Things to do this bank holiday weekend, 24-27 May 2013

Wheee! Lakeside International Children's Festival

It only seems a short while since the last bank holiday, last time the sky was clear and the weather was warm so let’s hope the pattern continues. If you’re looking to get out and about over the extended weekend, then here’s our round-up of the main events, a full listing can be found on our website.

Only in Notts…

After a 20 year absence The Milk Race returns as a major city centre race and family festival of cycling. Including an elite men’s and women’s race offering world and Olympic champions, with London 2012 Team Pursuit champion Steven Burke. The schedule starts at 10am in Old Market Square and events take place at various venues across the city.

Nottinghamshire is proud to keep the May Day tradition alive with the largest maypole in England. Head to the Wellow Maypole Festival for a totally unique event with rides, food and drink, entertainment and the crowning of the maypole queen.

Newark Beer Festival offers around 150 traditional ales and ciders to taste at Riverside Park near the castle. There’ll also be entertainment throughout the duration of the festival from Friday to Sunday.

Arts and crafts

Wellow Maypole Day

Wellow Maypole Day

At Southwell Minster there’s an Embroidery Tribute to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen and a Spring Craft Fair on Saturday. Taking place over the weekend is an Art and Creative Textiles exhibition at the Framework Knitter’s Museum in Ruddington.


The Dot to Dot Festival has an enviable reputation for showcasing the best new acts. On Sunday you’ll find these at various venues across the city with acts such as Tom Odell, Lucy Rose, Leftwich and The 1975.

Music lovers have plenty to see around the county too with live music at the Sunday Sessions at Farndon Boathouse, a Pop up Party at the Riverbank and music from Beatles tribute The Fab 4 at Tom Brown’s in Gunthorpe.

Explore Notts’ heritage

Nottingham is a city full of heritage and at the centre of it all is Nottingham Castle. Not just the focal point for the Robin Hood legend and the Civil War, the castle was also the scene of rioting in the Industrial Revolution. Find out more with It’s a Riot on Bank Holiday Monday.

Find out more about Nottingham’s colourful and intriguing history with a guided tour of the city on a Nottingham Heroes and Villains Tour on Monday.

Over in Wollaton Hall’s stable block, you’ll find superb steam engines with a Steaming Day at Nottingham Industrial Museum on Sunday. Entry is £4 adults, £1 children and concessions. Papplewick Pumping Station will also be In Steam, over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Did you know that the founding fathers of America started their epic journey in Nottinghamshire? Events in the village of Scrooby on Saturday will tell you much more.

Something for all the family

Opening on Saturday and going right through half term week the Wheee! Lakeside’s International Children’s Festival (featured image above) is now in its 9th year and brings together performers from all over the world. Showcasing theatre, dance, puppetry and more the festival is set in the picturesque grounds of Lakeside Park.

Opening this weekend and taking place throughout the May half term you’ll find special tours Secrets of the Caves at the City of Caves and Outrageous Outlaws at the Galleries of Justice.

Posted on 22 May 2013
Featured author: Dale Web Marketing Officer

A Mansfield lad who likes reading, running and red wine.

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