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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.

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Things to do in Nottinghamshire this Weekend

29th and 30th April and 1st May 2017

EM-Con - the biggest film and television convention in the East Midlands - will be at Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena this weekend.

Stars of the screen will be there, including Miriam Margolyes and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), plus comics, toys, collectables and clothing sellers.  Tickets cost from £11.30 and can be booked online or by calling 0843 373 3000.

Loads of museums and heritage tourist attractions across Nottinghamshire will be offering free entry to their exhibits for Radio Nottingham's Big Day Out on Sunday.  This is your chance to visit places including Creswell Crags, the National Holocaust Centre & Museum, Newstead Abbey, Mansfield Fire Museum and MORE, for FREE!

See a full list here or pick up a guide from the Nottingham Tourism Centre.

Purecraft Bar & Kitchen in Nottingham will be hosting a 'Local Heroes' Beer Tasting Session this Sunday down in their vaults!  Sample a selection of beers and explore how they match with food. Visit their beer cellar and see how the beers are conditioned.

You'll try 6 different beers and various tasters of food.  The session starts at 4pm and costs £15 per person. Call 0115 9349040 to book.

Over 300 civil war re-enactors will descend on Newark on Sunday and Monday for the Annual Pikes and Plunder Civil War Festival.

There will be musket fire and fighting, major living history displays and demonstrations, as well as free events in Newark Market Place, Queen's Sconce and Newark Castle.

Tickets cost £8 for adults and £3.50 for children (under 5s free).

Relive the life and times of the 1940s with the 1940s Knees Up at Nottingham Castle and the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard on Monday.

Experience life on the home and military fronts during wartime, including displays, music, dancing and a Mark IX Spitfire.

This event will take place between 11am and 3.30 pm at Brewhouse Yard and 11am to 4pm at the Castle.  Tickets cost £8 for adults and £6 for concessions. Buy tickets.

Head over to Mansfield Market Place this Saturday for their Market Celebration.

Enjoy a circus skills workshop, Professor Paul Temple's Punch and Judy Show, giveaways and competitions, fairground organ, crafts, face painting and a vintage hook a duck stall.

Free family fun, open between 11am and 3pm.

Take your dog to Newstead Abbey on Sunday and Monday, for the Jerry Green Dog Rescue Centre Dog Show.  Enter your pooch in the fun categories, peruse the stalls, enjoy entertainment, demonstrations and guest speakers. 

The Show takes place from 11am to 4pm. Carparking costs £6 (£1 per person for walkers).  Fees apply to enter each dog category.


22nd and 23rd April 2017

The UK's largest fun dog show - All About Dogs will be at the Newark Showground this weekend.  This family (dog friendly) event will feature a kids fun dog arena, displays, shopping, expert advice and lots of have-a-go activities. 

Kids under 5 go free, adult tickets are £14 and children £8 on the gate (discounts if booked online).  The show is open from 9.30 to 5pm each day.  More information and tickets here.

Celebrate England's patron saint at this year's St George's Day events on Sunday.

The parade, will leave the Forest Recreation Ground at 12 noon and will be led to the Market Square by knights on horseback, where you can see Morris Dancers and a performance by Carlton Brass. 

The Nottingham Poetry Festival returns to venues across the City from 21st to 30th April.  With a steller line-up of national names, this festival will include a diverse programme of over 50 events.  This weekend, see events at Rough Trade, City Arts, Waterstones and Nottingham Writers Studio.  More here.

Rock opera Tommy, which is based on The Who's 1969 concept album, is at Nottingham Playhouse on Saturday (and then until 28th April).  With a cast of 22 performers and musicians this is the story of the pinball-playing boy and includes songs including Pinball Wizard, plus brand new material. 

Performances on Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.45. Tickets cost £10 to £32. Book here.

There will be a Vintage Race Day at Nottingham Racecourse on Saturday

The event will feature vintage shopping, seven horse races, classic cars, dance lessons, music, lawn and funfair games, a popup vintage salon and lots more and starts at 3.30 pm.

Tickets cost from £10 and can be purchased online here.

The Showstoppers return to Nottingham's Theatre Royal on Saturday with a brand new musical, created from scratch at every performance from audience suggestions.

Whether you fancy Sondheim on a ski lift or Cole Porter in Poundland - you suggest it and they will sing it!

The show starts at 7.30 pm and tickets cost £15.50 to £19.50.


've got loads of great ideas for the school Easter holidays.  Please take a look at our Easter Holiday Guide, for a day-to-day diary of events taking place across Nottinghamshire.

14th to 17th April 2017 (Easter Weekend)

Visit the Nottingham Frameknitters Museum on Good Friday and help them to find the naughty knitted bunnies in their Knitted Bunny Hunt.

The hunt will be on between 11am and 4pm and admission costs £5 for adults and £2 for children:  BUT children with bunnies (not real ones!) or knitted bonnets will get free admission. 

BBC's Flog It will be holding a Valuation Day at Nottingham University on Friday.  Bring along your antiques and collectables for a free valuation by experts from the show. If selected for filming you might be in with a chance of making some money by selling your items at auction.

Pop along between 9.30 am and 4pm.  Admission, valuations and carparking are all free.

You can Bake your own Easter Biscuits at Greens Windmill on Friday

Just turn up between 11am and 2pm, choose an Easter themed cookie cutter and let your creative skills run wild!  This activity costs £4 per child.

There will be lots to see and do at Nottingham's Stonebridge City Farm this Easter Sunday and Monday. 

You can take part in Animal Handling (50 pence cost) and an Egg Picture Hunt (£1) on Sunday and on Monday, they'll be holding a Fairytale DayTurn up in fancy dress, for a chance to win a prize and enjoy craft sessions (50 pence cost).  The farm is open between 10am and 4pm and admission is free (although donations are always welcome).

Visit Sherwood Forest this Easter Sunday and meet some wonderful Birds of Prey courtesy of Go Active Falconry, in the shadow of the Major Oak.

There is no need to book, the activity is free and takes place between 11am and 4pm.

The Notts Wildlife Trust City Group and Friends of University Park are giving you the chance to enjoy a 2 hour Morning Explore Walk with them around University Park on Easter Sunday.

Meet at Lakeside carpark at 10.30am for this free event.

Get your skates on for the Easter Foam Party at Nottingham's National Ice Centre on Sunday.  This event has been specially created for families,with foam cannons and Easter chocolate giveaways! 

It'll cost you £6.50 for admission and skate hire and the party takes place between 2.30 and 5pm.  Book here.

The Beam Engines will be in Steam on Easter Sunday and Monday at Papplewick Pumping Station.

Experience the engines in their full glory, stroll around the gardens and enjoy a miniature train ride and a tour of the underground reservoir.  There will also be Easter activities.

It will cost £8 for adult admission, £6 for students and seniors and £4 for children.  Open between 11am and 5pm.

Lots to see and do at Nottingham Industrial Museum on Easter Monday.

Take a look at their 40th Anniversary Exhibition, take part in an Easter Egg Hunt and do some Children's Crafts.  You can also have your tarot cards read and see the working telephone exchange.  Entry costs £5 for adults with accompanied children under 16 going free.  Open between 11am and 5pm. (Beam engine won't be in steam, due to shortage of volunteers.)


8th and 9th April 2017

Search for the hidden eggs in this weekend's Exciting Easter Eggstravaganza at Green's Windmill.

Explore the site during the Egg Hunt and you can win some amazing prizes!  The egg hunt takes place between 10am and 3pm and costs £5 per child.

The Beanbag Music Club returns to Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall this Saturday with A Journey Through Jazz with Katie's Allsorts Trio.  Sit on the beanbags and have a go with the instruments in these fun, interactive sessions.

There will be 3 performances at 11am, 1.15 pm and 3pm and tickets cost £7. Book here.

Mansfield Museum
will be hosting a Health and Wellbeing Festival until Saturday.  Visitors can take part in workshops, l
isten to talks and have a go at a wide variety of activities that have an impact on physical and mental wellbeing.

The Festival will take place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and entry is free.  More information here.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be at Nottingham's Theatre Royal on Saturday.  This award-winning production tells the story of 15 year old Christopher who has an extraordinary brain but is ill-equipped to deal with ordinary life.  When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

There are performances at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm and tickets cost from £17.50. Suitable for age 11+. Book here.

You can follow the Yellow Brick Road to Mansfield Palace Theatre this
weekend for their Easter panto, The Wizard of Oz, which stars Bobby Davro and Britain's Got Talent winners Ashley and Pudsey.

There are 2 performances each day and tickets cost from
£17.  Book online.

Newark's Palace Theatre also has an Easter pantomime, which you can see on Friday and Saturday, starring Gareth Gates and Graham Cole.

Join them in Sherwood Forest as Robin Hood and his merry men battle to outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham. Tickets cost from £16 and can be booked online

The weather is going to be nice this weekend, so why not head over to Sherwood Forest and take part in their Easter Trail.

This self-guided trail will take you around the Visitor Centre and the woodland, where you will discover lots of interesting facts about Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood.  Complete the clues and claim your reward!

Trails cost £1 and this activity will be available between 11am and 3pm this weekend.

Ice Hockey comes to the National Ice Centre this weekend, when it hosts the Elite League Playoff Finals.

This is the league's marquee event and is sure to be a sell out.

Buy your tickets here.

If you're a fan of the outdoors, then pop along to Chilwell Olympia (
NG9 5HR) this weekend for the 2017 Awning and Tent Show!

Entry and parking are FREE and the show is dog and child friendly.  Open between 10am and 4pm on both days.  More info here.


1st and 2nd April 2017

Lambing has started at White Post Farm, so the Silver Barn is bouncing with cuddly baby animals, including goat kids, chicks and baby rabbits.

The fun begins on Saturday with a visit from Bing and Flop, who will be down on the farm at intervals during the day.  Book in advance for discounted entry here.

From Saturday, all children under the age of 16 will get FREE entry to Nottingham Industrial Museum!

Saturday also marks the start of the month-long exhibition, which will celebrate the 40th anniversay of the first public steaming of the Basford Beam Engine at the Museum in 1997.  The museum will be open between 11am and 2pm. 

The Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society will be holding a Public Open Evening at the Sherwood Observatory on Saturday.  The gates will open at 6.45 pm and entry costs £5 for adults and £1 for under 16s (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).  Advance booking is not required.

You can Make your own Stick Windmill and watch it blow in the wind this Saturday at Green's Windmill.

This event takes place between 11am and 2pm and costs £2 per child.  You don't need to book in advance.

Somewhere, hidden amongst the thorny brambles is a little kingdom where everyone is very very small ...

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom will be at Nottingham's Theatre Royal this weekend with a live magical musical adventure.

There will be 2 shows each day and tickets cost £12 to £16.  Book here.

Pop into Wollaton Hall this weekend, where you can explore and investigate their project lab for hands-on activities to keep the kids entertained over Easter.

Pick up the Dino Egg Trail or decorate their huge Dino themed Easter egg.  Admission is free but carparking costs £2 for up to 3 hours or £4 all day.

There will be more free family fun this weekend at Nottingham Contemporary.

Drop in an be part of a big Family Photoshoot, to create fun, playful, black and white photo-booth style family portraits, which will be projected onto the large walls in The Space!  Open between 11am and 3pm.

This weekend, Great Britain's Short Track superstars will be heading to the National Ice Centre for the last major competition of the season's speed skating calendar and gives you the chance to see world class athletes and stars of the future battling it out on the ice.

This FREE event is open to the public.

Fancy going on an Easter Egg Hunt?  You can follow a self-guided trail around the Visitor Centre and woodland at Sherwood Forest from Saturday. Discover lots of fascinating facts about the forest and Robin Hood. Complete all the clues and claim your reward!

You can take part between 11am and 3pm and the trail costs £1.

The National Ice Centre will be holding its 2nd Family Paint and Skate session on Sunday.  Use their paint pens to draw on the ice, have your face painted and listen to some classic children's songs - all for the same cost as their standard skating sessions. 

The Paint and Skate session will take place between 2.30 and 5.00 pm and tickets cost £6.50 and £2.00 for skate hire.

Visit Southwell Workhouse this weekend and take part in The Good, the Bug and the Ugly conservation display and trail.  Become a Bug Detective and record your spottings on the Bug Board.  The children's trail costs £1.50 and includes a prize.

The Workhouse is open between 12 and 5 this weekend and entry costs £8.65 for adults and £4.30 for children.


25th and 26th March 2017

It's Mothers' Day on Sunday - please take a look at our guide for the best places to treat your Mum.

Mansfield Market Place
will be holding a day of vintage entertainment and shopping on Saturday, to celebrate Mothers' Day.

With live music, free cupcake decorating and card making activities, as well as a mini vintage craft market, this is a day of FREE fun for the whole family.  11 am to 2 pm.

It's in Nottingham will be presenting it's annual FREE Nottingham in Fashion event on Friday and Saturday.

Taking place at in the Ballroom in the Council House, there will be regular catwalk shows throughout the 2 days and pop-up activities in the Market Square, including a Fashion Bus and branded beauty area.  Pre-booked tickets are now sold out but there will be a limited number of tickets available on the day.  More info here.

Step back in time on Saturday at the Vintage and Retro Fair at Nottinghamshire Hospice

Browse vintage and retro clothes, jewellery and accessories, collectables and homeware, between 10am and 2pm.  Entry costs £2 with under 16s going free. More info here.

City Arts in Nottingham will be holding a Flying Free Carnival Takeover this weekend

Join in and enjoy dance, drumming and costume and headdress making workshops, take part in the Carnival Party and hit the streets with their Mini Carnival Parade!  The weekend takes place between 11am and 6.30pm and costs are detailed here.

You can make Sweet Treats for Mothers' Day on Saturday at Green's Windmill.

