Things to do this bank holiday weekend, 22nd – 25th May 2015

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It’s a bumper bank holiday weekend this week, so we’re bringing you even more things to do around Nottinghamshire! Keeping the kids occupied can be tough, but many of Nottinghamshire’s attractions have got the weekend covered to make sure there’s plenty to do for the whole family on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Visit our Twitter and Facebook pages to discover more about what’s on throughout the week.

The Great Food & Drink Festival at Nottingham Castle

Nottingham Castle – venue for the Great Food and Drink Festival this weekend.

Brand new event for 2015, this festival will deliver top notch food and drink to Nottingham Castle along with demonstrations from some of the best chefs around. The Great Food & Drink Festival will please any keen foodie out there, whether you’re on the look out for ingredients and produce for your recipes or you’re a novice looking to pick up some handy hints and tips on developing your skills in the kitchen. It will also be a fantastic opportunity to sample some of the best local produce from the region.

Learn from the experts at the live cookery demonstrations with guests Simon Rimmer, Adam Simmonds, Jordan Cox and many more. It’s set to be a culinary delight at the Castle this Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday so don’t miss out! For details on tickets and prices, please visit the website.

The Milk Race 2015 at Old Market Square, Nottingham

Packed with history, Nottingham’s Milk Race returns again in 2015 as professionals and beginners alike take to the streets of Nottingham to compete in a series of cycling events on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May.

The Milk Race Village in the Old Market Square will be hosting a selection of family events and activities across both days alongside a variety of races, including the elite races on Sunday. To find out more details on the races, routes and how to get involved, please visit the Nottingham City Council website.

Dot to Dot Festival at Various Venues in Nottingham

Many great artists have cut their teeth right here in Nottingham, whether it’s local acts such as Jake Bugg and Saint Raymond, or artists from around the UK who have performed here over the years. One festival that has regularly cherry picked the best in up-and-coming talent is the Dot to Dot festival.

Hosted at a selection of Nottingham’s music venues, the festival returns again this Sunday to offer crowds the chance to see some of the best new music talent performing right across the city. This year, you can look forward to Saint Raymond, Rae Morris and many more crowd pleasing performances at Dot to Dot. For more details on the lineup and how to buy tickets, please click here.

Half-Term Events at The National Ice Centre, Nottingham 

Get your skates on this Bank Holiday Monday and take the family to the National Ice Centre as they host a selection of family-orientated skating sessions and activities for the May half-term.

From disco sessions to introductory skating courses, there’s plenty happening on the ice in Nottingham this weekend to help you unlock the inner Torvill or Dean in you. The events continue throughout half-term so make sure you check their website for even more skating inspiration.

Wellow Maypole Celebrations at Maypole Green, Wellow

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Wellow maypole celebrations.

If you’ve passed through the charming village of Wellow, you may have spied the maypole that sits on the village green all year round. On Bank Holiday Monday, the maypole celebrations get into full swing as this annual tradition brings with it dancing, merriment and the crowning of the May Queen. It’s a tradition with roots dating back to the 19th Century and continues to be one of the largest village festivals in Nottinghamshire.

The celebrations get underway at noon on Monday 25th May.

Wheee! Lakeside’s International Children’s Festival 2015 at Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Lakeside’s International Children’s Theatre and Dance Festival is one of the main events in Nottinghamshire’s arts and cultural calendar. Wheee! attracts large crowds every year to watch live performances from companies who travel from all over the UK and the world to perform at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.

Companies taking part this year to deliver the entertainment include Mass Theatre and Dance, Frozen Charlotte and Architects of Air Luminarium. Enjoy comedy, music and dance this bank holiday Monday and throughout half-term for a family-orientated festival of entertainment that will please all ages. For more details on shows, times and tickets, please visit the Lakeside Arts website.


Posted on 18 May 2015
Featured author: Tom

Nottingham lad who’s a proud Notts County fan, cheese fiend, chocaholic and loves travelling and music.

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