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Things to do this weekend, 19th – 21st September


Nottinghamshire loves a good festival – and this weekend we will be celebrating everything from comedy and live music to food and drink. There will also be an opportunity to join legions of bike lovers for a one-of-a-kind ride through the city or explore one of our best-loved heritage attractions. These are just a few of our highlights so make sure you check out the What’s On section of our website for more inspiration.

Nottingham Comedy Festival – various venues

Since it began five years ago, the Nottingham Comedy Festival has welcomed both big name comedians such as Bill Bailey, Reginald D. Hunter as well as a host of new acts who are just starting to make their name on the circuit.

Now the event is back with another superb line-up which includes Live at the Apollo’s Paul Chowdhry, Jimmy Tarbuck OBE and comedy festival favourites The Noise Next Door.

Some of the highlights for the weekend include The Best in Live Stand-Up Comedy at the Glee Club, the Funhouse All Dayer and Stand-Up for Disability, which will raise money for two Nottinghamshire charities. And if you fancy a foray into the world of comedy yourself then make sure you go to the Comedy Writing Workshop on Saturday.

There are plenty more taking place so visit the website for the full programme.

The festival opens on Friday and runs until 27th September. You can buy your tickets directly from our website or at the Nottingham Tourism Centre on Smithy Row.

Clumber Festival of Food and Drink – Clumber Park

Here in Nottinghamshire we always cater well for our foodie visitors – and this weekend will be no exception. The beautiful Clumber Park is once again the setting for the Clumber Food and Drink Festival, a celebration of all things artisan. Watch a host of TV chefs wow the crowds with their culinary finesse and have your questions answered by a team of experts before you sample a range of local produce which will include craft beer, specialist wine and mouth-watering platters.

While you are there make sure you visit the School of Artisan Food’s stand where adults can sharpen their knife skills and have a go at butchery while youngsters will be able to make their own ice-cream and bread (adult classes must be booked in advance via the website but children can sign up on the day).

Book your advance tickets for the festival via the website before Wednesday for just £6 (children under eight are FREE and family tickets are available). Advance ticket holders can enjoy FREE parking. Alternatively, buy your tickets on the gate for £8.

Nottingham Classic Ride – Old Market Square, Nottingham

If the idea of wearing Lycra fills you with dread then the Nottingham Classic Bike Ride which takes place on Sunday could be for you. Don your best riding gear and join other bike riders as they depart from Old Market Square, stopping at Wollaton Hall where there will be a vintage bicycle display, and the Crafty Crow on the way back. This year’s event has a polka dot theme so it’s the perfect excuse to wear a spotted handkerchief.

And if you are looking for a retro outfit or some accessories for the ride then head to Cobden Chambers’ Vintage and Antiques Fair or Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair for a bit of shopping beforehand.

Pop-up Pauper Weekend – The Workhouse, Southwell

Once used to house the Victorian poor, The Workhouse is the most complete of its kind in the country. The National Trust attraction highlights the harsh conditions faced by many, as well as the fact that it also provided a much-needed refuge.

This weekend, you can find out for yourself what life was like for those who lived there at the ‘Pop-Up Paupers’ event. Travel back in time to the 1840s and listen to stories of Victorian life – you can even lend a hand in the laundry.

The cost for the event is included in the admission price. Find out more via the Workhouse website.

We hope you have a great weekend in Nottinghamshire. Share your pictures and experiences with us on Twitter and Facebook – don’t forget to use the hashtag #lovenotts.  

Posted on 15 September 2014
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

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