Bake a special gift in time for Mothers' Day - for ages 3+.  No need to book - just drop in between 11am and 1pm.  This session costs £3.

Nottingham's Malt Cross is inviting you to join a Guided Tour of the music hall and the old sandstone caves below on Saturday.

This hour long tour will give a behind-the-scenes look at the heritage of the site.  The tour starts at 2pm and costs £3.

Call 0115 9411048 for further information.

Journey beyond the final frontier this Saturday in this spectacular musical journey through time and space.  Featuring great themes from Star Wars, Avatar, Dr Who, Star Trek and many more, this performance  by the Halle assembles the biggest fleet of blockbuster scores this side of the Milky Way. 

Taking place at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall at 7.30 pm, tickets cost from £15.50 and you can book online here.

Nottingham Playhouse invites you to take part in an action-packed escapade this Saturday with Chester Tuffnut.

For ages 2 to 5, this is the tale of Chester, who isn't your ordinary treemole.  He likes wearing jumpers, sitting in his armchair and adventure!  Told with puppets, this show is full of humour, thrills and spills.  There will be 2 shows on Saturday at 11am and 1.30 pm and tickets cost £8 (£7 for concessions).  Book here.

The legendary Roy Wood will be appearing at Nottingham Playhouse on Saturday, where he'll be performing all his classic hits.

Starting at 7.30 pm, tickets cost £29.50.  Book here.

To celebrate Mothers' Day, Mums Skate for FREE on Sunday at the National Ice Centre

Just pop along between 10 and 12 or 2.30 and 5 to enjoy some free skating time.  All you need to do is quote the offer when you arrive (includes skate hire).  More info here.

Mums go FREE this Sunday at White Post Farm.  Just take along another paying person (adult or child) and your mum will get free entry to see all the lambs and other baby animals.

White Post Farm is open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.  You need book online here and quote freemum to get the offer.

Critically acclaimed Russell Howard will be bringing his new stand-up show to the Motorpoint Arena this weekend

The show starts at 9pm and tickets cost from £28.56.  Book here.


18th and 19th March 2017

There are free family activities at Nottingham Contemporary this

Pop in between 11am and 3pm to for some Zine Making, inspired by their exhibition.  More info here.

Science in the Park returns to Wollaton Hall on Saturday. It's free, it's fun and gives you the chance to see some of the most exciting science, technology, engineering and maths Nottingham has to offer.  With dancing robots, bacteria making, exhibits, activities and stalls, this is a great event for all the family. 

Science in the Park will take place between 11am and 4pm and entry is free, although parking costs £4 for the day.

You can also celebrate British Science Week at Green's Windmill between 15th and 19th March.

Get hands on with the things that inspired their mathematical miller George Green, such a light, electricity and magnetism.

The Mill is open between 10 am and 4 pm and entry is free.

If you've ever fancied volunteering at a visitor attraction, Creswell Crags is having an Open Day on Saturday.

Taking place between 10am and 5.30pm, there will be lots of information available, detailing the volunteering roles available and the kind of people they are looking for.

Cartoonopolis, a story of two brothers, one family, goodies, baddies and autism is showing at Nottingham Playhouse this Saturday.

Follow Jack Bray, a young man with autism, through the imaginary world he creates in his back garden.

There will be 2 shows, at 2.30pm and 7.30 pm and tickets cost from £9.  Book here.

Nottingham's Theatre Royal, in partnership with the Nottingham Asian Arts Council, will be opening it's doors on Saturday for the Anita and Me Street Party!  This FREE event will offer an exciting mix of live music, dance, food, fashion and arts and crafts. 

From 12 noon to 4.30 pm.  Everyone is welcome!

Celebrate Springtime in the park by Making a Cute Easter Chick at Vicar Water Country Park this Saturday morning.

It's free to join in but you'll need to phone Natilee on 07800 546930 to book a place.  Meet at Rumbles Cafe at 11am.

The Keeping it Wild Youth team are putting on a FREE event on Saturday at Seller's Wood Nature Reserve in Bulwell

Take part in How to Survive in the Woods and learn about shelter building, campfire cooking, friction fire, tree ID and natural cordage.  Taking place between 10.30 am and 2pm. 

There are still a few tickets available for the Circus of Horrors, showing at the Mansfield Palace Theatre this Saturday

Featuring an amalgamation of bizarre, brave and beautiful acts, woven into an Alice in Horrorland type story.

For over 16s only, tickets cost £21 to £24 and can be booked online here.

Join local bird enthusiasts for a Bird Walk around the Idle Valley Reserve this Sunday.  The walk will start at 9.30 am and is free (although donations are welcome). 

Bring your walking boots and binoculars.  For more information, contact the Rural Learning Centre on 01777 713941.

Thoresby Courtyard
will be holding a Wedding Fair on Sunday, giving you the chance to meet with over 20 suppliers and view the venue.

Entry is free and every couple will receive a free goody bag.  Open between 10am and 4pm.

If you fancy a bit of browsing this Sunday, pop down to the Malt Cross in Nottingham for their Handmade Nottingham Market.

Taking place between 11 am and 5 pm, you'll find over 20 fantastic stalls selling handmade crafts.  Entry is free.

There will be a History Walk at Rufford Abbey on Sunday.  Join one of the rangers on a whistle stop tour as they condense 870 years of history into a short walk around the abbey ruins.

This walk involves steps and uneven surfaces, so is not suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs or people with mobility issues.  The walk is free and will last approx 1 hour 15 mins.  Meet outside Tourist Info at 2pm.

St Ann's Allotments in Nottingham will be holding an Activity Day on Sunday.  These regular events provide healthy, practical and fun activities for local people and encourage children to play in the outdoors.   They are informal, community-led and open to everyone.

Pop down between 11am and 4pm.  This event is free but donations are always welcome.  (121 Ransom Rd, NG3 3LH.)

To celebrate British Science Week, the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) demonstrators at the Nottingham Industrial Museum will be showing you amazing science experiments based on the theme of ENERGY on Saturday, between 12 and 3pm.

Entry costs £2 for adults and £1 for children.

11th and 12th March 2017

The Thoresby Park Game and Country Fair will provide a countryside experience for lovers of the outdoors on Saturday and Sunday.  Now in its 9th year, the show has grown into an action-packed day out, with 3 arenas running throughout the weekend. Enjoy Chainsaw Speed Carving, Airguns and Archery, a fine Food Hall, Animal Displays, Children's Amusements & much more. The show is open between 10am and 6pm on both days & tickets cost £12 for adults, £11 for over 65s and £4 for children.  Book here.

Cirque du Soleil is delighted to announce the first-ever UK arena tour of Varekai. The critically-acclaimed show will visit the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham between 8th and 12 March 2017.  Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world – a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai. 

There are 2 shows on Saturday and 1 on Sunday and tickets
cost £51.40 to £62.60. Buy here.

Roll-up Roll-up ... the circus is in town. 

Uncle Sam's Great American Circus will be at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham until Sunday, so you've still got time to see the show.  Expect daredevil acts from across the World, including clowns, acrobats and traditional circus skills.  Show times are 2.30 pm and 6.00 pm on Saturday and 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm on Sunday.
Visit for more information and discount ticket vouchers.

This event, to celebrate International Women's Day, will be held at the New Art Exchange on Saturday

Be Bold for Change will include an afternoon of dance, world music, traditional costume parade, children's crafts and international food. 

This free, drop-in event, takes place from 12 until 4pm at the New Art Exchange in Radford.

The Six Nations Beer Festival will be held at Nottingham Rugby this weekend.  Starting on Friday evening from 6.30 pm, through to Sunday until 3pm, this is ideal if you love beer and rugby!  No need to book - just turn up and buy tokens.  Entry is free and glasses cost £2. Tokens start at £1.50 for a half-pint.

All 3 Six Nations matches will be broadcast on their TV screens and there will be entertainment, fun activities and competitions.

This weekend is your last chance to ride the Wheel of Nottingham and see the City from 60 metres up in the air.

The Wheel is open from 10am to 10pm on Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sunday.  Tickets cost £6 for adults, £5 for concessions and £4 for children.  More information here.

Nottingham Contemporary will be offering free family activities this weekend, designed to inspire imaginations and help you explore their exhibitions together.  

This weekend, Back in the 80s will give you the chance to create art using headlines and newspaper photos from the 1980s.  Pop in between 11am and 3pm.

Fans of Lego should head to The Harley Gallery in Worksop this weekend for Brick Wonders.  With over 70 Lego brick models, there's loads to see for adults and children alike.  The Harley Gallery is open between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and 10am and 4pm on Sunday.  Entry and parking are free.

This Saturday, join Dr Maureen Bell at Newark's Civil War Centre, to discover one of history's most outrageous women - Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle. 

Hear how Margaret used her experiences of Court life, Civil War, exile, marriage and retirement in Welbeck to build a lasting 'Pyramid of Fame'.  The talk is 50 mins long, starts at 2.30 pm and is included in the admission price.  More info here

The Saturday Art Club at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham, gives you the chance to join in a range of fun family friendly art and craft activities. 

Sessions take place between 10am and 12noon and are free.  All ages are welcome.


4th and 5th March 2017

Roll-up Roll-up ... the circus is in town. 

Uncle Sam's Great American Circus will be at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham between the 1st and 12th March.  Expect daredevil acts from across the World, including clowns, acrobats and traditional circus skills.  Show times are 2.30 pm and 6.00 pm on Saturday and 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm on Sunday.
Visit for more information and discount ticket voucher.

Singer-Songwriter Paul Carrack will be playing at the Royal Concert Hall on Saturday as part of his biggest ever tour. 

The concert will take place at 7.30 pm and tickets cost from £30.  Book here.

The Nottingham Trent University  Chamber Choir and Jazz Band will perform Will Todd's renowed Mass in Blue in the stunning surroundings of Southwell Minster on Saturday

The conductor is Matthew Hopkins and the evening will also feature music by Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo.  Tickets cost from £5 and you can book online here.

Green's Windmill
in Nottingham will be raising money for the mill by offering Tours with the Miller on Saturday

See how they turn grain into flour and hear more about the mill's fascinating history.  Tours will take place between 10am and 3pm and cost £3 per person.

The New Art Exchange in Nottingham is inviting you to dress up as your favourite animal and join them for a screening of Khumba on Saturday.  This animated film tells the story of a young zebra, born with only half of his stripes.

The film starts at 11am and it's free to attend, although it is recommended that you book in advance by calling 0115 9248630.

Creswell Crags
will be celebrating World Book Day on Saturday, when Tina Glover MBE will be telling the wonderful story of "Cave Baby" by Julia Donaldson in their Yurt. Story times will be at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and entry is free. 

The XX will be bringing their I See You Tour to the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham on Saturday.

Doors open at 6.30 pm and tickets cost from £29.60.

Book now on the Motorpoint Arena website.

The National Ice Centre in Nottingham will be holding it's first ever Ice Painting Party on Sunday between 2.30 and 5pm.  This art session on ice has a circus themed twist and there will be a dedicated area for you to draw on the ice - with lots of colours and stencils to choose from.  There will also be free face painting and the DJ will be playing classic children's songs.  Pre-book your tickets here.

Award-winning actor Justin Fletcher is coming to Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall on Sunday and you're invited to his party! 

His brand new show is packed full of fantastic songs, dances and hilarious games, guaranteed to make it THE party of the year.  There will be 2 shows at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm and tickets cost between £18 and £19.50.  Buy online here.


25th and 26th February

If you're a fan of suspense and thrillers, get yourself along to Nottingham's Theatre Royal on Saturday to see The Woman in BlackSusan Hill's acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in this ingenious stage adaptation which has been breaking records in London's West End.  There are 2 performances on Saturday at 2.30 and 7.30 pm.  Book your tickets from  £16 here

The Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society will be hosting The Solar System and Meteorites at Sherwood Forest on Saturday, where they will reveal secrets of the solar system and, weather dependent, give you the chance to look at the night sky through a telescope.  The event starts at 6.45 pm and costs £5 per person.  Pre-booking is essential by calling 01623 823202. This event is not suitable for young children.

Also at Sherwood Forest on Saturday, you can learn techniques of Tree Identification and the uses of different types of wood.  This event takes place at 10.30 am, costs £3 and you need to book in advance on 01623 823202.

The Beanbag Music Club will be at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall on Saturday, with the Uke Box's History of Pop.  Sit on the mountain of beanbags, meet the musicians and have a go with the instruments, while you listen to light-hearted pop classics and quirky mash-ups.  Tickets cost £7 for adults and £1 for children aged under 1 and sessions will be at 11.00am, 1.15pm and 3.00pm.  Buy tickets here.

If you'd like to help out with some conservation on Saturday, pop along to Highfields Park in Nottingham between 11am and 12.  A Force for Nature is a free event which gives you the chance to help the Rangers out with tidying up, digging and planting to improve the environment for everyone visiting the park.  Meet at the Boathouse, up from the boating ticket office. 

The Rum Festival will be at Nottingham University on Friday and Saturday, with over 100 different rums to try, as well as a variety of entertainment.  Along the lines of Nottingham's Beer Festival but for rum lovers, entry tickets cost £12.50 and you will need to purchase tokens to try out the drinks, costing £5 each (but you do get a gift of a Rum Festival glass on arrival).  There are afternoon and evening sessions and you can book online.  Tickets and more info here.

The Nottingham Industrial Museum at Wollaton Park will be holding it's monthly Steaming Session on Sunday. Visit the Museum and see the fabulous beam engines in all their glory between 11am and 5pm.  Don't forget that KIDS GO FREE this weekend. Adult entry costs £4.

Jeanie Barton will be back at the Malt Cross on Sunday for their Jazz Jam.  There will be an hour long performance from 5pm with Jeanie and the house band, followed by a jam session between 6 and 7pm.  Admission is free.  More info here.


