Things to do this weekend, 3rd – 5th July 2015
So we’re now kicking off July and with this week’s heatwave, the weather is set fair for a promising start of the month as the summer roars on. Fortunately, there’s lots to see and do while the weather is glorious around Nottingham and Nottinghamshire so it really is a pity to waste the chance to get outdoors and explore somewhere new. Read on for this week’s top five picks for things to do and make sure you’re following us on Twitter and Facebook for even more ideas and inspiration!
The Grand Tour at Various Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Venues
Art lovers are invited to enjoy the art and cultural riches of local museums and galleries on The Grand Tour. Travel through the beautiful scenery of the countryside and cityscapes of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire as you visit Nottingham Contemporary, The Harley Gallery, Chatsworth and Derby Museums.
Works from high profile artists such as Pablo Bronstein will feature heavily in a journey that recaptures the adventures of the aristocracy of the 17th & 18th centuries when they would travel around Europe to see works from various masters on their own Grand Tour. Now you’re invited to do the same on a regional level. For more information on The Grand Tour, please visit the website.
Southwell Poetry Festival at Southwell Library
Forming one of the key events in the annual cultural calendar for Nottinghamshire and delivering a plethora of well-known and innovative unknown poetry, the Southwell Poetry Festival returns this weekend with arguably one of the best lineups so far!
Lovers of Shakespeare and T.S. Eliot will not be disappointed and there will also be appearances from John Hegley, LiTTLe MACHiNe, Bert Flitcroft and many more. Take part in interactive workshops and readings aimed at all age groups and especially for the kids, a look at the enjoyable works of the immortal Doctor Seuss. To find out more on the weekends activities, please visit the website.
The Horne Section at Nottingham Playhouse
They were famously the first band to host Never Mind the Buzzcocks and have enjoyed massive success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on the glitzy West End. Now, The Horne Section are touring and bringing their fantastic show to Nottingham on Friday 3rd July.
It’s not just music that this group delivers, expect live stand-up comedy as well as their high-caliber musical performances with Alex Horne as the front man. Tickets are still on sale for this performance by The Horne Section, so please visit the Nottingham Playhouse website for more details or contact the box office.
Free Entry to Nottingham Castle – Lord Mayor’s Celebration
This weekend sees a very special event in Nottingham as the new Lord Mayor is sworn in on Saturday 4th July. To mark the occasion, a parade will make its way from the Old Market Square to Nottingham Castle and a ceremony will take place to welcome the new Lord Mayor. The public are invited to the Bandstand to watch a ceremony known as ‘Mayor Making’, which will include a short service and blessing for the city of Nottingham.
Entry to Nottingham Castle will be completely free on Saturday 4th July, with a range of events taking place in the castle grounds such as have a go archery, cave tours, living history camps and much more! For more information on the day, please click here.
Lady Bay Open Gardens at Lady Bay
This year celebrates 24 years of the Lady Bay Open Gardens Event and year on year it continues to grow in popularity and size. You’re invited to wander through the beautiful gardens of the Nottingham suburb and discover the colourful sights within the gardens of Lady Bay.
The trail takes you on a picturesque walk between the Grantham Canal and the River Trent with at least 18 gardens on display over the 2 days. It’s a great event to enjoy with the family and this year sees new gardens that have never been explored before. There’s plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy as well as live music and refreshments. To find out more, please visit the website.