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Listen to the Frances Finn Show on BBC Radio Nottingham at 9.50 every Saturday morning, to hear our events round-up and our Top 5 Things to do in Nottinghamshire this weekend.

  Listen again to last Saturday's show


Things to do in Nottinghamshire this Weekend

24th and 25th June 2017

The Lord Mayor's Parade will set off from Nottingham's Market Square at 11am on Saturday, heading up to Nottingham Castle for a free day of family fun and activities.

The Castle will be open between 10am and 5pm (last admission 4pm) and entry is free to all.

Head over to The Burgage in Southwell on Saturday for the Southwell Funday

Taking place between 12noon and 4pm, you will be able to enjoy trampolining, fun stalls, maypole dancing, children's activities, live music, BBQ and much more! 

Entry is free.

Did you know that it's International Fairy Day on SaturdaySherwood Forest is having a Fairy and Elf Forest Run to celebrate, with lots of things to see and do around the Major Oak path.  Take what you make to encourage them to visit your house and garden!

Fancy dress is encouraged.  This event will be on between 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm and entry is free.

Raid those fancy dress boxes on Saturday and head to the New Art Exchange in Nottingham for a family-friendly screening of the film Zarafa (PG).  This is an action-packed story of a friendship between two orphans:  a 10 year old from Sudan and a giraffe named Zarafa.

The film starts at 11am (until 12.30pm) and entry is free.

Actor, author and comedian, Charlie Higson will be at Nottingham Centre Library on Saturday to launch the Storysmash project

Storysmash gives you the chance to learn how to write and build your own digital game, with masterclasses and workshops over the summer using the free, online programme TWINE.  Tickets to this launch event cost £12.  More info here.

The Park Garden Trail returns to Nottingham on Sunday, with a farmer's market, plant stalls, food stalls and children's activities.

Entry costs £5 for adults and Children go free.  You can park anywhere within The Park on that day and get your ticket from one of the ticket tables.

This event will be open between 1pm and 6pm.

The Great Notts Bike Ride will be at Victoria Embankment in Nottingham on Sunday.

There are 5 rides to choose from, ranging from 25 to 125 miles, with 4,000 cyclists taking part.  Visit the free event village that will have family fun with live music, food and drink stalls and entertainment.  The event will take place between 6.30 am and 6.00 pm.

If you'd like to show your support for Armed Forces Day this year, you'll have to go to Newark on Sunday.  Starting at the Market Place, there will be a parade at 11am, military memorabilia stalls, a horse-drawn WW1 kitchen and lots of themed events, plus food stalls and a bar. 

There will also be an evening concert in the Castle grounds from 6pm to 11pm and tickets cost £3 on the gate.

To celebrate Nottingham Craft Beer Week, the Navigation Brewery on Meadow Lane in Nottingham will be hosting Whichcraft! a weekend festival of craft beer, comedy and live music on Friday and Saturday.

The festival will be open from 5pm to 10pm on Friday and 12 noon to 10pm on Saturday.  There will be craft, jewellery and clothes stalls, plus top class entertainment and fine craft beers.  Admission is free.

17th and 18th June 2017

This weekend will see the 1st Food Festival "Foodie-Fest" at Southwell Racecourse.  This will be a celebration and showcase of a wide range of fabulous food and drink vendors from across the local region, plus winner of The Apprentice 2016 and her "Ridiculously Rich by Alana" range.  There will also be a bouncy castle, antiques and crafts.  Entry costs £7.50 and the show is open from 10am to 5pm.

The Newark Festival returns this weekend, with 3 days of food, fun and music between Friday and Sunday. 

Tickets cost from £15 for adults (on Friday) but there will be a
Free Family Day at Riverside Park and across the town on Sunday, featuring a fabulous array of entertainment, food and drink for all the family, followed by an evening line-up of ‘Swing in the Park’ and a fireworks display.  More info here.

Nottingham's Arnold Carnival returns to Arnot Hill Park this weekend, with a whole feast of fun and activities for the whole family.  There will be big stage entertainment, food and drink, crafts, stalls, fun-fair, Battle of Britain memorial flypast and a fun dog show.  This is a free event, which will be open between 12 noon and 10.30 pm on Saturday and 10.30 am and 10pm on Sunday.  More info here.


The Nottinghamshire Masons will be holding a Community Fun Day in Nottingham on Saturday to celebrate their Tercentenary (300th anniversary).  This free event will be open to all and will feature entertainment, music and events in the Market Square and King Street, as well as tours of the Masonic Lodge on Goldsmith Street.

The event starts at 10 am and will finish at 5pm.  Full schedule here.

If you've ever fancied learning to Dance Like a Tudor, head over to Rufford Abbey on Saturday for a fun dance workshop.  There will be live musicians and expert tuition.  Just wear low-heeled, comfortable shoes!

The workshops take place between 10am and 4pm and cost £5.00. You must book in advance by calling 01623 821352 (weekdays) or 01623 821332.

