Things to do this weekend, 7-9 September 2012


If anyone is struggling to think of things to do this weekend, then seriously you need to look no further. The events come thick and fast here in Nottinghamshire and we have three (yes three!) major festivals taking place – the DH Lawrence Festival, World Event Young Artists (WEYA) and the Heritage Open Days.

As the name may imply, the DH Lawrence Festival, is a celebration of the novelist DH Lawrence. The highlight of this year’s festival is a collection of his paintings, entitled Controversy on Canvas, at the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre. For more information and events during the festival see our listing via the link above.

The Heritage Open Days take place throughout the weekend and give you an intriguing insight into the unique historical gems that are available in our area. My personal highlight will be the Annesley Old Church Launch, a place visited by Lord Byron and DH Lawrence.

As part of Heritage Open Days, you can also take a trip back 150 years at the Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum, discovering how the knitters worked and lived, and even being invited to knit your own souvenir! The event takes place across both weekend days.

Annesley Old Church

Also look out for:

Explore the Store Tours at Creswell Crags, Nottingham Playhouse Tour, Boots Archive and D10 Tour, Wollaton Dovecote Museum, Sneinton Market Heritage Walk, behind the scenes tours of Nottinghamshire archives and a guided tour of Nottingham Arboretum.

We are very lucky to have WEYA here in Nottingham with over 1,000 young artists showcasing their talents at venues across the city. The headliners are Clash of the Styles in Old Market Square tomorrow night, a dance production that includes Street Dance and Salsa; and on Sunday night Mandala will light up the Council House with spectacular 3D digital projection.

Other exhibitions or performances to look out for this weekend as part of WEYA include Lace Market Gallery exhibition run by New College Nottingham and Backlit Gallery showcasing live music and photography.

Also opening today is a celebration of Nottingham’s Lace heritage and its resurgence in contemporary culture. Entitled Lace:Here:Now, the exhibitions take place at various venues across the city.

Newark Blues Festival 2012 is the fourth of its kind and over 30 bands will perform at various venues across the town. Head on over for some excellent live music.

World Event Young Artists

You’ll also find live music aplenty via the Bandstand Marathon at Bestwood Park in Nottingham, Titchfield Park in Mansfield, Nottingham Castle, The Arboretum and The Embankment and Yeoman Hill Park in Mansfield Woodhouse between 1pm and 5pm on Sunday.

There are still some tickets left to see Michael McIntyre at Capital FM Arena tonight and tomorrow night. Call 0843 373 3000 to check availability.

And for something completely different try a guided tour by canoe, there are two options set up, including one set up for specifically for families.

Finally, if you have any time available Monday morning, The Tour of Britain stage 2 starts from Nottingham Castle at 10am passing by Old Market Square and going through Wollaton Hall.


Have a fab time everyone and enjoy the Indian summer!

Posted on 07 September 2012
Featured author: Dale Web Marketing Officer

A Mansfield lad who likes reading, running and red wine.

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