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Published November 20th 2014
This Christmas, don't forget about "you"
I know, I know… another "10 things to do before…" article, but this one is a little different. Think of this article less of a "bucket list", and more of a "me-time list".
The festive season is fast approaching, a time when you will be entertaining guests, visiting friends and family, and buying gifts for your nearest and dearest. But there is still time to indulge a person who, in all likelihood, plays a major role in your life, and who sometimes gets forgotten during the hustle and bustle of Christmas time. That person is you!
Below are ten ideas for new things to experience in Nottinghamshire this Christmas; so go ahead, treat yourself!
10. Bag yourself a date, or maybe 20!
If you're looking for a new experience, this might be right up your street. Speed dating is a fun and easy way to meet new people, and it's also quick! Fat Cat Café Bar is hosting a speed dating event on December 11th, so pop along and be prepared for some quick-fire introductions.
Whether you find that elusive Mr/Mrs Right or not, you're sure to have a fun and interesting evening. Tickets are available at a reduced price of £13.40 for a short time only! Standard tickets are £17.93.
9. Hunt some ghoulies
Nottingham has a long and sometimes grisly history, which has left it with more than its fair share of ghosts and ghoulies. This Christmas, treat yourself to a guided tour of Nottingham's most haunted spots and learn about the sinister happenings and supernatural goings on that have taken place in the city.
Ghost walks are held every Saturday evening, starting from The Salutation Inn on Maid Marian Way. Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for kids.
8. Rave it up
Christmas time equals party time, but if you're in search of an antidote to cringy office parties and socially awkward reunions with long lost family members, Stealth on Masonic Place could be the place for you.
On Friday December 5th, the Black Butter Records team arrive in Nottingham for the Blu Music tour. DJs performing on the night include Gorgon City and Kidnap Kid from just up the road in Sheffield. The event is free but is sure to be popular, so get down early to guarantee your place on the dancefloor for some of the most exciting acts in UK house music.
7. Get in touch with your psychic side
Maybe you're already a believer in the world of psychic energy and supernatural power, or maybe you're a sceptic with an open mind. Whatever your standpoint, head down to the Riverside Bar in Beeston on December 8th for an evening of psychic demonstrations, including Tarot cards and ribbon reading.
It's certain to be an eye opener. Advance tickets cost £10.
6. Put on your dancing shoes
Dancing can be great fun and also a great work out for body and mind. On December 7th, the Plessey Club in Beeston is hosting an Argentinean Tango workshop, suitable for veteran dancers and total novices (like myself) alike.
Learn the basics of this highly addictive pastime. Tickets for the session start at £20 and the event is 18 and over.
5. Run a mile (or 5!)
The festive season tends to hit our figures hard, so why not get a headstart on those January joggers with the Santa on the Run event in Ruddington on December 14th. You can run – or stroll, if you prefer – around either of the 2.5 or 5 miles courses for £12.50 for adults or £6 for Children.
The kids' price includes a Santa suit. Get involved, your body will thank you!
4. Put in a performance
Whether you fancy yourself as a poet, spoken word artiste or musician, or if you just want to try your hand at something new, the Golden Fleece pub on Mansfield Road could be just the place to showcase your talents.
Open mic nights are held every Monday, so come along and enjoy the ambiance while also treating yourself to a new experience.
3. Go all Medieval
Fancy a change from the endless rounds of Christmas dinners and pigs in blankets? Head down to Sherwood Forest visitor centre in Edwinstowe on December 6th and December 13th for a medieval style feast!
This is Robin Hood country after all, so expect fancy dress, music, dancing and, of course, hog roasts. Tickets are £25 for adults and £13 for children.
2. Become a wine expert
Maybe you love a glass or two of wine, but are still unfamiliar with the intricacies of its flavour and nose? Well, this Christmas it's time to put that right! Jurys Inn on Station Street is holding a festive-themed wine tasting session on December 5th, which includes lessons on what to do and what to look for when tasting wine.
Tickets for the event are £25 and you might even leave the session with a handy new party trick just in time for Christmas!
1.Grab yourself a treat
You will be doing a lot of shopping in the run up to Christmas, but don't forget to by a gift for someone special: yourself! Nottingham's Victoria shopping centre is open for late night shopping every Wednesday, so you've plenty of time to find yourself that perfect treat.
Nottingham's Victoria Centre
With a House of Fraser, John Lewis, WHSmith, Topshop and Disney Store – amongst others – onsite, you have wealth of options to choose from.
Well, there we have it; 10 ideas for ways to treat yourself this Christmas. Don't say we don't spoil you! Happy holidays!