From Saturday until 2nd July, the Djanogly Gallery at Lakeside Arts will be re-imagined as the old Highfields Park Lido.  Lido to Lakeside 1924 to 1992 is an immersive and, at times, interactive, 25 minute experience for everyone to enjoy, inspired by memories of Highfields Lido.

Timed tickets cost £3 and you can book online here.

You're invited to Highfields Park on Saturday to create a Mini sculpture park,using recycled materials and found natural objects.

This free event will be taking place between 11am and 5pm and you're advised to book in advance by calling 0115 8467777.

Adventure awaits at Highfields Park on Saturday with WONDER:  Raiders of the Lost Park

Are you daring enough to go to a nature trail with an unexpected twist?  Starting at Lakeside Museum, you'll work your way around Highfields Park and the lake, negotiating a series of challenges, riddle and tasks.  Drop in between 12 noon and 4pm to this free event.

The Epperstone Open Gardens Summer Festival will take place in this lovely Nottinghamshire village on Sunday.  Enjoy stalls and attractions, vintage cars and tractors and even live Alpaca!  There will be refreshments and children's activities.

Entry to all gardens is £5 per adult (under 16s go free), with free parking at the village hall.  The event is on between 12 noon and 5pm.

To celebrate Fathers Day, Dads Skate for FREE on Sunday at the National Ice Centre!

Just turn up with your Dad on the day and quote the offer (includes skate hire).  You can skate at any of the public sessions on Sunday and use this offer, including the Parent and Toddler session (10am to 10.45am) and Public Sessions at 10am to 12noon and 2.30pm to 5pm)

Treat your Dad to a day out that the whole family can enjoy at White Post Farm.

To make it even more special, they are offering all Dads complimentary admission on Sunday for Fathers Day when they pre-book tickets online here.

If you fancy a spot of adventure golf on Sunday, pop down to The Lost City adventure golf with you Dad and, as well as a fantastic game, he'll also receive a FREE bottle of beer to celebrate his awesomeness on Fathers' Day. 

This offer is available between 12 noon and 6pm on Sunday


10th and 11th June 2017

Children's favourites PJ Masks will be at White Post Farm on Saturday.  Have a selfie with Owlette and Catboy, who will be appearing throughout the day.

There will also be games, competitions and giveaways, sheep racing, animal holding and baby goat bottle feeding.  The Farm opens from 10am.  More information here.

The annual Hemlock Happening will be at Bramcote Hills Park in Nottingham on Saturday

This is a free day of activities, music, dance, sports, Big Top marquee with main stage and bar and a fireworks display at 10 pm.  The event starts at 1pm.

The Gate to Southwell,
Roots and Acoustic Music Festival will offer 4 days of music on 5 stages, street theatre, family entertainment, dancing, food and more from Thursday to Sunday near to Southwell.

Adult day tickets cost from £20 and you can book online here.

There's a Aegon Family Fun event at the Nottingham Tennis Centre this weekend. There will be prizes for the best fancy dress, superhero sumo wrestling and the chance to have a go at playing tennis.  As it's the qualifying weekend for the Aegon Open Nottingham, you will also get the chance to see world-class players competing to be in the tournament.  It starts at 11am and costs £5 for adults, with children going free.  More info here.

Fans of birds of prey can take part in a Hawk Walk Experience at Sherwood Forest on Saturday.

This one-hour woodland walk will give you the opportunity to handle and fly a bird of prey from your own glove.  You'll also learn about the birds and how they survive in their natural environment.  Pre-booking is essential on 07415 509262.  £15 per person.  10am to 4pm. Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Nottingham will be hosting its first Trans Picnic 2017 on Saturday at Lakeside Arts Centre, which will be themed around 'Breaking Down Walls' and will celebrate Trans equality.

There will be an open mic session, various information stalls and the opportunity to network.  Bring your own food or buy from the Lakeside Cafe.  The picnic is free to attend and will take place between 12 noon and 4pm.

If you like a bargain, head over to Keyworth on Saturday, where they will be holding their 7th Annual Garage Sale Safari.

They will be 70+ stalls, set up at outside people's houses or in designated pub carparks, so you can browse to your heart's content.  There will also be refreshments, crafts and plants for sale.  You will be able to buy a stalls map for £1 from a number of venues (Post Office etc) and everything will be clearly signposted, including carparks.  Open between 10am and 3pm.

Join the Rangers at Sherwood Forest on Saturday for an evening walk to try to spot a female glow worm.  This walk is approx 2.5 miles and is not suitable for those with mobility issues, pushchairs or under 12s.  You'll need a torch!

The walk will take place at 9.30 pm and costs £5 per person.  Please book in advance by calling
01623 823202

St Mary's Church in Nottingham's Lace Market will be the venue for Purcell and Handel on Saturday.  The Choir of St Mary's and the Orchestra of the Restoration will be directed by John Keys.  Tickets cost £15 (£13 for students and over 65s) and the concert will take place at 7.30 pm.

You are advised to book in advance - tickets available from various venues, including Nottingham Tourism Centre.