18th and 19th February 2017

Nottingham's New Art Exchange will be celebrating Fat Thursday (on Saturday), where
Polish kitchens use all their sweet, fatty foods in delicious recipes in preparation for Lent.
They invite you to join them for an afternoon of Polish crafts and storytelling about the Krakow Dragon and Mermaid of Warsaw. Not forgetting a free sample of traditional Pączki, Polish doughnuts!  Fat Thursday takes place on Saturday from 2 to 4pm and admission is FREE.

BAFTA award-winning actress Vicky McClure stars in Touched at Nottingham Playhouse on Saturday. This is a
powerful and poignant World War II drama set during the 100 days between VE and VJ Day, and centres on the lives of a family of working‑class Nottingham women. Saturday's performance starts at 7.30 pm and tickets cost between £19 and £32.  Book here.

If you'd like to get yourself outdoors on Sunday, head to Sherwood Forest Country Park and get stuck into their Community Woodland Day.  T
he rangers and wardens want your help in restoring an area of abandoned woodland, tackle invasive and unwanted species and learn about why they are doing it and how it will benefit the site and nature.  This event takes place between 10.30 and 3pm, is FREE and there is no need to book.

The Mind, Body and Spirit Fair will be at the Newark Showground this weekend, with talks, workshops, therapists, readers and trade stands.  Entry costs £5 for adults and £4 for concessions (under 15s go FREE) and the event is on between 10am and 5pm on both days. More info here.

Saluting 30 years of arguably Michael Jackson's best ever album Bad, Forever Jackson at the Newark Palace Theatre on Saturday, captures the moment with superb musicianship, electrifying choreography, stunning video and special effects. This show takes you from The Jackson 5 to The Jacksons, and onto MJ's rise to become The King of Pop. The show starts at 7.30 pm and tickets cost £20.  Book here.

There's lots going on at Newark's National Civil War Centre this weekend, including craft activities and the chance to meet the greatest Highwaywoman of the Civil War period, Cutpurse Moll Frith! More information about activity times and entry prices here.

You can try your hand at Cookie Baking at Green's Windmill on Saturday. Just turn up between 11 am and 2pm to have a go.  This event costs £4 per child.

Kids Go FREE at the Nottingham Industrial Museum this weekend (when accompanied by an adult).  Pop along to see the history of industry in Nottingham and discover the names of the people and companies that made Nottingham industrially famous around the world.  Open between 11 and 4pm.

Discover the spirit of Nottingham on Saturday on Robin Hood's Town Tour.  Join Ezekial Bone on his award-winning, fun adventure around Nottingham and learn about it's history and culture. 
Understand why Nottingham Castle isn’t a castle. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Lace Market. Stand where horrible history happened on the steps of the Old County Gaol and find tranquility  in St Mary’s Churchyard. Descend into Saxon caves beneath the streets. Landmarks like the Council House, Old Market Square, the Theatre Royal and other, quirky surprises await you.  The tour starts from The Cross Keys Pub on Byard Lane at 2pm. Tickets:  Adults £12 | Concessions £10 | U14's £7.  More info here.

Fans of Lego should head to the Harley Gallery on Saturday, for Beat the Architect. Watch Soul Architects Director Carl Andrews race to build a LEGO® brick model against the clock and then see if you can beat his time!  Entry is free and this event takes place between 11 am and 3pm.  Suitable for both adults and children, no booking required.

Find out what else is happening in Nottinghamshire this weekend.

10th, 11th and 12th February 2017

Light Night returns to Nottingham on Friday, with loads of FREE cultural events taking place in the City after dark.

Organised by Nottingham City Council, Light Night 2017 will include events at the Galleries of Justice, Nottingham Castle and Brewhouse Yard and Sneinton Market.  See a full list of events here.

Also on Friday evening, Bee Gees fans won't want to miss 'You Win Again' at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall.  For one night only, this production tells the incredible story of the Brothers Gibb in an all-new musical experience, seen through the eyes of their manager.  Book tickets here from £18.

White Post Farm's Weird and Wonderful Week starts on Saturday and runs until 19th February.  Professor Fizzx will be returning with two interactive Science Shows every day plus, there will be a brand new Amazing Reptile Show, Craft Activities, a messy play area, farm disco and Farm Stamp Hunt!  White Post Farm is open between 10am to 5pm.

The National Ice Centre in Nottingham will be holding 2 Silent Disco sessions on Saturday.  You can choose from either a Family Disco between 2.30 and 5pm, or a Club Disco between 7.30 and 9.30 pm, when the lights will go all the way down!  Each session costs £8 if you book in advance or £10 on the day.  Book here.

For the more adventurous of you, Colwick Country Park will be hosting Fun in the  Frost on Saturday, where you can take part in a Winter season swim session!  This session takes place between 12.00 and 2pm and costs £6 for non club members and £4.50 for club members (you must bring proof of membership to qualify). 

Nottingham's Festival of Science and Curiosity is a week-long festival of events, bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to the Nottingham public between 8th and 15th February.  The Saturday programme includes events at intu Broadmarsh, where you can take part in a range of science activities, a Science Cafe at Cobden Chambers and a Natural History Family Day at Wollaton Hall.  A full list of events here.

You can also enjoy Stem demonstrations at the Nottingham Industrial Museum at Wollaton Park this weekend.  Crank the Human Electricity Generator to learn about electrical energy, find out how electric motors work, discover light energy by Exploring the Hidden World and combine everyday kitchen ingredients with chemical energy to make a fragrant Mother's Day gift.  This event is FREE for children (Mother's Day gift costs £1.50) with entry for adults costing just £2 and takes place between 12 and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

Explore a world of art, science and technology this half term at the first ever Explorers Fair.  Head to Broadway on Saturday for a day of creativity and discovery.  Try out the latest gadgets, games and technology, be inspired by amazing Artists, Scientists and Inventors, make, learn and play at wonderful workshops, get hands-on with exciting experiments and spectacular science! More info and ticket information here.

Fancy getting into tennis?  The Nottingham Tennis Centre is holding a FREE Open Day on Saturday, where your kids can enjoy a couple of fun-packed hours playing indoor tennis.  Join in between 1.30 and 3.00 pm to take part in tennis-themed activities.  Aimed at those not currently playing or having lessons, this session is suitable for ages 3 to 10.

You can make some Mini Pizzas at Green's Windmill on Saturday.  Which toppings will you choose?  This is a drop-in session, which takes place between 11am to 2pm and costs £4 per person, with booking only necessary if you bring a group of five childen or more.

The Idle Valley Nature Reserve in Retford is giving you the chance to help to make a giant Nature Reserve Collage this weekend.  Just drop in between 10am and 4pm for this free event (children must be accompanied by an adult).

If you're looking for something indoors to do, pop along to the Family Weekend at Nottingham Contemporary.  These FREE drop-in sessions take place between 11am and 3pm and you don't have to book.  This weekend, you can make clay sculptures to keep your special memories in.


3rd, 4th and 5th February 2017

I'mMigrant! is a fun comedy show about migration, belonging and identity, showing at Nottingham Playhouse on Friday.  Ishi was born in Zambia, has Indian roots and loves her home in Britain.  Does that make her BriZamdian?  Join Ishi on a journey of discovery that culminates with a fun, energetic Bollywood dance.  Tickets cost £11 (£9 concessions).  Book here

Hodsock Priory’s snowdrop and winter gardens are open from Saturday.  There will be talks, cakes, campfires, hot chocolate and, of course huge amounts of snowdrops.  Open daily between 10am and 4pm, entry costs £5 for adults and £1 for children.

You can also see snowdrops at Holme Pierrepont Hall in Nottingham tomorrow, where there is the added bonus of tea and homemade cakes for sale.  The Hall is open between 2 and 5pm and entry costs £5 for adults and £1 for children.

That nice vicar off Gogglebox, Rev Kate Bottley, will be at the National Videogame Arcade in Hockley on Saturday, when they have their first parent's drop-in session.  If you are worried about your children playing videogames or want to join in and don't know where to start, this may be the session for you.  You can ask anything, get some tips about how to use videogames at home and learn how others are enjoying them.  The session is FREE but you'll need to book in advance here.

If you've ever fancied learning Kathak, the New Art Exchange in Nottingham will be holding a free dance class on Sundays between 5th Feb and 25th June.  Kathak is one of the eight classical dances of India, which has a strong emphasis on rhythm, expression and grace.  Sessions are suitable for beginners and take place between 10am and 12noon, costing £7..   Please call the New Art Exchange to book your place on 0115 9248630.

If you feel like a bit of rummaging around on Sunday, Lou Lou's Vintage Fair will be back at Nottingham's Albert Hall, with 40 stalls of vintage fashions, homeware and collectables.  You can relax in the tea room, watch a live musical performance and even get pampered in the vintage beauty salon.  The Fair is open between 10am and 4pm and entry costs £2 (under 12s go free). 

Fans of ballroom dancing can join Anton du Beke and Erin Boag at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall on Sunday at 3pm for Swing Time.  Featuring dazzling new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band, Swing Time will feature timeless music from the 25 piece Manchester Concert Orchestra.  Tickets cost between £29.50 and £42.50 and can be booked online or by calling the TRCH Box Office on 0115 9895555.

Sister Act, with Alexandra Burke, will be playing at Nottingham's Theatre Royal between 30th Jan and 11th Feb.  Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy, based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Tickets cost between £20 and £47.50.  Tickets are incredibly limited but you may be lucky enough to get returns.  Call the TRCH Box Office to check.

If life is too hectic and busy, maybe a spot of meditation will help you to destress. The Pureland Meditation Centre near Newark holds a Sunday Meditation Programme on the first Sunday of each month between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm.  You'll need to phone

01777 228567 to book.

Don't forget that the Wheel of Nottingham is now up and running.  More info here.


28th and 29th January 2017

The Wheel of Nottingham returns to the Market Square on Saturday and will be taking visitors on a 60m high circular trip until 12th March. The Wheel wil be open on Saturday from 10am to 10pm and 10am to 6pm on Sunday.  Tickets cost £4 for children and £6 for adults.  More info here.

Lakeside Arts will be celebrating the Year of the Rooster with Jiziang (Propitious) a FREE outdoor event this weekend.  See Nottingham based digital artist Barret Hodgson transform the Nottingham University's Trent Building into a beautiful digital canvas, with projections of Chinese art and culture.  The event will take place at 6.30 pm, 7.15 pm and 8m and you must book in advance by calling 0115 8467777 or visit the Lakeside Arts website

You can also get involved in Chinese New Year at the Civic Centre at Arnot Hill Park on Saturday afternoon.  Workshops will take place from 1 to 2.30 pm and 3 to 4.30 pm, with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance taking place at 2.40 pm.  This family event will give you the chance to take part in a variety of Chinese themed arts and craft activities, as well as listening to Chinese stories and songs.  The event is free but advance on-line booking is essential here.

Nottingham's resident ghost will be returning to the Theatre Royal on Saturday for another Magic Lantern Tour.  Ezekial Bone will take you on a journey through the heart of Nottingham's theatre land, where you can tread the boards and learn how the theatre works. The tour costs £7.50 and start at 10.30 am. Book by calling 0115 9895555.

Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall will be presenting a Family Concert on Saturday evening.  The programme includes themes for crime-fighting duo Batman and Robin, comedy capers with Wallace and Gromit and a fairytale princess in Beauty and the Beast, as well as Ravel's Bolero and much more.  The concert starts at 7pm and tickets are priced from £7. Book online.

The Nottingham Playhouse will be hosting Jack Frost on Saturday.  This magical, wintery production brings Jack Frost to life through puppetry, live music and enchanting storytelling.  Perfect for children aged 3+, tickets cost £8 (£7 for concessions) and can be booked online or by calling the Box Office on 0115 9419419.  Performances at 11am and 1.30pm.

Nottingham Playhouse will also be hosting the Johnny Cash Roadshow on Saturday at 7.45 pmThis is the only show to be endorsed by the Cash family and is the UK's number 1 celebration of Johnny, capturing the essence of what it was like to be at one of his showsTickets cost £22 and can be booked online or by calling the Box Office.

If you're a fan of birdwatching (the feathered variety) get yourself down to the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham on Saturday.  The Big Birdwatch is the world's biggest bird survey, providing a vital snapshot of the UK's birds each winter.  Meet at the Pavilion at 10am. For more information, please call the Park Ranger on 07508 439050.

If you'd like to get involved in conservation, Highfields Park in Nottingham will be holding A Force for Nature on Sunday.  Meet at the boathouse (near the boating ticket office) at 11am and help to take care of your local green space.  Booking is helpful but not essential by calling 0115 8467777.

It's Steaming Sunday at the Nottingham Industrial Museum on the 29th. Visit the Museum and see their extensive collection of static and portable engines in steam.  TarotBella will be working in 'The Tarot Van' in the museum's yard and doing reading from 12-3 for £5.  Admission to the Museum costs £4 for adults and £2 for children/concessions and it's open between 11am and 4pm.  Please note that carparking costs £2 for 3 hours or £4 per day.

Nottingham's Council House will host a ceremony of commemoration on Sunday for the victims of the Holocaust.  This FREE Holocaust Memorial event will take place between 2.30 and 4.00 pm and is an opportunity for the local community to get together and everyone is welcome.  If you would like to attend, please contact
Sally Radford on 8765654 by Friday 27th January.


21st and 22nd January 2017

The Nottingham Chinese Students and Scholars Association will be holding a Temple Fair in Nottingham's Market Square this Saturday

This event will give you the opportunity to take part in Chinese New Year activities, including arts and crafts, storytelling and music and dance, including the Chinese Dragon Dance.  This free event will take place between 11am and 5pm and is suitable for all.

