Things to do this weekend, 27th – 29th June 2014

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Can you believe it’s approaching the final weekend of June? We certainly can’t. June has absolutely flown by and we’ve seen some amazing events come and go this month. Nottinghamshire is certainly the place to be if you want to keep busy. June ends the way it began, with a weekend filled to the rafters with great events and attractions opening their doors to offer visitors the best possible visit to our glorious county. Don’t stay in, get out and about and take in some of our recommendations for the weekend ahead.


U Dance 2014 Opening Night at Nottingham Playhouse

U Dance 2014 officially kicks off this week and it all starts, as with most things, on opening night. The start of U Dance promises something very special indeed, as the national youth dance festival makes its mark on Nottingham.

The festival is run by Youth Dance England, and will see over 400 dancers descend upon Nottingham for a three day festival dedicated to the thrills of dance.

Opening night is this Friday, 27th June, and incorporates creative dance routines performed live for the public at Nottingham’s Playhouse. With an appearance from world famous choreographer Richard Alston, along with new and exciting routines performed by the National Youth Dance Company (England).

For more information on all dance events taking place across Nottinghamshire this summer as well as all events happening as part of the youth dance festival this weekend, please visit the dedicated dance section of our website with events from Big Dance, Dance 4 and Youth Dance England.


Lace Market Heritage Audio Trails at The Galleries of Justice Museum

Nottingham’s Lace Market has plenty of undiscovered secrets, just waiting to be unearthed and now you can learn about its illustrious past with the Lace Market Heritage Audio Trail. Its heritage and architecture is of great interest, with a great mixture of Victorian work that sits on top of the city’s complex network of caves. From the Galleries of Justice Museum which was once the county gaol, to St Mary’s Church and network of streets around it that make up Nottingham’s Lace making history. It’s a rich area of the city when it comes to architecture and thanks to the Galleries of Justice and RIBA East Midlands, you can now enjoy this tour as part of the RIBA East Midlands’ Love Architecture Festival 2014.

The tour lasts approximately one hour and is narrated by Joanna Lumley. Due to the limited number of headsets, the tour is done on a first come, first served basis so make sure you book your place as soon as possible!

For more information on this event, you can visit the website.


Armed Forces Weekend at Wollaton Hall & Deer Park

Armed Forces Day publicity shots in various Nottingham locations.

Armed Forces Day 2013 was a huge success for Nottingham

Armed Forces Day was hosted in Nottingham last summer and was a huge success as the nation focused its attention upon our city to mark an important event in the calendar. The annual tribute to our armed forces returns this year as Nottinghamshire remembers those who have fought for our country past and present, in a special weekend of remembrance and celebrations.

The 2014 offering comes from Wollaton Hall which will be hosting a variety of stands and events across Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June. With displays from the 508 Regiment, and current armed forces as well as stands hosted by the The Royal British Legion, Help For Heroes, War Widows and local veterans associations, the weekend promises a fitting tribute to those who give their lives for the protection of their country.

Entertainment will take the form of live music throughout both days, with songs from the 1930’s and 40’s. You can also experience an air raid shelter as well as a WWII canteen where you can take lunch while enjoying the atmosphere of the event and the backdrop of Wollaton Hall and its grounds.

Entry to the event is FREE, with a £4 parking charge.


World War One Living History Weekend at Rufford Abbey Country Park

The Great War comes to life this weekend as Rufford Abbey Country Park hosts a World War One Living History Weekend as part of the commemorative Trent To Trenches programme of events taking place throughout 2014 in Nottinghamshire. On the 28th & 29th June from 11am – 4.30pm, you’re invited to this living history event where you will be able to witness live events and displays covering both military and civilian life.

There’s something for the entire family, with period re-enactments, vintage vehicles from the time, children’s activities and static displays. There will also be live music and dancing from the period performed by talented performers.

This event is FREE to attend, there is a £5 car parking charge upon arrival.


Love Architecture Day at Mansfield Museum

If you have a keen interest in architecture and want to learn more about Nottingham’s architectural history and heritage then head down to Mansfield Museum this Saturday, 28th June, from 10am – 3pm for a day of activities centred around a love for architecture. The museum has teamed up with RIBA East Midlands’ Love Architecture Festival 2014 for a day that will be great for the whole family.

You will be challenged to a Beat The Architect Lego Challenge, to see whether you can beat a time set by a professional architect in building a model from lego. There’s also the opportunity to discover buildings in a Treasure Hunt, as well as a Detail Detectives activity where you can hunt for clues. Theres something for the little ones with Sand Pit Sculpture opportunities, craft activities and the chance to add your house to the special ‘Your Street’ drawing, filling the entire length of the entrance to the museum.

For more information on this event as well as all other events taking place as part of the RIBA East Midlands’ Love Archtitecture Festival 2014, please contact Jodie Henshaw 01623 463088 or email


There’s plenty more happening in Nottinghamshire this weekend, so to see what’s on, please visit our website. Alternatively you can like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for regular updates on what to do!

Posted on 23 June 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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