Things to do this weekend, 9th – 11th October 2015

Hockley Hustle

With the weather on the turn and the leaves on the trees turning from green to autumnal shades of yellow, orange and red, make sure you wrap up warmer when you’re out and about in our county this month. There’s plenty happening, as October kicks into gear, so there’s no excuse not to dig out the scarf and winter coat, and enjoy all that Nottinghamshire has to offer. Our October updates continue on Twitter and Facebook, and you can join our conversations using the hashtag #lovenotts.


Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival at Nottingham Castle

Its popularity over the years has seen it become one of the biggest events in the Nottingham calendar, with ticket sales going through the roof. This week, we welcome the return of the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival to the grounds of the historic Nottingham Castle from 7th – 11th October.

With over 1,100 real ales and 300 real ciders and perries on offer to visitors, the organisers, Nottingham CAMRA, are set to break their own record for the quantity available to try at the festival in 2015. As well as the array of beers and ciders, there will also be the usual live entertainment and hot food to try to keep you warm at this hugely popular October event. Visit the website to find out more.

Nottingham Canal Festival at Castle Wharf


Nottingham’s canals feature in the inaugural Nottingham Canal Festival

2015 is the inaugural year of the Nottingham Canal Festival and the city’s waterways will bustle with life on Saturday 10th October. Exploring the role the canals played in Nottingham’s past, the festival celebrates the working boats which brought trade and life to Nottingham, and delves into the lives of boatmen and their families during the industrial revolution.

There will be a wide variety of activities for all ages to take part in, from learning the skills of angling, to how to paddle a boat. To find out more about the Nottingham Canal Festival, head over to the the website.

Family Arts Festival at Various Nottingham Venues

The 2015 Family Arts Festival has been extended from last year’s, and will run from the 9th October – 1st November, providing even more family friendly events across Nottingham, at many great venues.

Venues taking part include Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Nottingham Castle and Greens Windmill. Whether you fancy making a mask for Halloween, celebrating the life and times of our outlaw Robin Hood, or decide to turn your hand to a spot of baking or arts and crafts, Nottingham’s role in the nationwide family festival is a sizeable one in 2015. To see the full programme of events taking place in your area, visit the official website.

Hockley Hustle 2015 at Various Nottingham Venues

Known as the largest multi-venue music festival in Nottingham, with over 20 venues taking part in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, Hockley Hustle will bring fantastic sounds to the heart of the city centre this Sunday.

It’s been a stomping ground for some well known local acts in the past who’ve performed at the festival before they made it big in the music industry, including Saint Raymond and Jake Bugg. The variety of genres at Hockley Hustle makes it an eclectic festival for music lovers and hugely popular not just for locals but people from across the country. To find out who’s performing where in 2015, visit the Hockley Hustle website.

1940s Weekend at Papplewick Pumping Station

Travel back in time at Nottinghamshire’s historic Papplewick Pumping Station this weekend for a two day celebration of the 1940s. The weekend will include both military and civilian displays to paint the picture of what life was like for people during one of the worst conflicts in history.

Visitors can also enjoy a selection of vintage vehicles, land-army re-enactments, trade stalls, live entertainment and much more, as the pumping station is in steam once more for one of the final times in 2015. Underground reservoir tours will also be available for visitors. More information on the event can be found on the website.

Posted on 05 October 2015
Featured author: Tom

Nottingham lad who’s a proud Notts County fan, cheese fiend, chocaholic and loves travelling and music.

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