Things to do this weekend, 15th – 17th August 2014
We have food and drink on the brain this coming weekend. If you like your weekend to have a bit of a kick, and a sprinkle of spice, then we have an event that’s right up your street. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a mix of flavours and something for everyone, we’re pretty sure we can accommodate that as well. However, it’s not all about food and drink and there are plenty of activities and entertainment out there to be enjoyed as well. So sit back and take a sneak peek at what’s on this weekend in Nottinghamshire.
East Midlands Chilli Festival at Newark Showground
I will confess to being a bit of a wuss when it comes to spicy food. I rarely venture above a Tikka Masala when I have a curry and I never add hot peppers or tangy sauces to my meals. I do know however that many people do love their food hot – sometimes the hotter the better! So if you’re a fan of spicy delicacies, then make sure you head to Newark Showground this weekend for the East Midlands Chilli Festival.
The highly-anticipated event is set to attract people from all over the UK. It’s the first time the event has been held, and even if you’re like me and prefer your food on the cool side, there’s still plenty to enjoy. Visitors can expect artisan foods as well as street food and drinks vendors along with live bands, demonstrations and a music festival on the Saturday night. And if you’re worried about keeping the children entertained, then fear not! There will be workshops, face painting and much more to ensure they enjoy the festival just as much as the adults.
So, make a day of it at Newark Showground this weekend and enjoy some great flavours and delights at the East Midlands Chilli Festival. For more information, please visit the official website.
Nottingham Food and Drink Festival at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
When I said we have food and drink on the brain earlier, I really wasn’t exaggerating! The annual Nottingham Food & Drink Festival comes to Wollaton Hall and Deer Park this weekend and the line-up is enough to whet the appetite.
Not only will you be able to taste some of the delights being rustled up, but also meet and learn from top professionals as they demonstrate the best ways to make the most of your ingredients in the kitchen. This year’s star guest is Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Levi Roots who is famous for his Reggae Raggae Sauce. Other notable names include Dean Edwards from ITV’s This Morning Show and Raz from The Curry Lounge.
Of course, you will have plenty of opportunities to sample food and drink from a wide variety of local and national producers including The Great British Cheese Company, The Supreme Sausage Company and Gwatkin Cider Co.
The event is on both Saturday and Sunday and there is a full programme on the official Nottingham Food and Drink Festival website.
Nottingham Caribbean Carnival 2014 at The Forest Recreation Ground
It’s a festival that transforms the city of Nottingham for one day only and delivers an atmosphere like no other. The annual Caribbean Carnival returns this weekend to Nottingham’s Forest Recreation Ground on Sunday.
The parade starts from Nottingham Castle Gate at 2pm and makes its way to the Forest Recreation Ground for around 4.30pm. The dazzling colours and carnival atmosphere make this festival very special and it is sure to light up the city as it passes through Nottingham. The Forest Recreation Ground promises to be a great day out for the whole family, with live music across various stages, food and drinks stands, inflatables and trampolines for the kids and much more.
For more information on the Nottingham Caribbean Carnival, please visit the website.
Equus at Nottingham Playhouse
Based on the novel from 1973 and the play performed by Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in 2007, Equus comes to the Nottingham Playhouse this week in a performance that is set to leave audiences hooked until the very end.
Equus is a story with dark undertones, as it covers the story of a young teenager called Alan and his development of friendship and companionship with horses. He lives with a devout mother and a father who doesn’t believe in religion, causing tension at home. He turns to horses for his escape, however events take a turn for the worst when Alan dramatically loses control. As a result, a child psychologist intervenes and seeks to understand the cause of Alan’s actions.
For more information on the performance as well as ticket information and prices, please visit the Nottingham Playhouse website.
The Portland Collection State Room Tours at The Harley Gallery
The Portland Collection is renowned worldwide as one of the most beautiful set of artistic works and they’re on display and accessible on a series of guided tours at the historic Welbeck Abbey this August and September.
Guided Tours begin at the Harley Gallery and tour the village of Welbeck by bus. You will then be guided around Welbeck Abbey, and have the opportunity to learn more about the historic collection of works housed in the home of the Cavendish-Bentinck Family. Tours last for an hour and a half and incorporate the State Rooms – grand reception rooms which were used for entertaining as well as the Print Corridor (see main image), and the Gothic Hall. All rooms on the tour house magnificent pieces from the collection, including intricate tapestries and many more artistic works only found here at Welbeck.
Tickets for the tours are priced at £16.50 per person. To book your place please click here or call 0844 888 9991.