Summer has finally arrived in Nottingham with international cricket already taking place at Trent Bridge this week and the final weekend of the Nottingham Festival of Tennis taking place. We’ll kick off the round up of things to do with two great art festivals: The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival takes place until Sunday 9 June with performers Oysterband, Show of Hands, Eliza Carthy, Home Service  and more. Tickets are still available through Nottingham tourism centre with adult entry for Saturday £42. Call 08444 77 5678 or pop in to the centre on Smithy Row to find out more. Patchings Festival of Art started yesterday (Thursday) and is open until Sunday 9 June. There’ll be nearly 200 artists taking part and special guest for Sunday is internationally acclaimed landscape photographer Charlie Waite, a real treat for photography lovers. Opening this weekend is an exhibition at the Weston Gallery at Lakeside Arts Centre looking at ancestral stories from the archives. This is sure to uncover some of the fascinating journeys that have been uncovered as people have researched their forefathers. Newark International Antiques Fair takes place on Friday at Newark Showground.  The largest of its kind in Europe, the event is a must see for anyone interested in antiques and collectables. Fans of musicals will be in for a treat this weekend with High Society at the Theatre Royal Nottingham, including songs by the great Cole Porter. Alternatively try Bernstein on Broadway on Saturday night with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Concert Hall. The Bingham Rugby Club Beer and Music Festival includes 20 real ales and ciders and has live music from 6pm to 11pm. The ticket entry includes free glass and three drinks. Take a Robin Hood Town Tour this Saturday starting from the Cross Keys in Nottingham City Centre. This entertaining walk with costumed guide Ade Andrews has recently been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. On Sunday, Nottingham Park Estate hosts its 21st Open Garden Trail, a rare opportunity to explore some of the city’s hidden garden treasures. At the Great Central Railway in Ruddington, you’ll find a Spring Diesel Gala event showcasing a superb collection of locomotives from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. St Mary’s Church is famed for its connection to the Robin Hood legend and was the excellent host for our Nottingham Event City campaign launch on Wednesday. On Saturday you’ll find a performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No.1. Tickets start from £15 and this wonderful venue will be a stunning setting for the music. For a totally unique event, head to Keyworth on Saturday for a packed programme of tours, talks and demonstrations around the British Geological Survey Archive. Includes a special guest appearance from TVs Professor Ian Stewart. Have a great weekend, whatever you choose to do, and please share your activities with us on Facebook and Twitter.




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