5 Things to Do in Nottingham This Weekend

18 July 19 words: Eve Smallman

Five ways to spend yer weekend...

Much Ado About Nothing

When? Friday 19 July 7:30pm, Saturday 20 July 2:30pm and 7:30pm 
Where? Bonington Theatre
What? When it comes to watching a fine and dandy play, you know you can’t go wrong with Shakespeare. Much Ado About Nothing has all the romance of Romeo and Juliet, without all the whinging and death. The plot follows Claudio and Hero who fall in love (aw), and Beatrice and Benedict who are tricked into thinking the other is in love with them (ooh). It’s a comedy and will tickle your funny bone. Speaking of, did you know Shakespeare invented the word elbow? What a language lad.
How much? £14, £11 concessions
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Tutored Urban Writing Retreat

When? Saturday 20 July, 10am-4pm
Where? Nottingham Writers Studio
What? Write, write, write. If you need to get those writing juices following, this event will squeeze them out and give you the zest too. No matter if you’re a poet and you know it, want to be the next J.K. Rowling or just like to get down those words, this workshop will help you by providing warm up exercises, writing sprints, as well as allowing you to bounce off ideas with your peers. Local writer and performer Thom Seddon will be on hand to guide you and all. Pen it in your diary.
How much? £10 for Nottingham Writers Studio members, £15 otherwise
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Lakeside History and Archaeology Festival

When? Saturday 20 July, 12-4pm
Where? University of Nottingham Museum, Lakeside Arts
What? Folks, you’re going to dig this event. This festival has a whole host of ye olde activities. Visitors can try their hands at coin striking, medieval pottery and 17th and 18th century rope making, storytellers will recount old stories, and medieval entertainers such as stilt walkers and jugglers will be doing their stuff. Not only this, but there will be the opportunity to handle real artefacts and for your own objects to be identified and examined by the Finds Liaison Officer for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Beat that, Antiques Roadshow.
How much? Free
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Notts Lady Bay Vintage Mid Century Antiques Fair

When? Sunday 21 July, 11am-4pm
Where? Nottingham Rugby Club
What? Whether you’re a retro fan, a collector of mid-century modern, or if you’re just in the mood to look at some quirky shizzle, get yourself down to this fair to see some art, furniture, homeware, kitchenalia, 20th century ceramics, and much more. Small independent sellers come from all over the country to peddle their wares, so you know it’ll be a whole fanfare of bits and bobs. Get down early and nab loads of goodies. It’s only twice a year, and the next one is in bleedy winter, so don’t go procrastinating.
How much? £2.50 for adults, free for little uns
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Sunday Mezinee with Me & Mr Jones Duo

When? Sunday 21 July, 12-3pm 
Where? Peggy’s Skylight
What? You like jazz? For those of you who fancy wagglin’ eyebrows to your special someone over some smooth music, this is your kind of event. Paul Deats will be on piano beats, and Rachel Foster is on vocals, with a voice that apparently sounds like Baileys with chocolate. Get us some of that sweet stuff. Dining is at 12pm if you fancy a nibble of some mezze food, and then you can let the food go down while you get down to some proper nice songs.
How much? Concert is free
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