Things to do this weekend, 23rd – 26th May 2014

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After the scorching weekend we’ve just experienced across Nottinghamshire, it is safe to say we have well and truly had a taster of the beautiful weather we can expect to come in the summer. In fact, and whisper this quietly, you might say summer has already arrived… We’re hoping the coming weekend is just as gorgeous, as we have another packed programme of events to take your fancy including a spot of cycling, some dance themed fun as well as the start of half-term activities across many Nottinghamshire attractions. And of course, let’s not forget it’s bank holiday again, so for many of us, it’s a three day weekend! So sit back and digest this weekends feast of Nottinghamshire events.


neat14 Festival at Various Venues

With over 50 events happening over the course of 9 days, neat 2014 is a celebration of Nottingham and Europe, showcasing some of the finest acts that will commemorate events such as WWI, this being the centenary year since the commencement of the Great War, as well as the Mass Bolero which marks the 30th Anniversary of Torvill & Dean’s Bolero routine which famously won them gold at the Sarajevo Olympics. It’s a festival with something for everyone, young and old with theatre, film, dance, art exhibitions and much more.

Nottinghamshire locations hosting events include the New Art Exchange, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Playhouse and many more.

Mass Bolero is one of the showpiece events in the calendar, with many local businesses and people taking part in a dance production, recorded and pieced together on film to stage a recreation of Torvill & Dean’s routine from 3o years ago. It has been a huge effort to pull together and one that will be a fitting tribute to the Nottingham performers gold medal triumph. The screening of Mass Bolero is this Friday, 23rd May at the Nottingham Playhouse.

Events marking World War One include theatrical performances such as The Second Minute and Raising Lazarus as well as many more.

A full programme of events can be found in the complete neat14 Festival guide which is accessible as a digital PDF by clicking here


The Milk Race 2014 at Nottingham’s Old Market Square

Milk Race is set to take over the city centre on Saturday & Sunday

Nottingham’s historic Milk Race returns this year, promising to be bigger and better than ever!

The event is always one of the highlights on the national cycling calendar, and over its history, has attracted some big name participants.

This year’s Milk Race is a two day event over the 24th & 25th May, with not only the race itself, but also a day of entertainment and music to wow the crowds ahead of the big day on Sunday. On Sunday there will be two elite races as well as public rides for all the family to take part in so that members of the public can ride the same circuit as the World and Olympic champions. 2013 Milk Race winner, Felix English, will be back to defend his crown in what is building up to be a magnificent event that will grab the attention of the nations cyclists once again.

For more information on the events, please visit the Milk Race website.


Whee! Lakeside’s International Children’s Dance & Theatre Festival 2014

Celebrating its tenth year, The International Children’s Dance & Theatre Festival at Lakeside Arts Centre is one of the top festivals of its kind in the regional arts calendar, and is highly anticipated by families and artists alike as a key event. It all kicks off this Saturday, 24th May, and runs until 1st June.

Lakeside promises acts from all over the world, with previous festivals attracting performers from Germany, Spain, Italy and many more countries. International acts and performers that have graced the event in previous years include Mass Theatre and Dance, Frozen Charlotte and many more. 2014 is expected to have the same international lineup of acts, that are guaranteed to entertain the whole family this weekend.

35,000 children and families have enjoyed the festival over the previous 10 years, making it a popular event on the calendar for many across the county and the country.

More information on the festival, as well as many more events happening at Lakeside over the course of 2014, can be found on their website.


Dot To Dot Festival at Various Venues

The Dot to Dot Festival is a celebration of the best new up-and-coming music on the circuit today, taking place in Nottingham on 25th May as well as several other cities across the UK. This year’s festival promises to showcase some exciting bands and solo artists, who are ready to burst onto the music scene. The event has previously announced acts such as Mumford & Sons and Nottingham’s own Jake Bugg onto the scene.

2014 has a great line-up in prospect, with the Midnight Beast, Peace, Real Estate and Wolf Alice headlining the event, as well as many more artists making up the long list entertaining the crowds in Nottingham this May. It’s one of the most anticipated festivals on the music calendar, with fans waiting to catch a glimpse of what is about to potentially break into the charts.

Dot To Dot 2014 is being hosted at some of Nottingham’s top music venues including Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Jam Cafe and many more.


Half Term/Bank Holiday Family Fun at Various Venues

From the 24th – 26th May, Newstead Abbey is asking everyone to come along and help Maisie find her cleaning kit, lost in the rooms of Nottinghamshire’s historic abbey. There will also be the opportunity to explore the abbey and its grounds, once home to romantic poet Lord Byron.

In the city centre, Nottingham Castle is bringing a Robin Hood theme to the children this bank holiday and half term, with a special Golden Arrow Trail around the castle and a prize at the end for the successful followers of the trail. There will also be plenty more activities taking place at Nottingham’s historic site as well as the usual exhibitions and a chance to walk around the castle grounds.

In the Newark & Sherwood district, Kelham Hall is celebrating spring bank holiday in a big way this year, with fun events taking place in the hall and its grounds from 10am – 4pm on Monday 26th May. A delicious barbecue will be set up in the grounds to feed those hungry bellies, as well as live music, face painting, lawn games go karts and many stands and stalls selling a wide variety of items. All in all it’s set to be a fantastic bank holiday at Kelham Hall for the whole family.

If you’re around the outskirts of the city this weekend, why not make a stop at Wollaton Hall, with their half term activities kicking off on Monday 26th. There’s an African theme this year, with many of the activities centering around this theme for the kids. These activities are priced at just £1 per person and will make for an engaging day out for all the family. And once you’re done, make sure you explore the magnificent grounds of Nottingham’s historic hall and deer park.


Of course there are plenty more events happening across Nottinghamshire this bank holiday weekend that we haven’t mentioned, so be sure to have a look on our What’s On page for more inspiration! And to keep up to date with live updates of what’s happening across our city and county, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Posted on 19 May 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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