2014 highlights in Nottinghamshire
Once again Nottinghamshire welcomes in a new year and a whole list of new programmes and events will be available throughout Robin Hood country.
Experience Nottinghamshire will celebrate its 10th birthday, Trent to Trenches will see host to various centenary events across Notts in conjunction with the national programme to remember the outbreak of the First World War, as well as annual festivals, fairs and a summer of sport. Nottinghamshire is fit to burst in 2014!
10th Anniversary, Experience Nottinghamshire
28 April 2013 http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/
Experience Nottinghamshire was formed in April 2004 to establish Nottinghamshire as a primary European short break destination utilising all relevant opportunities in the hope of raising the profile of the city and county it serves.
10 years on, Experience Nottinghamshire has grown to welcome almost 400 members, but of course, we will not forget Browns, who was the founding member some many moons ago.
30th Anniversary, Torvill and Dean
8 – 10 April 2014 http://dancingonicetour.co.uk/
Notts’ very own Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean became world famous at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics, when they were announced as gold medal winners for their perfect performance of Bolero. The pair were the highest scoring figure skaters of all time by receiving 12 perfect 6.0s from every judge.
Earlier on in the year, the pair felt it would be appropriate to say goodbye to Dancing on Ice when they celebrate 30 years of success since their magnificent gold winning performance in Sarajevo. However, they wanted to go out with a bang and announced the last ever Dancing on Ice UK arena tour in 2014.
30th Anniversary, Robin Hood Festival
4 – 10 August 2014 http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/robinhoodfestival/
Nottinghamshire’s internationally famous annual festival that celebrates the life and times of the county’s most legendary son, Robin Hood, turns 30 next year.
The Robin Hood Festival is set in the heart of Sherwood Forest, by our outlaw’s most famous hideout, the Major Oak. Every year, the event attracts vast numbers of visitors to the county and in 2013 the festival was visited by an American couple who flew thousands of miles to renew their wedding vows in Sherwood Forest, the day before the festival kicked off.
100th Anniversary, Trent to Trenches
2014 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Trent to Trenches will host a major programme of events and activities across the city and county to mark the Centenary occasion.
The people of Nottinghamshire played a vital role in the war and so to honour the memory of those affected by the conflict, expect a whole list of programmes. Key Nottinghamshire attractions will get involved with the anniversary, from an exhibition at Nottingham Castle, performances in conjunction with the Southwell Folk Festival and a recreation of a training camp at Sherwood Pines.
Snowdrops at Hodsock, Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire
1 February – 2 March 2014 http://www.snowdrops.co.uk
Visit Hodsock Snowdrops in 2014 and enjoy 12 acres of snowdrop-covered woodland. Explore five acres of formal gardens, as well as the Snowdrop Village. The Snowdrop Village is located in front of the magnificent 19th century country house, with direct access into the snowdrop woodland and gardens. The Village will be home to a luxury tea room, gift shop and plant sale. It’ll be the venue for free tours and talks and weekend festival events.
East Midlands Sci-fi and Fantasy Convention, Albert Hall, Nottingham
16 March 2014 http://www.em-con.co.uk/
This spring welcomes the first ever East Midlands Sci-fi and Fantasy Convention to Nottingham’s Albert Hall. It is set to attract 10,000 people into the city.
This fantastic new event will host some of the best talent from the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genre. Expect to see artists from your favourite comics, over 30 vendors selling some amazing gifts and whilst here why not grab a photo with Stormtroopers and the Daleks, for FREE!
Torvill and Dean’s Dancing on Ice, Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
8 – 10 April 2014 https://www.capitalfmarena.com/Online/
Glide to the Capital FM Arena on 8 – 10 April 2014 to see Nottingham born Torvill and Dean, as well as a host of skaters from the ITV show. Be amazed with twirls, lifts, flips and other skating extravaganzas.
