What’s Coming Up in 2017? Our Top-10 Nottinghamshire Highlights


2017 is upon us, and we’ve got an action packed year in store for us here in Nottinghamshire!

This list is only scratching the surface of what’s coming up in what’s sure to be a fantastic 2017, but here are our top-10 highlights to look forward to:

National Justice Museum Opens

Set in a building packed with grisly history, the Galleries of Justice will be transforming early this year, and reopening as the re-vamped National Justice Museum.

The popular attraction received a £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund, and will house the UK’s largest law, justice, crime and punishment collection. With an exciting range of new exhibition areas, visitors will be able to enjoy a range of brand new fun, interactive activities and exhibitions suitable for all the family.

More information here.

The Snowdrops Emerge

Nothing signals the start of a fresh new year better than the beautiful blanket of snowdrops that cover the scenery at Hodsock Priory and Holme Pierrepont Hall.

A stroll among the flowers, which coat the scenery creamy white, is the perfect way to start a new year.

More information on Hodsock Priory here and Holme Pierrepont Hall here.

Festival Season Begins

The summer also brings plenty of festival fun, from Splendour Festival – which attracts some of pop’s biggest acts to Batman’s backyard – to Newark Festival – which will this year be featuring UB40 with Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue.

Of course we’re also looking forward to October, when Nottingham becomes the UK’s Festival City.

More information here.

Lego Wonders Come to The Harley Gallery

A new LEGO model exhibition opens at The Harley Gallery from 22 January to 2 April. It follows the phenomenal success of last year’s Brick City, which enchanted young and old alike with lego recreations of famous landmarks.

The show will present more than 70 fantastically detailed models. As well as ancient wonders, visitors can marvel at the recreation of some of the world’s most spectacular natural landmarks from The Great Barrier Reef and The Great Wall of China to the Matterhorn.

More information here.

Hit the Beach in Nottingham City Centre

We may be a pretty landlocked county, but that doesn’t stop us getting our beach fix – we simply make our own! It gets bigger and better every year, and will be back once again for 2017.

Old Market Square transforms into a sandy paradise as the height of summer arrives, and you can escape the heat by chilling on the sandy relaxation area, letting the kids splash in the water, or by sipping cocktails in the beach bar.

More information here.

Nottingham Comedy Festival – 3-11 November

This chucklesome festival goes from strength to strength, and there will be belly laughs aplenty in November, as the Comedy fest lures some of the UK’s finest comedians to the city.

Held in venues across Nottingham, get your tickets to see the stars of the future before they make it big, or to see arena-filling chortle-masters, such as last year’s headliner Billy Connolly.

More information here.

England Cricket at Trent Bridge

Test cricket also returns to the famous Trent Bridge this year, with England taking on the might of South Africa.

There are also One Day Internationals to enjoy, and if recent evidence is anything to go by, these will be unmissable, record-smashing match-ups.

These are sure to be sell out events, so don’t hang around if you want to secure your seat.

More information here.

Bob Dylan Comes to Nottingham

A true legend of music is returning to Nottinghamshire, and there’s sure to be a buzz around the city, as the new Nobel Prize for Literature winner arrives in Nottingham to perform at the Motorpoint Arena. 

His show in Nottingham, which is fittingly a UNESCO City of Literature, is sure to be one to tell the grandkids about.

Get your tickets here

The Wheel of Nottingham and Light Night

The Capital has the London Eye, and this year sees the return of Nottingham’s own big wheel, which will be towering over Old Market Square.

The Wheel of Nottingham will also give you a bird’s eye view of the city during the ever popular Light Night event – during which the city literally glows with events and entertainment.

More information here

Dinosaurs of China Exhibition at Wollaton Hall

It’s not everyday an exhibition this BIG comes to town. These extraordinary dinosaur skeletons have never left their native China before – until now!

This is your chance to see what will be the tallest dinosaur in the UK, on display in the incredible setting of Wollaton Hall.

Many of the species on display are new to science, and were only discovered and named in the last 20 years – some as recently as 2015!

Don’t wait, tickets for this World Exclusive exhibition are on sale now!

More information here.

Posted on 10 January 2017
Featured author: Alistair

Originally from Preston - but now calling Nottingham home – Alistair’s a St Helens rugby league fan who loves travel and music.

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