Things To Do This Weekend in Nottingham: 25th – 28th August

Creswell Crags Refugium

August is drawing to a close but the bank holiday still awaits, bringing with it more awesome events and things to do in Nottinghamshire! If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained throughout the summer holidays, never fear! We have rustled up a handy guide for ideas. Finally, don’t forget to have a look at our What’s On page for more events, browse our website for inspiration, and visit our TwitterFacebook or Instagram to share what you’ve been up to in Nottinghamshire!

Here’s our top five events happening this weekend…

Southwell Music Festival 2017

Nick Rutter Southwell Music Festival

Credit: Nick Rutter

Various venues, Southwell
Thursday 24 – Bank Holiday Monday 28 August 2017

The picturesque market town of Southwell will resound with beautiful music this weekend as the Southwell Music Festival returns. From late night baroque to brass on the grass, discover the delights of classical music from some of the industry’s top international performers in a quality programme of events over four days. The iconic Southwell Minster will be the host for many of the concerts, and its medieval walls provide the perfect acoustical setting for the music. Bit of spare time between performances? Pop into The Refectory next door for a delicious lunch and spot of tea, or swing by Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre to wander the swan sanctuary and sculpture exhibition.

Refugium: Time, Stone, Voice and Sound

Creswell Crags RefugiumCreswell Crags
Saturday 26 August 2017 from 5.30pm

The ancient site of Creswell Crags will be host to a unique musical concert this weekend in a performance inspired by sounds of the creatures that would have lived in the Crags over 10,000 years ago. Along with natural noises such as animal and bird calls, Refugium: Time, Stone, Voice and Sound uses sounds associated with activities carried out by Neanderthal humans of Creswell’s past. A collaborative project between Creswell Heritage Trust, composer Jon Hughes and academics from the University of York, this free event will light up your imagination and bring the history of this curious site to life in the modern day.


Bank Holiday Cocktails and Crime

National Justice MuseumNational Justice Museum
Sunday 27 August 2017 from 7pm-9pm

What could be a more perfect setting for a murder mystery than a 700 year old courtroom and prison which has seen thousands of criminals pass through its doors? The National Justice Museum present an evening of intrigue, crime and cocktails this weekend, inviting you and your friends to investigate a murder most foul. Whip out your sleuthing skills, interrogate the witnesses, and explore this fascinating hub of crime and punishment.


The Big Bake!

Big Bake Newstead AbbeyNewstead Abbey
Saturday 26 – Bank Holiday Monday 28 August 2017

If three days of cakes, pies, pastries, muffins, tarts and more tickles your fancy, you’ll want to get down to Newstead Abbey this weekend for foodie extravaganza, The Big Bake! Brought to you by The Great Food & Drink Festival, the gorgeous grounds will be host to 100 stalls presenting a variety of delicious homemade treats. Entertainment runs through out the day everyday with live music from 10am – 4pm and special Punch & Judy performances for the children. And for those wanting to get inspired themselves, there will be a range of demonstrations from top name industry professionals including Gizzi Erskine, Cherish Finden, and Bake Off winner Candice Brown.

Tickets are available online or in person from Nottingham Tourism Centre.


The Big Antiques Weekend & Nottingham Post Race Day

Southwell Races Antiques Fair
Southwell Racecourse
Saturday 26th August – Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017

Lots to do and see at Southwell Racecourse this weekend, whether you enjoy a flutter or just fancy a great day out. The weekend kicks off with two days of treasure seeking on Saturday and Sunday at the Field Dog Fairs Antique Market. Whether you’re in need of ornamental cast iron companions for your fireside, some fabulous vintage furniture or quality antique jewellery, you’re likely to find it within the 150 indoor and outdoor stalls showing off their wares throughout the day. Along with a great selection of food and drink, there will be a very special visit from the Bargain Hunt with Golding, Young & Mawer doing valuations all weekend. On Monday sporting stars are brought together for the Nottingham Post Race Day, with not only the horses competing, but a range of sports from golf to basketball.

Posted on 21 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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