YOUR WEEKEND STARTS HERE: Top ten things to do in Nottinghamshire

Jools Holland
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From The Prodigy to Jools Holland here is our top ten essential guide to events taking place this weekend and beyond across Nottinghamshire.

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Nottingham: Nottingham Glee Club will again welcome some leading comedy performers over the course of this weekend.Performing there on both Friday and Saturday (November 20-21) will be Funmbi Omotayo, Mark Simmons and Rudi Lickwood.There will also be a visit by Beardyman to the venue on Thursday, November 26, as part of the One Album Per Hour tour.The club is based at The Waterfront, off Canal Street, in the city centre.For more details on these and other forthcoming gigs at the venue, you can call 0871 4720400 or see www.glee.co.uk/nottingham

Sutton: Sutton Rambling Club will offer an attractive 11.5 mile circular walk from Ashford in the Water on Sunday, November 22.An alternative shorter route is available from Monsal Head. There will be two refreshment breaks during the day.Features of the route will include the Monsal Trail, Deep Dale and the Magpie Mine site. The coach departure home is around 4.30pm.The coach picks up at the Staff of Life pub in Sutton at 9.15am and from the Bancroft Lane end of Sutton Road (outside Asda) in Mansfield at 9.30am. The coach fare is £10 and accompanied juniors free. Call 01623 796396.

Nottingham: Saturday, November 21, is the date for a performance at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall by Jools Hooland.Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multi platinum recording artist, Jools is in the middle of a UK and Ireland tour, including two annual dates at London’s famous Royal Albert Hall. A series of intimate shows in iconic venues accompanied by special guests, these gigs are not to be missed. KT Tunstall will be joining Jools and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra in Nottingham making for an exciting addition to the line-up. Call 0115 9895555 for tickets.

Mansfield: The latest family-friendly exhibition at Mansfield Museum comes to an end this weekend.The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) touring exhibition Pop it in the Post: Your World at the end of the Street will be hosted by Mansfield Museum until Saturday, November 21. It explores the new and sometimes quirky ideas that made the mail accessible to all. Children and adults can discover the story of the letter writing revolution, enabled by the introduction of the world’s first stamp, the Penny Black, in 1840, and the UK’s first pillar boxes in 1852, learning about the individuals who made this possible.

Nottingham: Nottingham Symphony Orchestra will be performing a winter-themed concert at the city’s Albert Hall on Saturday, November 21.The concert, also featuring members of the Sandra Taylor School of Dance, includes performances of extracts from The Nutcracker, plus Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Overture, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Prokofiev’s Troika, plus Winter from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, with conductor Derek Williams as the violin soloist.The concert starts at 7.30pm. Call 0115 9419419 for tickets.

Chatsworth: The season of goodwill is already in full swing at Chatsworth, with the estate’s Christmas market up and running until Sunday, November 29.You can attend it from 10am to 5.30pm on weekdays, and 6pm on weekends. The event is packed with more than 100 stalls selling gifts and decorations, seasonal produce and clothing—something for all the family. Away from the shopping, soak up the good cheer with mulled cider, gourmet street food and musical entertainment. For admission details about this and other forthcoming events at the leading visitor attraction, see www.chatsworth.org. The decorations are a sight to behold, with many grown or made on the estate.

Nottinghamshire: Nottinghamshire County Council has big plans this winter, with seasonal activities taking place at most of its civic centres, libraries and parks. This Saturday, add a rustic touch to your home or garden decorations by weaving a willow angel in a one-off workshop at Sherwood Forest Country Park, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and all materials are included for £15 per participant. Call 01623 823202 to book. For younger ones, head to Rufford Abbey Country Park where Santa’s grotto and trail opens on Saturday, 11am to 4pm, then every weekends until Christmas. £5 per child, including gift.

Nottingham: Prepare for the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a hyperspace journey through composer John Williams’s iconic orchestral scores for episodes I-VI of the saga. Michael Seal conducts the world renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Monday, starting 7.30pm. From the heroic opening titles to the clashing lightsabers of Obi-Wan and Darth Vader, experience the thrill of the music that defined Star Wars’ greatest scenes. Phantom Menace voice actor Marc Silk will narrate the story as costumed characters will invade the stage. Cheer on pod racers at the flag parade, fly through the asteroid field in the Millennium Falcon, shed a tear for Anakin and Padmé or chill out with a cosmic cocktail to the sound of the cantina band. Tickets cost £15.50-£36.50, available from www.trch.co.uk or 0115 9895555.

Nottingham: Having landed their sixth consecutive number one album with the powerful The Day Is My Enemy, and straight off the back of two sold out shows at Alexandra Palace, The Prodigy are closing the year in style. Their final run of live shows for 2015 starts at the Capital FM Arena on Tuesday. In a bill which is certain to remind the 1990s’ jilted generation of their rebellious youth, support comes from hip-hop’s incendiary elder statesmen Public Enemy. Neither group has ever shied away from provocative messages and beats, so don’t expect them to have mellowed with age. Standard tickets cost £30.80/£44.24, with hospitality included from £92.50. See www.capitalfmarena.com or call 0843 373 3000 to book.

Sutton-in-Ashfield: The Diamond, based on Stoney Street in Sutton-in-Ashfield, will be hosting a charity night on Thursday, November 19.The event will be aiming to raise money for breast cancer research and will feature appearances by Steeler, Acousticsa and Daniel Hartshorne.Then, on Friday, November 20, the musical entertainment at The Diamond will be provided by The Modfathers with their tribute to the music of Paul Weller.Alive And Kicking bring their Simple Minds tribute to The Diamond on Saturday, November 21, while Sunday night (November 22) features a gig by rock blues outfit Tick Tick Boom