Nottinghamshire County Show, Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire
10 – 11 May 2014 http://www.nottinghamshirecountyshow.com/
Set in the market town of Newark, the Nottinghamshire County Show is a fantastic traditional show promoting farming, food, rural life and heritage in Nottinghamshire and beyond.
From dog displays to show jumping and the traditional equine and livestock showing classes, there will be plenty to explore. With 50,000 visitors attending each year, there is little chance for disappointment.
If you have a bit of spare time, why not combine the Show with a trip to the picturesque town of Newark and discover its rich heritage. A stroll within the ruins of Newark Castle will take you back to the English Civil War when the Castle was badly damaged due to its key position on the banks of the River Trent. A Civil War Trail is also available from the nearby tourist information centre.
Southwell Folk Festival, Southwell, Nottinghamshire
5 – 8 June 2014 http://www.southwellfolkfestival.org.uk/
The picturesque town of Southwell will once again welcome the annual Folk Festival in June 2014. Three stages will see concerts and dance displays from internationally-renowned folk artists. The festival will also be home to a Real Ale & Cider Festival, craft and trade stalls and will offer workshops for people of all ages.
To commemorate the anniversary of The Great War, Thursday night will feature the premiere of Mick Ryan’s completely rewritten folk opera A Day’s Work. Another highlight will be the all star super group that is Feast of Fiddles who will headline and close the final main concert on Sunday evening, plus many more astounding performances.
UDance 2014, various venues, Nottingham
26 – 29 June 2014 http://www.u-dance.org
Nottingham will come alive with a city-wide celebration of dance when it hosts the national youth dance festival, UDance, in 2014.
Byron Festival, Hucknall, Nottingham FREE
28 June – 6 July 2014 http://www.ashfield-dc.gov.uk/
Every year the International Byron Festival takes place in Hucknall at places associated with the romantic poet and celebrates the life and works in the town that he was buried. This ever-popular annual festival welcomes visitors from far and wide to join local residents at this family-friendly event, and features a variety of activities to suit all ages.
Splendour, Wollaton Park, Nottingham
July 2014 http://www.splendourfestival.com/
Set in a 500 acre deer park and home to the stunning Elizabethan mansion Wollaton Hall, Splendour Festival has grown to become Nottingham’s largest outdoor music event, attracting over 20,000 people of all ages. Internationally-renowned artists will once again share the stage with local talent for this one-day, family-friendly festival.
Previous events have seen the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Madness, Scissor Sisters, Dizzie Rascal and Nottingham’s very own star, Jake Bugg, take on the main stage in 2013. Plans are currently underway for the 2014 festival and the first names of the line-up should be announced soon.
English vs. India, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
9 – 12 July 2014 http://trentbridge.co.uk/
After playing host during the first test of the sold-out 2013 Ashes between England and Australia, plus five busy Notts T20 matches, July 2013 was Trent Bridge’s busiest month, with more than 125,000 fans streaming through the gates.
The city will be thriving with international visitors again in 2014 and Trent Bridge will be an array of culture and excitement as it is to host England vs. India in the Investec test and NatWest series one day international.
Robin Hood Festival, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire FREE
4 – 10 August 2014 http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/robinhoodfestival/
The Robin Hood Festival celebrates the life and times of Nottinghamshire’s most legendary son. Set in the heart of Sherwood Forest, by our outlaw’s most famous hideout, the Major Oak, this FREE festival provides fantastic live entertainment for visitors of all ages.
Wander through the medieval village and meet strolling jousters and entertainers, discover medieval crafts and music, enjoy jousting contests and a falconry display and try your hand at archery in the forest made famous by Robin Hood. This week-long festival is your chance to meet Robin Hood and his merry men and see them take on the Sheriff.
D.H. Lawrence Festival, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire
September 2014 www.dhlawrenceheritage.org
Celebrate one of the UK’s most controversial authors with a celebration in his hometown of Eastwood. A programme of talks, exhibitions, readings, special events and workshops will explore the different facets of D.H. Lawrence’s works and personalities. Previous events have seen special exhibitions of some of Lawrence’s rare writings and paintings.
