Things to do this weekend, 17-18 August 2013


This week we look into the sky for the traces of the Perseid meteor shower, a result of the material falling from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet. Although the peak of the shower was last night, you will still have a chance to spot some shooting stars until the end of the week. We advise you to take a blanket, some warm drinks and look for a place not polluted by the city lights to enjoy your own private meteor show. As well as stargazing, we have plenty of other ideas for the upcoming weekend. For more inspiration, go to the What’s on section of our website where you’ll find the full list of events.

Summer Extravaganza at Wollaton Parkwildlife

This Saturday, 17 August from 11:00am to 15:00pm, Wollaton Park will be a place of celebration for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s 50th Anniversary. The organizers prepared several free activities for all the family including nature trails, a bug hunt, art activities, iSpot, face-painting and much more. For the photography lovers there will be a special Summer of Wildlife BBC photography stand where you will be able to talk to famous photographers from the BBC nature programmes and practice your photography skills with them. Plan a fun day out for you and your family with Wallaton Park.

Summer Fireworks at Newstead Abbey

On the same day, Saturday 17 August at the spectacular grounds of Newstead Abbey, there will be a special summer fireworks display taking place. It’s a chance for the whole family to relax with entertainment, live music and top quality food and drink stalls. Gates open at 6pm with the main fireworks display starting at 9:15pm. Everyone participating in this event will be supporting local blind & partially sighted people. More information and ticket prices can be found here.

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On the evening of Saturday 17th August in the picturesque location of Clumber Park, Flashback Festival 2013 will be taking place. If you are not a firework fan but would like to experience some live 80’s music instead, Flashback Festival is the place for you.
Flashback is a picnic event to which you can bring along your own food and drink, so either sit back and relax or dance the night away whilst listening to some fabulous artists. Come and enjoy memories of the past flashing before your eyes while listening to some classic music from the 80’s.

Nottingham Caribbean Carnival 2013

The Forest Recreation Ground will be transformed by culinary delights, colourful costumes and cheering crowds as the Nottingham Caribbean Carnival takes over on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August. From 12noon until 10pm you can either treat yourself to some speciality Jamaican food, take part in a range of workshops, enjoy strolling around the variety of stalls or have a ride on the funfair. The event is a free and guarantees family entertainment as well as an ideal way to spend the weekend in the open air.

Annual Classic & Vintage Car Showcars

On Sunday 18th August Langer Hall will be hosting an Annual Classic & Vintage Car Show. Apart from viewing the cars the organizers have prepared a special afternoon buffet for the participants. It’s a must for all petrol heads and an enjoyable way to spend your Sunday. For more information contact the organizers.



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Posted on 14 August 2013
Featured author: Kinga

Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

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