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Summer Events in Nottinghamshire:  12th to 16th August 2019

There are so many things to do across Nottinghamshire this Summer, including family-friendly events and activities, festivals, markets and indoor and outdoor fun for all ages.  Please take a look at our week-by-week guide.  We'll be adding more events every day, so please keep checking back and follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates @things_to_do.

12th August 2019

Free Family Activities at the National Justice Museum

Enjoy free family activities at the Museum during the school holidays. These coincide with their new exhibition, Women in Fairy Tales which runs from 20 July - 3 Nov.  

There will be free Fairy Tale Crafts every day of the summer holiday.  Activities will vary but could include colouring in, finger puppets, make and take crowns & masks. Taking place in the Transformers Room. 

Date:   20th July to 1st Sept
Time:  10.00 am to 5.00 pm|
Cost:   Free
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Trail of Imagination at Thoresby Park

It's a fact that children have a better imagination than adults and that's why we need you! Help us to identify the mythical and magical creatures living on the estate. You are our heroes, so pop your pants on the outside and find out who your sidekick will be! Available in Visitor Centre


Date:  20th July - 11th August
Time:  10am - 4pm

Cost:  £2 per trail
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Superhero Trail at Rufford Abbey Country Park

Have you ever thought it would be super cool to have a special power?  Flying, invisibility, incredible strength, mind reading, super speed.... Or all of them!  Come and train to be the ultimate superhero at our Superhero School this summer.  You will follow our training trail where you will be able to win points, defeat the baddies to earn your very own super powers!

Come dressed for the part, masked and capes are a must!! Suitable for ages 4 - 11

Trail sheets are available for £2 at Visitors Reception

Date:  20th July to 1st Sept
Time:  10.30 am to 4.00 pm

Usual parking charges apply at Rufford Abbey at £4 per day.
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Summer of Sport at Clumber Park


Why not challenge friends and family to a shoot out on the archery range, or bring everyone together for a big volleyball, football or rounders match? Tennis, hockey, table tennis, cricket, skipping, games and much more on offer.  Local sports providers will be making special guest appearances throughout the summer to give live demonstrations and have a go sessions.

There will always be many free activities, however some activities do incur a small charge. 

Meet on the front field of Clumber Park, just next to the main visitor facilities.  Please bring sensible footwear! This event is on grass and possibly uneven.

The events are weather-permitting and may be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. We advise you to check before setting out to Clumber.  Children of all ages welcome. Dogs on leads welcome. Fully accessible for wheelchair users and buggies

Date:  22nd July to 1st Sept
Time:  11am to 4pm
Cost:   Usual entry to Clumber Park applies.

Click here for more information about visiting 
Clumber Park.
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Mega Mondays at Revolution Cornerhouse

Recovering from the weekend? Revolution has the cure with their Mega Mondays! Offering 2-4-1 on all Pizzas, Mains, Burgers, Sandwiches & Salads until 9pm!


Date:  12th August 2019
Time:  To 9pm
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Children's Outdoor Cinema
Brinsley Recreation Ground

Children's outdoor cinema funded by Broxtowe Borough Council. Showing How to train your Dragon 3 at 11am and Dumbo at 1pm. Bring your own blankets or chairs. Only £1 entry.

Date:  12th August 2019
Time:  11am and 1pm
Cost:   £1

Church Lane, Nottingham
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Kids Club
Savoy Cinema, Nottingham

Experience Detective Pikachu for the discounted cost of £2.15 per ticket.

Date:  12th August 2019
Time:  10.15am
Cost:   £2.15
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Summer Holidays
Canalside Heritage Centre

SCHOOLS OUT and here at CHC we've got a fun-filled programme of family activities to keep your little ones entertained throughout the summer break! We've got a really exciting opportunity for children this summer on board Nottingham Narrowboat Project's canal boat, Megan and Tinks. In a 2-hour session children will be learning how to steer a narrowboat, the use of engine power, how to turn a boat on a river and how to work a lock.

These sessions are for children aged 7+ and 1 accompanying adult as space is limited. Sessions will run on Monday 12th August and Thursday 15th August @ 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 3pm.

