Things To Do This Weekend in Nottingham: 4th – 6th August
Nottingham is festival crazy this weekend, with The Riverside Festival, The Robin Hood Festival and the UK’s largest Pagan Pride all cracking off across the county. Ongoing exhibitions include the Dinosaurs of China, Lara Favaretto and Wu Tsang at Nottingham Contemporary, Reportrait at Nottingham Castle and the final weekend of Juan Delgado: Altered Landscapes at New Art Exchange. We’ve also got Natwest T20 cricket, Nottingham Beach, and lots of outdoor film and theatre!
Here’s our top five events happening this weekend…
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 August 2017
If you have only visited Nottingham’s city centre, or are from the northern part the county, you may not have spent much time on Victoria Embankment, but it is a beautiful part of the city for a stroll. This weekend, the annual Riverside Festival returns to the banks of the River Trent offering three days of markets, music, food, fairground rides, entertainment and lots more to see and do! A brilliant weekend showcasing the creativity and community of Nottingham, Riverside is perfect for families wanting to enjoy a free festival together. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night, and if you’re up and about the next day, we thoroughly recommend you check out the Dragon Boat Racing on Sunday morning, which sees up to fifty crews battle it out on the water.
Pure Land Meditation Centre and Japanese Garden
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August and September
Offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the ordinary world, Pure Land Meditation Centre and Japanese Garden is a hidden gem in the north of Nottinghamshire, which welcomes visitors to relax and revive in their gorgeous gardens. Celebrating a rare and ancient Japanese tradition, their regular Lantern-Lit Evenings see the garden illuminated with lights to make the experience more magical than ever. Be sure to pop in to their awesome crystal garden, which features a stunning array of semi-precious crystal rocks while you wander around this unique beauty spot.
Sherwood Forest Country Park
Monday 31 July – Sunday 6 August 2017
Returning for its 33rd year, The Robin Hood Festival has a steadfast place in Nottingham’s calendar. Set deep within the pines and oaks of Sherwood Forest, this week long extravaganza sees the forest transformed into a medieval village with stalls, activities, and familiar faces from the famous legend making appearances too! See Robin and the Sheriff having a scuffle, try your hand at archery, and visit the magnificent Major Oak – the ancient hideout of Robin and his Merry Men!
National Civil War Centre
Saturday 29th July to Sunday 3rd September 2017
The Civil War was a momentous time in British history, and much of the action was actually centred in Nottinghamshire. We’re lucky enough to have the marvellous Civil War Museum in the heart of Newark, which brings the story into the modern age with re-enactments, costumed characters and a fantastic programme of events. This summer, learn all about the amazing inventions of the 16th century, meet one of the first science fiction writers, and take part in family activities such as making your own telescope. After a wander round the museum, we suggest nipping to Newark Castle and exploring some of Newark’s lovely pubs and eateries to make the most of your visit.
Friday 4th August 2017
The Maze on Mansfield Road is one of Nottingham’s most unpretentious music venues; showcasing the underground talent of today, along with great names from the past. This weekend sees the somewhat forgotten talent of John Otway, a seventies cult icon who some may remember for the single ‘Really Free’ and his eye-watering performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Mixing ‘blind ambition and rank incompetence’ he’s still going four decades later, bringing his self-deprecating humour, double neck guitar and surreal musical talent back to the stage.