Things to do in Nottinghamshire: 8 – 15 December

(Picture: Bryan Pready, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Here is our top pick of things to do this weekend in Nottinghamshire, including a grotto even your pooch can enjoy.

Christmas at the Castle

Nottingham Castle

Saturday 2 – Saturday 23 December

£8 | Under 16s go FREE

Celebrate the festive season at Nottingham Castle. Pick up a vintage gift in the museum shop or a traditional decoration in the gatehouse’s Christmas shop. Enjoy a mince pie, mulled wine and the festive fayre in the Castle Café or treat yourself to a deliciously festive afternoon tea.

Explore the Castle’s grounds, museum and art galleries or follow the children’s Christmas trail (available from the museum shop) and leave a wish on the Christmas tree. Enjoy a great day out tailored for the whole family.

Craft and Culture Fair

New Art Exchange

Saturday 9 December

12am – 5pm


Now in its third year, the much loved Craft and Culture Fair will showcase the work of crafters, designers and performers from across the local community, capturing the vibrancy of our culturally rich city. Pick up a festive gift, try some delicious street food in the café and keep the younger ones entertained with live music performances and drop in creative workshops.


Clumber Park

Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 December

£8 Child / Adults go FREE (Park entry fee required)

Step into a winter wonderland at Clumber Park this Christmas, with the park at its glittering and decorative best. Sit back, relax and let the joy of Christmas time begin.

Fall down the rabbit hole this Christmas, with the Lewis Carroll inspired ‘Clumberland’ theme, with a wide range of events and activities for you and the whole family to enjoy.

Settle down and hear a festive Clumberland woodland tale told by Father Christmas himself – it’s the perfect way for the whole family to enjoy Christmas early.

Nottingham 5k Santa Run 2017

Holme Pierrepont Country Park

Saturday 9 December

9.30am – 11.30am

£18 Adult/ £10 Child

Get active this weekend in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Starting the day with a fun warm up, then RUN, WALK or SKIP your way around 5km of festiveness at one of the UK’s largest Santa Runs & Walks!

There will be around 2,500 santas running, and walking to support and fundraise for Rainbows Hopsice. Rainbows Hospice is dedicated to meeting the needs of children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. Your fundraising will go towards supporting a child at Rainbows, making sure that the team can provide the best environment for a child or young person to stay, play and enjoy.

Dog Grotto

Sherwood Forest

Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 December

11am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 3pm

£2 Minimum donation per dog

No, they haven’t gone barking mad, but knowing how much so many of their regular visitors love their pooches, the people of Sherwood Forest thought it was about time they had the chance to treat their canine companions to their very own visit to Santa Paws!

All proceeds will be donated to Jerry Green Dog Rescue.

Enjoy your week Notts!