Things To Do This Weekend in Nottingham: 8th – 10th September

Heritage Open Days Nottingham

Each year, just as the summer comes to a close, there are four great days in September for history lovers and cultural explorers to look forward to. Offering free entry to dozens of fabulous venues and events, Heritage Open Days celebrate the culture, history, and architecture in the country and make for fantastic days out.

Whether you’re visiting Nottinghamshire or fancy being a tourist in your own city, this is a brilliant opportunity to get out and see what Nottingham has to offer! We have picked our favourite open days within Nottinghamshire for you to explore this weekend. For more information on Heritage Open Days, including an extended list of venues involved click here and follow the related tab.

Nottingham MELA Festival

Nottingham Mela Festival
New Art Exchange and Nottingham Castle
Friday 9th – Sunday 11th September

A fantastic celebration of culture, colour, music and performance comes to New Art Exchange and Nottingham Castle this weekend as the Nottingham Mela Festival returns. Packed with South Asian themed workshops, performance, dancing, music, arts, crafts and authentic cuisine, this year the festival is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence. A true feast for the senses, the programme of events is definitely worth checking out and a great excuse to explore the exhibitions at both the Castle and New Art Exchange. Read our blog on the Mela Festival here!


Bromley House Library

Bromley House Library, NottinghamSaturday 9th September 2017
10am – 4pm

In Nottingham city centre, just off the Market Square, lies one of the city’s most marvellous hidden gems. For almost 200 years Bromley House Library has been unobtrusively nestled into a row of Georgian townhouses, preserving the past in grand cases of antique books. Complete with its own Meridian Line (telling ‘Nottingham time’) and a secret garden, the library offer tours every Wednesday, but this weekend you get to browse freely and explore the library on your own.


Debbie Bryan Studio

Debbie Bryan, Nottingham

Located in the heart of The Lace District, Debbie Bryan Studio combines Nottingham’s Lace Heritage with arts and crafts in a delightful tea room café and shop. The excellent programme of events and workshops at Debbie Bryan is always worth a browse for anyone who likes to get a bit crafty, but this weekend they are presenting a special range of workshops, live poetry and heritage based talks exploring Nottingham’s history within the textile industry.


Green’s Windmill

Green's Windmill, Nottingham

This fantastic historic site in Nottingham is not just a picturesque mill on a hill – it also boasts a brilliant science centre detailing the life and works of mathematician George Green, and it produces its own brand of local flour! With a great programme of events and having been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service just last week, Green’s Windmill makes a great day out for the family!


Behind the Scenes at the Palace Theatre 

Palace Theatre NewarkThe Palace Theatre, Newark
Sunday 10th September

The Palace Theatre Newark was built by local business woman Emily Blagg and opened in 1920. Throughout its lifespan this historic spot has seen stars of past and present grace its stage and continues to be a popular venue. Meet technical experts, explore the dressing rooms and take your place on the stage to get a taste of what it’s like to live on the other side. Who knows, you might be a natural!


Hyena Exhibition & Talk at Creswell Crags

Creswell CragsSunday 10th September 10am – 5pm

The excellent collection of ancient artefacts on display for free at Creswell Crags Heritage Open Day include Eric the baby Hyena, whose skeleton was found intact in one of the caves at Creswell. Make sure to also catch a talk by ‘The Hyena Woman’ – Jane Ford – a PHD candidate from the University of Sheffield, who put Eric together!


Wishing you all a great weekend in Nottingham! Don’t forget to check out 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!

Posted on 04 September 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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