If you're a music lover, you will love some of the live music events happening in Nottingham this weekend. For others there are still lots of things to do, from sporting events to outdoor theatre.

A special shout out goes to The Monster at Motorpoint Arena, which looks super fun and if you're in the city centre take a visit to the Nottingham Beach in the Old Market Square! Don't forget, you can also browse on our What’s On pages and Things to Do section for lots more ideas.

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Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in the UK

Covers | New Art Exchange | Visit Nottinghamshire
New Art Exchange | Saturday 21 July - Sunday 9 September 2018 | Free

We love the concept behind the latest exhibition at New Art Exchange. Showcasing reggae records covers from the 1960s-80s. Covers is a collaboration between photographer Alex Bartsch and DJ and cultural historian Al 'Fingers' Newman, who have worked to trace locations featured on reggae records covers shot in London and seamlessly rephotographed the sleeves to blend in with the current surroundings, marking changes in fashion, architecture and design.

For more information, please click here

Summer House Sounds Concerts

Belvoir Castle Summer House Sounds | Visit Nottinghamshire
Belvoir Castle | Thursday 19th -  Sunday 22nd July 2018 | From £35

A truly stunning spot for live music, plus an amazing line up of gigs to choose from this weekend at Belvoir Castle – what more could you want for a summer’s evening? Summer House Sounds presents Nile Rodgers & Chic on Thursday 19th, Il Divo & Michael Ball on Friday 20th, and Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra on Saturday 21st, and Tom Jones on Sunday 22nd July. Take your pick and a get dancing!

Splendour Festival 2018

Splendour Festival | Visit Nottinghamshire
Wollaton Park | Saturday 21 July 2018 | £22 - £53.90

One of the biggest days in the Nottinghamshire calendar, Splendour returns to the beloved Wollaton Park this Saturday with an absolutely stellar line up of acts from the past four decades. Enjoy the retro charm of Soft Cell’s Marc Almond, The Stranglers and ABBA tribute Bjorn Again, catch 90s stars Embrace, The Charlatans, and Toploader, see pop royalty Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and top the night off with a performance by headliner Paloma Faith. Perfect for a family day out, there will be lots more to explore around the site, including circus skills, delicious food, comedy acts and more.

Tickets are running low so grab yours now!

For more information, please click here

Delicious Dining

Dining at Ye Olde Bell | Visit Nottinghamshire

Feeling peckish? Treat yourself to a delicious dinner or appetizing foodie experience this weekend at one of Nottinghamshire’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries.

Top off your week with relaxing summery events on Friday evening, including the Ibiza Twilight Spa & Dine at Ye Olde Bell, which serves up fresh paella, chunky bread and salad for spa guests. Find a spot on the sunny terrace and enjoy an evening of Spanish Tapas at The Ram in Newark. Or, try your hand at mixology in the Cocktail Master Class at Muthu Clumber Park Hotel on Friday evening.

If your palate is more suited to savoury tastes, the prestigious School of Artisan Food are hosting a Beer & Cheese Tasting Session on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday back at Ye Olde Bell, the Family Sunday Lunch serves a hearty 4 course meal with a holiday twist, featuring children’s entertainers, party games, a mini-disco and more!


Lakeside Arts Exhibiton | Visit Nottinghamshire

There’s a fantastic mix of exhibitions in Nottinghamshire at the moment, whether you prefer modern art, historical works, or city trails. We are particularly taken by From Rags to Witches: The Grim Tales of Children's Stories currently exhibiting at Lakeside Arts. Why not take the kids along for a fright then rent a row boat on Highfields Lake?

The exciting Hoodwinked trail continues throughout the city centre, while featured Hoodwinked artist Julie Vernon exhibits her beautiful mosaics at Focus Gallery. At Nottingham Contemporary you can go see international exhibits Trix & Robert Haussmann and Pia Camil: Split Wall for free. Finally at Newark’s National Civil War Centre you can check out Cutting Edge: The Changing Tools of War and Shaking the Foundations: The Quest for Democracy for an insight into the country’s fascinating history.

To browse current and forthcoming exhibitions in Nottinghamshire, please click here.

This blog was written by Sophie Gargett, Marketing Assistant at Visit Nottinghamshire


Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in the UK
Covers at New Art Exchange | Visit Nottinghamshire

Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in the UK features over 50 reggae sleeves re-photographed decades later in their original locations, exhibited at New Art Exchange

Splendour Festival 2020
Splendour Festival 2020

Internationally renowned artists will once again share the stage with local upcoming talents for this one-day family-friendly festival at Nottingham's Wollaton Hall and Deer Park.

Pete Tong with the Heritage Orchestra at Belvoir Castle
Pete Tong Belvoir Castle | Visit Nottinghamshire

The critically acclaimed Ibiza Classics show, featuring Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra, which is a smash hit with fans of both dance and orchestral music, will head to Belvoir Castle on Saturday 21st July.

Il Divo & Michael Ball at Belvoir Castle
Il Divo | Belvoir Castle | Visit Nottinghamshire

The world renowned classical cross over group Il Divo are heading out on their Castles and Country tour and will be live at Belvoir Castle on 20th July 2018.

Tom Jones at Belvoir Castle
Tom Jones Belvoir Castle | Visit Nottinghamshire

Music legend Tom Jones is taking his sensational live show to magnificent Belvoir Castle this summer.

Nile Rodgers & Chic at Belvoir Castle
Nile Rodgers & Chic at Belvoir Castle | Visit Nottinghamshire

The legendary musician Nile Rodgers and his band CHIC will bring a night of dance, hip hop and rock to the historic Belvoir Castle this summer.

Serene Twilight Spa at Ye Olde Bell
Participatory Event
Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa

Join the Spa at Ye Olde Bell for a Serene Twilight Spa with 3½ hours in the spa and canapés.

Beer & Cheese Tasting Session at The School of Artisan Food
Food & