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Links round up: Weekend warmers

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I’m typing this in my frozen garret. I’ve caught a spider creeping in, shivering and knocking all its knees together. Last week a cool house was a blessing; today I even have hand-knitted socks on. So it’s lucky there’s a whole host of warming activities to get stuck into this weekend and keep us all toasty.

The insects and arachnids are invading Nottingham Castle as well as my little house. Starting this weekend, the Castle will be infested with 10,000 ceramic beetles. Stirring the Swarm is by the winner of Nottingham Castle’s Annual Open Solo Show Prize, Anna Collette Hunt, using displays from Wollaton Hall as her inspiration. The beetles have been constructed with a team of Nottingham-based helpers including Trent students and potters from Sherwood.

Those nice folk at Hopkinson’s Gallery are hosting Nottingham’s vintage, antique and arts weekend, starting today and ending on Sunday. What does this offer? I hear you say. Well, over 20 open studios, vintage traders, music, a licensed bar (serving vintage cocktails no less) and all kinds of shenanigans ranging all over Hopkinson’s four floors.

Next Monday is Mental Health Awareness Day and as part of this, there’ll be a talk in the Lord Roberts pub, 24 Broad Street, 8pm. Sarah Dale, occupational psychologist, will be talking through her book about keeping your spirits up. There’s strong evidence suggesting creative activities can help alleviate mental health problems so perhaps you’re all in good shape (I hope so) but just in case. It’s good to get a new perspective.

And finally! Next Wednesday sees the latest venture from those lovely types from the Creative Twinning partnership.If you’re near the Broadway or Lace Market Gallery next Wednesday I recommend dropping in as there’ll be a wide range of beautiful wares on display and creative folk to chat to? What more do you need?

And with that, I’m off to huddle under a blanket with a book and some hot chocolate. Brrr…