Things to do this weekend, 1st – 4th May


Brace yourself for a bumper bank holiday weekend in Nottinghamshire! Over the three days you will be able to enjoy everything from a merry beer festival to the opening of one of the UK’s newest attractions. More inspiration can be found in the What’s On section of our website as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Fortress Newark Under Siege – National Civil War Centre

It’s been years in the planning but now the country’s first dedicated Civil War Centre will open its doors in Newark this Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday. But if you’re expecting a low-key event then think again. Instead, you can witness the town come under siege from an army of nearly 900 Civil War re-enactors and a battery of cannons.

Fortress Newark Under Siege will recreate the deadly battles of this 17th century, with opposing troops coming face-to-face with each other over the River Trent at Newark Castle. Visitors will also be able to enjoy living history camps, 17th century medicine and much more. Further details are available via the website.

Meanwhile, history fans will also be able to see more dramatic re-enactments, this time from the Napoleonic War, at Wollaton Hall and Park on Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday. The nostalgia continues at Brewhouse Yard where there will be a 1940s knees-up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day on Bank Holiday Monday. During the day you can meet veterans, enjoy dance displays and sing-alongs and the chance to experience rationing.

Chef’s Tasting Menu – Hand and Heart

Nestled among the independent shops and well-loved pubs on Derby Road, Nottingham’s Hand and Heart is known for serving great food, including hearty Sunday roasts. Now head chef Mark Robinson will be showcasing his skills by offering diners the chance to experience his six-course tasting menu this Bank Holiday Monday. The evening will include a modern take on classic British ingredients and guests will be treated to a glass of prosecco on arrival plus a complimentary Armagnac with coffee at the end.

Booking is essential on 01159 582456 or email at

Lincoln Green Birthday Bash Beer Festival

The celebrated Lincoln Green Brewery turns three this weekend (no, we can’t believe it either) and what better way to celebrate than with a beer festival at the brewery? Choose form more than 30 real ales and eight ciders, along with red or white wine if you’re not a beer lover.

The event starts on Friday, making it the ideal start to your weekend, and continues until Saturday. There will also be hot food available as well as live music from Nottingham rock act The Solution. Entry is FREE (£3 refundable for beer glass) and tokens cost 50p each.

Lincoln Green Brewery is easy to reach by public transport, with a regular train (Robin Hood line), bus (Trent Barton – The Threes) and tram route. Visit the Lincoln Green Brewery website for more information.

May Day at St Ann’s Allotments

There will be foraging, food and encounters with furry friends at St Ann’s Allotments tis weekend. This idyllic green oasis on the edge of the city will host a family-friendly May Day celebration this Bank Holiday Monday, with seasonal food being served in the cafe, wildlife walks, family activities and more. The event takes place between 11am and 4pm and details on the allotment can be found on the website.

Bluebells at Hodsock Priory

At the start of the year, we all look forward to the first signs of new life as the snowdrops bloom at Hodsock Priory. Now spring is very much here and you will be able to see the woodland at Hodsock swathed in purple as the delicate bluebells come out.

During your walk, stop off at the woodland cafe, which will be serving homemade cakes and hot drinks, or stock up on plants at the garden centre. More information, including opening times, is available on the website.

Around The World In 80 Skates at the National Ice Centre

Ice Skaters from the National Ice Centre will present a special show this Sunday as they wow audiences with Around The World In 80 Skates. The performance will celebrate many forms of skating, from dance to synchronized skating and many more. Enjoy a matinee show that will transport you on a journey around the globe and will feature in a special series on CBBC in the coming months.

To find out more on the show and how to purchase tickets, please visit the National Ice Centre website.

1940s Knees Up at Brewhouse Yard

Enjoy a spot of nostalgia this Bank Holiday Monday at Nottingham’s Brewhouse Yard for a 1940s Knees Up to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. Not only will the celebrations be taking place in Brewhouse Yard, but this year you can also enjoy the live music and carnival antics within the grounds of Nottingham Castle.

Visitors will have the chance to meet veterans from the time as well as listen to speeches from Winston Churchill. There will also be live music, street games, sweet rations, dance displays and much more! To find out more, please visit the website.

Posted on 27 April 2015
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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