Tickets cost £10 per child and must be booked in advance by calling 0115 922 1773 or pop-in and pay at the tearoom kiosk.
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Libraries outside with StoryParks
Forest Recreation Ground

Come along to our fun outdoors library session happening every week at The Forest for StoryParks. Look out for the giant hedgehog in the community garden. Each week there will be lots of fun family activities to do such as stories, games, number trails, treasure hunts, colouring, wordsearches and much more! Each week has a different theme: Minibeasts, Dinosaurs, Alice in Wonderland, Wild Animals and The Gruffalo.

Date:  12th August 2019
Time:  1.00 pm
Cost:   Free

13th August 2019


Free Family Activities at the National Justice Museum

Enjoy free family activities at the Museum during the school holidays. These coincide with their new exhibition, Women in Fairy Tales which runs from 20 July - 3 Nov.  

There will be free Fairy Tale Crafts every day of the summer holiday.  Activities will vary but could include colouring in, finger puppets, make and take crowns & masks. Taking place in the Transformers Room. 

Date:   20th July to 1st Sept
Time:  10.00 am to 5.00 pm|
Cost:   Free
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Trail of Imagination at Thoresby Park

It's a fact that children have a better imagination than adults and that's why we need you! Help us to identify the mythical and magical creatures living on the estate. You are our heroes, so pop your pants on the outside and find out who your sidekick will be! Available in Visitor Centre

Date:  20th July - 11th August
Time:  10am - 4pm

Cost:  £2 per trail
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Superhero Trail at Rufford Abbey Country Park

Have you ever thought it would be super cool to have a special power?  Flying, invisibility, incredible strength, mind reading, super speed.... Or all of them!  Come and train to be the ultimate superhero at our Superhero School this summer.  You will follow our training trail where you will be able to win points, defeat the baddies to earn your very own super powers!

Come dressed for the part, masked and capes are a must!! Suitable for ages 4 - 11

Trail sheets are available for £2 at Visitors Reception

Date:  20th July to 1st Sept
Time:  10.30 am to 4.00 pm

Usual parking charges apply at Rufford Abbey at £4 per day.
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Summer of Sport at Clumber Park

Why not challenge friends and family to a shoot out on the archery range, or bring everyone together for a big volleyball, football or rounders match? Tennis, hockey, table tennis, cricket, skipping, games and much more on offer.  Local sports providers will be making special guest appearances throughout the summer to give live demonstrations and have a go sessions.

There will always be many free activities, however some activities do incur a small charge. 

Meet on the front field of Clumber Park, just next to the main visitor facilities.  Please bring sensible footwear! This event is on grass and possibly uneven.

The events are weather-permitting and may be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. We advise you to check before setting out to Clumber.  Children of all ages welcome. Dogs on leads welcome. Fully accessible for wheelchair users and buggies

Date:  22nd July to 1st Sept
Time:  11am to 4pm
Cost:   Usual entry to Clumber Park applies.

Click here for more information about visiting Clumber Park.
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Summer Holiday Learn to Ride at Clumber Park

Clumber Park's popular learn to ride sessions are back for a summer holiday special.

Each one-off 45 minute session with the very wonderful Graeme, our Bikeability instructor, will introduce you to balance and pedalling techniques to gain confidence to move forward and enable you to develop your ability to cycle.

You will gain the knowledge and skills which you can then take away and use to practice till perfect and our traffic free trails are the perfect place to do so.

Sessions are free and will last for 45 minutes.  Booking is essential. 

Meet at the Cycle Hub. Bring your bike and helmet if you have one.  Clumber does have some balance bikes and helmets which can be borrowed for the sessions.

Date:  13th August 2019
Time:  12 noon to 3pm
Cost:   Free

Usual entry to Clumber Park applies.

Click here for more information about visiting 
Clumber Park.
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Dress as a Pirate Day
Newstead Abbey

Many of the Byron family were Admirals or Captains in the Navy and came across Pirates on their voyages. To celebrate these nautical connections, join us for a Pirate day at the Abbey. Come dressed as a Pirate, a prize for the best dressed! Or, dress your teddy as a pirate and there will be a prize for the best one! There will be make an' take in our activity centre. We'll have our lawn games to play with and maybe a game of tug of war to two!

