Things to do this weekend, 11th – 13th July 2014

England v Australia: 1st Investec Ashes Test - Day Two

Cricket fever will be gripping Nottinghamshire this weekend as the first England v India Investec Test Match comes to Trent Bridge from the 9th – 13th July. We were fortunate enough to have the Ashes last year and this year’s Test Match promises to attract thousands of fans to our city for five days of world class cricket. There’s plenty more happening to coincide with the event as well as things to do for those who might want to escape the cricket. Have a look below for some inspiration, whether you’re a cricket fan or not.

First Investec Test Match: England v India at Trent Bridge

Where else do we start this week than the First Investec Test Match at Trent Bridge? After the huge success of last year’s Ashes Test here in Nottingham, we are equally excited for this year’s event. The standard of cricket doesn’t come much better than this and Nottingham will be treated to a five day feast of international action. England have been victorious over India on English soil on 12 occasions out of the 16 when they have played in England so it’s no surprise that England will look upon this test with excitement and anticipation.

We also have some great events taking place around the cricket this year, with plenty of ale festivals and entertainment. For more information on events happening to coincide with the cricket, please click here. Alternatively to take advantage of our Test Match special offers, please click here.

There is limited availability for the Test Match, so be sure to click here to book your seat NOW by click here.

Trent Valley Sportive at Manor Farm Bleasby

With the Tour de France passing through the UK this week, it’s an ideal time to get on your bike and join in the excitement with a cycling event taking place right here in Nottinghamshire. The Trent Valley Sportive comprises  two days of cycling this Saturday and Sunday, with events for young and old of varying cycling ability and experience. Both events commence from Manor Farm in Bleasby.

Saturday sees the Family Event, aimed at children participating over the age of eight. All children over this age are encouraged to take part as long as they are accompanied by a parent or adult. It’s a six mile route, taking in Southwell and the surrounding area. Refreshments and entertainment will be available for everyone at Manor Farm at the end of the route.

Sunday is the Sportive – a non competitive event aimed at both novice and accomplished cyclists. One lap consists of 33 miles, and entrants have the option to participate in one lap, two laps and three laps. The start and end point for laps is Manor Farm where cyclists are able to rest and take on refreshments in between laps or at the end of their ride.

The event is aiming to raise money for the trauma unit at Nottingham’s Queens Medical Centre.

For more information on the event as well as how to enter, please visit the Say Sport website.

Family Fun Day at Southwell Racecourse

This is an event that is ideal for the whole family, from young kids to adults. The Family Fun Day at Southwell Racecourse promises activities galore for the children as well as racing for the adults to enjoy to guarantee everyone an enjoyable day out.

Mike the Knight and Evie will be in attendance from the popular childrens TV programme to entertain the little ones. Racecourse mascot Freddie Furlong will also be making appearances throughout the day as well as a bouncy castle, laser quest and much more.

A family barbecue package is on offer to guarantee value for money for everyone on food and refreshments and all children under 18 are FREE to enter the enclosure.

There’s even a football theme to the day to commemorate the World Cup final, with Ossie Ardiles in attendance for a special football raffle and auction to raise money for Help For Heroes. He will also be available for photo opportunities.

For more information on the event, please visit the Southwell Racecourse website.

Live Bolero at Nottingham’s Old Market Square

Live Bolero

Live Bolero taking place this Saturday

Dance has had Nottingham in a spin in 2014, delighting us with many fantastic events at various locations across the city. Some of you may have caught the Mass Bolero on television or on the internet, in tribute to Nottingham’s Torvill and Dean routine which won them gold at the Sarajevo Olympics 30 years ago.

This Saturday, prepare to be amazed as members of the public, from office workers to bus drivers, take time out to perform the legendary routine to the public in Nottingham’s Old Market Square as part of Live Bolero. People have been rehearsing in their living rooms, bedrooms, in front of family and friends, all in preparation for this big day when they have the opportunity to perform it in such an iconic location.

To see the Live Bolero, make sure you are at Nottingham’s Old Market Square at 3pm on Saturday 12th July. More information on the event can be found on the Dance4 website.

The Great Rempstone Steam and Country Show at Turn Post Farm, Wymeswold

Embrace British tradition at this event with live steamings of British traction engines as well as many other attractions to entertain the whole family. The Rempstone Steam and Country Show is a great day out for everyone, as you embrace a gone-by era where steam and traction engines were the heart beat of a nation during an industrial revolution. Re-live their power, complexity and beauty in the great outdoors in the rural heart of Nottinghamshire.

Alongside the steam demonstrations, traditional craft stalls will be selling their wares, as well as a food and drink fair, market Stalls, wildlife exhibits, children’s entertainment and much more.

For more information on the event as well as contact numbers and admission fees, please visit our dedicated listing for the event.

And for more events happening across Nottinghamshire this weekend, please visit our What’s On page, or never miss a beat on social media with our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Posted on 07 July 2014
Featured author: Tom

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

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