Things To Do This Weekend in Nottingham: 21st – 23rd July

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Splendour is of course the highlight of the coming weekend, but if you haven’t snapped yourself some tickets, never fear! There’s always something going on in Nottinghamshire to keep you entertained, and these events are just but a few!

Don’t forget to browse our What’s On page for more ideas of where to get out and about this weekend, and get in touch via TwitterFacebook or Instagram to share what you’ve been up to in Nottinghamshire!

Now, here’s our top picks of things to do this weekend…


arboretum CollageA park of your choice – Anytime!

To celebrate #LoveParks week, why not get out and explore one of Nottingham’s amazing country parks or green city spaces? In the north of Nottinghamshire we are lucky to be surrounded by both the legendary Sherwood Forest and The Dukeries; a collection of grand ducal estates, now open for the public to roam (fairly) freely. Each of these venues play host to events and activities, so keep an eye on our What’s On listings for what is coming up. For now, here’s some ideas:

Rent bikes in Clumber Park, swing through the trees at Go Ape, learn to forage at Forest Holidays, learn about Robin & his Merry Men at Sherwood Forest, browse the galleries at Thoresby Park, read the poetry of Lord Byron and pretend to be an anguished poet at Newstead Abbey, take afternoon tea in Lord Saville’s Kitchen at Rufford Abbey, go deer spotting at Wollaton Park, laze in the sun at The Arboretum, try dipping your toes in the lake at Colwick Park, or (if you’d prefer to stay dry) you can rent a boat at Highfields Lake at University of Nottingham campus.

Our website features trails and itineraries to follow, along with lots more ideas of how to make the most of our beautiful countryside and parks.



joe-orton (1)The National Justice Museum – From 22 July 2017

Back in May, The National Justice Museum successfully crowdfunded an impressive £10,000 to create this special exhibition, which celebrates 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Surrounding the leading 1960s playwright Joe Orton, whose work epitomised the scandalous dark humour of the era, the exhibition celebrates 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality, examines the life and commercial success of Orton’s work, to the point of his tragic murder by his partner Kenneth Halliwell in 1967.


download (9)Wollaton Park – Saturday 22 July 2017

Splendour is back! That beautiful time of the year when musical stars grace the stages in the historic gardens of Wollaton Park for a day of dancing, drinking, food and fun. There’s a cracking line up as usual, with Billy Ocean, The Buzzcocks, Busted, Tony Hadley and Kaiser Chiefs headlining. Nottingham talent includes beatboxer extraordinaire Motormouf, ska-reggae party band Unknown Era, and singer guitarist Georgie Rose. Read our recent interview with Georgie here.


Amazing animals 7Amazing Animals image compressedTropical Butterfly House – Saturday 22nd July – Tuesday 5th September 10am – 5.30pm

If you’re thinking of how to entertain the kids over the next couple of months, you needn’t worry. Great attractions such as Tropical Butterfly House are organising fun events to keep the whole family amused and amazed. Throughout the school holidays they are inviting you to meet some rather Amazing Animals and learn about the special superhero skills of lemurs, meerkats, owls, snakes and more in close up animal encounters every day of the school holidays! Activities, crafts, costumes and the Butterfly Café are some of the other sights to see, along with the crazy critters which live there.


download (8)New Art Exchange – Friday 22nd July

If you are a little bored of going to the same old music events, you may want to check out what New Art Exchange have on offer. “Combining cutting edge electronic beats with the raw energetic DNA of Punjab,” – this sounds like a night to reinvigorate your musical leanings and immerse yourself in a world of Punjabi music. Mercury nominated electronic producer DJ Swami joins forces with Punjabi folk musicians to create an innovative musical and visual experience, featuring digital projections from Punjabi cinema in this unique art gallery setting.

Posted on 18 July 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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