Things to do this weekend, 20th – 22nd June 2014
On the 21st June, we will be celebrating the Summer Solstice – the day where the sun reaches its highest point in the year – which means that we will be enjoying the longest day of the year this Saturday. With more daylight available this weekend than any other in the year, make sure you make the most of your time off work, whether you’re visiting our county for the first time, making a return visit or you live here and want to explore what’s happening. Here’s a taster of what’s on offer, with five highlighted events that we think you’ll love.
Cycle Live – Festival of Cycling Weekend & Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride – Victoria Embankment
It’s one of the biggest events in the cycling calendar and this weekend Nottingham serves up a festival of everything that goes on two wheels as Cycle Live takes over the city from the 21st – 22nd June. The event is made up of several events, aimed at both families, beginners and professional cyclists so there is something for everyone who has a love and passion for getting on their bike!
The Nottingham City Ride takes place on Saturday 21st June – an event aimed at families and beginners as well as professionals. It’s the perfect event for anyone that wants to cycle the city at whatever pace they want. If you have a family member taking part then pick a spot to watch and give them a cheer as they come past.
Also on Saturday, you can watch the Nottingham Grand Prix, which adds a real competition edge to proceedings as teams of cyclists compete on a closed circuit. The competitors will compete against each other and the clock as they race for 45 minutes in a relay style race. So make sure you are at the Victoria Embankment from 5.30pm to see this exhilarating event!
And to finish off proceedings on Sunday, the Great Notts Bike Ride will to place, with its 25, 50 and 100 mile rides on offer to participants. Each route offers a variety of scenery and challenges and there are a range of options for those looking to book a place. For more information on how to register for the event, please click here.
Earth & Fire International Ceramic Fair 2014 – Rufford Abbey Country Park
It’s one of the largest and most anticipated events of its kind and this weekend, we see the return of the Earth & Fire International Ceramic Fair at Rufford Abbey Country Park from the 20th – 22nd June. This event is now in its 20th year, which is testament to its popularity and success.
This year’s event promises some fantastic experiences for visitors, including the opportunity to have-a-go on a potter’s wheel courtesy of experienced potter Thomas Benirschke. You will also have the chance to meet and talk to over 100 potters at the event, as well as browse the many stands selling high-quality pots, gifts, sculptures and tools of the trade should you wish to add to your collection.
The potters in attendance will be only too happy to demonstrate their skills to the crowds, meaning you might just pick up some useful tips over the course of the weekend. Exhibitors from across Europe and the UK will be at the event as well as graduates, showcasing the up-and-coming talent we have in the UK.
Lowdham Book Festival – Various Venues in Lowdham
Lowdham Book Festival reaches a mini milestone this year as it celebrates 15 years of delighting visitors with the very best literary events, readings, book stalls, special guests and music.
The 2014 event brings back favourite events from previous years as well as introducing new events, specially brought to you as part of the 2014 offering, including those marking the centenary of World War I. Stage production The Swan Canaries will take place in the Village Hall as well as music and talks to commemorate this landmark year across the festival on Sunday 22nd June.
Special guests for 2014 include Ruby Wax, Judith Allnatt, Chris Alnot and many more.
For more information on the festival, please visit the website, where you can also download the complete guide to all the events taking place.
Newark Festival 2014 – Riverside Park, Newark
Newark comes together this weekend to celebrate its annual festival at Riverside Park from the 20th – 22nd June. There promises to be something for everyone, with food and drink in abundance, as well as great entertainment throughout the weekend. Headline acts for this year include Union J and The Human League. There will also be performances from Rough Copy and X Factor’s Luke Friend as well as many more artists to guarantee music that will entertain all audiences.
The food and drink festival is a key focal point for the weekend, allowing you to sample the very best local delicacies from high-quality local food and drink producers. Enjoy the fun of the fair, street entertainment and a special family-orientated Proms in the Park on Sunday.
For more information on the Newark Festival, please visit their website.
Pheasantry Brewery Beer Festival – The Pheasantry Brewery
If you love your real ale, you will absolutely love the Pheasantry Brewery Beer Festival – a must-visit event for those who appreciate the variety of ales produced by Nottinghamshire’s Pheasantry Brewery or for anyone who wishes to sample them for the very first time. Visit from the 20th – 22nd June. For more details, including opening times, visit the dedicated page on our website.
Visitors will be able to sample over 20 real ales, and for anyone who is a member of CAMRA, entry to the festival is FREE. It’s only the second festival held by the Pheasantry, and it is due to popular demand, that it is making a return for 2014. It’s not just a weekend aimed at adults either, with entertainment for children across all three days as well as a barbecue in the garden.
For more information on the Beer Festival, please visit the Pheasantry Brewery website.