If you're a fan of Lego, pop along to the Harley Gallery this weekend to see Brick Wonders.  This brand new exhibition opens on Saturday and will showcase over 70 Lego recreations of the new wonders of the World, as well as treasures from the past millennium.  It's free to park at the Harley Gallery and free to visit and its open between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and 10am and 4pm on Sunday.

Circus Hub is hosting a little get-together for all you circus skills enthusiasts at Sneinton Market on Sunday.  Pop down and, if you have any, take your circus equipment with you.  There will be some poi, hula hoops and diablo to play with too.  You can pay on the door at a cost of £4 and the event takes place between 3pm and 5pm.

Also on Sunday, you can enjoy Afternoon Tea at Wollaton Hall's Vintage Saloon.  With all your traditional favourites including fingers sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and mini cakes, this is a lovely way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Afternoon tea costs £15 per person and tables are available between 1pm and 3pm.  You'll need to call 0115 8761148 to book.

A FREE 10k trail run through the woodland paths at Clumber Park will be happening on Sunday. Registration for Trust10 takes place on the day at 8.30am near to the Cycle Centre and the run starts at 9am.  Race numbers will be issued at your first run, so don't forget your safety pins!  Normal entry prices for Clumber Park will apply.  More info here.

If you're a fan of jazz, Joanna Hudson will be singing in the Bonington Theatre bar in Arnold from 7.30 pm on Sunday.  Joining her will be pianist (and Dad) Bob Hudson's trio.  Tickets cost £6 on the door.

Hart's Restaurant will once again be hosting an evening of live music and fine dining on Sunday, when Campbell Bass returns with songs from the Great American Song Book.  Enjoy a delicious set menu, with live entertainment for £30 per person (the full a la carte menu is available too). Contact Hart's on 0115 9881900 to book.


14th and 15th January 2017

The forecast this weekend is for snow (we won't hold our breath) but, in case it happens and you're looking for Things to do in Notts that don't involve being outside in the white stuff, we've got some great ideas for you.

The British Synchronized Skating Championships will see 60 teams competing over the whole of this weekend at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.  Synchronized skating is the fastest growing figure skating discipline and combines the beauty and elegance of freestyle skating and the excitement of a team sport.  Tickets cost between £7 and £9 and can be booked online here.

It's that time of year for comfort food and what could be nicer than to bake your own bread?  Green's Windmill is offering children the chance to try out their skills at their Children's Breadmaking session on Saturday.  There is no need to book, so just turn up and your kids can give it a go between 11 am and 1 pm at a cost of £4. 

Also at Green's Windmill on Sunday, there will be a Community Food Swap, where you can swap your edible items.  The only rule is that it must be homemade, home grown or foraged by yourself. The more stuff you take, you more you will go home with!  Get involved between 1pm to 12 midnight. Entry is free.

Nottinghamshire's much-loved visitor attraction White Post Farm, is holding a Recruitment Morning on Saturday.  They are looking for outgoing, enthusiastic, energetic people who are ready to engage with the visitors.  You must be at least 16 years old and able to work weekends and bank holidays.  The event starts at 8.30 am.  More information here.

The Theatre of Widdershins returns to the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts this Sunday, with Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom.  For ages 4+, this show combines fabulous puppets and a popular traditional tale and promises plenty of body, volume and lots of highlights to help poor Rapunzel to sort her hair out!  Tickets cost £8 and the show can be seen at 1pm and 3.30 pm.  Tickets are available here.  You can also get your hands on some props and costumes and join in the fun at the Drama and Storytelling Workshop at 12pm and 2.30 pm (40 minutes).  This workshop is free to ticketholders but you'll need to book at the Box Office.

Everyone is welcome to the free Saturday Art Club at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham.  Taking place between 10am and 12noon, you can join in a range of fun family-friendly art and craft activities.

If you're passionate about Nottingham's history and you enjoy visiting museum sites, you might like to pop along to Saturday's Friends of Nottingham Museum Talk, which is taking place at Nottingham Castle.  The Friends raise funds and provide support to Nottingham City Council's museum and heritage sites. This event starts at 2pm and costs £2.  To book your place, you'll need to call
0115 876 1400.

This weekend, you can Connect & Create at Nottingham Contemporary. Work together as a family to make a giant sensory timeline and share stories about your day.  This event is FREE and takes place between 11 am and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Just drop in.

Of course, if the snow does arrive, grab a tin tray and head off to your nearest park for some wintry fun.  Nottinghamshire has loads of fabulous places to sledge - one of our favourites has to be Wollaton Park.  Walking around Rufford Abbey and Clumber Park in the snow is also great followed, of course, by a cup of steaming hot chocolate (cream and marshmallows are optional).  Please contact venues before travelling, just to make sure that they are open.

Have fun Nottinghamshire and stay safe :)

7th and 8th January 2017

We hope that you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year. 

To help you through the dark days of Winter, here's a few ideas of what you can do this weekend (apart from hibernating!).

If you're getting married this year, the Wedding Fair at Kelham Hall on Sunday might be of interest to you.  There will be lots of wedding suppliers and experts on hand to help you to plan your perfect day.  Entry costs £4 and you can pay on the door. The event takes place between 11am and 3pm.

Feeling energetic?  The Resolution Run will be taking place in Nottingham on Sunday.  This is a fast 5k course around the Victoria Embankment and Wilford.  The run (or walk if you'd prefer) starts at the Becket School on Wilford Lane in West Bridgford at 10am and all finishers will get a medal.  Online registration is now closed. You can enter on the day but will need to arrive for registration from 8.30 am and it will cost £15 for adults and £10 for children under 12 (cash only).

If you fancy lots of laughs, Aladdin is still showing at Nottingham Playhouse and you can see this fabulous pantomime until 21st January.  Visit the Playhouse website to check availability and book your seats. 

You can make Glittering Frosty Pictures at Gedling Library on Saturday.  Lots of fun for kids to be had with glitter paint but don't worry parents - aprons will be provided!  This activity is for children aged 4 and over, is free and takes place between 9.30 am and 4 pm.  No need to book.

Attenborough Nature Centre's
Wild Kids Club will be held on Saturday, with a theme of Wild Winter!  There is no need to book for this session, just turn up to find out more about nature at Attenborough.  Taking place between 10.15 am and 12.15 pm, this Club is for kids aged 4 and over and costs £6.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Nottingham Industrial Museum at Wollaton Park will be having a Boots Artefact Handling Session this weekend, where you can take a look at and handle objects relating to Nottingham's Boots Company.  The session will be held between 11am and 4pm and admission costs £2 for adults and £1 for children.


24th December 2016

We are having a little radio holiday this Saturday, so no update on the Frances Finn Show.  However, there are a couple of things happening across Notts that we'd like to tell you about.

Escape the hustle and bustle of high street shopping and the last minute Christmas rush, and enjoy a gentle stroll with a ranger through the ancient glades of Sherwood Forest, looking for winter wildlife and discovering about this legendary forest. The Christmas Eve Walk takes place between 11am and 12.30 and costs £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.  No need to book.

The National Videogame Arcade is hosting The Incredible Playable Christmas Show where
players will be invited onto the stage as the audience become a part of the game! Zapping barcodes, becoming power-rangers with wifi-belts and shouting at hedgehogs to make them jump - by the end of the show the whole audience will be helping each other to crack hidden codes. The show takes place between 10am and 4pm and admission is free with a day ticket to the NVA, costing £8.50.  More info here.

The Winter Wonderland will be open in Nottingham's Market Square, or why not visit White Post Farm or the National Ice Centre for some festive fun? If the sun isn't shining, you can head to The Lost City for a spot of indoor golf.

We hope that you have a wonderful Christmas.


17th and 18th December 2016

There is so much happening around Nottinghamshire this weekend, there's too many to mention, but you can see a full listing of events here.  Enjoy Notts!

If you like Santa, skating and feeling really festive, you'll love the Skate with Santa and friends skating party, which will take place at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on Saturday.  Tickets cost from £6.50 and the party will start at 10am.

Nottingham's Albert Hall will be hosting another annual favourite on Saturday, with it's Kidsophonic Wonderland concert.  Dress up as a character from your favourite book and enjoy a morning music, inspired by children's books.  Tickets cost £5 for children and £8 for adults and can be bought by calling 0115 9410543.  The concert starts at 10.30 am.

Visit Green's Windmill in Nottingham on Saturday for their Christmas Carols in the Millyard event.  There will be carols, Santa, stalls and festive food, plus music from the Nottingham Ukelele Orchestra and the Salvation Army. Entry is FREE and the event will be held between 3pm and 5pm.

Rufford Abbey has a weekend of events, where you once again have the chance to hear the old man of the woods telling A Children's Tale on Saturday and Sunday.  The QM Barbershop Quartet will be entertaining visitors on Sunday, along with Freddie the Magician and, of course, Santa will be in his Grotto (no need to book). Parking costs £3.

The Nottingham Industrial Museum in Wollaton Park will be holding it's Christmas Steaming Extravaganza on Sunday.  Meet Santa in his grotto, enjoy a hot drink and mince pie, try your luck in the tombola and see the action in the steam gallery.  Visit between 11am and 4pm.  Entry costs £4 for adults and £2 for children.  Parking costs £3 (for up to 3 hours).

Nottingham Contemporary will be showing cult 80s classic Die Hard on Sunday, with Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman. Expect explosions, blood and popcorn!  The film will be shown at 4pm.  Tickets cost £5 and can be booked online or by calling 0115 9489750.

Don't forget about your pets this Christmas.  Sherwood Forest is giving your pooches the chance to visit Santa Paws this weekend.  The Grotto will be open between 12 noon and 2.30 pm, entry costs £2 and all proceeds will be donated to Jerry Green Dog Rescue.  No need to book.

Enjoy a festive evening at Nottingham Arboretum this Sunday with this FREE event.  Taking place between 4pm and 6pm, there will be mince pies, mulled wine, lit up Christmas trees, live Christmas music and free family activities.


10th and 11th December 2016

Here's our pick of what's happening across Nottinghamshire this weekend.  You can find even more events in our Christmas Events Guide.

The Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington will be holding their annual Victorian Christmas Event on Saturday.  Step back in time, as the museum is brought to life with traditional music, food and activities.  Father Christmas will also be in his grotto.  The event takes place between 10 am and 5 pm and is free to attend. Anyone wishing to visit Santa must book in advance and there is a £6 charge.

Nottingham's New Art Exchange will be celebrating the rich cultures and creativity of Hyson Green on Saturday with a Craft and Culture Festival.  Taking place between 12 noon and 5pm, you can shop, take part in free family craft activities and enjoy live music performances.  Entry is free.

There's another vintage fair taking place in Nottingham on Saturday.  This time it's the Lady Bay Vintage MidCentury Antiques Fair.  This one will be held at the Nottingham Rugby Club on Holme Road in West Bridgford and will be open between 11am and 4pm.  Entry costs £1. 

Get ready for Christmas at the Newark Christmas Market on Sunday, with over 80 stalls offering local seasonal food and drink.  There will also be crafts, bands, carols, Santa and a children's fun fair.  The market will be held in Newark Market Place, between 11am and 5.30pm.

Christmas is Coming
to Nottingham's Albert Hall on Sunday. This traditional family afternoon Christmas concert will feature well-known carols and seasonal songs. Tickets cost from £6.00 and are available from the Box Office by calling 0115 9589312.  The concert takes place at 3.30 pm.

Sparkling Sherwood will be lighting up the trees in Sherwood Forest Country Park until Sunday.  Enjoy a leisurely walk along a one mile circular route - a truly magical start to winter and a memorable experience to treasure.  Advance booking is essential by calling 01623 823202 and tickets cost £3.00.  This event takes place between 6pm and 7pm from the 9th to 11th Dec.

You can enjoy a weekend of festive events at Rufford Abbey, where you can hear A Children's Tale on Saturday and Sunday evenings in the woodland hideaway.  Listen to the old man of the woods as he tells you a tale of Christmas spirit between 4.30 pm and 6.40 pm on both days.  Booking is essential and tickets cost £5 and are available  from Tourist Information on 01623 821338.  Also at Rufford on Sunday, you can enjoy a host of seasonal music by Hucknall and Linby Brass Band, who will be playing in the Courtyard between 2pm and 4pm.

Lots happening at Holme Pierrepoint this weekend, including a Christmas Market, which will be outside the Country Park Cafe on Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday, you can also take part in the Nottingham Santa Fun Run, which starts at 10.30 am or the Santa Splash, which starts at 12 noon - or just go along and show your support!  To take part you must pre-book. You can also write your letters to Santa. Parking costs £5.

Head to Southwell this weekend for lots of festive events, including a Holly Wreath Workshop, a Christmas Concert at Southwell Minster, the tale of Big Sister Little Sister at Southwell Library and a Lantern Walk.  Pre-booking is required for most of these events, so please click on the links to find out more information.

Santa and his Elves
will be visiting Wollaton Hall this weekend, to tell stories of the North Pole.  Join him in his Grotto.  Sessions are at 12 noon and 2pm on both days and entry is £6 and includes a present.  Booking is essential on 0115 8761057. You can also visit the Christmas Shop in the lower courtyard for festive gifts and treats.  The shop will be open between 11 am and 3 pm.

3rd and 4th December 2016

Here's a few of our favourite choices for what you can see and do in Nottinghamshire this weekend.  Please visit our Christmas Events Guide for even more ideas.

is big at the moment and the Christmas Sunshine Bazaar will be at the Galleries of Justice on Saturday.  There will be a great range of clothing, accessories, homeware, furniture and collectables from the 1920s to 1980s, as well as crafters and food and drink.  The Bazaar will be open between 11 am and 5pm and entry costs £2.50 with under 16s going free.

