Things to do this bank holiday weekend, 4-7 May 2012
If you were unsure what to do this May Bank Holiday weekend, then look no further; in Nottinghamshire it’s MASSIVE! There are so many great things to see and do that we’d quite like to be in two or three places at once. Here are our top things to do:
It’s now got cheaper to visit the stunning former home of the poet Lord Byron. Newstead Abbey has recently changed its pricing and is now just £6 per car for entry. Tours of the house are available on Sunday lunchtimes at an additional £5 per person.
Savour the sights and sounds of a Napoleonic camp at Wollaton Hall on Sunday 6 May and Monday 7 May between 11am and 4pm.
The Villainous Sheriff of Nottingham will be putting Robin Hood on Trial at the Galleries of Justice Museum for the whole weekend from 5-7 May. Children of all ages can also join in a variety of creative art and crafts in the Youth Court, including policeman’s hats, truncheons and burglar Bill masks. Alternatively, you may want to try make-and-take Robin Hood hats, medieval knight’s helmets or medieval castles.
At Nottingham Contemorary, Mika Rottenberg and James Gillray exhibitions open and will be with us through to the beginning of July.
At Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve you’ll find a Medieval May Fair throughout the weekend with longbow archery instruction and medieval stalls near the fairground area. A special Walks with Hawks event takes place on Saturday 5 May, pre-booking is essential and tickets cost £5 per adult, children £2.50.
Papplewick Pumping Station is in steam on Sunday and Monday, this is a rare and fantastically beautiful sight if you haven’t seen it.
May Day Celebrations
At Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum, catch The Workers Playtime, with the chance to have a go at a variety of traditional crafts including spinning and rag rug making. There’s also traditional Morris Dancing and more.
Enjoy a 1940’s Knees Up at the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard on Monday 7 May from 11am to 3.30pm, including dance displays from the Festive Swing Dance Society. A Nottingham Heroes and Villains Tour also takes place in the city from 2pm to 4pm.
If you like to enjoy local produce, there’s a Bank Holiday Farmers Market at Worksop, or head to Wellow to see one of the few remaining maypoles left in the UK and have lunch at the highly recommended Durham Ox.