Things to do this weekend, 9th – 11th May 2014

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As ever, early in the week, we are considering how to occupy ourselves this weekend. Never fear, we’re always around to save the day should you find yourself at a loose end. Here’s a quick preview of some of the key events taking place across Nottinghamshire this weekend.


Nottinghamshire County Show at Newark Showground

From the 10th to 11th May, the annual Nottinghamshire County Show is set to take Newark Showground by storm. Eagerly anticipated by everyone with an interest in fine and local foods, farming and agriculture, the great outdoors or even those who wish to enjoy a family-fun day out in the county, the County Show is one of the largest events in the calendar and one of the biggest of its kind in the UK.

There is something for everyone at this event. With 126 acres of indoor and outdoor space to be explored, you will find everything from vintage and classic vehicles, to stunt displays and show pieces on the ground and in the air. Sample some great delicacies on the many food stalls, with fine local produce and fresh goods to discover and purchase. And if you’re travelling to the show as a family, make sure you take the little ones to see the animals attending the event, with everything from falconry displays, gun dogs, as well as animals that are not taking part in displays such as chickens and bulls.

It’s a great value for money day out for everyone and situated close to the nearby market town of Newark, should you wish to explore this historic location as well.

Tickets for this event are available from the Nottingham Tourism Centre priced at £12 (£16 on the day). Children under 17 go FREE and there is FREE car parking.


Ladies’ Day at Nottingham Racecourse

Don your finest garments and get set for a day of glamour at Nottingham Racecourse this weekend as they host Ladies’ Day on the 10th May. It’s a day of fashion that’s set to delight all who attend.

Of course while you’re there, you will be able to enjoy live music and the promise of Pimms on the lawn to guarantee that in between races, you are always entertained and engrossed in the glamour of Nottingham Racecourse’s luxury event.

The first race is set to start at 2.15pm and the last race is due to commence at 5.35pm, making for an afternoon full of excitement. You’re also able to save money if you book in advance with 25% off for all those who book before the day. Simply visit or call 0870 850 7634.


West Side Story

This is a story well known to stage and screen, having been adapted to both mediums for a while. The current production of West Side Story, hitting Nottingham from 6th – 17th May 2014, promises so much, having already enjoyed a sold out season in London.

What makes this production so enthralling is its choreography, all pieced together intricately by Jerome Robins, who of course was famously behind the 1960s film adaptation. It tells the story of Romeo and Juliet, but in a very different way. Based on the Shakespeare novel, it’s a story of two opposing gangs in New York and their bitter rivalry. Behind the feuds, a love story unfolds, which is not going to be stopped by the disagreements between the two fierce gangs.

With music from Leonard Bernstein and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim, it’s a story that revolutionized theatre and continues to wow audiences from generation to generation.

Tickets for this production are still available from the Theatre Royal website or alternatively from the box office.


Hopkins in Nottingham: Nottingham On Camera 1994 – 2014

Nottingham has some fantastic architecture, much of which is generally overlooked as we go about our everyday business. It’s all around us, and one leading light who influenced the make-up of our city so heavily was Sir Michael Hopkins. This exhibition, being held at Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building, displays a series of photographs from architectural photographer Martine Hamilton Knight, as she has captured the very best of Hopkins In Nottingham with Nottingham On Camera 1994 – 2014.

This year sees Nottingham Trent University celebrate its 170th anniversary of Art and Design, and this fantastic local exhibition is a part of that momentous landmark. Some of the buildings, most of which you might pass on a daily basis, that make up this exhibition include the famous Inland Revenue Building, The Newton and Arkwright Buildings as well as many more.

For more information on this and all other future events please visit the Nottingham Trent University website.


Drive-In Movies at Clumber Park

It’s always good to experience a change of scenery and a new way of doing things, so why not change the way you watch a film?

Forget going to the cinema or staying in on the sofa and instead make your way over to Clumber Park this weekend for the Drive-In Movie. This Friday and Saturday, watch Mamma Mia under the stars at Nottingham’s beautiful country park. The musical, made in 2008, features much of the music from famous Swedish pop group ABBA, telling a story of romance and dance that is sure to have you singing along! A young girl discovers shortly before her wedding that any one of three men could be her father and invites all of them to her special day without telling her mother, Donna.

You’re sure to have an entertaining night at Clumber Park, filled with music, laughter and romance as you take in a movie in the great outdoors in your very own vehicle.

Admission is priced at £19.50 per vehicle (holding up to five passengers), with a £5.95 charge per extra ticket and for walk in customers.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the booking office on 0845 075 6101.

Posted on 06 May 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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