Things to do this weekend : 5th – 7th May 2017


After a flurry of busy bank holidays, this weekend we thought we’d showcase some of the more inspiring, interesting and informative events happening in Nottingham. Take it easy and delve into history and nature of the county, hunt for pretty vintage postcards or take in some inspiring exhibitions.

Have a look at our top picks below, click through to find out mmore or browse our What’s On page for ideas of where to get out and about this weekend. If you want to connect online get in touch via Twitter, or connect on Facebook and Instagram to share what you’re up to in Nottingham!

The Nottingham Postcard Show


Saturday, 10am – 4pm – Kings Meadow Campus

As with many traditions, postcards are slowly losing popularity due to their technological competitors. At the same time, this dying art of slow communication is having a small revival as people come to appreciate the nostalgic beauty of postcards, ephemera and cigarette cards. Let yourself get lost between over 80 tables containing forgotten seaside landscapes, extravagant script handwriting and relics of the past in The Nottingham Postcard Show at the University of Nottingham Kings Meadow Campus.

Neferious Notts: The Late Medieval Period at Nottinghamshire Archives


Friday 5th May 2:30pm – 4:30pm – Nottinghamshire Archives

For those who enjoy history, the Nottinghamshire Archives is an overlooked but quite wonderful place to visit. Trawling through folders, drawers and dusty volumes, you can discover clues as to how our city has developed, what Nottinghamites of the past got up to, and revel in how each small detail has been recorded throughout hundreds of years of history. For this event Dr Judith Mills sheds light on medieval Nottingham, revealing records and documents which are several centuries old, and telling the story of this troublesome era.

Italian Fine Art Exhibition at Green’s Windmill

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Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th May – 10am – 4pm – Green’s Windmill

Green’s Windmill in Sneinton was built by the father of notable scientist and mathematician George Green in 1807. Today the working Mill is a popular museum and science centre, which teaches children about the valuable work of George Green. Regularly holding great weekend events, this week presents a series of colourful paintings regarding royalty, portraiture and the windmill itself by artist Marialuisa Marino. Promising to delight both children and their parents, we suggest also exploring the science centre and buying yourself a bag of locally milled flour.


Malt Cross Heritage Tour: Music Hall & Caves


Fridays at 2pm and Saturdays at 12noon and 2pm – The Malt Cross

The Malt Cross is another of Nottingham’s heritage secrets and a vibrant place to experience a little of the city’s history. Not only is this ex-Victorian Music Hall a feat of architecture in itself (rumour has it the glass ceiling is held together by glue!) but many a famous face of the past has graced its stages. Hear about the glory days and decline then delve into the depths below where the centuries old cave network has its own tales to tell. The cafe bar serves delicious meals and their regular programme of music and arts events are not to be missed either!


Green Up Day


Friday 5 May 2017 from 3.30pm – 9pm – Sneinton Market

We all would like to be a little better at helping the environment, but it can be difficult to know where to begin. Get yourself down to Sneinton Market and join Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and the Keeping it Wild team to learn fun facts, tips and tricks for integrating a greener way into your life and home. Live music, talks and workshops will be happening throughout the day to keep you entertained at this free family event.

Posted on 03 May 2017
Featured author: Sophie

Writer and amateur local historian with an affection for English eccentrics. Returned to Nottingham in 2013, only to fall in love with the creative and cultural goings of the city.

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