Things to do this weekend, 5th – 7th June 2015
June might have started off a little chilly but as forecasters predict warmer weather by the end of the week, we’re getting excited about the arrival of summer. The coming months promise a host of events around Nottinghamshire, starting this weekend with world-class tennis and major festivals for music and art lovers. Further information is available on our What’s On page, Facebook and Twitter but for now, here are our top five picks.
WTA Aegon Open Nottingham Tennis Tournament – Nottingham Tennis Centre
Get ready for a thrilling summer of tennis at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. The venue, just outside the city near Beeston, has been chosen to host the inaugural WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) Aegon Open, which starts on Saturday. British Number One Heather Watson, recently disappointed after losing to Sloane Stephens at the French Open, will be hoping for a win when she plays in Nottingham.
Also confirmed for the tournament is Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska and tickets are available from the Nottingham Tourist Information Centre (0844 477 5678) or online. We’ve also teamed up with shops, restaurants and attractions around Nottinghamshire to bring you these special offers – simply show your ticket to receive a discount.
The Gate to Southwell Festival – Southwell Racecourse
Celebrating the best roots and acoustic music, The Gate to Southwell Festival returns this Thursday and runs until Sunday. The event is known for its impressive line-ups and this year’s is even better than ever as singer-songwriter Billy Bragg headlines along with the legendary Celtic group Clannad.
As well as music, the festival has something for all ages to enjoy including a beer festival, music workshops, artisan food and children’s entertainment.
Go for the day or stay a little longer by camping or booking into one of the area’s B&Bs. Details, including online booking, are available on the website. You can also buy tickets from the Nottingham Tourist Information Centre.
Patchings Festival of Art, Craft & Photography 2015 – Patchings Art Centre
Located in rural Nottinghamshire, Patchings Art Centre is a treat to visit at any time of year. This weekend sees the return of the annual Festival of Art, Craft & Photography, which brings together 250 artists, craft makers and photographers who will all be showcasing their work.
An artist showcases his work at Patchings (c) Gerry Molumby.
Whether you are a creative looking for inspiration or you want to buy a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special, you’ll find it at the many workshops, demonstrations and stalls. There will also exhibitions, musical entertainment and refreshments, as well as picnic areas.
The festival opens on Thursday and runs until Sunday. Advance tickets are £8.50 (£7.50 for concessions) or £9.50 (£8.50) on the door.
No Tomorrow Festival – Wollaton Hall and Park
The beautiful grounds of Wollaton Hall will once again be the setting for No Tomorrow, held this weekend. Although billed as an end-of-term celebration for the city’s students, the event is a must for all fans of mainstream and underground contemporary music.
This year, John Newman will headline on the Saturday while Jessie Ware will take to the stage on Sunday. Other attractions include street food, a creative tent, circus and the Carboot Disco Bingo (yes, we’re intrigued too!). Tickets are still available so visit the website to find out more.
Park Garden Trail – The Park
Once home to Jesse Boot, Paul Smith and Hugh Grant, The Park estate is one of the most elegant areas in the city. Each summer, the residents open up their beautifully-kept gardens for the Park Garden Trail, which is ideal if you’re looking for ideas for your own outdoor space.
Treat yourself to a glass of fizz and step into grand gardens with lawns as neat as cricket pitches or discover secret, tiny spaces brimming with colourful flowers. There will also be a barbecue, bars, homemade cakes, contemporary art and children’s activities. It’s all for a good cause too as all the funds raised will be donated to local charities.