Date:  13th August 2019
Time:  11am
Cost:   Free but it costs £6 to park
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Picnic in the Park
Clifton Playing Fields, Nottingham

Family fun day event with Bouncy Castle, Go-Karts, Japanese Calligraphy and Kimono workshops, Belly Dancing performance, crafts, free dog health checks, and more!

Date:  13th August 2019
Time:  11am
Cost:   Free
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River Trent Cruise and Afternoon Tea

Join us for a leisurely cruise along the River Trent complete with an Afternoon Tea while you take in the scenery along the way. Sandwiches & fresh cream cakes will be on the menu along with bottomless cups of tea or coffee.

Date:   13th August 2019
Cost:    Adult £34 Senior £32 Child £28

Book here
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Summer Family Activities: ZOOM
Nottingham Contemporary

Can you believe your eyes and ears? Turn your senses upside-down with mindboggling art activities at Nottingham Contemporary. This summer, play and create together as a family at ZOOM. Have a go at tackling our curtain mini-maze, play games with light, spin your own art, and develop super-sonic hearing. Look in our infinity mirror or experiment with our green screen, and see lots of very strange versions of yourself. Every visit to ZOOM is different - we have brand-new activities for you to try each week. Our activities are suitable for all ages. Babies and younger children can join in, and can explore our cosy corner with sensory play activities. Free. No need to book - just drop in...

Date: 13th August 2019
Time:  11am to 3pm
Cost:   Free
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Libraries Outside with StoryParks
Vernon Park, Nottingham

Come along to our fun outdoors library session happening every week at Vernon Park for StoryParks, look out for the larger-than-life story chair inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Weather permitting the Basford Library Totstime will take place in the park 10.30 - 11am. Followed by lots of fun family activities to suit all ages such as stories, games, number trails, treasure hunts, colouring, wordsearches and much more! Each week has a different theme: Minibeasts, Dinosaurs, Alice in Wonderland, Wild Animals and Gruffalo.

Date:  13th August 2019
Time:  10.30 am
Cost:   Free
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Sublime Science
Mansfield Museum

Sublime Science - these sessions are free! Come along to make 'alien slime' and edible 'space dust' with the Dragons Den winning Sublime Science. Watch Gravity being defied and have some amazing science fun. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Sessions are suitable for ages 14 and under unless otherwise stated. There is no need to book but if the session is busy you may need to wait for a place to become available. Please contact us if you are bringing a group larger than 10. Please wear appropriate clothing.

Date:  13th August 2019
Time:   11.00 am
Cost:    Free
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Wander the Waterways
Canalside Heritage Centre, Beeston

Join volunteer guides for a wander around Beeston's waterways and discover some fascinating local stories and uncover some of the area's natural beauty.  The 2.5 mile walk lasts approximately 90 minutes and the route is mainly on footpaths, with some uneven ground and mud. 

Date:  13th August 2019
Time:  11am and 2pm
Cost:   Free


14th August 2019

Free Family Activities at the National Justice Museum

Enjoy free family activities at the Museum during the school holidays. These coincide with their new exhibition, Women in Fairy Tales which runs from 20 July - 3 Nov.  

There will be free Fairy Tale Crafts every day of the summer holiday.  Activities will vary but could include colouring in, finger puppets, make and take crowns & masks. Taking place in the Transformers Room. 

Date:   20th July to 1st Sept
Time:  10.00 am to 5.00 pm|
Cost:   Free
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Trail of Imagination at Thoresby Park

It's a fact that children have a better imagination than adults and that's why we need you! Help us to identify the mythical and magical creatures living on the estate. You are our heroes, so pop your pants on the outside and find out who your sidekick will be! Available in Visitor Centre

Date:  20th July - 11th August
Time:  10am - 4pm

Cost:  £2 per trail
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Superhero Trail at Rufford Abbey Country Park

Have you ever thought it would be super cool to have a special power?  Flying, invisibility, incredible strength, mind reading, super speed.... Or all of them!  Come and train to be the ultimate superhero at our Superhero School this summer.  You will follow our training trail where you will be able to win points, defeat the baddies to earn your very own super powers!