The Albert Hall in Nottingham will be hosting it's annual traditional Christmas carol concert on Sunday, with a musical treat from the choir of St Marys church, accompanied by the magnificent Binns Organ.  The concert starts at 3pm and costs £5 for adults, with children going free.

Head to Southwell on Saturday, where you can create your own Willow Lantern.  There will be 2 workshop sessions, the first between 10 and 12.30 and the second between 1 and 3.30 pm.  You need to contact Southwell Tourist Information Centre to book your place and the fee of £5 is payable on the day.

Drop into the Nottingham Contemporary Craft Fair this weekend, for family craft activities, live music and seasonal food and drink.  There will also be special offers in the shop.  Open between 10am and 6pm on Saturday and 11am and 5pm on Sunday.

Abbey Christmas returns to Newstead Abbey again this weekend, when the house will be dressed for Christmas, with singers, a craft fair and seasonal refreshments. Entry costs £5 per person (including carparking) with under 5s going free.  The house will be open on Saturday between 11 am and 6pm and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

Norwood Park in Southwell has been transformed for Christmas and you can take a tour of the decorated house and gallery on Sunday.  There will be Punch and Judy shows and 31 pipe hand-turned organ performances, along with lots of festive activities for children.  Entry costs £2 on the door with under 3s going free.  Proceeds from the event go to the Beaumond House Community Hospice.

Southwell Minster's Christingle Service will take place on Sunday.  This candlelit service will feature songs, carols and stories and the giving of a Christingle orange to every child.  The service starts at 5pm.


26th and 27th November 2016

The build-up to Christmas has started in Nottinghamshire, with lots of festive fairs and activities taking place across the County.

The Christmas Lights Event at Nottingham's oldest shopping arcade takes place on Saturday.  Visit the Exchange Arcade from 11am and enjoy some close-up magic with magician Roy Bond, festive music from the Thoresby Colliery Band, as well as giveaways and treats.

The Winterfest Arts and Crafts Weekend will be in the
Victorian Riding Hall at Thoresby Courtyard this Saturday and Sunday.  As well as the chance to shop for original handcrafted items, there will be children's activities, seasonal refreshments and family workshops.  Winterfest will be open from 10am to 4pm and entry and parking are free.

Abbey Christmas returns to Newstead Abbey this weekend, when the house will be dressed for Christmas, with singers, a craft fair and seasonal refreshments. Entry costs £5 per person (including carparking) with under 5s going free.  The house will be open on Saturday between 11 am and 6pm and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

Kelham Hall and Country Park in Newark will be transformed into a festive traditional market this weekend, with carols, entertainment, activities and refreshments.  You even get a free hot chocolate on arrival!  You can buy tickets online to get them a bit cheaper and on the door tickets cost £6 for adults and £3 for children.  The Fayre will be open from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm on both days.

Ezekial Bone will be hosting a couple of tours in Nottingham on Saturday. The first is a backstage tour of the Theatre Royal, where you will visit be able to go behind the scenes and see how the theatre works. This starts at 10.30 and costs £6.  Later on, Ezekial will return at 2pm with his Robin Hood Town Tour.  Meet at the Cross Keys pub.  Tours cost
Adults £12 | Concessions £10 | U14's £7.  You can just turn up but please call or text  07941 210 986 to reserve your place.

Visit Creswell Crags this weekend and you can help them to make decorations for their Christmas tree.  This free event is on between 11am and 3pm on both days.

The engines will be in full steam at the Nottingham Industrial Museum on Sunday.  You can also take part in artefact handling sessions, where you can find out about the 1831 Reform Riots in Nottingham and get a mini reading from the Tarot Van for £5!  The museum will be open between 11am and 4pm.  Entry costs £4 for adults and £2 for children and carparking costs £2 for up to 3 hours, or £4 for the day. 

Worksop will be turning on their Christmas lights on Saturday with their Family Fun Day  in the town centre.  Starting at 12noon, there will be lots to see and do, including an appearance by Santa and culminating in the lights switch-on at 5.30 pm. 

Newark Market Place will be hosting their Christmas Lights Switch On this Sunday.  With a whole programme of events taking place from 11am, the lights will go on at 4.45 pm.

The Nottingham University Philharmonia and Choir will be at Nottingham's Albert Hall on Saturday evening playing
Beethoven's Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 'Choral'.  Tickets cost £13 and the performance begins at 7.30 pm.

Finally, panto season has finally begun at Nottingham Playhouse.  Join Widow Twankey and Aladdin on their magic carpet for a ride full of family fun and frolics.  Tickets are available on the Nottingham Playhouse website for this must-see Christmas event.


17th and 18th November 2016

Nottingham's Winter Wonderland returns this weekend and will be in the Market Square until 8th January 2017.  Get your skates on and glide around the ice rink surrounded by Christmas lights and trees, then peruse the cabins selling seasonal food, drink and crafts. Have a festive drink at the winter bar while enjoying live music from the bandstand. The festive fun will be complemented by a bigger, better market in the square and along Smithy Row, selling a variety of gifts, decorations and culinary delights.

The brand new Ice Bar will be made from ice walls, filled with ice sculptures and serving drinks out of ice cups!  Tickets for the ice bar are now on sale from and you are advised to book in advance.

Opening Times: 

Christmas Market: 10am until 6pm (8pm late night shopping) - Closes on Christmas Eve
Ice Rink: 11am until 10pm (last session start 9pm)
Winter Bars and Food Hall: 10am until late

Santa will be opening up a couple of his Grottoes this weekend. The first is at Rufford Country Park, costs £5 per child and will be open between 11am to 4pm. The second is at the Broadmarsh Centre, costing £4.50 per child.

The Intu Broadmarsh Centre in Nottingham will be holding a Christmas Family Fun Day on Saturday between 11am and 4pm.  There’ll be lots to see and do, including Christmas crafts and kids will be able to spot their favourite Christmas characters come to life as they roam around the Centre. And of course the most important thing at this time of year, the little ones can visit Santa – you won’t be able to miss him with musical parades guiding you down to see him in his brand new Grotto on East Square.

On Sunday, Mansfield's Christmas Festival and Lights Switch-on will take place in the Market Square, with a whole day full of events and activities across Mansfield Town Centre, culminating in the lights switch-on stage show, between 3.30 pm and 5.00 pm.

Lou Lou's Vintage Fair returns to Nottingham's Albert Hall this Sunday, with over 40 stalls selling vintage fashion, homeware and collectables.  You can relax in tea room and even visit the hair and beauty salon.  The Fair is open between 10am and 4pm and entry costs just £2, with under 12s going free.


12th and 13th November 2016

returns to the Lakeside Arts Centre this weekend, giving you the opportunity to buy unique early Christmas gifts, not available on the High Street.  Over 70 of the country's finest contemporary craftmakers will be selling fine jewellery, bags, hats, ceramics, glass and tablewear.  Lustre will be open between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday and entry costs £5 for adults and £4 for OAPs.  Children under 16 are admitted FOC.

Kelham Hall in Newark will be hosting the Big Vintage Festival this weekend, with loads of nostalgic goods and entertainment.  You can even indulge in some tea and scones in the vintage tea room.  The Festival is open between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm on both days and entry costs £5 for adults and £3 for children. More information about what you can see and do here.

There are a number of events taking place across Nottinghamshire on Sunday for Remembrance Day, including parades and services.  Nottingham's annual Civic Service of Remembrance will be held at the War Memorial at the Victoria Embankment, starting at 10.30 am, followed by a march past of the South Notts Hussars Association in the Market Square at 12 noon.  A full list of events can be seen here.

Planet Circus will be at the Hucknall Car Boot Site until 20th November, with thrills and spills galore, including speeding motorcyclists, clowns, acrobats and much more!  Weekend tickets costs from £9.00 and there are daytime and evening shows on Saturday and Sunday.  More information here.

The Handmade Nottingham Market returns to the Malt Cross on St James' Street this Sunday.  20+ designer maker stalls selling handmade crafts.  Open between 11 am and 5 pm.

The Nottinghamshire Festival of  Literature continues this weekend, with lots of events taking place mostly at venues in Nottingham City Centre, including the Galleries of Justice.  A full list of ticket prices and events, which include workshops and talks can be found here.

5th and 6th November 2016

Bonfire Night
falls on a Saturday this year, so the weekend is jam-packed full of firework displays in Nottinghamshire. 

You can see a full list of displays here but a couple to mention include the annual free extravaganza at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham on Saturday. The fairground will be open from 5.30 pm, with a children's firework display at 7.15pm.  The main event begins at 7.45 pm with the lighting of the bonfire, with the fireworks display at 9.00 pm.

Forest Town Arena in Mansfield will be holding their event from 5.30 pm on Saturday, with fairground rides, food stalls and a disco.  Entry costs £3 on the door, with under 5s going free and the firework display will be at 8.15 pm.

On Sunday, the Kelham Hall Firework Extravaganza will take place from 5pm, with fireworks starting at 7pm.  There will be live music, hot food and fairground rides. Tickets cost £15 per car if purchased online and £20 on the door.

Elsewhere, Nottingham Comedy Festival will be in the City between 4th and 12th November.  Featuring over 100 acts in 23 venues, many direct from the Edinburgh Festival, this is not to be missed if you like a laugh.  There's lots to see over the weekend and you can either buy tickets in advance from the Nottingham Comedy Festival website or on the door.

Green's Windmill will be holding it's Autumn Fayre on Saturday between 11am and 3pm.  Climb the windmill and see how the sails turn grain into flour and discover the remarkable story of George Green in the interactive Science Centre.  Entry is free.

The Sneinton Vegan Market is back on Saturday in Nottingham between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm.  Selling a whole range of
great tasting vegan food and drink, crafts, animal rescues & other products/services, this event is a community-based, local social enterprise.

The East Midlands Baby and Toddler Show returns to Nottingham on Saturday with "everything you need to survive from Bump to Five".  Stalls, face-painting, taster sessions and demos.  Register online for free entry here.  This event will be open between 10 am and 2.30 pm.

You can Build sculptures with Sound at Nottingham Contemporary this weekend. Record vocal sounds or experiment making sound using different materials and air flow.  This is a free event and all ages are welcome.   Just drop in between 11am and 3pm.

On Saturday, the Northern Ballet will be presenting David Nixon's Beauty and the Beast at Nottingham's Theatre Royal.  The company will be bringing this world-famous fairytale to life in a kaleidoscope of colour in 2 performances on Saturday at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm.  Tickets cost from £15 and are available from the TRCH website.


29th and 30th October 2016

The Gamecity Festival will take place from 26th to 29th October.  This fringe festival will include lots of free workshops and talks from games industry professionals, along with games showcased across the city, with The National Videogame Arcade in Hockley as the hub of the activity and an information point for visitors.  Highlights will include a Pokemon Party day, Marioke (gaming themed karaoke) and loads of games on offer. Visit the GameCity website for more information.

You can celebrate Robin Hood on Saturday 29th October with a whole day dedicated to him.  Visit Nottingham’s Market Square for free themed crafts and activities and take part in the Sheriff’s Gauntlet – a one-day free family event, where you will be challenged to mental and physical trials!  Meet at the statue of Robin Hood at 10.30 am to be issued the challenge!

Get your weekend off to a ghostly start with a Halloween Cave Tour at Nottingham Castle on Saturday 29th October, where you will hear thrilling tales of the past.  Tickets cost £5 per person and you can either buy them in advance or get them from the Castle shop.  Tours start at 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm and the tour is suitable for over 8s.

The annual Robin Hood Pageant will transform the grounds of Nottingham Castle this weekend (29th and 30th October) into a medieval village encampment.  With jousting, swordfighting, history demonstrations and appearances by Robin Hood and his Merry Men, this event has something for the whole family.  Tickets cost from £8.80 and the Festival will be open from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm on Saturday and 10.30 am to 5.00 pm on Sunday, with an evening joust on Saturday from 6.30 pm.

The Big Halloween Fun Day takes place at the Dukeries Leisure Centre in Ollerton on Sunday 30th October.  With funfair rides, go-karts, face painting, fancy dress competitions and best pumpkin competition, there is lots to see and do.  The event is on from 10 am to 4.30 pm and entry costs £1 per person.

The National Ice Centre in Nottingham will be holding a Halloween Party on Sunday

Trick or treat your mates and celebrate on the ice as the music is turned up and the Halloween party starts ... don’t forget to wear your best spooky costume!

The party starts at 2:30pm and will finish at 5pm (doors open at 2pm). Normal admission applies. 


22nd and 23rd October 2016

Nottingham’s historic Malt Cross Music Hall will be hosting a Festival on 22nd and 23rd October.  You can enjoy food, drink, live music, craft workshops, film screenings, historical storytelling and much more!  Entry is free and the event takes place between 10 am and midnight on Saturday and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday.

The annual Bramley Apple Festival takes place in Southwell on Saturday 22nd October with lots of free apple-related events, including a food and drink festival at Southwell Minster (£2 entry donation for adults), the crowning of the Apple King and Queen, plus music, dancing and activities at The Workhouse and Archbishop’s Palace.  Join in the fun between 10am and 4pm.

If you like fireworks and music, the Firework and Music Festival is at Clumber Park on Saturday 22nd October. Taking place between 6pm and 10.30 pm, you can enjoy walkabout entertainment from dancers and musicians, plus live music on the festival stage.  Ticket prices start at £6.25 and, although you can pay on the gate, it is recommended that you buy them beforehand at (link on Things to do in Notts website).

The first Vintage Home and Furniture Market will be held at Nottingham’s Albert Hall on Saturday 22nd October and is aimed at those who are fans of the retro home.  If you’re feeling a bit peckish, you can also indulge in the vintage tea party.  The Market will be open from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm and entry costs £2, with under 12s going free.

