Things to do this weekend, 8th – 10th August 2014

Robin Hood and Little John, Robin Hood Festival 2013

With so many events taking place this weekend, we don’t know where to start – in fact there’s almost too much to fit into our small blog. Below are our top picks for what’s on around Nottinghamshire.

Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest

The annual Robin Hood Festival returns to Sherwood Forest this week, and 2014 is a very special year because it marks 30 years since the festival first began in this iconic location. The weekend will see the final few days of the festival, including the closing ceremony.

It’s a festival that captures the imaginations of young and old and people from all over the UK, and indeed the world, flock to Robin Hood’s home every year. With street performers such as Simple Tom making a re-appearance and many more comedians and entertainers, you won’t fail to be captured by the magic of the festival as you walk around the forest. It’s also a special year for character actor Mark Williams who has played various roles including Robin, Friar Tuck, King Richard and the Sheriff of Nottingham since 1984.

There will be the chance to meet the outlaw and the Sheriff of Nottingham as they walk around the festival meeting and greeting between performances. Food and drink will be available from the Visitor Centre and there’s a great shop on site, selling outlaw-themed gifts.

For more information on the Robin Hood Festival, please visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website.

World Baton Twirling Championships at Capital FM Arena

Nottingham is in the world spotlight this week as the World Baton Twirling Championships come the city’s Capital FM Arena from the 7th – 10th August. This year is the 32nd championship and it’s the first time the tournament has come to the UK so it’s a prestigious event for Nottingham to host.

The World Baton Twirling Federation was set up in 1977 to standardise the popularity of the sport. The first World Championship was held in Seattle in 1980 and a member country has hosted the event every year ever since.

More information on the tournament including ticket details can be found on the official World Baton Twirling Championships website.

Civil War Open Day at Old Magnus Buildings, Newark

Newark is gearing up for a very special opening at the beginning of 2015, with the launch of the new National Civil War Centre getting ever closer. This Friday, members of the public are being invited to come along with artifacts to a FREE open day and even take a hard hat tour of the site.

The Civil War began at Nottingham’s Standard Hill and the town of Newark played a key role when it came under siege. Many items were left behind and it is hoped some of these will be uncovered at the open day when experts will be on hand to provide information on the items and lead tours.

The open day runs from 9am until 3pm and is open to everyone. Anyone wishing to join a hard hat tour should reserve their place in advance by contacting (01636) 655777 or emailing Places are limited and tours involve climbing steep steps and some confined spaces so are not accessible to less mobile visitors. Strong walking or safety boots with thick soles must also be worn.

More information can be found on the Newark and Sherwood District Council website.

Lantern-Lit Evening at Pure Land Japanese Gardens


Must visit: Lantern-Lit evenings at Pure Land Japanese Gardens

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August and September, there’s an opportunity to relax in a tranquil part of Nottinghamshire. The Lantern-Lit Evenings at Pure Land Japanese Garden are picturesque and relaxing – so we really recommend a visit.

The garden honours an ancient Japanese tradition, where lanterns were lit in Buddhist temples to light paths and line them. The lanterns were considered as an offering to Buddha. It’s rare to see this tradition carried out, even in Japan today, so to be able to see it at Pure Land is a fantastic experience.

For more information please visit the Pure Land website.

Peace Celebration Street Party at Castle Rock Brewery

Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak for the First World War and there will be an opportunity to mark the occasion at a Peace Celebration Party organised by the Castle Rock brewery. The event, which takes place on Saturday, will include food and entertainment and funds raised will be donated to Amnesty International and the Royal British Legion.

The event also coincides with a series of remembrance beers which have been brewed to commemorate the centenary. For more see the Castle Rock website

For further details on what’s happening this weekend around Nottinghamshire check out the What’s On section of our website. Don’t forget to share your photos from the weekend on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #lovenotts. 

Posted on 04 August 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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