Things to do this weekend, 30th May – 1st June 2014
Our run of spring bank holidays is now over for another year but that does not mean you can’t make the most of your weekend in Nottinghamshire. As spring turns to summer, our programme of festivals begins and this weekend we are celebrating everything from music and the arts to sport and English wine. Take a look at our festival round-up to see what’s in store – and don’t forget to check out the What’s On section of our website for more inspiration. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates.
Ruddfest in Ruddington
The idyllic village of Ruddington will once again play host to Ruddfest, a beer festival which takes place on the Village Green and at local pubs from Thursday until Sunday. This year, you can choose from more than 100 beers, ciders and perries, including brews from Castle Rock, Navigation, and Pheasantry. Or why not discover some of the fine wines being produced in England? McArtney’s will have a marquee on the Village Green where the team will be showcasing English wines and holding a ‘taste off’ with favourites such as Pinot Grigio. There will also be locally-sourced food, mead and American bottled beer.
Hucknall Fake Festival at Titchfield Park
Scores of music fans are expected to arrive in Hucknall on Saturday for the Fake Festival. Held in the town’s Titchfield Park, the line-up includes tributes to big name stars such as Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Kings of Leon, along with local support acts. As well as the music, there is also an Entertainment Zone for children, food stalls and a bar which stays open until 11.30pm.
Advance tickets are priced at £20 for adults, £10 for young people (10 to 17-years-old) and £50 for families. Children under 10 can go along for FREE. Tickets are available from the Nottingham Tourism Centre on Smithy Row and via the website.
Festival of Tennis. The event, which is held at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, will see international tennis players compete for the Aegon Trophy, world ranking points and prize money. On Saturday, you can watch the women’s singles qualifying matches, while on Sunday the men’s and women’s singles qualifiers will take place.
Matches start at 11am each day and run until 8pm/9pm. Further details are available on the website. No ticket is required – simply turn up at 11am (10.30am on weekdays).
Bolero at Nottingham Playhouse (part of neat14)
The Nottingham European Arts and Theatre (NEAT) Festival was launched with a bang last Friday – but there is still plenty to look forward to this weekend, including Bolero which will be performed at Nottingham Playhouse. Written by Michael Pinchbeck, who also brought The Ashes to the Playhouse, Bolero chronicles the major events of the 20th century including the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914, Torvill and Dean’s gold medal-winning performance at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in 1984 and the Bosnian war.
Over the weekend you can also see Raising Lazarus, a one-woman show which examines the role of West Indian soldiers who came to fight for Britain during the First World War. Meanwhile, Erich Maria Remarque’s war-time classic All Quiet on the Western Front which has been commissioned especially for neat14, will be performed at Barton’s Bus Garage in Chilwell.
Further details on what’s on during neat14 are available on the website. Tickets can be purchased via Nottingham Playhouse, and don’t forget to enter our competition to WIN tickets to see Bolero along with a Bramley Apple Martini Cocktail.
FreeFest at Kelham Hall
You don’t have to spend a fortune this weekend to have a great time. In fact, you can enjoy a day of FREE entertainment at FreeFest which takes place in the beautiful grounds of Kelham Hall on Saturday. The line-up includes Devlin Blues, The Sensational Soul Band and Jam – the Ultimate Party Band along with many more. No ticket is required for this event, which takes place between 12noon and 10pm, and there is also free parking, food and drink stalls and a camp site (priced at £15 per pitch or £19.50 per pitch with electric). Further information is available via Facebook.