Things to do this weekend, 18th – 20th July 2014

Nottingham Riviera

It’s been a scorcher across Nottinghamshire and the weather is set to stay hot, hot, hot this week. Of course we can’t guarantee it will be the same at the weekend, we can’t fix everything. But what we can guarantee you is a weekend full of exciting and fantastic events to keep you and your family and friends very busy indeed! Here is this weeks roundup of great events. Enjoy!


Splendour Festival 2014 at Wollaton Park

Splendour Festival delivered an event to remember in 2013, when Nottingham’s own Jake Bugg headlined the event and wowed the crowd with his locally produced set. And with last year’s event still fresh in the memory, Splendour 2014 has a lot to live up to and we are delighted to say, it is promising to do exactly that!

Headlining this year are the Happy Mondays and Tom Odell – with the original line up Splendour 2014 logoreturning for the Happy Mondays, especially for this gig! Other notable acts to keep in mind are Scouting For Girls who are making their second appearance at the festival, The Boomtown Rats – with the four original members performing including Sir Bob Geldof, Reverend and the Makers, The Rifles Foxes, local talent Saint Raymond and many more. There will also be live comedy from the comedy stage as well as stalls, a funfair, food and drink and much more to guarantee a fantastic days entertainment.

Tickets are still available for Splendour 2014 so make sure you buy yours now from Nottingham Tourist Information Centre, in Smithy Row, or online and don’t miss out on the amazing lineup coming to Nottingham this year!


Nottingham Riviera 2014 at The Old Market Square

Who says you need to get in a car or jump on a plane to enjoy some sunshine, the beach and to take a dip? Nottingham might be landlocked, but that doesn’t stop you enjoying the fun of the seaside right here! The Nottingham Riviera returns this summer to bring all the joy of the seaside to your doorstep. It’s been a smash hit with locals and tourists alike for many years now and delivers an event that will transform Nottingham’s iconic Market Square from the 19th July – 2nd September.

With a paddling pool, sandy beaches, bars, cafes, fun fair rides and much more, you’re guaranteed a great experience for family and friends alike. Live entertainment will be lined up over the five weeks with entertainers and musical acts performing for the crowds at the beach. The beach bar is already open so why not make a trip down and get into the holiday spirit?

For more information on the event as well as a full schedule of entertainment, please visit the Nottingham Riviera website.


Southwell Poetry Festival at Southwell Library

Nottinghamshire is renowned for its literary prowess, with Lord Byron, D.H. Lawrence and Alan Silitoe to name but a few greats to call our county home. Poetry always has a place in Nottinghamshire folklore, and this weekend, why not celebrate some great lyrical literary works at the Southwell Poetry Festival which runs from the 17th – 20th July. The four day event is hosted at Southwell Library, and will include guest speakers and readings as well as workshops to get everyone involved in poetry, no matter what age.

Helen Mort and Elaine Feinstein are among the special guests attending and will be reading and discussing their work with the public. One of the most highly anticipated events of the festival for 2014 is the poetry slam, which will see competitive poetry performed in front of the audience over a series of rounds.

The event is organised by Nottinghamshire County Council and more details and information can be found on the County Council website.


British Rowing Junior Championships at Holme Pierrepont Country Park, Home of the National Water Sports Centre

One of the major events of the sport comes to Holme Pierrepont Country Park, Home of the National Water Sports Centre this weekend as the British Rowing Junior Championships take pride of place in Nottingham. With the senior championships confirmed for October this year, Nottingham has landed two massive sporting events again and only confirms that the city is becoming a key venue for major sporting events in the UK.

People rowing

Holme Pierrepont Country Park, Home Of The National Watersports Centre is popular with rowers and hosts this years Junior and Senior British Rowing Championships

The event is an all day event, covering both the 19th and 20th July, and offers the public the opportunity to see some of the brightest talent the UK has to offer in the sport as they compete to win the championships head to head. Future world champions could be competing before your very eyes as the two day event promises to entertain its audience.

You can go along to Holme Pierrepont to see the event for yourself. Information on how to get there as well as parking information, prices and accommodation details are all available from the British Rowing Championships website.


Danh Võ at Nottingham Contemporary

From the 19th July until 28th September, you can enjoy the works of Danh Võ at Nottingham Contemporary. It’s an exhibition that sees the first major display of his work come to the UK, and Nottingham is privileged to host such thought provoking pieces in its gallery.

Danh Võ’s work seeks to explore paradoxes in the construction of identity, through objects and historical contexts. He seeks to explain that it is our interaction with objects around us that shape us as people and the lives we lead. Danh Võ was the 2012 winner of the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize and is widely considered as a revolutionary artist.

The exhibition is FREE to enter. Please visit the Nottingham Contemporary website for further details.


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Posted on 14 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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