Things to do this weekend, 1st – 3rd August 2014

Fireworks1 Riverside Festival

We’re now rapidly approaching the month of August. The kids are off school and many of you will be getting ready for your summer holidays or family day trips. Wherever your plans take you make sure you explore what’s happening in Nottinghamshire – here is a taster of what’s in store this weekend.

The Nottingham Building Society Riverside Festival 2014 at the Victoria Embankment

From Friday until Sunday, enjoy the fun of the fair – with plenty more thrown in – at the annual Riverside Festival. The event, which takes place at the Victoria Embankment, is a firm favourite which is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

The Saturday night fireworks display returns and is bigger and better than ever before. Stand on the banks of the River Trent and marvel as the skyline is lit up by a display to rival any other. Make a day of it and enjoy the various food and drinks stalls, plus live music, on offer. 

There will be FREE art activities for the little ones as well as sporting events, street theatre, craft stalls and much more. With the city centre within walking distance and West Bridgford on the opposite bank of the Trent, there is plenty happening in the area to guarantee a fun-filled weekend in the city.

For more information, please visit the Nottingham City Council website.

Medieval Mayhem at The Tropical Butterfly House (located in North Anston, South Yorkshire, S25 4EQ)

As it’s now the school holidays, keeping the little ones entertained is what it’s all about – and the team at the Tropical Butterfly House have the solution with a spot of Medieval Mayhem!

Kids can enjoy all the fun of the zoo, and plenty more too, as the popular attraction puts on Robin Hood themed puppet shows throughout the summer. There’s also the chance to take part in activities such as archery and discover the rustic woodland walk.

The Tropical Butterfly house boasts a wide range of animals, some of which you might not of met before including snakes, meerkats, owls, crocodiles and much more so it’s a fantastic day out for everyone.

Medieval Mayhem takes place daily until the 31st August from 10am – 5.30pm. Normal admission charges apply. Please visit the Tropical Butterfly House website for more information.

Patchings Barn Gallery Summer Show at Patchings Art Centre


Patchings Art Centre are exhibiting many exciting pieces as part of their Summer Show

Patchings Art Centre is displaying the works of chosen artists this summer who have been specially chosen for your enjoyment. The Barn Gallery will come alive with vibrant pieces, all conveying different moods, subjects and styles as part of the Summer Show. It’s a chance to get up close and personal with some great pieces and explore the meaning behind them.

Artists involved in the exhibition include Carole Baker, Janet Mayled, Ian Risley, Tim Fisher and many more.

There is a selection exhibitions on display in the various other galleries around the centre, with Gallery Newcomers 2014 on display in the Crew Yard Gallery – displaying the best newcomers onto the art scene from this year so far. And in the Image Gallery, an exhibition entitled ‘Light’ is still on show and continues until 7th September.

Whatever your fancy when it comes to art, we are sure that Patchings Art Centre has what you are looking for. For more information on the various exhibitions on display, please visit the Patchings Art Centre website.

Dr Livingstone at Newstead Abbey

The theme this summer at Newstead Abbey is Africa. Embark on an exploration at Nottingham’s historic abbey and discover the secrets of exploration and the work carried out by the famous Dr Livingstone.

Through various activities, kids can use their imaginations to explore the continent and the treasures it hides.

This weekend, there’s the opportunity to embark on an explorer taster tour for £2 per person, with trails and quizzes available. You can create your very own animal mask to take home with you at the end of the day.

Car parking charges do apply. Please visit the Newstead Abbey website for more details.

Tudors at Wollaton Hall

Enjoy Tudor craft activities all summer at Wollaton Hall, as Nottingham’s historic house takes on a new feel for the holidays. With artifacts on display from throughout Wollaton’s history there’s the opportunity to learn more about this famous part of our heritage and how it relates to Nottingham. Artifacts will be on display from 2pm until 4pm.

This weekend, kids will be able to make Tudor puppets and Tudor crowns. Let their imaginations run wild as they get creative and of course, they will be able to take home whatever they make. It’s £2 per person to take part in the activities. There’s also a Tudor trail and quiz which costs just £1 per person.

For more information on Tudors at Wollaton Hall, please visit Nottingham City Council website.

Details of what’s happening in Nottinghamshire this weekend can be found on our What’s On page. Alternatively, follow us on Facebook or Twitter

Posted on 28 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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