From Zombie Life Drawing to a Poetry Festival, Here’s What’s on in Nottingham This Week

Words: Gemma Cockrell
Monday 22 May 2023
reading time: min, words

With three different festivals to choose from, you'll have to make a tough decision this week...


The Drawing Dead: Zombie Life Drawing
The Angel Microbrewery
When: 25 May, 7pm
How much:

You may have been to a life drawing class before, but we’ll put money on the fact that it didn’t involve zombies. Held in a haunted 17th century Chapel, a professional art tutor will guide you through a structured life drawing class with a terrifying twist. Remember to take some art materials with you!


Bearded Theory
Catton Hall, Derbyshire
25 - 28 May
How much: £187.25

Yes, we know it’s in Derbyshire - I’m pretty sure I can hear some of you booing from here. We know that Nottingham offers plenty of great live music, but it’s acceptable to travel slightly out of bounds sometimes, especially for a festival. Headlined by Interpol, Primal Scream, and Pretenders, it’s well worth the trek.


Nottingham Poetry Festival
Various locations
26 - 29 May
How much:
Various prices

Nottingham Poetry Festival celebrates local, national and internationally acclaimed artists, hosting an array of performances, workshops, and debates. We particularly recommend Poets off the Endz on the Saturday at Lakeside, and Yomi Sode with Gobs Collective on the Sunday at Royal Concert Hall.


Dot to Dot
Various locations
28 May
How much:

With over 160 artists on the line-up, including Yard Act, Alvvays, The Murder Capital, and loads of local names you might recognise, too, it’s sure to be a day filled with brilliant live music – and lots of walking too, so we recommend you wear comfortable shoes!


Stewart Lee: Basic Lee
Nottingham Playhouse
26 - 28 May
How much: £25 - £35

After a decade of ground-breaking high concept shows involving overarched interlinked narratives, massive sets and enormous comedy props, Stewart Lee enters the post-pandemic era in streamlined solo stand-up mode. One man, one microphone - and one microphone in the wings in case the one on stage breaks.

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