Things to do this weekend, 27th-29th September
Autumn is just around the corner but with the promise of warm weather this weekend there is no better time to enjoy the best that Nottinghamshire has to offer. A full guide is available in our What’s On section but here are our top picks.
Great Notts Show
The biggest draw for foodies this weekend will no doubt be the Great Notts Show which kicks off on Friday and runs until Sunday. The event, which takes place in Market Square, will include a host of stalls offering everything from wild boar and venison to artisan pizzas, cheeses, Mediterranean delights and sweet treats. There will also be an opportunity to sample the freshly-roasted coffee beans made by experts at Stewarts of Trent Bridge while at the real ale tent and beer garden there will be an array of beers from the Navigation brewery and others in the county. Throughout the day visitors will be wowed by demonstrations from some of our finest chefs including Amita Sawhney from the award-winning MemSaab who will be cooking up a storm with her speciality curries. There will also children’s workshops as well as live music at the I’m Not From London stage. The Great Notts Show, which is a fundraiser for Framework and the Children’s Air Ambulance, takes place between 10am and 6pm each day.
Robin Hood Town Tour
If you want to find out about Nottinghamshire’s most notorious outlaw Robin Hood then look no further than the Robin Hood Town Tour. The walk, which takes place on Saturday at 2pm starting at the Cross Keys pub on Byard Lane, is led by the legendary Ezekial Bone who brings Robin Hood to life with his gripping tales of the city. You will be able to find out why Nottingham Castle is not really a castle and see why Nottingham is known as the City of Caves. This one is not to be missed.
Sherwood Through the Ages
Delve into the history of our world-famous forest at the Sherwood Through the Ages event which takes place at Sherwood Forest Country Park in Edwinstowe this weekend. Expect high-octane military displays from the Saxon Warriers and the Civil War Parliamentarian soldiers, along with interactive displays describing life from the Copper Age to the 1980s. There will be 150 performers and displays including re-enactment group The Vicus, who will be giving us a glimpse into Roman and Briton life in the 1st Century AD.
Southwell Ploughing Match
There will be an opportunity to experience some of Nottinghamshire’s beautiful countryside and rich agricultural heritage at the renowned Southwell Ploughing Match which takes place on Saturday at Blidworth Dale in Ravenshead. The family-orientated show, which began in 1855, charts the history of ploughing through the ages and there will be everything from vintage vehicles to modern day tractors, along with livestock, threshing demonstrations and entertainment from the Essex Dogs Display Team.
Ikano Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon
And finally, don’t forget to show your support for those who are taking part in the Ikano Robin Hood Marathon, Half Marathon and Mini Marathon on Sunday. The race starts at 9.30am at Victoria Embankment near Trent Bridge and runners will be following a route which includes the stunning Nottingham University campus and Colwick Country Park. Go on, give them a cheer!