Things to do this weekend, 4th – 6th July 2014

Thoresby Hall1, credit Terry Smith, 22.10.2012

We’re always looking for the best events happening across Nottinghamshire, whether they be big or small. And as ever on a Monday, we have a handy pocket-sized offering of highlights for the weekend ahead.

Thoresby Picnic In The Park – D-Day 70th Anniversary at Thoresby Courtyard

This Sunday, you’re invited to Thoresby Courtyard for a special event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. There will be a picnic in the park on the lawns, with the backdrop of the beautiful Thoresby Courtyard and Thoresby Hall.

As well as having the opportunity to relax in the great outdoors with your picnic, there will be plenty of things to do for the whole family throughout the day. Whether you have a keen interest in local military history and would like to visit the museum dedicated to the Queen’s Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, explore the vintage vehicles on display or watch a police dog display or fire crew demonstration, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Food and drink as well as live entertainment will be available as well on the day so even if you can’t bring your own picnic, you won’t go hungry!

For more information on the event, please visit the Thoresby Courtyard website.

Tour De Broxtowe at Broxtowe Country Park

Incorporating cycling with a day of fun-filled activities and outdoor theatre, the Tour De Broxtowe on Saturday promises an event aimed at a broad audience, young and old. It’s a family day out, that combines a cycle ride with outdoor cinema as well as many other activities.

The day starts at 2pm, with everyone invited to take part on a cycle ride around Broxtowe and the local area. This is open to everyone, no matter what your cycling ability. Explore the local area by bike and arrive back at Broxtowe Country Park ready for an evening of entertainment which includes a screening of the classic Saturday Night and Sunday Morning at 7pm.

For more information, visit the TravelRight website.

Riot 1831 at Nottingham Castle

It’s been a major exhibition this year for Nottingham Castle, which has been bringing to life the events of 1831 and the riots that engulfed the city’s famous landmark. Now, you can experience the events of the 19th century in a completely unique way as part of a new addition to the exhibition, starting this week.

Riot 1831 Exhibition at Nottingham Castle

Riot 1831 Exhibition at Nottingham Castle

With the help of special augmented reality technology, Riot 1831 will come alive on your smart phone or tablet thanks to a new FREE app that visitors can download. As you wander around the exhibition, you can see the events for yourself at reality stations, with animations overlaying museum artefacts to bring history to life. People from the time will appear on your device, telling you their version of events from the period. It’s up to you to piece everything together and decide who is telling the truth…

It’s an innovative and exciting exhibition that incorporates the latest technology to bring you closer to history. So make sure you visit Nottingham Castle this weekend to experience it for yourself and learn about the riots.

For more information, please visit the Nottingham City Council website.

Derby Road and Canning Circus Summer Fayre at Derby Road and Canning Circus

Celebrate the very best entertainment, shopping and food and drink on offer in the Derby Road and Canning Circus area of  Nottingham this weekend with a special Summer Fayre. The festivities start at 10am, and continue until 5pm on Saturday. The shops will be hosting a variety of workshops, competitions and offers to visitors, and a carnival atmosphere is set to take over this unique and boutique-centred part of the city.

Bunting will hang the length of Derby Road and Canning Circus to add to the festival atmosphere,and there will also be live music performed throughout the day along with food and drink available to visitors. Nottingham’s Big Busk will come to the area with a piano set up in Canning Circus to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of legendary busker Frank Robinson. More information on the Big Busk is listed below.

Full information on the businesses taking part as well as events taking place can be accessed by visiting our dedicated listing.

The Big Busk at various Nottingham city centre locations

Nottingham City Council and BBC Radio Nottingham have teamed up to bring Nottingham an entertainment experience to savour. Those among you who are above a certain age, will remember Frank Robinson, also known as the ‘Xylophone Man’ who used to play his xylophone in Nottingham city centre to entertain the city’s shoppers and visitors. My own personal memories of Frank are seeing him sat outside what used to be C&A on Listergate on a Saturday afternoon while shopping with my parents.

In memory of Frank, the City Council and BBC Radio Nottingham are hosting the Big Busk, to bring you some fantastic entertainment across the city this Saturday. A selection of the finest street performers will take to the streets to entertain visitors as part of the event and 15 designated busking points have been allocated across the city. The day will culminate in one big performance in the Old Market Square at 4pm, where all the buskers and members of the public will come together to perform Happy by Pharrell Williams.

For more information on The Big Busk, please visit the Nottingham City Council website.

Further information on events taking place across Nottinghamshire this weekend are available on the what’s on section of our website. Alternatively, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Posted on 30 June 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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