Things to do this weekend, 28th – 31st August 2015

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It’s a bumper bank holiday weekend this week so that’s an extra day to get out and about and enjoy all that is great about Nottinghamshire. Keep reading for our top 5 events for this week and join in the conversation and updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, using the hashtag #lovenotts.


Southwell Music Festival at Various Venues in Southwell


Marcus Farnsworth rehearsing Haydn’s Creation

Southwell comes alive this weekend as the annual Southwell Music Festival delivers five days of classical music from the 27th – 31st August. Festival performances are centred around Southwell Minster and the state chamber of the neighboring Archbishops’s Palace.

Southwell is the perfect setting for such an occasion – a rural town in the leafy heart of Nottinghamshire. The festival will bring together works from some of the best names in classical music as well as inspire younger generations looking for a future in this area. For more information on the festival, visit the Southwell Music Festival website.


Nottingham Building Society GB Archery National Finals 2015 at Wollaton Hall

Nottingham is no stranger to a bow and arrow with its tales of Robin Hood weaved into the city’s folklore. This weekend, the UK’s best at archery descend upon Wollaton Hall for the GB Archery National Finals 2015 from 29th – 30th August.

The head to head competition will take the same format as the Olympics/Paralympics as the best of British compete to become the national champion. There will also be lots of family entertainment, food and activities taking place in the grounds of Wollaton Hall Entry to the event is free. Visit the website to find out more.


Powerboat World Championships at The National Watersports Centre

Rev your engines this weekend as the Powerboat World Championships make a splash at Nottingham’s National Watersports Centre this weekend from the 28th – 30th August. Over 50 competitors will come to the city from over 12 nations to compete to ultimately become the world champion and European Champion.

Spectators will be treated to fast and furious action on the waters of Nottingham’s world class venue which once again takes centre stage and becomes the focus of the world’s gaze for the event. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.


Great Food & Drink Festival at Newstead Abbey

Hear from professionals and sample the delights of some of the best food and drink out at the Great Food & Drink Festival at Newstead Abbey from the 29th – 31st August 2015.

Special guests will include star of last year’s Great British Bake Off, Chetna Makan, Masterchef contestant Dean Edwards and former Coronation Street actor Sean Edwards. Watch their masterclasses and cookery demos and celebrate the very best in food and drink at the former home of Lord Byron. Sample food from local producers and purchase some to take home and use in your own recipes. To find out more on the tasty offering this weekend, head over to the Great Food & Drink Festival website.


Summer Garden Party at Framework Knitters Museum

The annual Summer Garden Party returns to the Framework Knitters Museum this bank holiday Monday. Tucked away in the village of Ruddington, the Framework Knitters Museum celebrates Nottingham’s lace making, industrial past and for one day only, hosts live music, food, drink and entertainment in its tranquil gardens for the public to enjoy.

There’s free entry to the museum and the chance to have-a-go at crafts and try out the circular knitting machines. Make sure you visit the Textile Emporium for all your Nottinghamshire knitted goods too! To find out more about the Summer Garden Party at the Framework Knitters Museum, click here.

Posted on 24 August 2015
Featured author: Tom

Nottingham lad who’s a proud Notts County fan, cheese fiend, chocaholic and loves travelling and music.

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