Things To Do This Weekend in Nottingham: 11th – 13th August


It might not be everyone’s favourite day of the week, but at least Monday means that the weekend is back on its way! As always, Nottinghamshire has some great events and things to do happening around the county, so get planning some fun to end your week on!

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Here’s our top five events happening this weekend…

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Newark Air Museum

Newark Air Museum
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August

It’s been almost 45 years since Newark Air Museum opened to the public, so they know a thing or two about putting on good events. Along with marvelling at the excellent range of air crafts on display, this weekend NAM are sending us back to the 1940s with a packed schedule of vintage delights. Expect games, stalls, food and fashion from the 40s, along with entertainment from vintage songstress Fiona Harrison who has been described as a ‘voice in a million’. Don’t miss the Battle of Britain Memorial flights featuring Spitfires, Hurricanes & Lancasters!

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Food & Drink Festival

Wollaton Hall & Park
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August

There’s so much happening this weekend at Wollaton Park you really need a couple of days to take it all in! The Food & Drink Festival takes over the grounds, offering you two days of delicious food, drink and culinary inspiration! Demonstrations come from top chefs including Edd Kimber, Matt Tebbutt and Chantelle Nicholson, and live entertainment will be happening throughout the day as well. Not only is this a great chance to pop in and see Dinosaurs of China (you may have to book!) and the natural history exhibitions at Wollaton Hall, but the Industrial Museum next door is currently exhibiting The Black Boy Hotel, an exhibition on one of Nottingham’s lost architectural masterpieces.

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Ginsummers Night's Dream

East Bridgford Hill
Saturday 12th August

This gorgeous venue in East Bridgford plays host to a magical evening this Saturday as Stunt Girl productions take over the gardens for Ginsummer Night’s Dream a night inspired by Shakespeare and the summery flavours of English gin. Don a flower crown and come down for entertainment and dinner on the lawns, with aerial and fire performances, hog roast, live music and wistful walkabouts.

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Archbishop’s Palace, Southwell
Sunday 13th August, 11am-4pm

Green fingered nature lovers will be flocking to The Archbishop’s Palace in Southwell on Sunday for the Specialist Plant Fair where you can buy unusual plants, chat to specialists and get a bit of inspiration for your garden. The already wonderful landscape of the education garden is a great place to wander, and don’t forget to nip into Southwell Minster to wonder at the amazing architecture. The £1 entry fee will be put towards an ongoing project at the Minster to raise money for stone carvings of animals, plants and green men in the Chapter House.

Looking for a bite to eat in Southwell? Enjoy scrumptious cakes, pot of tea and light lunches at The Refrectory, open from 10am to 4.30pm.

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Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey
Weekends throughout 2017-18

In partnership with Nottingham City Museum and Art Galleries, Newstead Abbey presents Peacocks: The Pomp of Power: an exhibition of fine and decorative art, lace, costume, textiles, and natural history, all inspired by the elegant peacocks who lord over the grounds of the abbey. The ancestral home of sartorial peacock and romantic poet Lord Byron; the numerous gardens are perfect for relaxing picnics and pulling dramatic languishing poses.

Posted on 07 August 2017
Featured author: Sophie

Writer and amateur local historian with an affection for English eccentrics. Returned to Nottingham in 2013, only to fall in love with the creative and cultural goings of the city.

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