Bowled over

Fantastic for fitness, friendly and fun – if you’ve never tried bowls, here’s your chance to give it a go.

Newark Northern Bowls Club will be celebrating the start of the season with an Open Day on Sunday 29 April – everyone’s invited and what’s more, it’s free!

Come on your own or bring family, friends or a group of workmates to the bowling green behind the tennis courts at Sherwood Avenue Park and, if you’ve never bowled before, you’ll find members of the club there ready to show you how.

Weather permitting, the Open Day starts at 2.30pm on Sunday – no special equipment necessary, just wear flat shoes.

And did we mention that there’ll be free refreshments on offer too?!

Time to strut your stuff

Fancy a chance to try a spot of strutting, ladies? Well, next month in the Ballroom at Upton Hall you can do just that.

A unique dance workshop designed to boost your confidence and give you that feel-good factor, Strutology comes to Upton on Saturday 6 April, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

After you’ve learned and practised the routine, you’ll be able to pop on your heels* and strut out in style – this bit’s purely optional, of course, but it’s guaranteed to put an extra swing in your step…

With Prosecco, refreshments and treats included, tickets are £20 each and payment must be made in advance to guarantee your place. To find out more and make your booking, email paula.drakeford@gmail.com or give her a call 07583 579017.

Bring your girlfriends, bring your heels and get ready enjoy an evening of fun and movement that will leave you feeling like a sassy diva!

*If you’re planning to strut in heels, please make sure they’re secure to the foot with a boot or strap and are either a block or a lower heel.

Award-winning black comedy comes to Averham

Brush off the winter blues with an evening of black comedy at the Robin Hood Theatre, Averham’s beautiful 150-seat Victorian gem!

Following the sell-out success of A Christmas Carol in December, God of Carnage tells the tale of two couples who meet to talk about a playground incident in which Alan and Annette’s son has hit Michael and Veronica’s son in the face, breaking two of his teeth.

As the night wears on and drinks are imbibed, what begins as a civil discussion soon sees the couples sparring against other. But before long the men gang up on the women and the spouses switch sides as the fighting continues.

Yasmina Reza‘s ‘very funny tragedy’ was written originally in French and later translated into English for Broadway and West End productions. In 2008, its UK premiere with Ralph Fiennes, Tasmin Greig, Janet McTeer and Ken Stott received the Tony Award for best play of the year; four years later, when Kate Winslett and Jodie Foster starred in the Roman Polanski film, it earned the description of a ‘joyously unpleasant film’.

God of Carnage runs from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 January. The theatre bar and lounge open at 6.45pm, with performances starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 and available online or from the theatre Box Office  on 07733 179986.