Things to do this weekend, 3rd – 5th October 2014


With summer now a distant memory it’s time to look ahead to October which is one of the busiest months in our calendar. Over the coming four weeks, we have so much to look forward to, including the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival, GameCity9, the Robin Hood Game and Country Show and much, much more. This weekend is full of events to get the month off with a bang – here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store.

Goose Fair – Nottingham

This week, the Forest recreation Ground will come alive with the sight of thousands of twinkling lights as the annual Goose Fair comes to town. Affectionately known by locals as ‘Gooseh’ this is one of the largest travelling fairs in Europe, with everything from exhilarating rollercoasters to traditional rides such as waltzers, carousels and ghost trains.

There will also be plenty of food stalls selling fairground favourites like candy floss and chestnuts as well as international dishes such as Spanish churros and French crepes. Of course, no visit to Goose Fair would be complete the Nottinghamshire delicacy mushy peas and mint sauce so make sure you sample some as you wander around.

Goose Fair is FREE to attend and the price of each ride varies. Further information, including which transport to take, is available via Nottingham City Council’s website.

Oktoberfest at Springhead Brewery – Retford

This weekend Springhead Brewery will be transformed into a Bavarian beer festival for the third annual Oktoberfest, which takes place from Friday to Sunday. There will be a range of German beers on offer as well as Bratwurst and live music on each day.

But the festival is a celebration of local beer and food too so you will also find more than 20 Springhead brews, real cider and locally-sourced dishes. On Saturday you can take a tour of the state-of-the-art brewery, while on Sunday there is a ‘Beat the Brewer’ competition which includes blind beer tasting, stein lifting and barrel rolling.

Meanwhile in the city, this weekend marks the start of the Robin Hood Beer Festival Fringe Fortnight which will see various pubs showcasing cask ales and ciders.

Propaganda Swing at Nottingham Playhouse – Nottingham

During the 1920s and ‘30s, Berlin had one of the most vibrant jazz scenes in the world. Before the rise of the Nazis, the city enjoyed a brief spell of freedom as jazz clubs sprung up and musicians from all backgrounds performed together. This week the glitz and glamour of this era will be brought to life in Nottingham Playhouse’s latest production, Propaganda Swing which opens on Friday and runs until 18th October.

The play, which features a live swing band, follows the true story of Charlie and his Orchestra and what happened when the Nazis came to power.

Tickets cost from £9.50 and can be purchased on the Playhouse’s website.

Green’s Windmill Tours – Nottingham

Did you know that Nottingham has its own traditional working windmill? Located just outside the city, Green’s Windmill was owned by mathematical physicist George Green in the 19th century and today it produces its own high quality organic flour. This weekend you can take a tour with a miller and find out about the different flours made there, before enjoying some light refreshments (included in the ticket price).

People of all ages are welcome to attend and entry is £3 for adults and £1 for children. All the money raised will be donated to the Save our Sails project which funds vital maintenance work. Further details can be found on the website.

Hello Again: A Tribute To Neil Diamond – Palace Theatre, Newark

Neil Diamond is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time and this weekend you will be able to see some of his best-loved hits performed live at Newark’s Palace Theatre. Top tribute act JJ Jones has performed all over the world as Neil Diamond and his latest show, which comes to Newark on Saturday, includes classics such as Sweet Caroline and Love on the Rocks, along with music from The Jazz Singer.

Tickets are priced at £19.50 (£18.50 for concessions and £18 for Friends of the Palace). To book yours call the Palace Box Office on (01636) 655755.

We hope this round-up has given you a taster of what’s coming up in Notts this weekend. For more ideas visit the What’s On and Things to Do section of our website. And don’t forget to share your highlights with us via Twitter and Facebook.

Posted on 29 September 2014
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

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