Things To Do This Weekend in Nottingham: 30th June – 2nd July

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A new week and a new weekend ahead full of exciting events to look forward to. Nottingham will be largely dominated by dinosaurs over the next few months (Confused? Read on!) but there are still plenty of other events and exciting things happening across this beautiful county. Whether you’re into gardening, grime or gigantoraptors, check out our top picks below and get planning your weekend!

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Lido To Lakeside 1924 to 1992


Sat 17th June – Sun 2nd July 2017
Djanogly Gallery

Cool off and submerge yourself in local history as Lido to Lakeside invites you to take a ‘unique and interactive dip through the decades’. Highfields Lido was one of the many gifts Sir Jesse Boot (Boots Chemist founder) made to the city of Nottingham. When it opened in August 1924 it was the largest inland open-air swimming pool in the country. Existing for more than half a century to refresh and entertain Nottingham’s locals in the best of British summer, this digital exhibition documents its story up until its closure in 1980, and the opening of the Djanogly Gallery in 1992.

Dinosaurs of China: Ground Shakers to Feathered Flyers


Saturday 1st July till Sunday 29th October 2017
Wollaton Hall

They’ve been a long time coming – a few million years in fact – but the dinosaurs have finally arrived at Wollaton Hall! This world exclusive exhibition brings previously unseen specimens all the way from China to Nottingham’s Natural History Museum. With many of these prehistoric wonders relatively new to scientific knowledge, Dinosaurs of China exhibits not only fossils and bones, but skin, feathers, eggs and wings, making it one of the first exhibitions to document the evolution of dinosaurs to modern day birds. See the largest found feathered dinosaur, the Gigantoraptor. Behold, ancient birds such as the Confuciusornis. Quake beneath the Mamenchisaurous, which stood as tall as three double decker busses.

With the fun rolling over to Lakeside Arts Centre, be sure not to miss out on their sister exhibition examining how science and art combine to help us discover how dinosaurs may have looked. There will also be lots of great activities and events throughout July and August.

The East Midlands Flower Show 2017


Saturday 1st July & Sunday 2nd July 2017 – 10am – 4pm
Newstead Abbey Park

Half the year may have flown by already but there are still a few months of the summer to enjoy in the garden. The beautiful ancestral home of Romantic poet Lord Byron is an ideal setting for the great annual East Midlands Flower Show, showcasing the best of local green fingered artisans. Gather inspiration in the show gardens featuring local nurseries, landscapers and horticultural colleges, pick up tips and tricks to pique your gardening skills with expert talks, and then browse the garden marquee to find seasonal plants, garden furniture and pieces to make your outside space a green oasis to relax in.

Wollaton Arts Festival 2017


Saturday 1st – Sunday 16th July 2017
Various venues

Nottingham is a wonderfully creative city, with writers, performers, designers, artists and makers busy in their homes whipping up brilliant projects to reveal. If you haven’t made it down to Sherwood Art Week but love checking out what is going on in the local art scene, take a look at the great events coming up at Wollaton Arts Festival. With days dedicated to poetry, history, workshops and music there’s a jam packed schedule to check out over two weeks this is a great opportunity to explore what the area has to offer and perhaps pick up a new skill!

Poet In Da Corner


Friday 30th June 2017, 8pm
Neville Studio, Nottingham Playhouse

With its energy and passion, spoken word poetry has received a great resurgence over the past few years, not least in Nottingham where numerous poetry groups are making their waves. Poet In Da Corner, a performance by Debris Stevenson, is a fusion of poetry, movement and grime, inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s defining album Boy In Da Corner demonstrating the movement’s seamless ability to flow into music and dance with a gripping story that questions the definition of success.

Posted on 26 June 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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