Things to do this weekend, 29th – 31st August 2014

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With the last bank holiday of the year now behind us, there’s now even more reason to ensure that you make the most of the weekends. Let’s see what the last weekend of August has in store for us as we get ready to welcome September into our year here in Nottinghamshire.

Mela Weekender 2014 at The New Art Exchange and Victoria Embankment

Nottingham comes alive with colour and festival vibes this weekend as Mela 2014 takes over Trent Bridge, the New Art Exchange and the Victoria Embankment on Saturday and Sunday. Last year saw the Nottingham Mela deliver some stand out dance routines, music, art and entertainment that rocked Nottingham, all in the name of celebrating South Asian arts and culture.

The festival has been running annually since 1988 and attracts crowds every year from all over the county, UK and the world. This year’s festival coincides with the Royal London ODI at Trent Bridge where England take on India, offering even more reasons for Mela to be a big hit with the crowds with sport and the arts coming together in an amalgamation set to wow visitors at Trent Bridge and in the city centre. With live music and entertainment coming live from Trent Bridge on match day, as well as at the New Art Exchange and at the Victoria Embankment on the Sunday, there are plenty of reasons to get out there and experience South Asian culture for yourself.

For more information on the Mela Weekender 2014, please visit the New Art Exchange website.

Summer Nights Outdoor Film Screenings at Hardwick Hall

The popular Summer Nights Outdoor Film Screenings visit Hardwick Hall this weekend, with some blockbuster films lined up for you to enjoy under the stars.

On Friday night, let the magic of the wizarding world of Harry Potter cast a spell on you with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 taking to the big screen. As the penultimate film in the series, the Deathly Hallows Part 1 sets the scene for the end of the Harry Potter saga, with twists and turns along the way as we discover whether Harry can find and destroy all the horcruxes in order to defeat Voldemort.

On Saturday night, it’s the turn of Dirty Dancing, a motion picture that tells a love story, forged through dance. Watch the story of ‘Baby’, a girl who goes away with her family to a camp in upstate New York. While there, she becomes infatuated with the camp’s dance instructor and has to fight hard to keep him in her life.

For more information, please visit the official Hardwick Hall website.

Powerboat GP World Championships at Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home of the National Water Sports Centre

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The 2014 International Nottingham Grand Prix at the National Water Sports Centre this weekend.

The Powerboat GP World Championships return to the National Water Sports Centre this weekend, with all eyes focused on Nottingham on Saturday and Sunday.

Over 40 teams will be in Nottingham this weekend to compete in several different tournaments as part of the event, with junior GT15 races, GT30 Championships and F4S World Championships and the OSY400 European Championships. All in all it’s set to be a showpiece event with some of the world’s best competitors battling it out to win their events. The Powerboat World Championships are an exhilarating event to watch, with speeds of up to 70 miles per hour on an unpredictable surface – guaranteeing great entertainment.

For more information on the GP World Championships, please visit the Powerboat GP website.

Nottingham Life Cycle 2014 at Lakeside Arts Centre

Cycling is big in Nottinghamshire this year, and the two wheeled events keep coming with Nottingham Life Cycle next on the agenda this weekend at the Lakeside Arts Centre. Situated on the University of Nottingham campus, this event has been organised to raise money for Children’s Brain Tumour Research and attracts many cyclists.

No matter what your ability, everyone is welcome to come along and take part. You can even go along to the beautiful campus and watch your friends and family in the event. There are rides of varying length to suit the most accomplished long distance cyclist, all the way down to the less experienced and younger competitors. There will also be live music and a barbecue on site for visitors to enjoy.

For more information, please visit the University of Nottingham Life Cycle page and see how you could get involved.

The Nottingham Building Society GB Archery Finals at Wollaton Hall

The London 2012 Olympics captured everyone’s imagination’s when it came to sport, and this weekend you’re set to be treated to some world class archery at the GB Archery Finals at Wollaton Hall. The head to head competition will take the same format as the Olympics and Paralympics.

The best competitors from the UK will compete against each other to see who can be crowned champion, with 24 competitors taking part in six different archery events. In addition there will be an exclusive invitational match, showcasing the talent of two Paralympic medalists. American Paralympian and silver medalist Matt Stutzman will be in attendance.

There also promises to be live music, food and entertainment in the grounds of Wollaton Hall on both days, ensuring there’s plenty to keep everyone happy. The event runs from 10am – 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, please visit the Archery GB website.

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Posted on 26 August 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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