Things to do this weekend, 10-12 August 2012


The sun is shining and the wet weather of last month almost seems an eternity away. For those of you looking to get out and about after spending the last two weeks glued to the Olympics on your television screens, then there are plenty of things to see and do.

If you’ve been inspired by the Olympics to do something sporty then there are lots of Nottinghamshire attractions that can feed your thirst.

Head to the National Water Sports Centre, an Olympic training venue, for anything from sailing to canoeing and rowing. Budding cyclists will love the off road terrain of places like Sherwood Pines and Clumber Park. Nottingham Tennis Centre can accommodate all those budding Andy Murrays, and to cool down, go to the National Ice Centre for some ice skating.

Staying on an Olympic theme, although with a slight difference, there’s an Ice Age Olympics at Creswell Crags which includes spear throwing and hyena hurdles.

Performers at the Robin Hood Festival

Performers at the Robin Hood Festival

If you’ve had quite enough of the sporting spectacle and want to enjoy a more cultural experience, try the Something Different Handmade and Vintage Fair at Edwinstowe. There’s also an Art Deco Fair at Kelham Hall or alternatively you could head to Lord Byron’s former residence, Newstead Abbey, for a stroll of the grounds and a house tour on Sunday.

Highly recommended drama comes from Murder in the Small Hours, part of the Classic Thriller Season at The Theatre Royal, and Shakespeare’s Richard III will be performed in the gardens at Langar Hall on Sunday.

August seems to offer the best of the summer when the sun is shining, the school holidays give children a sense of freedom and the evenings can be a delight. Don’t miss Nottingham Riviera in Old Market Square for fun in the city centre and the Lantern Lit Evenings at Pure Lands Japanese Garden offer a truly magical experience of international acclaim.

Next Week… 

Anyone suffering from Olympic withdrawal symptoms next week should try the 86th Boys Amateur Golf Championships at Hollinwell with some of the best junior golfers in the world.

And of course, the Robin Hood Festival takes place at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve for the whole of next week.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, enjoy the sunshine and remember you can get some of the latest news on attractions and events by following us on Twitter @ExperienceNotts or on Facebook at LoveNotts

Posted on 10 August 2012
Featured author: Dale Web Marketing Officer

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

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