Things to do this weekend, 25th – 27th July 2014


Summer is in full swing in Nottinghamshire, so make sure you get out and about this weekend and visit some amazing attractions, attend some exciting events or wine and dine in some of the finest restaurants and cafes the county has to offer. Even better, book a short break at one of the county’s hotels, B&Bs or apartments and make it a truly Nottinghamshire weekend. Here’s a quick guide to what’s on to whet the appetite!

Free Family Fun Day at the Framework Knitters’ Museum

Located in the quiet village of Ruddington is a museum that offers a great glimpse into Nottinghamshire’s lace history and the Luddite movement. The Framework Knitters’ Museum is celebrating the opening of the first stage of a redevelopment, made possible by Heritage Lottery funding received last year. Two new exhibitions are launching as a result, the first of which explores the Luddite movement.

To celebrate this funding and the opening of the new exhibition, the museum is hosting a free family fun day this weekend so that the public can experience the new exhibition which shows how the Luddite revolt started right here in Nottingham and spread across the country.

The museum is open from 11am until 4.30pm and last admission is at 4pm. Refreshments will be available throughout the day and actors and musicians will be providing entertainment in the grounds of the museum. You can also explore the on-site Textile Emporium selling locally made textile gifts.

For more information, please visit the Framework Knitters’ Museum website.

Trent To Trenches Exhibition at Nottingham Castle

AB  NCM 1996-464 12h oringalIt’s a century since the outbreak of the Great War which saw the loss of millions of lives as well as devastation to countries and their people on a mass scale.

This year, we remember the events of 100 years ago, and think of the heroes and those who lost their lives. Nottingham has been commemorating in its own way this year, and a major exhibition comes to Nottingham Castle this week entitled the Trent To Trenches Exhibition. Artifacts from the time, kept my members of the public, as well as stories recorded in diaries and imagery from the period will be on display to tell the story of how Nottingham and Nottinghamshire people played their part at home and on the front lines in France.

For more information on the event, please visit our dedicated World War One Centenary page.

Ping! Nottingham at various Nottingham City Centre locations

Ping Pong tables are sprouting up across Nottingham for the next month, with over 20 appearing in various locations across the city for the public to enjoy as part of an event called Ping! Nottingham!

With international players taking part and showing their skills on the table, as well as the public having the opportunity to play against each other, it’s an event of huge proportions, as locations such as Smithy Row, Lakeside Arts Centre and Nottingham Train Station play host to the tables and transform Nottingham into a city that’s gone into a ping pong frenzy!

The tables are FREE to play on, and there will be an array of activities and events for the public to take part in over the summer including tournaments and tuition classes to make you even better on the Ping Pong table. For more information, please visit the Ping! Nottingham website.

The Outlaw Triathlon at Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home of the National Water Sports Centre

This year is the fifth Outlaw Triathlon and many have already been driven on in the past by the challenge to beat the Sheriff on the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. The event is not for the faint-hearted, and provides great entertainment for the public. Only those who complete the challenge in 17 hours or less can be considered as a true outlaw.

So make sure you are at the National Water Sports Centre this weekend to see an event that will have you hooked to see who can beat the Sheriff and become an outlaw themselves. Whether you have family or friends competing, or you simply want to see the event unfold as a neutral, it’s an event that will have you hooked.

For more information on the event and how to get around on the day so that you don’t miss any of the action, please visit the Outlaw Triathlon website.

Picnic Cinema at Sherwood Pines

There’s nothing better than enjoying the great outdoors, sat in the evening sun on a blanket with a picnic and watching a good feature film. It always brings to mind a more American experience of the drive-in movies. But here in Nottinghamshire we also have a fantastic choice of films to watch beneath the stars.

This weekend, Sherwood Pines is showing two feature films – Robin Hood Men In Tights, and The Blair Witch Project.

Robin Hood of course is synonymous with Nottinghamshire, so where better to watch the man himself with his merry men than in his home forest? The Blair Witch Project is a tense horror telling the story of student film makers who go missing in the woods. And with Sherwood Pines as your backdrop, there really isn’t a more fitting location to watch such a film.

Tickets are still available for these showings, and full information on availability as well as ticket prices can be found on the Sherwood Pines website.

For more events taking place this weekend across Nottinghamshire, please visit our dedicated What’s On page. Alternatively, keep up to date by the minute on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Posted on 21 July 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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