Things to do this weekend, 20 – 21 of July

Nottingham Riviera

The weekend is almost here, so now is the time to plan how you’re going to enjoy it. With beautiful weather outside there is plenty to do around. Or perhaps you’d prefer to keep cool and stay indoors? Either way, we have plenty attractions for everyone. For more inspiration, go to the What’s on section of our website where you’ll find the full list of events.

The beach is back!

Nottingham Riviera returns from Friday 19 July, bringing the beach to the heart of the city and celebrating summer in Notts.  Running until 2 September, the Riviera in Old Market Square features a giant paddling pool, sandy beach area, café, rides and lots of FREE activities for all the family over the summer. With the warm weather here to stay, you’d be crazy to miss it.

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Get ready for Nottingham’s favourite music festival! Splendour Festival 2013 takes place this Saturday, with headline acts including Jake Bugg, Maximo Park and Squeeze. Set in the stunning grounds of Wollaton Hall, Splendour is the perfect place to enjoy this weekend’s glorious weather, and tickets are still available. For families, entertainment includes fairground rides, live entertainment and a kids’ zone. Book your tickets now.

Sweeney Todd – A Musical Thriller                        

New Street Theatre and Lakeside Arts Centre bring Stephen Sondheim’s timeless classic to life with a musical of razor sharp wit and some very close shaves. This classic thriller will be performed by a cast of over 20 amateur actors, predominantly from the Nottingham area, bringing to life the gruesome tale of a Fleet Street barber in London and his partner in crime. Sweeney Todd is on now until 27 July. Find out more here.

Open Churches

This weekend is your last chance to explore over 180 churches across the whole of Nottinghamshire, as part of the Open Churches project. We are fortunate to have such a rich variety of historical buildings to visit in our towns and villages so make sure to use this opportunity and explore.  To find out about the churches open for visitors in your visit their website.



Utagawa Kuniyoshi, The Rescue of Minamoto no Tametomo by Goblins (detail), ca.1851 (printed) ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Aquatopia – The imaginary of the ocean deep is a major new exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary, featuring more than 150 artworks by over 60 international artists, both historic and contemporary. Showcasing art inspired by the mysteries of the ocean deep, the exhibition covers everything from sirens to sea monsters to ship wrecks. Aquatopia opens at Nottingham Contemporary this Saturday, 20 July, and will be available to view at until 22 September before travelling to Tate St Ives in October.

Posted on 17 July 2013
Featured author: Kinga

Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

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