The Chad’s weekly guide hand-picks 12 events and attractions that you might be interested in. Not just in the Mansfield and Ashfield area, but a bit further afield too.
So whether you’d like to get into the spirit of Christmas, go on an adventure or take in some local culture, there is something for everyone.
For full details of opening times and how to book, plus of course any Covid restrictions that might be in place, please visit the relevant websites.
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5. Rock again with Dire Straits
As you can see, Mark Knopfler is still going strong. But you can relive the days in the 80s and 90s when he fronted Dire Straits, one of the most successful rock bands of all time, as tribute group dS:uK take to the stage at Mansfield's Palace Theatre on Friday. The concert recalls Dire Straits' worldwide Brothers In Arms tour of 1985.
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6. Visit Santa in his grotto
Pre-booking is required, but Santa is in his grotto and waiting to see the kids at Mansfield's Four Seasons Shopping Centre every day now until Christmas Eve. Each booking has a capacity for up to four children. Ho ho ho!
7. Go on a Christmas adventure
As Christmas draws near, the Sundown Adventureland theme park at Rampton has been converted into a winter wonderland. Climb aboard one of Santa's sleighs and take a magical journey through the enchanted forest. Visitors even get the chance to meet the big man himself.
8. Explore the area by bike
The Dukeries Cycle Trail, which links Mansfield and Worksop, is an ideal way of getting out and about to explore the local area. Covering a total of 32 miles, the route starts in Shirebrook and wends its way through the former ducal estates of Clumber, Welbeck and Thoresby.