Whilst in the area, explore more of D.H. Lawrence’s life and heritage by visiting some of the sites that inspired his writings. Take a stroll in the town of Eastwood and browse the market, or head to the Moorgreen Reservoir, a pretty and melancholic stretch of water which appears in many of Lawrence’s novels, such as Women in Love.
Goose Fair, Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham
October 2014 http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/whatson
Goose Fair is one of Europe’s largest travelling fair and every year visitors enjoy over 500 attractions throughout the week. From all-time favourites to new white knuckle experiences, there is always something for everyone to enjoy. Goose Fair has been running in Nottingham for over 700 years. Don’t forget to treat yourself to the fair’s famous mushy peas!
Festival of Words, Nottingham
October 2014 http://nottwords.org.uk/
After the success of Festival of Words in February 2013, the festival will return in 2014 and draw attention to the vibrant and diverse literary culture the city has to offer. It will celebrate Nottingham’s love of words and take its inspiration from the city’s lace industry and heritage.
Robin Hood Beer Festival, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham
October 2014 http://www.beerfestival.nottinghamcamra.org/
Nottingham CAMRA’s annual beer festival offers the widest choice of draught cask conditioned beers in the entire world and promises to offer over 1,100 different real ales, not to mention over 220 different real ciders. Over 25% of the beers on sale have been brewed within 20 miles of Nottingham Castle, putting the spotlight on the Midlands’ many breweries and micro-breweries.
The festival is one of the top five beer festivals in the UK and once again it will be held in the wonderful, historic grounds of Nottingham Castle right in the city centre. Come and get merry with Nottingham’s legend, Robin Hood, and enjoy live entertainment and fantastic food.
Bramley Apple Festival, Southwell, Nottinghamshire
October 2014 http://www.southwellevents.com
Celebrate the UK’s favourite cooking apple in its hometown of Southwell. Every year, people gather to this very picturesque market town where the apple was first propagated more than 200 years ago from the garden of a cottage on Church Street.
The stunning Southwell Minster, a splendid cathedral with one of the finest Norman naves in Europe, will host a festival of food & drink and all things associated with Southwell’s Bramley Apple heritage. Morris Men performances and live music will accompany you as you wander through the streets of one of the prettiest towns in Nottinghamshire.
While there, why not try to spot the 12 wooden mice carved by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson, a British furniture maker whose trademark was to carve mice on almost every single item he made. Also, visit the Saracen’s Head pub; formerly the King’s Head where King Charles I surrendered to a Scottish Army in 1646, marking the end of the Civil War.
Robin Hood Pageant, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham
October 2014 http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/pageant
Every year, the grounds of Nottingham Castle transform into a medieval village encampment for this popular annual Pageant. Once home to Robin Hood’s arch enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, the Castle will welcome a range of colourful characters and take you back in time to the 12th century.
Meet Maid Marian and see Robin Hood and his Merry Men fight the Sheriff and his men in front of King Richard I. From living history demonstrations, wandering minstrels and historical entertainers, try your hand at archery or attend jousting performances by the Knights of Nottingham. Children can interact with the costumed characters, try their hands at medieval crafts and see traditional skills such as falconry, wood carving, table weaving and fletching. The festival is a great day out for all the family.
Complete the day by exploring the Castle’s museum and art gallery and discover the rich history of this impressive building and the city of Nottingham. Don’t forget to have your picture taken by the Robin Hood statue and stop for a drink or bite to eat at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, the oldest inn in England, carved within the caves of the Castle rock.
Aurora Winter Illuminations, Rufford Abbey, Nottinghamshire
December 2014 http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ruffordcp/
Historic Rufford Abbey will gear up and host its annual Aurora Christmas illuminations which will see the park lit up in spectacular fashion. With calming background music and a beautiful spectrum of lights, the event aims to give everyone a leisure opportunity during the hustle and bustle of the festive period where they can relax. It is also one of the few occasions in the annual calendar that the country park is open in the evening.