Ruddington Merry Monday – Maypole & more!

A Maypole, Morris Dancers, music and more! Everyone’s invited to the May Day Bank Holiday community get-together. It’s from 1pm on Monday 6th May 2024 on Ruddington Village Green. It’s a FREE family event, with an afternoon of entertainment, organised by Ruddington Parish Council (RPC),which has as revealed the running order for ‘Ruddington Merry Monday’ as follows: 1.00pm – Nottingham Concert Band 1.55pm – Mortimers Morris Dancers 2.40pm – Nottingham Concert Band 3.30pm – Mortimers Morris Dancers 4.15pm – Ruddington Community Choir 4.50pm – Maypole Dancing – willing volunteers wanted! RPC says: “Listen…

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

See Nottingham Shakespeare Company’s performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at 7pm on Thursday 15th February in Ruddington Village Hall.  Ticket prices start from £11.55 (for concessions) to £16.96 per person. The company aims to bring quality, contemporary, accessible Shakespeare to fans and foes alike, particularly to people who – for whatever reason – have not found this production of The Bard before. It says: “In a dynamic 90-minute rendition of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, the two star-cross’d lovers find one other amidst the blood and violence that surrounds them. NSC brings contemporary relevance and accessibility…

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Car Boot Sale & Summer Fair

Head along for a family day out! The annual event at St Peter’s Junior School along Ashworth Avenue in Ruddington is on Saturday 8th July from 10.30am to 1pm. The 2023 Car Boot Sale & Summer Fair is put on by the Friends of School group which is a registered charity. FoS was “set up to support the school socially, culturally and financially.” There’ll be plenty to see and do including a variety of stalls, candy floss, chocolate and teddy tombolas, bouncy castle, and refreshments. You can also enjoy all kinds…

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Much Ado on The Green…

…however, thankfully, this time around the fuss is merely Nottingham Shakespeare Company bringing another ‘al fresco’ production to Ruddington! Following on from the success of ‘The Comedy of Errors’ last summer, next month NSC is staging a free 90-minute open-air production of The Bard’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at nine outdoor venues around Nottinghamshire, including Ruddington on the afternoon of July 8th. Through performances, workshops and outreach programmes, NSC strives to foster a love for William Shakespeare and the performing arts in the community. This particular play is described as a tale of mistaken identities,…

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RuddFest 2023 is Looming!

With all the excitement of the King’s Coronation, and its associated events here in Ruddington, plus ‘The Big Sing’, it might have escaped your attention that Ruddington’s famous annual beer and cider festival is ALSO happening this month? ‘Ruddfest 2023’ runs from Thursday 25th May until Sunday 28th May – just before the Spring Bank Holiday. The dates now move slightly each year, due to Ruddington Village Market being on The Green on the first Saturday of each month. This time over 100 beers and ciders are promised across participating venues.…

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Council Cash For Our Village Market

Organisers of Ruddington’s popular monthly market on The Green are welcoming extra funding to support its growth and expansion. Through its ‘Strategic Growth Fund’, Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) has provided £14,800 in match funding for Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP) to support the running of Ruddington Village Market – which now sees over 75 participating businesses each month and attracts thousands of visitors to our village. The market is set up and run by volunteers and this funding has gone towards a Market Manager post, advertising costs, pitch markers and equipment to help…

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Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”

Nottingham Shakespeare Company is including Ruddington in its first winter tour – to perform The Bard’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ – inside St Peter’s Church on Friday 3rd February 2023 at 7pm. NSC strips its plays down to 90 minutes with no interval; keeping all of Shakespeare’s storytelling, characters and language but creating an exciting, dynamic and accessible performance which communicates directly and physically with the audience. The company actively seeks out theatre makers and audiences who may not usually feel represented by Shakespeare, particularly from the disabled, LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent communities. Unlike with NSC’s outdoor performances,…

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The Bard is Back!

Following the success of their debut ‘al fresco’ appearance in our village over the summer, Nottingham Shakespeare Company have announced they’re returning to Ruddington early in the New Year to treat us to their next production by The Bard. Appropriate to the season, this time they’re presenting ‘A Winter’s Tale’ and bringing their “stripped back, inclusive and accessible shows” in from the cold. One of the six dates for NSC’s first indoor tour is inside St Peter’s Church – on 3rd February 2023 – and rehearsals (above) are now underway. Their Artistic Director, Michelle-Louise Wright, says: “We…

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Getting Festive at Ruddington Christmas Market

The team behind Ruddington’s popular monthly market is ready to pull out all the festive stops next Saturday, as ‘Ruddington Village Christmas Market’ returns for 2022. Organised by the Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP), this year’s Christmas market is set to be an even bigger event after the wet and windy market of 2021; with over 100 indoor and outdoor stalls of food, drink and gifts, two covered pop-up bars and stages of live music, and children’s activities. In a change to the format from last year, the Christmas market…

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Puppetry at St Peter’s

Whilst the hot, dry summer of 2022 meant that many local farmers harvested their crops some time ago – earlier than ever this year – the annual ‘harvest celebration’ in Ruddington will be taking place this weekend. The ‘Altogether Service’ in St Peter’s Church is from 10.30am on Sunday 4th September and, in line with its theme of ‘God’s Generosity’, church members will be offering breakfast to anyone who would like it before the service (instead of their usual pastries and coffee). A highlight promises be the ‘puppet theatre’ presentation – featuring numerous…

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