White Post Farm’s
week long Halloween Festival begins on Saturday 22nd October, with a visit from Scooby Doo and the Mystery Machine!  There will be FREE Halloween crafts, pumpkin carving (small extra charge), displays from the Hawks of Steele and walk-around entertainers, on top of all the usual farm activities.  Entry costs £9.50 for adults and £8.75 for children.

15th and 16th October 2016

There will be a family fun packed afternoon on Saturday at the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard, with craft activities, face painting, dressing up and a chance to explore the Museum.  Admission costs £2.50 with under 5s going free. Event takes place between 12 and 3pm.

The Sneinton Cats Fundraiser will be held at Green's Windmill on Saturday.  Help them to raise some cash to help with vets bills for the Sneinton Cats community, with a cake sale, games, raffle, kitty food bank, competitions and free tea and coffee.  Time:  1pm to 4pm.

The Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival will be held at Nottingham Castle between the 12th and 15th October.  There will be over 1,000 different real ales and 200 real ciders on offer, plus live entertainment on the Victorian Bandstand.  Pay on the gate admission is possible, although you should call to check beforehand, as tickets usually sell out for the Friday and Saturday.

The Mayhem Film Festival is at Nottingham's Broadway Cinema this weekend, with a huge array of previews, premiers, special guests and midnight screenings of the best in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema.  Tickets, day passes and festival passes are available from Broadway's website.

Drop into the University of Nottingham Museum this weekend to take part in some free Diwali craft activities.  This event is suitable for all and takes place between 10 am and 5pm on Saturday and 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday.

The Oxjam Beeston Takeover is happening on Saturday across 15 venues in Beeston, with 12 hours of music and dozens of bands and artists.  Raising money for Oxfam, there will be lots of free music during the day (donations are welcome) and then, after 6pm a wristband costs £10 and gives access to all participating venues.  Please visit for all the information and a full lineup.

If you're looking for some free family activities this weekend, head to Nottingham Contemporary, where you can take part in their Patchwork Earth family workshops.  Mix your own natural dyes, then work together to make an enormous, tactile artwork with fabrics and natural materials.  Booking is not required, just drop in.  Open from 11am to 5pm.

Explore Newstead Abbey on Saturday evening during the Children's Twilight Adventure Walk.  Take your torch and follow the paths through the gardens and the Monks Wood.  Costing £8 for children and £4 per child, this walk is suitable for children aged 5-10.  Booking is essential by calling 01623 455916.

8th and 9th October 2016

The Goose is back! 
Nottingham's Goose Fair returns to the Forest Recreation Ground and will host over 500 attractions, including white knuckle experiences, family rides and old favourites.  The fair will be open from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th October and entry is free.  Entry times vary slightly each day but you can visit between 11am to 11pm on Saturday and 1pm to 9pm on Sunday.  

Hockley Hustle is Nottingham’s largest multi-venue music festival. Hosted by over 20 venues in the Creative Quarter you can expect an eclectic selection of genres.

Around 300 artists will be performing at the festival on Sunday from 2pm. Well known for being a springboard for Nottingham musical acts: Jake Bugg played at the Broadway Cafe Bar in 2010, and the likes of Natalie Duncan, Ronika, Saint Raymond and Liam Bailey have all cut their teeth at the Hockley Hustle along with hundreds of other acts.  Tickets (over 18s only) cost £13.20 and you can buy them online.

The Robin Hood Game and Country Show takes place at the Newark Showground this weekend, featuring loads of entertainment, shopping and displays.   This family friendly show is open from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm on both days and tickets cost just £2.00 for children, if booked in advance here.  On the gate prices are £5 for children over 5 and £10 for adults.

If you fancy showing your dog off this weekend and maybe winning a trophy, there will be a Fun Dog Show at Southwell Minster on Saturday.  Held in the Education Garden, there will be 10 classes, a raffle and prizes up for grabs.  £3 per class or £10 for 4 classes.  The Show starts at 11.00 am and everyone is welcome.

The dark nights are drawing in and there are tales of ghosts and ghouls afoot at Newstead Abbey on Saturday.  Meet in the Victorian kitchen for drinks and then wander the Abbey, hearing mysterious and haunting tales of the unexplained.  The Ghost Tour starts at 7.30 pm and costs £15 pp (including a drink).  Prebooking is essential by calling 01623 455900.

Fancy a bit of panto?  Li
ttle Pixie Productions and Pocket Panto presents Jack and the Beanstalk in the Spiegel Tent in Nottingham's Market Square on Saturday. Join them as they present this madcap, one hour panto for all ages. Featuring song and dance and lot of happy ever after, come and meet Jack, his Mum Dame Dotty, friend Jill and of course watch out for a spectacular giant!  Tickets cost £5 and should be booked online.


1st and 2nd October 2016

This Saturday at 2pm, you can head along and join a guided tour of the Malt Cross Music Hall and the old sandstone caves below. This hour-long tour will give a behind-the-scenes look at the vibrant heritage of the site and the people who helped make it one of Nottingham’s most notorious music halls.  This tour costs £3 per person, with children under 8 going free and you can buy your tickets here

Access: There is lift access to most floors however the caves are not lift accessible.

The Nottingham Independents Festival is an all-day FREE event, taking place across the City Centre on Saturday.  Play a round of golf on the Lost City's outdoor golf course, make pancakes, or take part in a pizza eating contest!  There are lots of activities to try and they are all FREE!  A list of all the events can be found here.

Another Festival taking place in Nottingham on Saturday is the Nottingham Canal FestivalYou can t
ake in a boat trip, try canoeing, have a go at angling or just enjoy live music by the water.  We have struggled to find a start time for this event but last year's began at 10am.

Head over to Mansfield on Saturday to experience the 1st ever Mansfield Fun Palace
Taking place at Mansfield Museum, Palace Theatre and the Old Library on Leeming Street, these venues will be full of art and science activities, with something for everyone.  Have a moment in the spotlight, make a mess with a science experiment, relax in the local history lounge, listen to live music, create a museum of you and much, much more. It’s free to get in and take part. Light refreshments will be available to purchase.  The event will be on between 10 am and 2 pm.

The Spiegel Tent returns to Nottingham's Market Square on Saturday and will host loads of events until 8th October.  Entry is FREE and you can enjoy
family theatre, music performances, a comedy night and burlesque shows, as well as food and drink.  You can see a full list of events and times here but you can join in the celebrations of opening night with their Prohibition Opening Party, at 7.30 pm.  Tickets cost £8 and can be purchased from Nottingham Tourism Centre.

If you fancy a bit of shopping, LouLou's Nottingham Vintage Fair returns to the Albert Hall on Saturday.  Browse 40 stalls of vintage fashion and collectables, visit the beauty salon and relax in the tearoom. Entry costs £2 for adults and is free for children under 12.  The Fair opens at 11.00 am.

Visit Sconce and Devon Park in Newark  on  Saturday and you can take part in a FREE family drawing workshop. Make a bug, draw a tree or even sketch the sky as you get inspired by your surroundings.  You will be able to have a go at drawing using pastels, pencils and pens -just let your imagination go wild. All ages and abilities welcome.  Meet at Rumbles Cafe, Sconce and Devon Park, Boundary Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 4AU.  This event starts at 10 am and ends at 1.00 pm.

You can Foray for Fungi on Sunday at Sherwood Forest and learn about common and not so common fungi lurking in the Forest.  The cost for adults is £3 and children £1.50, with carparking costing £3.  The event takes place between 10.30 am and and 12.30 pm and advance booking is essential on
01623 823 202.  

The Davis Cup visits the Nottingham Tennis Centre on Sunday and there's lots of FREE sporty activities planned for you to have a go at.  Try tennis, archery, fun challenges and games.  Dress the kids up as their favourite superhero and take part in mini-competitions from 2pm to 5pm. 


24th and 25th September

The Rio Carnival comes to Mansfield Market Place on Saturday for some Olympic and Paralympic celebrations.  Meet paralympians Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw, enjoy carnival drummers, Brazilian samba workshop, ju jitsu demonstrations, craft activities and more.  This free event will take place between 11 am and 2 pm.

The Southwell Ploughing Match will be held in Farnsfield on Saturday.  Immerse yourself in rural life, with food, crafts and agricultural demonstrations, as well as IMP Motorcycle display team and a vintage tractor display.  The Show will be open from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm and admission on the gate costs £10 for adults, with children under 14 going free.

You can sample over 30 beers and ciders at the Galleries of Justice Beer Festival this Saturday.  As well as lots of beer there will be hot food and live music from 3pm.  The Festival starts at 12 noon and finishes at 11 pm.

Archery GB
will be staging their Finals Days in Wollaton Park on Saturday. This free event will give you the chance to see a head-to-head archery competition and have a go yourself.  There will also be family entertainment, fun, food, music and historical dramas. The event will be on between 10 am and 5 pm.  Parking costs £4 for the day.

The Robin Hood Marathon returns to Nottingham's Victoria Embankment on Sunday, with the full, half and mini-marathons, as well as the corporate challenge.  The main races begin at 9.30 am, where over 13,000 runners will be taking part. There will be many road closures around Nottingham (see a full list here).

The Great Notts Show will be in Nottingham's Market Square between 22nd and 25th September, celebrating all that is great about our wonderful county.  This free event will give you the opportunity to enjoy food, drink, live music, craft, arts and more.  The show is open from 10am.

Kelham Hall will be hosting a weekend of battles and living history this weekend, with the American Civil War Society.  The event takes place between 10.00 and 4.00 pm and tickets cost £4 for children and £7 for adults.  Concessions are available.

The Beam Engines will be in Steam once again at Papplewick Pumping Station this weekend, where you can view the engines and visit the underground reservoir.  The steaming days run between 11am and 5pm and entry costs £8 for adults and £6 for children.

17th and 18th September

The Festival of Food and Drink returns to Clumber Park this weekend, with lots of food-related entertainment and goodies, including celebrity chefs, food marquee and kids' activities.  The Festival will be open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on both days and tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for children (under 6s go FREE). 

Proms in the Park will be held in Nottingham over the weekend, offering lots of classical and traditional music, folllowed by firework displays. The proms will be at Dovecote Lane Recreation Ground in Beeston on Saturday from 7pm and Colliers Wood in Moorgreen from 3pm on Sunday.  Tickets cost £8 on the gate (under 16s go free).

You can learn All about Bats on Saturday evening at Sherwood Forest, with a presentation by bat rehabilitator, Bob Cornish, followed by a walk through the woods with a bat detector.  The event takes place between 5pm and 8pm and costs £5 per person.  Booking is essential by calling
01623 823 202.

Nottingham's Market Square
will be hosting a Paralympics GB Carnival this Saturday.  You can try out table tennis, football, archery, wheelchair racing and lots more sports. You can also meet paralympic athletes and enjoy entertainment between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.  This is a free event.

If you're feeling energetic on Sunday, the GoTri Colwick Park Swim Run takes place in Nottingham.  Aimed at completed beginners, seasoned Triathletes and all abilities inbetween, this is the perfect opportunity to have a go at a multi-disciplined event, consisting of an open water swim, followed by a run around the Park.  This event will be held between 11.30 am and 3.00 pm and entry costs from £10 (you can enter on the day but it costs £3 more).

Here's one for those of you who enjoy running and crazy inflatable obstacles! 
The Gung-Ho Seriously Fun 5k will be at Wollaton Park on Saturday and features the world's largest inflatable obstacle course. You will be challenged to finish the course in the fastest time possible, while bouncing your way through obstacles and a 200ft slide.  You have to be at least 4 ft tall to take part and there you can join hourly 'waves' from 9am through to 1pm.  Tickets cost from £52 and need to be booked online.

Roll up, Roll up - the circus is in town this weekendChipperfield's Circus will be at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham until Sunday with the
Flying Trapeze, Wheel of Death, award winning clowns and much much more. £12 for children £14 for adults.

Harts Hotel in Nottingham will be holding a Wedding Open Day on Saturday. This informal event will give you the opportunity to see Harts' Upstairs and have a chat about your wedding ideas and requirements.  The Open Day will take place between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm, with free entry and a glass of fizz!


10th and 11th September

The Nottingham Mela returns this weekend.  The event will be held over 3 days from 8th to 11th Sept, at Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham Castle and the New Art Exchange, with music, dance, workshops, family fun, food and craft stalls. This FREE celebration launches at Nottingham Playhouse with a truly magical performance by the experimental dancer Kali Chandrasegaram
on Friday evening from 7pm.

Venues across the UK will be throwing open their doors for 4 days in September for Heritage Open Days and offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission.  From the 8th to 11th September, you can visit a huge array of fabulous venues, including Mansfield Museum's Stores, Flintham Museum and the Police Station at the Galleries of Justice.  A full list of participating venues can be found here.

Join Nottinghamshire County Council and Sherwood Forest Trust for a very special weekend celebrating the life and history of the great British woodland, as they hold the third annual Major Oak Woodland Festival in the heart of Sherwood Forest on Saturday and Sunday.  You’ll have the chance to meet and learn with Bodgers, a Wood Collier, Conservation Groups, the Sherwood Forest Ranger team and much more.  With demonstrations and displays throughout the weekend you will see the traditional and modern day management techniques that have shaped the Sherwood Forest we see today.  This event will be held between 10 am and 4 pm on both days.

If you are a fan of cars and motorbikes, head to Mansfield Marketplace this Sunday.  The Car and Bike Show will be a showcase of vehicles, including vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, scooters, rally cars and new cars.  You can even test your driving skills in the Formula 1 simulator.  The Show will take place between 11.00 am to 3.00 pm and entry is free.

