Things to do this weekend, 6th – 8th June 2014

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We’re now into June, and we’re growing ever more excited as the number of great events in Nottinghamshire continues to grow thick and fast. Summer is a glorious time of the year, bringing the outdoors and the indoors into tandem and allowing you to enjoy some of the great beauty spots and attractions the county has to offer. Explore Nottinghamshire this weekend and you will discover some brilliant festivals, live music, food and drink, exhibitions and more.

The Gate To Southwell Folk Festival at Southwell

Southwell is again preparing to host its annual Gate To Southwell Folk Festival this weekend, with high profile folk artists set to take to the stage from the 5th – 8th June 2014. Three stages will be set up, hosting the best the genre has to offer its audiences in traditional folk music. Acts for this year include Treacherous Orchestra , The Bills,  The Sojourners as well as Feast of Fiddles and jazz and blues guitar legend Woody Mann as well as many more.

The ever-popular Ale & Cider Festival returns this year, offering you the chance to taste some of the finest local ales and ciders on the market today, as well as food stalls, crafts and much more.

This is a family-orientated festival, appealing to people of all ages. Events taking place over the weekend include dance parades, open mic sessions, workshops for all ages and plenty more to keep everyone entertained for the entire three days with the beautiful backdrop of Southwell nearby should you fancy exploring Nottinghamshire’s historic town and its Minster.

For more details as well as information on how to buy tickets for this weekend’s festival, please visit the Gate To Southwell Festival website.

Vintage Fun at Creswell Crags

If vintage is more your scene, and you would love to revel in the sixties, forties or twenties, make a journey up to Creswell Crags this Saturday for the Vintage Fun event. Bring a picnic and a blanket and bask in the beautiful scenery of Crag Hill, where picnics have been enjoyed for years. You’re invited to wear your vintage best and become truly encapsulated in the occasion as you’re transported back to an era gone by.

Live music will be performed by singer Marina Mae who will be delivering 1940s favourites. There’s the opportunity to get up and have a dance as well as taking afternoon tea in the Crags tea shop, converted for the day into a vintage tea rooms. And if you want to add to your vintage collection at home, why not browse the vast array of stalls selling their arts and crafts throughout the day?

For more information on the vintage day as well as all future events taking place at the Crags, please visit the Creswell Crags website.

No Tomorrow Festival at Wollaton Hall & Deer Park

From the event organisers who bring you the iconic Splendour Festival, No Tomorrow Festival promises some of the biggest names in music for one day only in the grounds of No Tomorrow 2014the city’s stunning Wollaton Hall & Deer Park. Covering Saturday 7th June, from 1pm – 11pm, this is a music festival aimed at primarily students celebrating their end of year results but is also open to anyone over the age of 18.

Headlining this year is Brit award nominated Nottingham band London Grammar, who formed while at university in Nottingham. Other artists making up 2014’s healthy offering include Sam Smith, Indiana and Clean Bandit.

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s festival. More information on how to purchase yours is available at the No Tomorrow Festival Website.

House Of The Flying Wheel at Backlit

On 7th June, Backlit launches its latest exhibition, entitled House Of The Flying Wheel. The exhibition will time in nicely with the fifth birthday of Nottingham’s innovative and independent gallery. Work featured in the exhibition includes pieces from Darren Banks, Julian Wild, Yinka Shonibare, Mark Davey and Tracey McMaster. These are all established or emerging artists who are taking inspiration for their work from Samuel Morley. Morley, a son of Nottingham, played a key role making Nottingham a world leader in the textile industry and had factories in and around the city.

Samuel Morley is the starting point behind all the pieces, looking into themes such as colonialism, race, identity and industry. Backlit is in fact housed in one of Morley’s former factories, so it’s only fitting to house such an exhibition should be here. For more background on Samuel Morley and this exhibition, visit our blog.

There will also be an official launch of the second floor of the gallery, brand new for 2014.

To book your place at the special preview this weekend, please visit the Backlit website.

Bruce Forsyth at The Royal Concert Hall

Legendary TV presenter and entertainer Bruce Forsyth comes to Nottingham in a rare performance that will have you laughing, singing and tapping along.

He’s been a staple of British TV for over 70 years, making his first screen appearance in 1938. He’s been labelled as the king of light entertainment, wowing audiences young and old, for generations. He is the ultimate all-round entertainer, and will be delighting Nottingham with dance, stories and anecdotes, as well as singing routines. His own band will be supporting him through the show, so prepare yourself for a night of classic, timeless comedy and entertainment that is suitable for the whole family!

Tickets are still available for this performance, so to book your tickets, please visit the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall website or visit the box office.

Of course, this isn’t all that’s happening across the county this weekend. If you want to explore further then visit our What’s On page where you can make your own tailor-made search of what’s happening and build up your very own itinerary of things to do.

Posted on 02 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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