Things To Do This Weekend, 20-22 September


You are never short of things to do in and around Nottinghamshire but if you’re still to make plans for the weekend ahead then be inspired by some of our highlights.  For more events over the weekend, and all year, see our What’s On section of the website.

Nottingham Comedy Festival

The annual Nottingham Comedy Festival kicks off on Friday evening which starts with The Best in Live Stand up Comedy at the Glee club.  The festival, now in its fifth year, gives us eight days of one liners and wise cracks at a variety of Nottinghamshire venues both large & small.  There is something for everyone to be in stitches over, and an opportunity for brand new comedians to be showcased as well as those more established.

Nottingham Contemporary’s Aquatopia

This weekend is your last chance to see this major exhibition of over 150 contemporary and historic artworks before it re-locates to Tate St Ives.  Don’t miss out on this collection from art history ‘greats’ where the ocean deep has been imagined through time and across cultures.  Our oceans have been the site of many myths, subconscious fears and unnamed desires. A must see before it submerges to other waters! Visit Aquatopia this weekend on Saturday 10am-6pm or Sunday 11am-5pm, or both!

D.H Lawrence Festival


The 10th annual D.H Lawrence Festival is a celebration of our legendary author and the 100 year anniversary of Sons and Lovers. The celebrations continue this weekend with a tour on Saturday of Bestwood Winding Engine House, where the Morels family in Sons and Lovers resided.  At D.H Lawrence birthplace there’s an Edwardian Chores Tour to learn what life was really like for a typical family. Here you can also take part in Help Build an Edwardian Town. The festival brings you a variety of events that celebrate one of Nottinghamshire’s greatest treasures.

Papplewick Pumping Station in Steam


Visit Britains finest Victorian Water Works this weekend as only one of eight weekends where it is brought back to its full glory.

The beam engines worked for 85 years before electric pumps were fitted.  Open 11am-5pm this Saturday and Sunday.

Pure Land Japanese Garden

For those of you in need of an escape from the X Factor already, visit the quiet little village of North Clifton, near Newark, where you’ll find Pure Land Japanese Garden.  This weekend the little piece of Japan lights up as large oriental lanterns glow warmly and solar lights nestle among some of the stone features.  As dusk falls, the lights glow and the garden is transformed into peaceful haven of tranquility. Enjoy this unique experience this Saturday and Sunday between 7pm-10pm where Pure Land tea is also served along with homemade heavenly scones made by Buddha Maitreya.

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Posted on 18 September 2013
Featured author: Natalie

Proud to represent the county I grew up in. Travel loving devoted mum of two who carries a torch for the city’s unsung hero, Captain Albert Ball VC.

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