The Newark Blues Festival will be back this weekend, with upwards of 40 bands playing at venues around Newark.  The main stage will be at Newark Castle on Saturday and Sunday, where you can enjoy live blues music from local and nationally touring artists.  The main stage events at the Castle are free to watch during the day and the Festival takes place between 9.00 am and 11.00 pm on both days.


3rd and 4th September

Carlton Play Day
will take place this Saturday on the Richard Herrod Playing Fields in Nottingham.  This FREE event offers loads of activities for the whole family, with arts and crafts, sports sessions and creative play.  Time:  from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Nottingham Playhouse opens it's doors once again for an Open Day on Saturday
Taking place from 12pm, there will be an afternoon of FREE fun activities and eye-openingly interesting events for all ages. There’ll be live music, arts and crafts, backstage tours, drama workshops, special effects make up, as well as talks for the grown-ups about  upcoming season!

The Vintage Carnival returns to Nottingham Racecourse on Saturday.  Step back in time and visit the marketplace, where there will be a huge range of vintage items for sale, including clothes, collectibles and homewears. The event will also feature food and drink, classic cars, live entertainment and old-fashioned amusements.  Tickets on the gate cost £8 and the Carnival is open between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm.

This weekend, the British Canoeing Sprint Regatta takes place at Holme Pierrepont Country Park between 9:00 am and 5.00 pm.  Come and watch the British Canoeing's National Sprint Regatta, where competitors race against each other on the 2km Regatta Lake. Sprint racing is one of only two canoeing events included in the Olympic Games and races take place over 200, 500 and 1000 metres.   Entry is FREE and carparking costs £5.

The Gedling Show returns on Sunday to the Richard Herrod Playing Fields. This is a
horticultural and classic car & motorbike show.  Highlights include central arena entertainment, a BBM flypast, Fun Dog Show, street entertainers, various have-a-go sporting sessions, grass karts, sideshows, childrens’ fun fair, craft and charity stalls and food court.   The show will be open from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.

If you've got a dog, or just love dogs, the RSPCA Big Walkies will be descending on Colwick Country Park on Sunday. 
This is a mass participation, 5km sponsored event.
Colwick Park parking is £2. Event starts at 10.00 am.

Ravenshadow returns to Sherwood Forest on Sunday.  M
eet some of the colourful costumed characters, be amazed as the lads and lasses demonstrate their medieval combat skills ‘up close and personal under the Major Oak’! From 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm, this is a FREE event.

Rufford's Summer Sunday of Music Presents Doncaster Wheatsheaf Singers on Sunday at Rufford Abbey Country Park.  This is the last day of Rufford's Summer Sunday of Music and the choir will perform in the Coach House courtyard against the impressive backdrop of the Jacobean wing of the Abbey. This is a FREE event but parking costs £3.


27th to 29th August - Bank Holiday Weekend

The Great Food and Drink Festival will be returning to Newstead Abbey from Saturday 27th to Monday 29th August.  With celebrity chefs, stalls, food, drink and live entertainment, this is definitely a Bank Holiday event for the foodies out there.  Taking place from 10 am to 5 pm each day, tickets cost £10 on the door (under 10s go free with full paying adult) and give full access to the show, grounds, house and parking.  You can even take your dog (but they must remain on their lead).

Another event for food enthusiasts will take place this weekend, with the Nottingham Sausage and Cider Music Festival at the Forest Recreation Ground.  There will be a huge selection of sausage-based foods and ciders, live music, a funfair and stalls.  The Festival will be open from 11 am to 10 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 9 pm on Sunday, with adult tickets costing £15.00 and kids £10.00 on the door.

The annual Southwell Music Festival is happening over the Bank Holiday Weekend (25th to 29th August), with a celebration of classical music.  There are lots of events taking place at various venues in Southwell, including the Minster and you can view these online, as well as find out where to buy tickets.

The Beam Engines will be in Steam at Papplewick Pumping Station this Bank Holiday weekend during their Family Fun Day.  Enjoy tours of the underground reservoir, miniature railway and Teddy Bear's Picnic - bring your own bear and take part in lot of bear-themed activities. Admission costs £8 for adults and £4 for children and the station is open between 11 am and 5pm.

You can step back in time this Bank Holiday Weekend by visiting the Living History Camp at Sherwood Forest.  Taking place from Saturday until Monday, you will meet the Falchions as they depict life in the 14th Century and you may even witness a battle between armour-clad knights!  This is a free event taking place between 11 am and 4 pm but carparking costs £3. 

On Saturday, you can treat yourself to a FREE public skating session at Nottingham's National Ice Centre, to encourage people to get fit!  To take part, just arrive at the Box Office at 9.40 am in order to get your skates on - the session will be held from 10 am to 12 noon.  Admission will be a on a first-come, first served basis and places are limited.

Fans of Robin Hood will love the outdoor screening of Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman at Wollaton Park on Saturday 27th August.  This family friendly film starts at 8.15 pm and tickets
are available on the door (subject to availability), costing £13 per person.

Superhero Saturday will be taking place at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham on 27th August.  Get dressed up as your favourite hero and enjoy a fun-filled family day of storytelling, arts and crafts and costume making.  The fun will start from 11am and is free for all.

Calling all dog lovers ... The Jerry Green Dog Rescue is holding its Summer Show at their centre in Blidworth on Saturday.  There will be stalls, kids activities, a fun dog show and much more. The show takes place from 11am and admission for adults is just £1 with children under 16 going free.

There will be a Brass Explosion on Sunday in the grounds of Newark Castle.  With a circus workshop, face painting, a teddy bears hospital, food and drink and, of course, plenty of music from local brass bands, this is a FREE family fun day out.  Taking place from 2 pm until 10 pm, there will be a firework finale at the end.

Dotty the Dragon will be visiting Creswell Crags on Sunday with some outdoor theatre by Blunderbus Theatre.  With songs, music and puppetry, this show promises lots of laughs and surprises.  The show takes place at 6pm on Sunday and tickets cost £9.50 with a family ticket for £34.  

A tyrannasauric treat will be visiting Nottingham Playhouse on Sunday and Monday with Dinosaur Zoo.  From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, this imaginative and hilarious show offers guaranteed fun for all ages over 3.  There will be 2 performances each day and tickets can be booked on the Playhouse website, costing from £12.50.

If you like classic cars, you may be interested to hear that the Classic Car Show is returning to Thoresby Park in Ollerton on Bank Holiday Monday.  Featuring a large variety of classic cars and motorbikes and with stalls and food on offer, this promises to be a great day out for the family.  Tickets costs £8 for adults and entry for children between the ages of 7 and 14 costs £3. The Show will be held from 10 am to 4 pm.


20th and 21st August 2016

This weekend sees lots of great events taking place across Nottinghamshire.  You can find details about even more special events in our Summer Events Diary too. 

The first Gloworm Festival will take place at Clumber Park this weekend.  This family friendly festival will offer music, entertainment and lots of activities for children of all ages.  The Festival will take place from 10am to 7pm on both days and tickets cost £25 for adults and £10 for children. Under 3s go free. 

The Nottingham Carnival Weekend will provide 2 days of family activities and entertainment at Nottingham's Victoria Embankment, including a parade on Sunday.  The carnival will take place between 12 noon and 8pm on both days and there is a small entrance charge of £2 for adults and £1 for children under 12.

On Saturday you can
celebrate Nottingham Castle’s dramatic past and meet characters, including Robin Hood and Maid Marion, from 1000 years of history, with a mini re-enactment camp and archery on the Castle Green.  This event will be on from 10.00 am until 5.00pm.   The cave tours will also be available (£5 charge), as well as the Da Vinci exhibition.  Normal admission to the Castle applies.

The Nottinghamshire Hospice Alfresco Film Festival will be held on Saturday at Nottingham Racecourse, where you can watch Despicable Me and Minions at 12.30 pm and Top Gun at 7.30 pm.  Tickets for each show cost £10 for adults and £5 for children and tickets can be bought online or on the gate on the day.

On Sunday, you can
hear tales of daring exploits and marvel at the skills of the medieval archer in the shadow of the mighty Major Oak, when the Legend Comes to Life at Sherwood Forest. This free event will take place between 12 noon and 4 pm and carparking costs £3.

Outdoor theatre returns to Nottingham Castle this Saturday, with a production of Wuthering Heights at 7pm.  Tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for children and a family ticket is £40.


13th and 14th August 2016

The Nottingham Food and Drink Festival will take place this weekend at Wollaton Park.  The event will feature celebrity chefs, food tents, cooking demonstrations, crafts and children's amusements and is open from 10am to 6pm on both days.  Prices on the door are £8 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for children.  Tickets are available for a slightly cheaper price, in advance.

The Hyson Green Cultural Festival takes place on Saturday between 12 noon and 6pm at the Forest Recreation Ground and is a FREE FOR ALL celebratory event which aims to promote Hyson Green and wider areas of Nottingham.

There will be a host of activities for festival goers, including live music and dance performances, variety of traditional food (African, Caribbean, English & European) fitness taster sessions, arts & craft, bouncy castle, face painting, marquees for children, information stalls, sports day races and indoor games!

The 6th annual Waterfront Festival will return to The Canalhouse this Saturday and will feature over 30 local bands and musicians.  This charity event will take place from 1pm until 2am on Sunday and you can get tickets for
£10 from The Canalhouse, Jam Café, The Maze or Lincolnshire Poacher. They are £10.50 from  Tickets cost £12 on the door but this event often sells out.

Nottingham's historic Malt Cross will be hosting the Handmade Nottingham Market this Sunday, with over 20 stalls selling handmade crafts, gifts and accessories, as well as street vendor style food. The market will be open between 11 am and 5 pm.

Ravenshadow will be at Sherwood Forest this Sunday, where you can meet some colourful costumed characters and see them demonstrate their medieval combat skills.  You can meet them at 12 noon, 2pm and 3.30 pm and it costs £3 to park.

6th and 7th August 2016

The Robin Hood Festival continues this weekend at Sherwood Forest, with daily events taking place from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.  We visited on Monday and can highly recommend this for a great family day out. Lots to see and do and free entry.  Car parking costs £5.

Nottingham's Riverside Festival takes place from the 5th to the 7th and offers 3 days of family entertainment along the banks of the River Trent.  There will be a funfair, craft fair, street theatre and live music, along with food and drink stalls and a children's zone.  On Saturday night, the annual fireworks display is not to be missed at 10.30 pm and the Dragon Boat racing and Charity Duck Race will be held on Sunday.  

The Mansfield Beach has arrived in Mansfield Market Place.  Grab a deckchair, roll up your trouser legs and make some sandcastles.  Open between 10.00 am until 4.00 pm until 31st August.

Outdoor theatre returns to Nottingham Castle on Saturday, with a performance of Gullivers' Travels at 7.00 pm.  You can also see Danny Champion of the World at Newstead Abbey on Sunday at 6pm.  Tickets cost
£15 for Adults, with £10 for concessions and £40 for a family of 4 and are available from the Royal Centre Box Office.

You can Pick Vegetables with the Paupers this Saturday between 12 noon and 4.00 pm at Southwell Workhouse, which will cost
£8.80 for adults, £4.40 for children and £22 for a family ticket.

30th and 31st July 2016

Nottinghamshire Pride
will once again take place at various venues across Nottingham City Centre on Saturday 30th July.  The march will start from the corner of Castle Gate and Lister Gate at 11.00 am and will be followed by a day of celebrations until 6.00 pm.  All welcome.  More information about what's on during the day here.

Join Nottingham's Castle's master archer on Saturday and try your hand at Archery in the Castle grounds. Hit the target and take home a prize!  This activity is suitable for ages 5+ and will take place from 12.00 noon. The activity costs £2 and normal admission to the Castle applies.

The main day of the Sneinton Festival takes place on Saturday, with a street parade starting from the William Booth Museum (
Notintone Place, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4QG) at 10.30 am, followed by lots of free family friendly events at Tricketts Park.  There will also be food, live music and stalls, followed by an after party at the Lord Nelson Pub.

Pure Land Meditation Centre near Newark will be holding their summer Nature's Heart Concert on Sunday, with an
afternoon of wisdom, poetry and enlightening songs.  The concert will take place from 3.30 to 5.30 pm, costing £15 for adults and £8 for children, which also gives you entry to the Japanese garden.

If you fancy a bit of outdoor theatre, Ruddigore will be performed at Newstead Abbey on Sunday at 7.00 pm.  Tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £40 for a family of 4 and are available from Nottinghams' Royal Centre Box Office.

Also on Sunday 31st, The School for Parents will be holding a charity Family Fun Day on West Bridgford Park on Central Avenue.  Lots of fun activities will be taking place between 10am and 4pm, including tug of war, face painting, bouncy castle and tombola.


23rd and 24th July 2016

The Annual Splendour Festival takes place at Wollaton Park on 23rd July.  The Human League, UB40, Jess Glynn and The Darkness will head the bill, along with a whole host of other local and international singers.  This family festival will take place from 11.30 am to 11.30 pm and it is recommended that you buy tickets in advance, as they may not be available on the gate.  This event is now SOLD OUT.

Nottingham's Deliveroo Beach opens on 22nd July, bringing the seaside back to the City Centre.  With a paddling pool, funfair, food and drink (including the Beach Bar) and special events, you don't have to travel far to get some sand between your toes this summer.  Entry to the Beach is FREE.

From 22nd to 24th July, The Nottingham Street Food Party will be taking place at Sneinton Market Square.  With reasonably priced, gastronomic food and locally sourced alcohol, this is an event not to be missed by foodies.  There will also be live music throughout the event.  More information about this event, including opening times, can be found here.

Nottingham Castle will be hosting an Outdoor Theatre Event on Saturday, with a performance of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.  This event starts at 7.00 pm and you can buy tickets from the Royal Centre Box Office.  Tickets costs £15 for adults, £10 for children,with a family ticket costing £40.

