekend for some good old fashioned bonfire night fun. It’ll be a bit more chilled than the usual Forest Rec affair, so perfect for the little’uns. Dig into some homemade pumpkin soup, and have a go at roasting some marshmallows for pud. Wrap up warm, but leave the dog at home, this party ain’t for him.
Saturday 5 November, 6.30pm, free, Stonebridge City Farm

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