Things To Do This Weekend in Nottingham: 18th – 20th August
Now that the weather has perked up Nottingham can get back into the summer spirit, and there are certainly a fabulous array of events to get everyone in the mood. Festival fever takes over with Gloworm and Nottingham Carnival, while the outdoor film and cinema season continues at Clumber Park and Hardwick Hall.
Here’s our top five events happening this weekend…
Sunday 20th August 12pm-8pm
The Nottingham Carnival Weekend returns this Sunday to celebrate the brilliant diversity of our city. An epic display of music, dancing, colour and celebration, the festival spirit will be in the air as communities from around the county come together for this free event. Chill out on the banks of the River Trent from midday or wander through the Carnival Village where you will find funfair rides, entertainers, intriguing stalls and workshops to get involved in. Later at 2pm you can admire the array of creative costumes of the carnival parade, dance to the energetic sound of drums and catch national and international acts performing at the main stage!
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August 2017
Share the festival atmosphere with the children at this two day family event in the gorgeous grounds of Clumber Park. This year Gloworm has gone dino-crazy with some great workshops for saurus-obsessed little-uns. A massive selection of activities, live music, entertainment and performance will be taking place around the site, with The Chuckle Brothers, CBeebies star Andy Day to name but a few. Grown ups will enjoy live music from ‘One Step Behind – The Masters of Madness’, ‘Kazabian’ and ‘The Killerz’, and live cooking demonstrations from Rusty Lee.
Friday 18th & Saturday 19th August
Wrap up warm, grab your picnic blankets and head down to the historic setting of Hardwick Hall this weekend to enjoy a spot of outdoor cinema under the moonlight. Hailed as a modern ‘Singing in the Rain’, the recent release of romantic musical La La Land took Hollywood audiences by storm in 2016 and will be screened on Friday. If you’re more into retro cinema, go back to the 80s with Tom Cruise and Meg Ryan starring in action blockbuster Top Gun on Saturday night.
A night to tickle one’s taste buds and humour this weekend as one man chat show ‘Tea With Oscar Wilde’ comes to Strelley Hall. Acclaimed actor Jonathan Goodwin plays the famed Victorian wit, in a show packed with comedy, music and audience participation. Enjoy a pre-theatre buffet from the on site cafe The Mulberry Tree, then take in the comical performance on the lawns of the hall whilst enjoying a delicious Pimms or wine.
Saturday 19th August, 8pm-1am
If you’re ever stuck for a bit of nightlife on a Saturday evening, it’s always worth checking out what’s on at Nottingham Contemporary CafeBar. With a firm back catalogue of unique music, performance and art events, you’re likely to stumble upon something to be impressed by. This weekend Qtipocalypse takes over the café bar, providing a platform for queer people of colour to demonstrate their art. Performance artist, theatre maker, poet and writer Travis Alabanza headlines with a multi-disciplinary show, while the Qtipocalypse open mic session beforehand allows queer people of colour to take the stage.