Come dressed for the part, masked and capes are a must!! Suitable for ages 4 - 11

Trail sheets are available for £2 at Visitors Reception

Date:  20th July to 1st Sept
Time:  10.30 am to 4.00 pm

Usual parking charges apply at Rufford Abbey at £4 per day.
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Summer of Sport at Clumber Park

Why not challenge friends and family to a shoot out on the archery range, or bring everyone together for a big volleyball, football or rounders match? Tennis, hockey, table tennis, cricket, skipping, games and much more on offer.  Local sports providers will be making special guest appearances throughout the summer to give live demonstrations and have a go sessions.

There will always be many free activities, however some activities do incur a small charge. 

Meet on the front field of Clumber Park, just next to the main visitor facilities.  Please bring sensible footwear! This event is on grass and possibly uneven.

The events are weather-permitting and may be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. We advise you to check before setting out to Clumber.  Children of all ages welcome. Dogs on leads welcome. Fully accessible for wheelchair users and buggies

Date:  22nd July to 1st Sept
Time:  11am to 4pm
Cost:   Usual entry to Clumber Park applies.

Click here for more information about visiting Clumber Park.

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Bumble Bee's Fun Day
Brookfields Garden Centre, Nottingham

Join us for lots of Bumble Bee fun filled activities Bee trail - follow the clues and find the bees for a sweet treat and to be entered into a prize draw. Come and draw a bee for our hive, the winner will win a goodie bag Brian the honey man will be here between 1pm and 3pm from Kighill Apiary with his bee hive and will be able to explain how the bees make honey and answer all your questions, we also have his local honey for sale too. Make your own Bee Hotel!

Timed bookable slots available to book here : https://www.brookfieldsgardencentre.co.uk/book-online

Arthur's Eatery will have special bee treats available on the day too!

Date:   14th August 2019
Time:    From 11am
Cost:     Free
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Heritage Tours
Malt Cross, Nottingham

Come along and join us for a guided tour of the Malt Cross music hall. The tour usually lasts between 60-90 minutes depending on the pace of the group. The Malt Cross is a traditional Victorian music hall and cafe bar situated just off the Market Square in the heart of Nottingham. It is one of the last remaining music halls in the UK and provides a fascinating glimpse at the social and cultural development of popular music and performance. Learn about the people who designed and built the music hall in 1877 and the performers who graced its stage when it functioned as a vibrant entertainment venue, mainly for the working classes. Hear about its glorious days as a live music venue and the slow decline of the music hall's reputation due to gambling, crime and debauchery which led to it being closed in 1911. To reserve a place call us on 0115 941 1048 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tickets are available to buy from Malt Cross Bar & Kitchen. Please note until ongoing repair works are complete the tour will not include visiting the caves.

Date:  14th August 2019
Time:  10.30 am and 12.30 pm
Cost:   £5pp
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Summer Family Activities: ZOOM
Nottingham Contemporary

Can you believe your eyes and ears? Turn your senses upside-down with mindboggling art activities at Nottingham Contemporary. This summer, play and create together as a family at ZOOM. Have a go at tackling our curtain mini-maze, play games with light, spin your own art, and develop super-sonic hearing. Look in our infinity mirror or experiment with our green screen, and see lots of very strange versions of yourself. Every visit to ZOOM is different - we have brand-new activities for you to try each week. Our activities are suitable for all ages. Babies and younger children can join in, and can explore our cosy corner with sensory play activities. Free. No need to book - just drop in...

Date:  14th August 2019
Time:  11am to 3pm
Cost:   Free
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Classic Film Club - Dial M For Murder
Canalside Heritage Centre, Beeston

A Classic film will be shown fortnightly in our lovely Weir View room. Light refreshments are served at the start, and there is a short intermission where attendees will be able to purchase ice creams and chat in an informal setting.

Tickets are £5 and available to book by calling 0115 9221773 or by visiting the Canalside Heritage Centre. Tickets can also be purchased on the day but we advise prior booking to avoid disappointment.

