Things to do this weekend, 22nd – 25th August 2014

Summer Nights 2013 credit Graham Lucas Commons4

It’s a bumper bank holiday special this week which means there’s even more time to get out and about and explore what Nottinghamshire has to offer. Take your pick of the five events below and see what takes your fancy as we look at some of the top things to do this weekend!


Southwell Music Festival at Various Venues in Southwell

It’s an annual event that celebrates classical music and brings people together from across the county and the UK. The Southwell Music Festival is one of the largest events in the calendar not just for Southwell, but for the whole county. Make sure you visit this weekend, whether you’re a seasoned visitor or it’s your first time. The performances over the weekend are something to behold, with professional musicians taking centre stage, as well as the chance for local and young up-and-coming musicians to start to make a name for themselves.

The centre piece event of the weekend will be a performance of Haydn’s ‘The Creation’ in the grand Southwell Minster – a fitting venue for such a breath taking choral performance.

Southwell will be a buzz of excitement this weekend as the Southwell Open Studios event comes to the town at the same time as the music festival, offering visitors the chance to take in great local artistic works as well as fine live musical performances.

For more information on the Music Festival including a full programme performances, please visit the official website.


Summer Nights Outdoor Film Screenings at Wollaton Hall

After proving so popular last year with visitors, especially since Wollaton Hall appeared in The Dark Knight Rises, Summer Nights Film Screenings return this summer with three fantastic blockbuster films, perfect to grace the historic location.

On Friday night, you’re able to see one of the latest blockbusters to hit British cinema screens – Gravity. This space encounter is set to have you on the edge of your seat (or your blanket), for the whole performance. On Saturday, enjoy a classic that’s set to have visitors singing along and maybe even up and dancing. Grease, featuring John Travolta, is the summer film about love found on a beach and the ultimate high school musical. Finally on the Sunday night, what better film to conclude with than The Dark Knight Rises – with Wollaton Hall playing its own role in the third and final installment of Christian Bale playing the caped crusader.

Summer Nights is a great chance to pack a picnic and a blanket and sit under the stars to enjoy some of the best films of all time. To find out more, please visit the Summer Nights website.


Cider and Sausage Festival at The Prince Rupert


The Prince Rupert Pub, Newark

The name of this event just screams perfection. In essence it does exactly what it says on the tin. The Prince Rupert Pub, located in the historic market town of Newark, is hosting its first ever Cider and Sausage Festival from the 21st – 25th August, providing plenty of opportunity for you to pay them a visit and enjoy the charm of one of Newark’s oldest pubs while sampling tasty delicacies and fine ciders.

The building dates back to 1452, and is an experience in itself when you walk inside. It’s a time capsule in itself and is one of the oldest buildings in the town, with strong Civil War roots to its name. Restored in 2010, the Prince Rupert is a popular choice with many who live in Newark and indeed with tourists, especially those exploring the Civil War Trail. So why not enjoy their first ever Cider and sausage festival this weekend with over 20 real ciders from all over the UK, local, national and European sausages as well as live music over the weekend!

For more information, please visit the Prince Rupert website.


Brown Dog Garden Party at Brown Dog Interiors

A city centre shop is probably the last place you would expect to find a garden party? Well you’ve seen nothing until you visit Brown Dog Interiors this weekend for their summer Garden Party! It’s the relaunch of one of Nottingham’s best independent shops, and you’re invited to come along and meet the team at Brown Dog this Friday 22nd August on Derby Road.

The showroom inside the shop has had a refurbishment and to celebrate, there will be 10% off across the store during the Garden Party. Guests will also be treated to free bubbly and food, to get the merriment well on its way and to mark the relaunch with an exciting new team at the helm.

The Garden Party runs from 6pm – 9pm, and everyone is welcome to attend! For more information on Brown Dog Interiors, please visit their website.


A War To End All Wars – Steam Day at Papplewick Pumping Station

Be transported back to the First World War this weekend at Papplewick Pumping Station for ‘A War To End All Wars‘ – a special steam day to commemorate the events of 100 years ago as part of the Trent To Trenches programme of events.

The tales of war will be told over both Sunday and Monday, with real life accounts being shared with the public through many different mediums including music, drama, and story telling. The powerful images of war will be portrayed to the public, giving us a glimpse of what life was like on the front lines and also back home in England, where women were required to carry out jobs in the factories – jobs that had previously been carried out by men pre-war. There will also be activities for the kids to enjoy as well as a sprinkling of comedy performances throughout the weekend. And, make sure you visit the pumping station for tours, a period campment and hospital, artefacts as well as clothing on display from WWI.

For more information on this event as well as more details on Papplewick Pumping station, please visit their website.


Summer Garden Party at The Framework Knitters Museum

On bank holiday Monday, the Framework Knitters Museum opens for its annual Summer Garden Party, a main stay in the annual calendar and an event that is proving more and more popular with visitors every year.

It’s an event that delights crowds with live musical performances as well as other means of entertainment, food, drink and the chance to take part in activities for all ages. This year for the first time, the museum is also hosting a summer craft fair as part of the garden party, so make sure you have your creative head on! Tea, cake and crafts is the order of the day so be sure to take full advantage and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the museums beautiful gardens and relax for an afternoon of delightful music and an opportunity to meet like minded people.

For more information on the Garden Party as well as information on the museum itself, please visit the website.


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Posted on 18 August 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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