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.…Read More
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…Read More
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,…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
‘The Comedy of Errors’
In the first event of its kind for our village, bring a picnic blanket or camping chair – drinks and some food – to see a William Shakespeare play in the open air on The Green at 5pm this Saturday, 16th July, for FREE! Nottingham Shakespeare Company is to perform ‘The Comedy of Errors’ on our village green as part of a short, summer tour. It’s being staged there courtesy of Ruddington Parish Council and there are no tickets or admission fee – you can simply turn up! Michelle-Louise Wright, NSC Director, explains:…Read More
Free Shakespearean Treat for Ruddington!
In the first event of its kind for our village, there should be laughs-a-plenty this weekend when one of The Bard’s humorous works receives an ‘al fresco’ performance. This Saturday, 16th July, Nottingham Shakespeare Company is presenting ‘The Comedy of Errors’ on our village green as part of a short, summer tour. It’s being staged there courtesy of Ruddington Parish Council and there are no tickets or admission fee. We can simply turn up! Director, Michelle-Louise Wright explains: “Our mission is to bring brilliant and accessible Shakespeare to everyone, especially newcomers,…Read More
It’s RuddFest Weekend!
With surprisingly little ‘fanfare’ this year, Ruddington’s much loved annual beer, cider, gin, food and music festival is back – running from today (Thursday 9th) until Sunday (12th June 2022), starting each day at noon. The popular, four-day, village event usually takes place each year following the second Bank Holiday in May. However, in 2020 ‘RuddFest’ was cancelled altogether due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then delayed by the Coronavirus until August last year. Now, in 2022, it’s very nearly on schedule again – just a week later because of last weekend’s ‘Platinum Jubilee’ celebrations…Read More
James Peacock School ‘Summer Fun Fest’
The school’s Summer Fair is back and you’re invited to the “Fun, Food and Family Fest” by Friends of James Peacock. Lots of activities for everyone to enjoy from dance showcases to sport activities and a colour maze to bouncy castle. Organisers say “come for lunch and stay for fun, games and a festival atmosphere. We’ve got live music, dancing, a treasure hunt and lots of other activities. Along with food stalls, ice cream and much, much more!” Friends of James Peacock is a registered charity and it “raises funds for extras that are…Read More