Date:  14th August 2019
Time:   2pm to 4.30 pm
Cost:   £5
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Libraries outside with StoryParks
Highfields Park, Nottingham

Come along to our fun outdoors library session happening every week at Highfields Park for StoryParks. Look out for the rowing boats near the old boathouse and willow sculptures. Each week there will be lots of fun family activities to do such as stories, games, number trails, treasure hunts, colouring, wordsearches and much more! Each week has a different theme: Minibeasts, Dinosaurs, Alice in Wonderland, Wild Animals and Gruffalo.

Date:   14th August 2019
Time:   11.00 am
Cost:    Free
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Star Wars Day
Mansfield Museum

Activities and games all celebrating the nation’s favourite film franchise. Why not come dressed as your favourite character! 10am – 1pm £1.50 Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Sessions are suitable for ages 14 and under unless otherwise stated. There is no need to book but if the session is busy you may need to wait for a place to become available. Please contact us if you are bringing a group larger than 10. Please wear appropriate clothing.

Date:   14th August 2019
Time:   From 10am
Cost:    Free
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Meadow Sweeping
Rufford Abbey

Explore our wild meadow and discover what lives within. Using nets and magnifying glasses you will be able to identify things that flutter. Only £5 per child (must be accompanied by an adult.) Suitable for Ages 4 +

Book now

Date:   14th August 2019
Time:   10.30 am
Cost:    £5
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ARTventurers at Mansfield Summer Festival
Carr Lane Park, Mansfield

ARTventurers are super excited to be bringing our colourful, creative, arty fun for children to Mansfield Summer Festival 2019 They We have a huge entertainment line-up at this year’s summer festival and there will be something for all the family. This year’s event is set to be our biggest thus far, with even more free activities to keep your family entertained over the summer holidays.

Why not have a go on our crazy golf course or get involved in our fitness games and cycling skills competitions to win a medal and lots more. If you fancy more relaxed activities you can play in the giant garden games zone and take part in fun balance workshops - just a few of the exciting activities coming up in the arena and marquee this summer. There will also be children's play activities and information stands to educate the community about topical issues. If arts and crafts are your family's thing, there will be various opportunities to get hands on themed around space for older children, and summer beach sensory crafts and play for toddlers.

There will also be FREE goodie bags including limited edition Mansfield District Council Merchandise (while stocks last). Plus music, pony rides, face painting, animal handling, Professor Paul Temple's Punch and Judy Shows and much more! Most activities are FREE but some will require a small donation so be sure to bring some cash. There will also be food and drink including burger van and ice cream.

Parking on site is limited so it is advisable to walk or use public transport wherever possible.


Date:   14th August 2019
Time:   From 10am
Cost:   Free

15th August 2019

Free Family Activities at the National Justice Museum

Enjoy free family activities at the Museum during the school holidays. These coincide with their new exhibition, Women in Fairy Tales which runs from 20 July - 3 Nov.  

There will be free Fairy Tale Crafts every day of the summer holiday.  Activities will vary but could include colouring in, finger puppets, make and take crowns & masks. Taking place in the Transformers Room. 

Date:   20th July to 1st Sept
Time:  10.00 am to 5.00 pm|
Cost:   Free
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Trail of Imagination at Thoresby Park

It's a fact that children have a better imagination than adults and that's why we need you! Help us to identify the mythical and magical creatures living on the estate. You are our heroes, so pop your pants on the outside and find out who your sidekick will be! Available in Visitor Centre

Date:  20th July - 11th August
Time:  10am - 4pm

Cost:  £2 per trail
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Superhero Trail at Rufford Abbey Country Park

Have you ever thought it would be super cool to have a special power?  Flying, invisibility, incredible strength, mind reading, super speed.... Or all of them!  Come and train to be the ultimate superhero at our Superhero School this summer.  You will follow our training trail where you will be able to win points, defeat the baddies to earn your very own super powers!

