Spring highlights in Nottinghamshire
MEDIA RELEASE: Nottingham, 3 March 2014
Flowers blooming, birds nesting and bees buzzing is a clear sign that spring is just around the corner. Step outside and enjoy what Nottinghamshire has to offer you.
Get on your bike at the popular The Milk Race, wear your best Easter bonnet and join in the fun on the annual bunny hunt at Framework Knitter’s Museum or abound an adventure throughout the city on a Robin Hood Town Tour. Make sure to visit our What’s On section for a whole list of events, festivals and activities taking place across Robin Hood County.
Robin Hood Tour – Nottingham
Various dates throughout the year – http://www.ezekialbone.com/dates
As the weather begins to get slightly warmer, why not book onto a Robin Hood Town Tour with Robin Hood himself? Join the extremely knowledgeable Ezekial Bone on an adventure of the city and discover how simple ballads over 700 years old grew into one of the greatest stories ever told.
Admission: Adults £10, Under 14s £6
Clumber Park Duathlon 2014 – Clumber Park, Worksop
22 March 2014 – http://www.onestepbeyond.org.uk
As the air becomes milder, what better way to step into spring and take part in the Clumber Park Duathlon? Run or cycle through acre upon acre of woodland and enjoy one of the most picturesque settings and most tree lined routes in the UK, including some closed roads. To take part, enter online by clicking the above link.
Admission: Prices vary
Starting times: 9:00am – 9:30am
48 Hours of Fashion – Old Market Square, Nottingham
29 & 30 March 2014 – http://www.itsinnottingham.com/48-hrs-fashion/
48 Hours of Fashion is making a welcome return to the Old Market Square and is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Admire all the hottest fashion trends for spring/summer 2014 within the choreographed fashion performances taking place on the hour, every hour. If you spot something you’d like to add to your wardrobe, head into the city after the show and purchase the catwalk looks.
Time: Saturday 11am – 5:30pm; Sunday 11am – 4:30pm
Bunnies & Bonnets – Framework Knitters Museum, Ruddington
18 April 2014 – http://www.frameworkknittersmuseum.org.uk/
The annual Bunnies & Bonnets event returns to The Framework Knitters Museum this Easter. Wear your best Easter bonnet and help the museum find all the knitted bunnies. Any child who can help find all the knitted bunnies will be rewarded with a delicious Easter egg.
Admission: Adults £4, Children without a bunny or bonnet £2, Children with a bunny or bonnet FREE
Time: 11am – 4pm
Spring Home and Garden Market – Making it! Discovery Centre, Mansfield
18 – 21 April 2014 – http://makingitdiscoverycentre.co.uk/
No matter what the weather, there is something for everyone at Making it! Discovery Centre this Easter. Whilst the adults walk amid the gardening and plant stalls, watch demonstrations to learn how a spring flower basket is arranged and try for a win on the tombola, children can enjoy numerous crafts and Easter treats.
Time: 10am – 5pm
St George’s Day – Nottingham
23 April 2014 – http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/stgeorgesday
Celebrate St George’s Day in Nottingham. The grand parade that will feature St George and the Dragon, costumed characters, marching bands and members of The Royal Society of St
George, will arrive in the Old Market Square for 12.30pm. Once again, the gigantic St George’s Day flag will be proudly displayed on the Council House – you will not miss it!
The Milk Race – Old Market Square
24 & 25 May 2014 – http://www.themilkrace.com/
After a 20-year hiatus then a triumphant return last year, the legendary cycling event will once again return to Nottingham’s Old Market Square in May this year. The Milk Race will span two days, with a festival of music and entertainment on Saturday 24 May and the main event, including two elite races, taking place on Sunday 25 May.
Admission: Registration opens in March 2014
Time: From 9am – 6pm
Nottingham Triathlon 2014 – National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham
31 May 2014 – http://www.onestepbeyond.org.uk/nottingham-triathlon
Whether it’s your first triathlon or you’re trying to qualify for the national squad, why not partake in the Nottingham Triathlon? The National Water Sports Centre offers camping and ample free car-parking, so it’s an ideal event to bring the family to cheer you on as well as enjoying the park environment and various activities on site.
Admission: £48.00 (non-BTF +£5), Team: £58.00
Starting times: Males 7:30am – 9:45am – 12:00pm; Females 2:15pm – 4pm
The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival 2014 – Southwell
5 – 8 June 2014 – http://www.southwellfolkfestival.org.uk/
The picturesque town of Southwell will once again welcome the annual Folk Festival. Enjoy live concerts, dance displays from internationally-renowned folk artists and, if you fancy a tipple, the event is home to the Real Ale & Cider Festival, craft and trade stalls and will offer workshops for people of all ages. Plus, there will be performances to commemorate the anniversary of The Great War.
Admission: Prices vary and can be purchased online or at Nottingham Tourist Information Centre
Photo credit: Alan Metheringham