Things To Do This Weekend in Nottingham : 7th – 9th July

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An exciting run of events to indulge in this weekend in Nottingham, and with the forecast suggesting bright and sunny weather we advise you make the most of it! Outdoor theatre, music festivals and a steampunk jamboree are just a small taste of what’s on offer, but don’t forget to browse our What’s On page for more ideas on where to get out and about this weekend.

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Steampunk Day

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Sunday 9th July
Papplewick Pumping Station

Papplewick Pumping Station is a Victorian water works nestled in the north Nottinghamshire countryside. Described as a ‘feat of Victorian engineering’ this palace of steam features all of its gorgeous original fixtures and fittings, including polished mahogany, brass and stained glass. Admire the brilliant craftsmanship and architecture throughout, see the Lancashire steam pumps in action, and even take a tour of the underground reservoir!

This weekend the annual Steampunk Day returns, attracting weird and wonderful Victoriana obsessed characters from far and wide. Expect performances by Von Morley’s Steampunk Belly Dancers, storytelling by The Nottingham Ghost Walk team, stalls, facial hair competitions and brilliant fun throughout the day.

Outdoor Theatre Season

download (4)Various Venues across Nottinghashire

What could be more delightful than lazing in a park on a summer’s day whilst watching classic stories come to life in front of you? Grab a blanket, pack yourself a delicious picnic and head down to one of these great outdoor theatre performances happening throughout Nottinghamshire over the next couple of months. Friday sees A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed at Nottingham Castle, while at Wollaton Hall Illyria will be performing The Lost World. Showing at some of Nottingham’s most beautiful estates, country parks and houses, there are numerous showings, including classics such as Pride & Prejudice, Twelfth Night, Wind in the Willows and Peter Pan.

Waterfront Festival

Saturday 8th July
The Canalhouse

Calling all fans of live music and brilliant beer gardens! The Waterfront Festival returns to The Canalhouse for 2017 and it’s set to be an absolute smasher as ever, with thirteen hours of live music, performance and fun. A great opportunity to see what fantastic live music has been brewing in Nottingham over the past 12 months, highlights this year include Unknown Era, 94 Gunships, Hallouminati and lots more! The theme this year is B Movie Monsters & Mythical Creatures of the Watery Depths, so don your swamp weed and movie monster prosthetics if you so wish. As usual all profits go to a chosen charity, this year being The Roy Stone Foundation and NUH Cystic Fibrosis Centre, so you can party away knowing it’s for a worthy cause.

Nottingham BID’s Independent Festival


Saturday 8th July
Various Venues

To highlight the wealth of independent businesses Nottingham has to offer, each year the Nottingham BID presents the Independent Festival, a celebration of our vibrant and diverse culture of bars, cafes and shops. Various businesses across the city are taking part, so it’s a great day to have a wander through the city and visit those spots you may have missed in the past.

Live music, free entertainment and miniature golf will be happening throughout the day in Trinity Square, with street parties happening across the city. Last year’s Independent Business of the Year, Debbie Bryan are holding a free for all Crafternoon, Dukki Gifts have organised a treasure hunt, you can Make Your Own Gelato at Dolcino, and the creative community based in St James’ St around The Malt Cross will be demonstrating their wares. Come down and support the local businesses that make our fair city so unique!


Madame Parboiled’s Historical Pub Tour


Sunday 9th July

A few weeks ago, Madame Parboiled invited us to join her tour of Nottingham’s oldest and most intriguing drinking establishments. The ensuing evening was filled with compelling storytelling in some cracking pubs, with an exploration into the caves beneath! With a collective age of over 2000 years and heaps of fascinating tales to have formed within their walls, we barely needed to consider the long fought battle of which of Nottingham’s pubs is the oldest. Madame P is a warm and eccentric guide who presents her stories with such familiarity and knowledge you might just believe she has stepped out of the medieval era and no doubt you will come away with a new perception of Nottingham’s pubs and its history.


Posted on 03 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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