Things to do this weekend, 17th – 19th October 2014

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Big October continues in the same vein as it’s begun, with plenty to occupy everyone across Nottinghamshire. If you’re coming for a short weekend stay or you live locally and you’re thinking of spending the weekend out and about, make sure you try something new and experience the great events on offer. Read on and check out what we’ve picked out below as our picks of things to do this coming weekend.

Nottingham Festival of Words at Various Nottingham Venues

Nottingham is very much an open book when it comes to its literary heritage. With names such as Byron, Lawrence and Sillitoe in its repertoire, it’s no surprise that the city boasts one of the finest festivals when it comes to celebrating the power of words. Nottingham’s Festival of Words returns from Monday 13th – Sunday 19th October, and the programme of events taking place around the festival is impressive to say the least.

Over the weekend, talented star of TV comedy shows and literary wordsmith Will Self will come to Nottingham for some conversation at Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building. He’s there on Saturday to discuss his books with Georgina Lock from the University. GameCity will also be in attendance, displaying what games can do to contribute to our understanding of words and the power of literature.

Nottingham’s Old Market Square takes centre stage on Sunday with a vast array of events across the day including an appearance from the Robin Hood Speakers’ Club and many activities to take part in that will bring out your creative side.

For more information on Nottingham’s Festival of Words, please visit the official website.

Robin Hood Game & Country Show at Newark Showground

Celebrate our legend that is Robin Hood at Newark Showground this weekend with the arrival of the annual Robin Hood Game & Country Show. Visitors to the event will be spoiled for choice, as the showground also brings you the All About Dogs Show.

The Robin Hood Game and Country Show showcases many stands and displays centered girlwithdogbaround the theme of game and country. Lovers of the outdoors and rural life will find plenty to indulge in. However, you don’t have to be an enthusiast to appreciate what’s on show. With gun dog displays, dog and duck shows, ferret racing and much more, families can enjoy a day out and watch some of these fantastic displays that you wouldn’t normally get the chance to see. The central arena will also house some outlaw fun with Robin Hood and his merry men including jousting competitions and stunt riding.

The All About Dogs Show coincides nicely, and visitors can enjoy some canine fun throughout the weekend including have-a-go activities, demonstrations by expert dog trainers, as well as tips on grooming and training from experts.

For more information on the Robin Hood Game and Country Show, please visit the official website.

Hockley Hustle at Various Nottingham Venues

Hockley Hustle returns to Nottingham this October and its arrival is highly anticipated by the city as a hot bed for talent to showcase itself around many of the cities arts venues and inspiring outdoor locations.

Previous Hustlesd have seen the appearance of performers that have gone on to become national and international icons for popular music. Jake Bugg, Saint Raymond and Natalie Duncan have all appeared in previous years, highlighting how this event can be the foundation for success for up-and-coming artists. Venues taking part this year to host performances include Broadway Cinema, Nottingham Contemporary, Annie’s Burger Shack and many more.

With over 40 venues and 400 artists forming the hustle, you won’t be stuck for choice this year on who to see or where to visit. For more information and to see the full line-up, please visit the Hockley Hustle website.

British Rowing Senior Championships at Holme Pierrepont Country Park, Home to the National Water Sports Centre

Earlier this year we saw the Junior Championships come to Holme Pierrepont, now it’s the turn of the Senior British Rowing Championships to visit the venue in a tournament that ultimately decides the best rowers in the country and to crown the national champions.

Different rowing clubs from around the country go head to head, as spectators can look forward to seeing Olympic, European and World medalists in action. The cream of British rowing will be competing and it’s a rare opportunity to see them all together competing against one another to see who is crowned the national champion. Food and drink will be available on the banks or the river as well as stalls to visit and plenty more to keep families entertained on site.

So to see how you can watch the nations best rowers this weekend right here in Nottinghamshire, please visit the British Rowing Championships website.

Halloween Freaky Fortnight at The Galleries of Justice Museum

Halloween is only just around the corner which means the scary events are coming thick and fast towards the end of October in Nottinghamshire. Starting this weekend, the Galleries of Justice Museum puts on its brand new actor led tour for 2014 as part of Freaky Fornight.

You will be taken on a tour of the dungeons and cells, deep down below the Galleries, Galleries of Justice tour - low reswhere you will discover how people were tortured and hung in years gone by at Nottingham’s old county gaol. There’s Victorian courtrooms and caves to be explored as well as the opportunity to experience a trial in the courtroom with the Court Usher. Learn about crime and punishment in Victorian times and gain insights into peoples accounts with plenty of spooky characters only too happy to make an appearance.

The event is completely suitable for children, and there will be activities available for the kids to take part in including arts and crafts and film screenings.

For more information, please visit the Galleries of Justice website.

To see what else is taking place around the city and county this weekend, please visit our What’s On page. Alternatively, visit our Twitter and Facebook pages for live updates.

Posted on 13 October 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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