Come dressed for the part, masked and capes are a must!! Suitable for ages 4 - 11

Trail sheets are available for £2 at Visitors Reception

Date:  20th July to 1st Sept
Time:  10.30 am to 4.00 pm

Usual parking charges apply at Rufford Abbey at £4 per day.
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Summer of Sport at Clumber Park

Why not challenge friends and family to a shoot out on the archery range, or bring everyone together for a big volleyball, football or rounders match? Tennis, hockey, table tennis, cricket, skipping, games and much more on offer.  Local sports providers will be making special guest appearances throughout the summer to give live demonstrations and have a go sessions.

There will always be many free activities, however some activities do incur a small charge. 

Meet on the front field of Clumber Park, just next to the main visitor facilities.  Please bring sensible footwear! This event is on grass and possibly uneven.

The events are weather-permitting and may be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. We advise you to check before setting out to Clumber.  Children of all ages welcome. Dogs on leads welcome. Fully accessible for wheelchair users and buggies

Date:  22nd July to 1st Sept
Time:  11am to 4pm
Cost:   Usual entry to Clumber Park applies.

Click here for more information about visiting Clumber Park.
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Fruity Cup Baking
Green's Windmill and Science Centre

Bake your own fruity cupcakes, perfect to munch on a summers day! All ingredients supplied. Booking essential. To book a place for this activity please call 0115 915 6878. We're running six 45 minute sessions at 10.15am, 11am, 11.45am and 1pm, 1.45pm & 2.30pm.

Date:   15th August 2019
Time:   See above
Cost:    £4 per child (for ages 3+)
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Goalie and Shooter Clinic
National Ice Centre

Our 2 day Goalie & Shooter clinic has been specifically designed to provide goalies with an ideal development opportunity. Alongside goalie development we have a shooter clinic covering a detailed curriculum to develop goal scorers and become competent under pressure. All players/goalies will enjoy a range of activities including on and off ice sessions enabling them to improve on the day as well as providing knowledge and information to continually improve away from the camp. The sessions will cover a range of skills helping players of all abilities to improve. Thursday 15th August (10am-6pm) - Friday 16th August (8:15am-6pm) Important information: These sessions are open to goalie of all abilities aged 8 – 17 years and players of all abilities aged 11 -17 years old. Full ice hockey equipment is required.

Date:   15th August 2019
Time:   10am to 6pm
Cost:    £100

Book here
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Kids Club
Savoy Cinema, Nottingham

Experience Detective Pikachu for the discounted cost of £2.15 per ticket.

Date:  15th August 2019
Time:  10.15am
Cost:   £2.15
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Wind in the Willows Open Air Theatre
Newstead Abbey

Spring is in the air and Mole has found a wonderful new world.  There's boating with Ratty, a feast with Badger and high jinx on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall. The four become the firmest of friends, but after Toad's latest escapade, can they join together and beat the wretched weasels?  Join Mole, Ratty and Badger on their adventures, picnicking on the river bank, messing about on boats, and rescuing the reckless Mr Toad from his brushes with the law in this heartwarming, whimsical tale of friendship, mishap and madcap adventures in Quantum Theatre’s brand new adaptation of this timeless Kenneth Grahame classic. Please bring your own picnic blankets or low-backed seats to sit on. The show will only be cancelled if it is considered too dangerous to continue, not because of bad weather.

Date:    15th August 2019
Time:    Gates open 5pm  Performance starts 6pm
Cost:     Tickets
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Summer Holidays at Canalside Heritage Centre
Boat Skills on Megan and Tinks

SCHOOLS OUT and here at CHC we've got a fun-filled programme of family activities to keep your little ones entertained throughout the summer break!

We've got a really exciting opportunity for children this summer on board Nottingham Narrowboat Project's canal boat, Megan and Tinks. In a 2-hour session children will be learning how to steer a narrowboat, the use of engine power, how to turn a boat on a river and how to work a lock.

These sessions are for children aged 7+ and 1 accompanying adult as space is limited.

Sessions will run on Monday 12th August and Thursday 15th August @ 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 3pm.

Tickets cost £10 per child and must be booked in advance by calling 0115 922 1773 or pop-in and pay at the tearoom kiosk.

