Things to do this bank holiday weekend, 3-6 May 2013
With an extra day to get out and about this weekend, here’s our round up of things to do this bank holiday. There’s plenty going on and something for everyone.
Get the Party Started
On Friday evening, start the May Bank Holiday with a party and head to the Riverbank where it will rock you with 100% guitar based anthems. Alternatively, if you go on Sunday you can enjoy a Pop Up Party with guest DJ’s and more.
Live Music is available at the Sanctuary on Sunday 5 May with folk and brass mixed original tunes from Aistaguca. Farndon Boathouse also offer live music at their Sunday Sessions event as Beatles tribute act the Fab 4 perform.
Steam Engines, Victoriana and Heritage Events
The Hammer of Defiance explores the Luddite rebellion of the area in a series of free performances at the Forest Street Baptist Church in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.
Nottingham Castle has the Nottingham University Brass Ensemble performing in its Victorian Bandstand. If the weather remains good this will provide a superb backdrop to the picturesque gardens.
From Saturday until Monday, Great Central Railway Nottingham are offering a steam gala event with locomotives, miniature railway and beer festival.
Papplewick Pumping Station is in steam on Sunday and Monday. This always draws a crowd and the working James Watt pumps are a joy to see and a real gem of Victorian heritage.
The Museum of Nottingham Life at the Brewhouse Yard offer their 1940’s Knees Up on Bank Holiday Monday from 11am to 3.30pm. Located at the foot of Nottingham castle and next to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, it will offer a vibrant atmosphere to the bank holiday.
Arts and Crafts
Patchings Open Studios are offering a special welcome with ‘have a go’ activities for visitors, as part of Open Studios Notts.
Explore the Outdoors
On Saturday Hodsock Priory opens its doors for access to the bluebells woods, the event runs until 12 May.
A Rogues and Outlaws Medieval May Fair takes place at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. Robin Hood will be doing battle with the Sheriff’s men throughout the day and there’ll be lots to see and do at this free event.
Why not take a stroll in the glorious outdoors, we have a variety of walks at attractions as Wayfinder Trails that you can download and use. Maybe you could find the muse to write a short story or poem and enter a writing competition in the great tradition of out literary legends.
Spend an afternoon touring Nottingham on foot with our local tour guide, and discover more about local legends with a Heroes & Villains tour on Bank Holiday Monday at 2pm.
Fetes, Fairs and Shows
Head to Southwell Racecourse for an Antiques and Collectors weekend fair on Sunday and Monday with up to 150 stalls, children’s play area, and hot and cold refreshments available.
Enjoy the Bank Holiday by heading to Thoresby Market in the grounds of Thoresby Hall and at Nottingham Racecourse you’ll find the intriguingly titled Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show which sounds a lot of fun.