Things to do in Nottinghamshire, 12th – 14th September 2014


The sun is shining and all across Nottinghamshire people are basking in a second summer. And with the fine weather set to continue this weekend, there is no better time to visit one of our attractions, enjoy a drink or two in an outdoor café or take a stroll along the river. We also have a superb line-up of events taking place in the city and county so here are our top picks.

Heritage Open Days – various locations

As part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days event this weekend, museums and galleries around Nottinghamshire will be throwing open their doors and giving visitors the chance to look round for FREE. On Saturday you can explore the splendid Bromley House Library, a Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse hidden away in the city, or see a vintage lace machine in action at one of the county’s oldest knitwear companies. You can also find out how Nottingham’s lace-making heritage is continuing to inspire contemporary designers at Debbie Bryan’s Studio and Shop.

Events are also being held at the Galleries of Justice, D.H. Lawrence Heritage, Attenborough Nature Reserve and Nottingham Industrial Museum among others.

Visit our website to see what else is on.

The Major Oak Woodland Festival – Sherwood Forest

Said to be the hideout of our notorious outlaw Robin Hood, the Major Oak attracts visitors from around the world. This weekend, the magnificent knotted tree will become the focal point for the first Major Oak Woodland Festival which takes place at Sherwood Forest Nature Reserve in Edwinstowe. The FREE family event will include everything from archaeology to beekeeping and heritage crafts and it has been organised to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Sherwood Forest being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Representatives from the Newark Tourist Information Centre will have a stall at the event so you can pick up information about the local area – and have your photograph taken in our Robin Hood carnival cut-out! Don’t forget to tweet your pictures using the hashtag #lovenotts.

For more information visit Nottinghamshire County council’s website.

Catch a show in Nottingham

Following the success of The Kite Runner, there is more drama in store at Nottingham Playhouse when J.B. Priestley’s Time and the Conways opens on Friday. Set between the two world wars, the play appears to be the tale of one family, however it also offers a fascinating insight into the wider political and social issues of the time.

Meanwhile, young theatre-goers will love the hit West End musical Shrek which comes to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal this week. Go on a magical adventure with the loveable ogre and his loyal steed Donkey as they try and rescue Princess Fiona from the fire-breathing dragon.

Further details are available on the Playhouse and Theatre Royal websites.

Food and Drink Fortnight – various locations

Whether you love real ale, fine dining or a tasty curry, Nottingham has enough restaurants, cafés and pubs to satisfy any craving. This weekend, venues across the city will be showcasing their dishes as part of Nottingham Food & Drink Fortnight which opens on Saturday. As well as a host of foodie delights, including a charity baking competition, there will be live music and entertainment in the newly-renovated Trinity Square. Many outlets will also have special offers so take a look at the website and see what’s on offer.

For more information on what’s on visit the event website.

BIG Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Weekend

If you love nothing more than rummaging for treasure then head to the BIG Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Weekend at Southwell Racecourse. Organised by Field Dog Fairs, the event promises up to 150 stalls, making it ideal if you are looking for a unique outfit or something for your home.

Gannets, which is based in Newark, will be providing delicious lunches and snacks throughout the day and you can also treat yourself to a home-made dairy ice-cream from Newfield Dairy.

Further information is available via Field Dog Fairs’ website.

For more weekend inspiration, make sure you check out the What’s On section of our website. And if you do visit us, make sure you share your experiences via Facebook and Twitter.

Posted on 08 September 2014
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

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