Things to do this weekend, 8th – 10th May


The May Day bank holiday means we’re a day late with our weekend round-up – but it also means a short working week. As ever, we’ve got plenty of things to look forward and you’ll find full listings and inspiration on our website, Twitter and Facebook. But for now, here are our top five highlights.

Nottinghamshire County Show – Newark Showground

Foodies, families and those who want to experience country life are invited to the annual Nottinghamshire County Show which returns to Newark Showground this Saturday and Sunday. Whet your appetite as you browse the countless food stalls selling local produce or see farming traditions kept alive in the livestock competitions. Over the two days you can also see dazzling displays including mountain biking and falconry plus vintage vehicles and rides.

Experience Nottinghamshire will be at the event, along with representatives from the brand new Civil War Centre in Newark, and we’ll have plenty of exciting activities and treats for you. We’re in the Lady Eastwood Pavilion so come and see us!

Visitors to the show can take advantage of FREE car parking and tickets are available from the Showground, Newark and Rufford Tourist Information Centres. Further details on the event are available online.

National Mills Weekend 2015 – Green’s Windmill

Green’s Windmill is one of the most distinctive buildings on the Nottingham skyline – and this weekend you’ll be able to see it in full working order as part of National Mills Weekend. Over the two days, you can see the newly-restored sails milling grain into flour and climb the 19th century mill tower.

The event takes place on both Saturday and Sunday and entry is FREE.

May Fest 2015 – University of Nottingham

Be inspired by science, the arts and more at the University of Nottingham’s May Fest which takes place this Saturday. Held on the campus of one of the world’s most renowned universities, this event promises interactive fun for all ages, with activities such as finding out where microbes lurk, discovering how thunder and lightning occurs and take a language taster course.

There will also be an opportunity to take a tour of the beautiful landscaped campus and hear about some of the university’s exciting innovations. The event is FREE to attend and a full programme is available on the website.

Ladies’ Day – Nottingham Racecourse

You don’t need to go to Ascot to experience the glamour of ladies’ day. This Saturday, Nottingham Racecourse will be hosting Ladies’ Day which is the perfect opportunity to don your best outfit and enjoy a day out with friends. Throughout the day you will be able to enjoy fashion shows, fizz and of course, nail-biting racing. Call 0870 850 7634 or visit the Nottingham Racecourse website to book.

For those who want an extra special treat why not start the day in style at Tom Brown’s Brasserie’s Ladies’ Day celebrations on the banks of the River Trent? The event includes Buck’s Fizz, a three-course brunch plus live music. Booking essential.

Meet the Ghosts of Wollaton Hall

Wollaton Hall, which formed the setting for Wayne Manor in the last Batman film is perhaps not the sort of place you want to linger after dark. But if you’re a brave soul then join history expert and guide Kath George on a ghost walk through its intriguing rooms this Friday night.

Along the way you will go behind the scenes in search of the spirits that inhabit this Elizabethan building and listen to tales of unexplained happenings. There’s also a glass of wine at the end to calm your nerves. The event takes place from 7.30pm and booking is essential.

Top image (c) University of Nottingham.

Posted on 05 May 2015
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

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