A different Outdoor Theatre performance of Much Ado About Nothing will take place on Sunday 24th July at Newstead Abbey

This event also starts at 7.00 pm and you can buy tickets from the Royal Centre Box Office.  Tickets costs £15 for adults, £10 for children,with a family ticket costing £40.

On Saturday, visit the University of Nottingham Museum for their Festival of Archaeology:  Under the Sea, a FREE drop-in event. 
Discover the wonders of underwater archaeology with fun, hands-on activities! Try your hand at uncovering some underwater objects and test your identification skills. Make your own treasure chest or scuba diver. Handle centuries-old Mediterranean artefacts, and try out some Ancient Greek and Egyptian crafts.  11.00 am to 4.00 pm.

16th and 17th July 2016

Radio Nottingham will be throwing open it's doors to buskers, street performers and musicians on Saturday 16th for the Big Busk.  There will be free family entertainment between 11am and 4pm at locations around the City Centre (Trinity Square, Brian Clough Statue, Thurland Square, outside Primark and by the Victoria Centre Clock Tower), with a finale (with special guest) in Trinity Square at 3.30 pm.

Nottingham Castle will be holding a FREE Family Archaeology Day on Saturday 16th.  With help from archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology, families of all ages can discover how we find out about the past, what archaeologists get up to and what's really beneath you feet.

All ages are welcome but under 16s need to bring an adult.

Places are available at 11.00 am, 12.00 noon, 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm and, if you book in advance, you'll get free entry to the Castle too.  Book by contacting Laura or Allison at or call on 0115 8967400.  More info here.

The Great British Tennis Weekend is being held this Saturday and Sunday, with events at many local venues, including the Nottingham Tennis Centre, David Lloyd in Aspley and Burton Joyce Lawn Tennis Club.  There will be free coaching sessions, refreshments and even food at some venues.  More information can be found on their website.

Farnstock 16 will be held on 16th July at St Michael's field in Farnsfield.  With live music, food, entertainment, children's activities and sports, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  This event takes place from 12 noon until 11.30 pm and costs £15 for adults, £7.50 for seniors, £5.00 for teens and children go free.  More info here.

Karima Institute and Muslim Hands Presents Nottingham’s 2nd Annual EID Festival on Saturday 16th July on the Forest Recreation Ground. The FREE Festival will take place between 12 Noon and 6pm, with special Performances from: HS JALAL Brother ABDULLAH AURANGZEB ALAMGIR, delicious food stalls, Mehndi & Face Painting, Fun Activities for Children and Adults, Modern & Traditional Clothing, Pony & Funfair Rides, Nasheeds, Qawali and Pathwari Poetry.

On Saturday 16th, Green's Windmill will be holding it's traditional Summer Fete.  With live music, homemade pizzas and a BBQ, stalls and games of the past, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained.  This FREE event runs from 11.00 am to 3.30 pm.

The Irish (I Club) will be hosting the Big Fish Little Fish 'Intergalactic Planetary' Family Rave on the 16th, which is aimed at parents with kids aged 0-8 years.  There will be a licensed bar, grown-up dance music, craft area, play area, babies-only space and food. The fun starts at 2.00 pm and costs £7 for entry (free for pre-walking infants).

Join the Park Ranger for an easy going walk around the Highfields Park in Lenton on Saturday 16th July, to search for butterflies. Learn how to identify common butterflies and record our sightings for the Butterfly Conservation Big Butterfly Count. Meet at the boathouse at 1.00 pm.  This is a FREE event and booking is helpful, but not essential, by calling the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.

Join the Jerry Green Dog Rescue and Good Dog Training for a day full of family fun and competitions on Sunday 17th July in Mansfield Market Place.  Taking place from 10.00 am, there will be competitions, stalls and entertainment.

Spot it! I.D. it! is taking place at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve near Retford on 17th July.  It's a free event for families, with nature spotting, the Notts Bat Group and Gainsborough Bat Rescue Centre and Hedgehog Welfare with their newborn hoglets!  Activities will be taking place from 10 am to 4pm and entry is FREE.  More info here.


9th and 10th July 2016

On 9th July,  Papplewick Pumping Station in Ravenshead will be 'In Steam;, with all engines working,  tours to the underground reservoir and children’s activities.  Plus, on 10th July, they will be holding a Steampunk Day, with tea duelling, facial hair competitions, talks and stalls.

£8 adults/£6 seniors and students/£4 for children and Family Ticket £20

Also on 9th July, it’s The Keyworth Show. This is a family fun day, with a fairground, entertainer, stalls, live music, food and a bar.

You can pay on the gate and the cost is:  £3 for adults and kids under 14 go FREE.  The Fun Day runs from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.

The address is:  Keyworth Playing Fields, Elm  Avenue, NG12 5AN.

The University of Nottingham is holding it's FREE Nottinghamshire Local History and Archaeology Day on 9th July.  There will be talks, activities and object handling from 11.00 am, followed by PastFest at Highfields Park from 12 noon, where you can meet your ancesters and enjoy games and crafts. 

This weekend sees the Weekend Festival of Cycling and Sportives in Clumber Park.  With events and entertainment, food, drink and everything cycling, this is a family occasion with things happening throughout the day.  The event will be open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on 9th and 10th July.  Entry costs £5 for adults, with children going FREE.

At Kelham Hall,  there is a Medieval Jousting Weekend, with jousts, falconry displays, a medieval village and entertainment on 9th and 10th July.  There will also be a hog roast, bouncy castles, a beer truck and food.

The cost is £10 for adults and £5 for children and tickets are available online at their website. or on the door.

If you live near Idle Valley in Retford, there is a Butterfiles and Moths Event on 9th and 10th July, where you can find out more about these creatures that live on the reserve.  There will be drop-in activites and displays, which are suitable for all ages.

This event is on from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, with FREE entry on Saturday and Sunday.

On 9th and 10th July, those of you with a taste for something hot can enjoy the East Midlands Chilli, Beer and Artisan Festival in Rolleston (NG23 5SJ).  With entertainment, free children's activties, stalls, street food and local real ales, there's lots going on.  The Festival will be open from 10 am to midnight on Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Early bird tickets are available online here for £4.50 (children go FREE) and £7 when they run out!

10th July 2016

On 10th July, Newstead Abbey is holding a Family Fun and Poetry Day between 12.00 noon and 4.00 pm.

Entry is £10 per car and this gets you entry to the house and a poetry tour of the Abbey.  There will also be storytelling, children’s races, arts and crafts and birds of prey.

31st May 2016

I hope that you all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and managed to see glimpses of the sunshine.  We have a great day out at Sherwood Forest yesterday.  Sherwood Through the Ages took place over 2 days and was a very interesting living history event, with characters from past and present, including Romans and Saxons, through to modern day rangers.  We caught up with a group of Highwaymen (not pirates!), who were extremely knowledgeable and more than happy to let the children dress up in their costumes.  This is a great way for kids to discover history in an entertaining environment and costing just £3 to park, was a very cost-effective way to spend Bank Holiday Monday.

There's lots of events across Nottinghamshire for half-term week and, to make it as easy as possible for you to decide what to do, we've put together a day-by-guide guide of events. We'll also be Tweeting about special offers that we hear about, so please follow us on Twitter for the latest updates @things_to_do. 

Have a great week!

23rd May 2016

Something a bit different this week to talk about.  Our latest partner venue Petra Medley Serious Skin and Body Esthestician is offering a treatment at her Nottingham clinic that is, apparently, loved by the celebrity crew looking for a quick way of losing weight, without going under the knife.  It works by freezing fat cells, which then waste away naturally, over the course of 2 to 3 months.

Sounds too good to be true ... well, I thought I would give it a try, so that I can give the whole truth and nothing but the truth about whether or not it actually works. 

The proper name for this treatment is Cryolipolysis but I think that sounds far too scary, so I'm going to stick with Fat Freezing.  After Petra had taken a number of measurements (ever so slightly embarrassing to have to get my flab out) I was asked to relax on the treatment couch, in preparation for the procedure.  The area to be frozen was marked and the vaccum was carefully placed on my stomach, which was then sucked up in it's entirety.  The process is a little uncomfortable (but bearable) for the first 10 minutes, after which, it feels completely normal to be laid out on a couch, with this completely insane treatment happening!

45 minutes later and it's all finished.   A quick massage and I'm on my way.  The whole procedure was relatively quick and pretty much pain-free. 

Petra went into great detail about the treatment and what to expect. She also explained that I needed to cut down on my caffeine and alcohol intake (!) and drink lots of water, in order to obtain the optimum results.

A week on and I genuinely believe that I am starting to see results already, although the whole process can take up to 3 months.  I'll keep you posted.

At £200, it's not cheap but it's certainly a lot less expensive than a tummy tuck and the recovery time is instant.  It's also considerably less than the majority of places are selling it for, as it's currently on offer so, if it gets the promised results, I'll be very happy.

You can find out more about the treatment and the others available at Petra's clinic (the Diamond Dermabrasion is also on offer at £30 at the moment and I can personally recommend this).

6th May 2016

A new restaurant is soon to open in the old NatWest building on the corner of Mansfield Road and Hucknall Road in Carrington.  Masala Junction is a venture by the former owners of Memsaab, so we had very high expectations for the soft launch we attended on 5th May.  The greeting from the team was warm, the refurbishment sympathetic - incorporating modern design cleverly with the original decor of the building. 

The menu has obviously been carefully designed to acknowledge the owners' vast experience and includes dishes named after the family.  Modern classics are few and far between (although Chicken Tikka Masala is on the menu) but this gives you the perfect opportunity to strike out into the unknown and try something totally different.  The food was, quite simply, sublime - tasty, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented.  It was also kind of nice to see apple pie, served with ice cream on the dessert menu - far from confusing the offering, I think this adds another splash of individuality.

The pricing is mid to higher-range, with some main dishes costing nearly £20 - perhaps the location is hoping to attract the nearby Mapperley Park crew, who will be able to saunter over and eat drink and be merry, without the need for a taxi ride home.  However, the all-round quality of the food is extremely high and, therefore, I believe merits the price.

The restaurant is due to open to the public on 18th May and I have a feeling it will be a great success.

Tonight will see my Dad and I revisiting the Royal Concert Hall to see The Music of Queen:  A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular.  I'm a big fan of Queen, so will be very interested to see how their music translates to the stage. Review for Nottingham Post to follow.

3rd May 2016

Hope you all had a good Bank Holiday weekend and the slightly iffy weather didn't spoil your plans.

Friday evening saw me (and my Dad) at the Royal Concert Hall to see Mad About the Musicals.  Despite the small audience, the show was absolutely fantastic, with bucket loads of spectacular singing from lots of different musicals throughout the years.  You can read my review for Nottingham Post here.

We paid a family visit to Emilos Greek Restaurant on Sunday evening.  Located in Arnold, Emilios is a one-stop location for eating, drinking and dancing and, quite rightly, is gaining a reputation for its excellent food.  We enjoyed the special mezze, which included more food than you can shake a stick at and hubby had a steak (the best he said he's had for a long time).

Emilio himself is the most genial of hosts and you'll leave feeling like you're a member of his family.  Highly recommended for a meal or a full-on night out (with a bit of Greek dancing thrown in).

28th April 2016

I was lucky enough to have been invited to the opening night of the new Belgo Restaurant in Nottingham this month.  The restaurant can be found on the site of the old La Tasca restaurant on Weekday Cross and, I believe, is a welcome addition to the City. 

The restaurant markets itself as a venue which specialises in 'bringing a taste of hearty and delicious Belgian cuisine and culture to Nottingham'.  With 13 flavours of Shetland Island grown mussels to choose from, frites, steaks, burgers and chicken, there is a substantial menu available and, as a parent with young children, I was pleased to see that there is also a menu especially for them.

The food was nice.  We enjoyed a selection from the menu, which included mussels, steak, frites and waffles, all of which was good quality and well-cooked.  The beer was very tasty - I can particularly recommend the strawberry beer (although I can't guarantee that you won't have a headache the next day) and there were also many cocktails to choose from.

The restaurant has received a 550k makeover and the interior is a mix of wood and industrial. With seating for 180 and space outside, complete with heaters and umbrellas, there is plenty of room - but, if you are looking to visit, please make sure you book in advance.  As I've found since the opening, it's not easy to get a table early evening at the weekends.

Nottingham's leisure scene is benefitting from a whole raft of new restaurants and it's encouraging to see something a bit different. Belgo is definitely worth a visit.

Speaking of something a bit different, a big favourite of mine at the moment is Revolucion da Cuba, which opened earlier this year on Market Street in Nottingham.  Replacing the Long Island American Diner, this bar/restaurant offers a party atmosphere for all ages, right in the centre of Nottingham. 

With Samba girls, salsa classes, live music and cocktails galore, you can easily forget that you're still in Nottingham (especially after a few of their spectacular mojitos).  If it's food you're after, the restaurant offers a varied menu at reasonable prices. 

We popped in for tapas a few Sundays ago, as we had a yearning for something a bit less traditionally English.  The food was delicious and plentiful, so don't be tempted to over-order.  The 2-4-1 cocktails, which are available all day on Sundays, were a welcome addition, as were the kids' drinks, served in huge novelty containers! The atmosphere is unhurried and the staff are friendly, so it's a great place to while away a few hours.

Off to see Mad About the Musicals tomorrow evening at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.  I'm a huge musicals fan, so am really looking forward to this one, which stars Gareth Gates.  If the EG Editor thinks it's up to scratch, my review will be in the Nottingham Post soon.

Hope you have a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend.  If you're looking for things to do, we got some great ideas in our Bank Holiday Guide, which includes the 1940s Knees Up at Nottingham Castle and the Annual Civil War Festival in Newark.

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