Date:   15th August 2019
Time:   See above
Cost:    £10
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Summer Family Activities: ZOOM
Nottingham Contemporary

Can you believe your eyes and ears? Turn your senses upside-down with mindboggling art activities at Nottingham Contemporary. This summer, play and create together as a family at ZOOM. Have a go at tackling our curtain mini-maze, play games with light, spin your own art, and develop super-sonic hearing. Look in our infinity mirror or experiment with our green screen, and see lots of very strange versions of yourself. Every visit to ZOOM is different - we have brand-new activities for you to try each week. Our activities are suitable for all ages. Babies and younger children can join in, and can explore our cosy corner with sensory play activities. Free. No need to book - just drop in...

Date:  15th August 2019
Time:  11am to 3pm
Cost:   Free
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Libraries Outside with Storyparks
Wollaton Park

Come along to our fun outdoors library session happening every week at Wollaton Park for StoryParks. Look out for the wooden owl near the playground. Each week there will be lots of fun family activities to do such as stories, games, number trails, treasure hunts, colouring, wordsearches and much more! Each week has a different theme: Minibeasts, Dinosaurs, Alice in Wonderland, Wild Animals and Gruffalo.

Date:  15th August 2019
Time:  11.00 am
Cost:   Free

16th August 2016


Free Family Activities at the National Justice Museum

Enjoy free family activities at the Museum during the school holidays. These coincide with their new exhibition, Women in Fairy Tales which runs from 20 July - 3 Nov.  

There will be free Fairy Tale Crafts every day of the summer holiday.  Activities will vary but could include colouring in, finger puppets, make and take crowns & masks. Taking place in the Transformers Room. 

Date:   20th July to 1st Sept
Time:  10.00 am to 5.00 pm|
Cost:   Free
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Trail of Imagination at Thoresby Park

It's a fact that children have a better imagination than adults and that's why we need you! Help us to identify the mythical and magical creatures living on the estate. You are our heroes, so pop your pants on the outside and find out who your sidekick will be! Available in Visitor Centre

Date:  20th July - 11th August
Time:  10am - 4pm

Cost:  £2 per trail
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Superhero Trail at Rufford Abbey Country Park

Have you ever thought it would be super cool to have a special power?  Flying, invisibility, incredible strength, mind reading, super speed.... Or all of them!  Come and train to be the ultimate superhero at our Superhero School this summer.  You will follow our training trail where you will be able to win points, defeat the baddies to earn your very own super powers!

Come dressed for the part, masked and capes are a must!! Suitable for ages 4 - 11

Trail sheets are available for £2 at Visitors Reception

Date:  20th July to 1st Sept
Time:  10.30 am to 4.00 pm

Usual parking charges apply at Rufford Abbey at £4 per day.
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Summer of Sport at Clumber Park

Why not challenge friends and family to a shoot out on the archery range, or bring everyone together for a big volleyball, football or rounders match? Tennis, hockey, table tennis, cricket, skipping, games and much more on offer.  Local sports providers will be making special guest appearances throughout the summer to give live demonstrations and have a go sessions.

There will always be many free activities, however some activities do incur a small charge. 

Meet on the front field of Clumber Park, just next to the main visitor facilities.  Please bring sensible footwear! This event is on grass and possibly uneven.

The events are weather-permitting and may be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. We advise you to check before setting out to Clumber.  Children of all ages welcome. Dogs on leads welcome. Fully accessible for wheelchair users and buggies

Date:  22nd July to 1st Sept
Time:  11am to 4pm
Cost:   Usual entry to Clumber Park applies.

Click here for more information about visiting 
Clumber Park
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Solar System Sports
Mansfield Museum

Solar System Sports with Mansfield District Leisure Trust Suitable for all ages – please wear appropriate clothing 10am till 1pm Free Event Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Sessions are suitable for ages 14 and under unless otherwise stated. There is no need to book but if the session is busy you may need to wait for a place to become available. Please contact us if you are bringing a group larger than 10.

