Nottingham - Christmas
In The City Centre
w/e 29 November 2009
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
We went into Nottingham by public transport and instead of going
right into the city centre, we alighted from the bus at Canning
Circus. The idea was to capture an image of the futuristic Christmas
tree but although the strands of tiny blue lights that form the
conical shape of the tree were lit, they didn't show up too well
in the daylight. It did give us the opportunity though to get
a closer look at Canning Terrace that was designed
by architect S. Sutton Rawlinson. The terrace dates from 1837
and the central arch leads to Nottingham's General Cemetery.
A one-way system operates from Canning Circus but the inward
route down Wollaton Street is not the most attractive approach
into the centre so we walked down Derby Road (left) to reach
the Old Market Square passing the cluster of four bronze figures
on Chapel Bar (right).
The Old Market Square overlooked by the impressive Council House
fronted by a large Christmas tree is home to a number of events
and attractions during the Christmas season including a German
The market is housed in a number of temporary wooden cabins where
a huge variety of unusual and attractive gifts are available
for purchase. This is just one of them but others were selling
confectionery, gingerbread, smoked sausages and mulled wine.
The centrepiece of the square is a temporary outdoor ice rink
which will remain here until early January.
Behind the Council House and attached to it is Exchange Arcade
where the decorations, although similar each year, are always
worth a look.
On leaving Exchange Arcade more attractive decorations that include
large parcels hanging down from the street lights, feature in
returned to the front of the Council House via Smithy Row (left)
where more wooden cabins were occupied by not only traders in
the German Market but also a number of vendors in a Craft Market
(right). We continued up Queen Street which is on the left in
the view above. The road on the right is King Street and at the
junction the bronze statue of Brian Clough with arms held aloft
Queen Street and King Street lead on to Parliament Street near
the Royal Centre complex. Another seasonal favourite, the pantomime
is being advertised with large displays both on the front of
the Theatre Royal and also near the entrance to the Royal Concert
Hall (left). This year the production which begins in early December
is of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and stars well-known
actor Nigel Havers. Already in production at the nearby Nottingham
Playhouse is another pantomime "Beauty and the Beast"
and this one is the 26th written and produced by Kenneth Alan
Taylor, a name synonymous with pantomimes in Nottingham.