Things to do this weekend, 26th – 28th September 2014

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It’s the last weekend in September and with the forecast of at least some warm weather to come, we are looking forward to getting outdoors and exploring what the county has to offer. From the Ikano Robin Hood Half Marathon to an agricultural show which celebrates rural life, there is so much to enjoy. We have even more inspiration in the What’s On section of our website but for now take a look at the highlights.

Lincoln Green Brewery Beer Festival – Hucknall

Following the success of its first beer festival earlier this year, Lincoln Green is hosting another which starts on Friday and runs until Saturday. The event has been organised to celebrate the nationwide Cask Ale Week and beer fans will be able to choose from more than 30 real ales, including the brewery’s own range. There will also be a variety of real cider and wine along with live music on the Saturday night.

Entry to the festival is FREE and a returnable £3 deposit is required for glasses. Drink tokens cost 50p and CAMRA members can purchase 24 tokens for just £10 with a valid card.

Further details are available via the Lincoln Green website.

On The Home Front 1940s Living History Weekend – Rufford Abbey

For anyone who lived through them, the 1940s might be remembered as a time of turbulence and austerity but also camaraderie and of course glamour. This week, you will be able to relive the war years at the Living History Weekend which takes place at Rufford. With daily fly-pasts of the Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes – not to mention vehicle displays, re-enactments and puppet shows – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

At the event you can also meet key figures in the conflict such as Winston Churchill, as well as Land Army Girls and British soldiers. Make sure you take the time to sing along to a few war-time classics and pick up a period souvenir from the 1940s market.

Entry to the event is FREE (parking charges apply).

Robin Hood Half Marathon – Nottingham

On Sunday thousands of runners will descend on Nottingham for the Ikano Robin Hood Marathon/Half Marathon and Mini Marathon which starts and finishes at the Embankment. The event is one of the biggest in our sporting calendar and every year scores of supporters line the streets to cheer the runners along. Some of the best vantage points include Lakeside Arts Centre at Nottingham University and the Embankment itself.

If you are taking part in the race then you will no doubt be in need of a good meal afterwards. The Riverbank, which is close to the race village, offers traditional roasts, char-grilled steaks and mouth-watering platters.

Southwell Ploughing Match and Show – Bulcote, near Burton Joyce

Before the summer ends, take the time to embrace rural life at the Southwell Ploughing Match and Show which takes place on Saturday. At the event, you will be able to see vintage farming equipment in all its glory during a series of ploughing matches. There is also an opportunity to see the finest cattle and horses on display and browse the local produce stalls at the farmers’ market.

Advance tickets to the event cost £6 or £7.50 on the day (children under 14 are free). Further information, including how to buy tickets, is available on the website.

Shrek-themed afternoon tea at the Theatre Royal – Nottingham

Everyone’s favourite ogre Shrek is currently in residence at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal – and in honour of their special guest the team have devised a magical afternoon tea which is available on Saturday before the matinee show. Little ogres can tuck into mini mud and dirt cakes while their parents can indulge in a variety of sweet treats with tea or coffee.

The Shrek afternoon tea costs £7.95 per child and £9.95 for adults. Booking is advisable on 0115 989 5569. Click here for further information on Shrek.

Have a great weekend in Notts everyone! Don’t forget to share your pictures and memories with us via our Twitter and Facebook pages using the hashtag #lovenotts.

Posted on 22 September 2014
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

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