Coloured Cob Country Fair will take place at their Equestrian Centre in Creswell this Sunday.  There will be loads to see and do, including a climbing wall, bouncy castle, historical reenactment, pony and carriage rides and dog show.  Entry costs £5 for adults, £2.50 for under 16s (under 2s go free) and the event starts at 10am.

Call 01909 725251 for more information.

If you're a fan of cycling, you can join the Rangers at Sherwood Forest on Sunday to learn where you can ride on this 5.5 mile bike ride of discovery.

Cycling helmets are essential and you'll need to book in advance by calling 01623 823202.  This event is free and starts at 10.30 am until 1pm.


3rd and 4th June 2017

There will be loads to see and do at the Wheee! Free Family Fun Weekend at Lakeside on Saturday and Sunday

You will be able to enjoy a weekend of activities and performances, including drumming workshops and street theatre.  Wheee! takes place between 11.30 am and 5.00 pm and admission is free.  More information here.

The Pre-War Austin7 Society will hold its annual Autokarna at Wollaton Park on Sundayl.  The event will feature vintage, veteran and classic vehicles, cars, motorbikes, buses and commercial vehicle.  There will also be an auto-jumble selling car parts and accessories and children's entertainment. 

Admission is free but there is a £6 carparking charge.

If you've ever fancied giving croquet a try, pop along Nottingham Croquet Club's Open Day on Sunday at Highfields

This free event will take place between 11am and 4pm and all you need to do is turn up in some flat soled shoes and have a go!

More information here.

Lots happening at the National Ice Centre this weekend. 

On Saturday, you can enjoy a Family Silent Disco at 2.30 pm and a Club Silent Disco at 7.30 pm - grab a pair of headphones and skate around to your own playlist!  On Sunday, you can get creative on the ice during their Family Paint and Skate Session at 2.30 pm.   Tickets cost £8.50 with skate hire.

If you fancy doing something energetic this weekend, pop along to the National Watersports Centre for Paddle in the Park.

For £5 per person, you can have an unlimited day pass to all of the Water Activities on the Lagoon.  It's suitable for the whole family and paddlers at all experience levelsYou can pre-book online for activities and workshops and there will also be live music and a hog roast.  Taking place between 10am and 7pm.


27th, 28th and 29th May 2017

The Kings Clipstone Brewery will be holding their 5th Music, Beer and Cider Festival in Clipstone, Mansfield between Friday and Sunday

Live music, food, real ales and ciders, plus children's entertainment and rides.   Entry costs £3, with under 16s going free.  Free parking  More information here.

Visit Newark's National Civil War Centre this weekend for siege activities in Surrounded.  Make a Civil War house or mint your own siege coin.  Meet Colonel John Hutchinson and learn how he stopped Newark's Cavaliers from capturing Nottingham Castle.

The Civil War Centre is open between 10am and 5pm and tickets cost £8 for adults and £3.50 for children aged 5-16 (under 5 go free).  More information here.

If you're a gin lover, pop into Revolution in Hockley or the Cornerhouse this weekend for their Big Weekend In for the Gin event.  There will be gin cocktail sampling, mini cocktail masterclasses and Happy Hour!

The fun starts on Friday and there will be lots happening through to Sunday.  More information here.

Fancy a bit of Salt Dough Modelling?  You can try your hand at Green's Windmill this Saturday, where you can work your imagination to make a creation!  Pop in between 11am and 2pm.  This activity costs £2 per child.

There will also be a Community Food Swap on Sunday from1pm.  More info here.

The Great Food and Drink Festival returns to Nottingham Castle this Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

With headline chefs, including Antonio Carluccio and Adam Simmonds, over 100 food and drink stands, real ale and cocktail bars, there is something for everyone to get stuck into!  The show is open between 10am and 5pm on both days and tickets cost £10 for adults (under 10s free with paying adult). 

The Dot to Dot Festival once again takes over venues in Nottingham on Sunday and will be unearthing the best new music talent.  

Venues include Rock City, The Rescue Rooms, Stealth and Jongleurs and you can find out more here.

The Nottingham Industrial Museum in Wollaton Park will be holding it's Family Fun Steamup on Sunday.  See the engines in full steam and visit the displays - there will even be free children's activities.

Entry costs £5 for adults and £3 for concessions with accompanied children going free.  The museum is open from 11am, with last entry at 4.30 pm. More info here.

The Nottinghamshire village of Wellow will be holding it's Maypole Day on Monday, with live music and entertainment, Gun Dog displays, vintage tractors, crafts, stalls, games and children's rides.  You can also enjoy cream teas, homemade cakes and hot food.

This is a free event, with free parking, which takes place from midday.  More information here.

the International Festival of Theatre and Dance for Children will be at Lakeside in Nottingham this half-term.  From Monday you can visit the Luminarium, enjoy shows in the theatre (pre-book) and visit the free puppets and masks exhibition in the Wallner Gallery.

More information about what you can enjoy please look here.

The Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum is hosting a FREE 1940s Wartime event on MondaySwing Back to the 1940s will have swing dancing, a street party, stalls selling vintage collectibles and food and drink. 

The event takes place between 11am and 5pm and entry is FREE.

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