Date:   16th August 2019
Time:   From 10am
Cost:    Free
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Uncover Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood
Sherwood Forest

Come and join us this summer break for a guided walk like no other into the heart of Sherwood Forest. Lady Marian and our famous outlaw Robin Hood invite you to join them as they re-tell tales from the medieval days, share secrets of the forest and guide you to Robins famous tree, the Major Oak. Explore Sherwood forest and its wildlife and beautiful trees, whilst learning about the days of old from Robin Hood himself! Suitable for all, adults, families and children. The walks will last around an 1 hour 30 mins and will run on Fridays 2, 16, 23 and 30* August from 11:30 - 13:00. *Please note the walk on August 30 will be with Mr Hood only! Price & Booking: £5 per adult (£4 RSPB Members), £2.50 per child (£2.00 RSPB Members).Booking is not essential, but is advised to ensure you get a place. Book via EventBrite; please note there is an additional booking fee for online bookings.
 
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Date:   16th August 2019
Time:   11.30 am
Cost:    See above
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Bat Walk
Sherwood Forest

Did you know that a pipistrelle bat can devour over 3,000 midges a night?  Or that baby bats cling to their mother when she flies in search of food?  You can find out all about these wonderful creatures during this 1.5 mile walk which finishes in the dark.  You'll need to take a low-powered torch and wear insect repellent.  Not suitable for wheelchair users.

Date:   16th August 2019
Time:   8.00 pm
Cost:    £7.50

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Gloworm Festival
Thoresby Park

The Gloworm Festival is a brilliant 2 day event that has been especially created for grown ups and their little (or not so little) people. We invite you to come and play in a warm, welcoming and creative environment, loose your inhibitions, let your hair down and have some fun. With performances and meet and greets from some of the UK's most loved TV stars, Live music, workshops and more, there really is something for everyone to enjoy at the Gloworm Festival. ***TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE AT www.glowormfestival.co.uk *** Get your FREE Sandicliffe Parking Pass here: http://bit.ly/GlowormParking

Date:   16th to 19th August 2019
Cost:    Book here
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Underground Wollaton Tours
Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Delve into Wollaton’s ‘dark’ past…walk amongst the shadows that lie below the old house and revel in the atmosphere of all who have toiled amongst the ancient walls and flagstones of the Hall’s most secret places.

Please wear sensible footwear as there are uneven surfaces, limited light and lots of steps.

Friday 16th August 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm Sunday 18th August 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm, 5.30pm, 7pm

Cost:  £6 per person (7+ only), normal car parking charges apply.

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Make and Create Friday Workshops
National Justice Museum

You’re invited to drop into our ‘creative space’ and make something inspired by the museum collection. The sessions will be led by artists, makers and writers, all influenced by this unique museum. Join us to make and create together and contribute to our growing museum! Free - open to all!

Date:  16th August 2019
Time:   10am to 12.30 pm
Cost:   Free
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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Open Air Theatre
Newstead Abbey

Young Ali Baba stumbles across an enchanted cave when he overhears the magic words that open it: “Open Sesame!”. Inside the cave he finds untold amounts of gold and jewels, and takes some of it home to show his wife. But what will he do when she chides him for stealing? Can he keep the secret from his jealous brother? And when the Robber King comes looking for the missing treasure supported by an army of 40 angry thieves – will he and his family survive? Please bring your own picnic blankets or low-backed seats to sit on. The show will only be cancelled if it is considered too dangerous to continue, not because of bad weather.

Date:  16th August 2019
Time:  Gates open  5pm  Performance starts 6pm
Cost:   Tickets
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Summer Family Activities: ZOOM
Nottingham Contemporary

Can you believe your eyes and ears? Turn your senses upside-down with mindboggling art activities at Nottingham Contemporary. This summer, play and create together as a family at ZOOM. Have a go at tackling our curtain mini-maze, play games with light, spin your own art, and develop super-sonic hearing. Look in our infinity mirror or experiment with our green screen, and see lots of very strange versions of yourself. Every visit to ZOOM is different - we have brand-new activities for you to try each week. Our activities are suitable for all ages. Babies and younger children can join in, and can explore our cosy corner with sensory play activities. Free. No need to book - just drop in...

Date:  15th August 2019
Time:  11am to 3pm
Cost:   Free
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To find out what else is happening across Nottinghamshire this weekend, please visit our Weekend Events Guide for 17th and 18th August 2019


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