Things to do this weekend, 31 May to 2 June 2013


It’s the last weekend of the May half term and all of a sudden June arrives and the summer is in full swing. Here are our recommended things to do this weekend. A full list of events can be found via our What’s On page.

Arts and crafts

Visit the Harley Gallery this weekend and discover all about Edward Harley: The Great Collector. Edward was married to Henrietta Cavendish-Holles, at the time the wealthiest heiress in Britain. Edward’s lust for collecting bankrupted him but his manuscripts were sold back to the nation and formed the basis of the British Library.

For unique gift ideas and something special, try the World Village Market in Old Market Square with ethically traded foods, hand-crafted arts and crafts as well as a mini beer festival and live music.

Paa Joe and the Lion at Clumber Park has been causing something of a stir. His fantastic coffin creations will culminate in a Grand Finale and Celebration on Saturday June 1 at the National Trust parkland with music, poetry, dancers, a colliery band, giant puppets and more.

Family fun

At the Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife and Falconry Centre you’ll be able to escape into The Enchanted Fairy Forest. With special guided tours running throughout the day, you’ll encounter magical creatures amongst the trees and flowers, including new for this year, a seven feet tall dragon.

Nottingham Castle Caves
Nottingham Castle Caves

At Nottingham Castle you can immerse yourself in medieval England and enjoy Tales of Robin Hood as well as a special cave tour with the famous legend. Storytelling on Saturday includes Robin and The Sheriff, it costs £5 per person and character tours are the same price.

At Southwell Racecourse there’s a Family Fun Day with Peppa Pig. The first race is at 2.15pm and races take place throughout the afternoon until 5.15pm.

It’s your last chance to catch the Wheee! Lakeside International Children’s Dance and Theatre Festival at Lakeside Arts Centre. This weekend offers a Family Weekend in the Park with activities and performances set in beautiful Highfields parkland.

Special events

Current album chart topper Rod Stewart is starting his UK tour at Capital FM Arena on Saturday night. He’ll be performing all his greatest hits in a career that has spanned 5 decades. Tickets are still on sale from Capital FM Arena on 0843 373 3000.

The start of June means that summer is upon us and the build up to Wimbledon starts here with the Nottingham Festival of Tennis Aegon Trophy at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Car lovers will be in their element at Wollaton Hall as vintage and veteran cars are on display with live music, children’s entertainment and more at the Autokarna and Nottingham Post Motor Show 2013.

Tell us about your weekend plans via our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Posted on 29 May 2013
Featured author: Dale Web Marketing Officer

A Mansfield lad who likes reading, running and red wine.

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