Things to do this weekend, 5th – 7th September 2014
We’ve now entered September – doesn’t a year fly by when you’re having fun? We’re still clinging onto the last remains of summer so before we completely give into the lure of Autumn, let’s have a glance at the coming weekend and see what there is to do in Nottinghamshire while the weather is still set to be warm and sunny for most.
D.H. Lawrence Festival at various venues in Eastwood
Each year in the town of Eastwood, residents and visitors alike celebrate the life of one of Nottinghamshire’s literary legends. D.H. Lawrence, born in Eastwood, was one of the most controversial authors of all time and his writings as popular today as they ever were. The D.H. Lawrence Festival brings together all that is great about Lawrence, and presents it to the public in a series of exhibitions, talks, readings and special events which celebrate his life and his work.
This year has a First World War theme, with the central exhibition entitled Lawrence’s War, looking into how the Great War affected Lawrence’s life, his work and the lives of the people of Eastwood at the time. There’s a special lecture around Lawrence and what he did during the war in the 11th September, presented by Catherine Brown.
For more information on the festival and to access a complete guide to all the events taking part for the celebration of Lawrence, please visit the D.H. Lawrence Heritage website.
Lady Bay Summer Festival at the Poppy and Pint
I mentioned earlier that we’ve not given up on summer just yet and by the sound of this event, neither has the Poppy and Pint pub! Located in the Lady Bay area of Nottingham, this annual summer festival is a great way to celebrate summer and offers a value-for-money day for the whole family.
With live entertainment and music as well as children’s activities, stalls and plenty of food and drink, it’s the perfect event to get you out the house and to give the family a fantastic day out. For the ale lovers among you, Castle Rock ales are served at the Poppy and Pint, guaranteeing some fantastic locally brewed beverages on the day.
The festival opens at 12noon and runs until 11pm on Saturday. For more information, please visit the Lady Bay Festival website.
Nottingham Rocks at The Theatre Royal
Nottingham Rocks returns this weekend to give up-and-coming local artists the opportunity to perform in front of a large audience and to begin to make a name for themselves on the national music scene. The event has been a proving ground for bands in the past and has helped launch the careers of bands such as Saint Raymond and Indiana who are now big hitters on the national stages.
Accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra, artists will perform on stage at Nottingham’s iconic Theatre Royal to an audience expecting to hear songs that could potentially hit the charts in the coming years. Headlining the 2014 festival is Joel Baker, who has already gained much attention from BBC Radio 1. Other notable artists include Shelter Points, Noah and After Dark Movement.
Tickets are still available for this show so head to the Theatre Royal website to book yours now!
Hidden Spaces #1: Sneinton at the Backlit Gallery
Visitors to Nottingham’s Backlit Gallery are being invited to experience Sneinton over time through an innovative sound based piece entitled Hidden Spaces #1: Sneinton.
Backlit sits within old warehouses and factory buildings that form a significant part of the area’s industrial past. This sound choreographed experience allows you to see what life was like in the area from the 1950s to the present day by listening to sound bites from residents, historical recordings, urban sounds and much more. The piece is a collaborative work with sound designer Mattef Kuhlmey and received significant help from the students at Nottingham’s Confetti College.
The event is FREE to enter and takes place between 12noon – 5pm on the 6th and 7th September. For more information, please visit the Backlit website.
Steam Heritage Day at Bestwood Park
Bestwood Park transforms this Sunday as part of its Steam Heritage Day, offering the public the chance to get close up to historic vehicles that formed a major part of the industrial revolution in Britain. Steam power was once the driving force behind the nation and some of the vehicles from this time are still being preserved today as a reminder of the power of steam.
With vintage steam traction engines, miniature steam engines, barn engines and much more on display, it’s set to be a great day for the family to get close to these historic vehicles and to see them in steam once again. Light refreshments will be available on the day and tours of the Bestwood Winding Engine House will be available as well.
Entry to the event is FREE