Nottz Diary
What's happening around Nottz


Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Various venues, Nottingham

Wednesday 12 - Wednesday 19 February 2020

A week long festival which takes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths out of the lab and into our everyday lives. The festival is about inviting the people of Nottingham to share not only what they know, but also what they would like to know; it’s about celebrating curiosity, asking questions and taking a leading role in finding out the answers.

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DIY Poets Quarterly Showcase

City Arts, Nottingham

13 Feb

DIY Poets present their February Poetry Showcase. 10 DIY Poets with headline poet Lolly Dean. The usual lively mix of varied poetry styles of the DIY Poets, with the emotional, personal and uplifting poetry of headline Lolly Dean. Great music from Will Jeffery to finish the night.

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Dickens Season
 In 2020 Hothouse Theatre is marking the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death with a Dickens Season.

It will include some of his finest works adapted for the stage, audio recording, physical radio performances and various workshop!

Of course we are going to need your help!!!

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Beeston Farmers' Market

15 Feb

Join us every month in The Square as we bring a fab selection of farmers and local food producers to the heart of Beeston to showcase their handmade produce. Meet the maker, learn the provenance and try before you buy!

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There and Back Light Railway

Thoresby Park Fairy Trail

15 16 22 23 Feb

We will be taking the railway to the Thoresby Part Fairy Trail on the 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd of Feb 2020. Come and join us for a ride on the Steam Train!

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Stars of Sherwood Half Term

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

15 to 23 Feb

This half term we’ll be celebrating the stars above our heads and those a little closer to home. Join us throughout the school holidays for fun in the forest.

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Poetry from Helen Mort
18th Feb

Five leaves Bookshop

Helen Mort won the Foyles Young Poet of the Year *five* times before going on the write two collections for Chatto, Division Street – many of the poems reflect her background in the Yorkshire mining area – and No Map Could Show Them, the theme of which was on women and mountaineering.

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Developing Your Idea into a Story: A beginner’s guide
18th Feb

Nottingham Writers’ Studio

Join children's author Gareth Baker where he aims to show beginner writers how to generate and develop new ideas for stories!

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Nonsuch Studios

22 Feb

Aardman Animations are coming to Nottingham and giving you the chance to learn how to make your very own Gromit, Feathers McGraw or Shaun the Sheep character in these fun, hands-on clay modelling workshops.

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Lakesside Arts

23 Feb

Sometimes you don’t get what you want, even when you’re made to wait… Sometimes what you end up with is something even better…

Join us for this playful experience filled with warmth, sensation and gentle exploration.

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Sensory Adventures. Free drama and creative play sessions

Nonsuch Studios

26 Feb

Sensory Adventures is a FREE creative empowerment programme developed by Nonsuch in partnership with SSBC to focus on the role of play between parents and babies.

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Five Leaves open book group discusses Kintu by Jennifer Makumbi
27 February

Fice Leaves Bookshop

 The year is 1750, Kintu Kidda sets out for the capital to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the Buganda people. Along the way he unleashes a curse that plagues his family for generations… Makumbi weaves together the story of Kintu’s descendants as they try to break free of that burden from their past.

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Knight and Spiers

4 Mar 2020
Venue Address: City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, Nottingham

Legendary violinist Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span) and melodeon player John Spiers (ex Bellowhead) combine for an unmissable gig.

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International Women's Day

8 Mar 2020

 International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on the 8th of March every year. It is a focal point in the movement for woman's rights.

After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women's Day in New York City on February 28, 1909, German revolutionary Clara Zetkin proposed at the 1910 International Socialist Woman's Conference that 8 March be honored as a day annually in memory of working women.[4][5] The day has been celebrated as International Women's Day or International Working Women's Day ever since.


An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

Inter national Women’s Day Website

MissImp's All-Female Workshop w/ Jen Kenny

15 Mar 2020
Malt Cross 16 St James's St, Nottingham

This workshop is all about finding the pure joy that can be had from improv, both as a participant and a spectator.

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Astronomy Nights

16 Mar 2020
Creswell Crags

 Join Paul for an insightful talk about the night's sky, before heading out into the evening, to look through telescopes at the constellations (weather permitting - the event will still go ahead in cloudy weather but the possibilities for stargazing will obviously be reduced).

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St Patrick's Day Festival

17 Mar 2020
Old Market Square Nottingham


Nottingham Poetry Festival
Various Venues

8th - 17 th May

 To submit your event to the 2020 Nottingham Poetry Festival, simply download & complete this form, and return it to

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Retford Charter Day 2020

25th May

Come along and join in the fun at Charter day! This years event is to be held slightly later, on the 25th May.

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Nottingham Puppet Festival 2020
Various Venues

15th May - 14th June

 An iron man, giant birds, a diabolical Mr Punch, a treasured maiden and the talents behind the workings of the National Theatre’s War Horse were the highlights of Nottingham’s first-ever Puppet Festival in 2018, and 2020 is set to be just as magical.

Events are yet to be confirmed, so watch this space for more news as it is released.

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Paper Crane Poets
Poetry Collective at Beeston Library

4 June 2019 - 17 March 2020
Beeston Library

Are you a secret poem writer or a loud and proud spoken word performer looking to develop your skills? Local poets Chris McLoughlin and Leanne Moden invite poets at all stages and abilities to join them for a series of fun and friendly workshops aimed at creating a supportive writing environment right in the heart of Beeston.

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New Art Exchange

4 July - 30 Aug

The NAE Open is an open platform exhibition for artists to apply and exhibit their work. A key aim of the project is to create a platform which supports the development of artists and raises their profile.

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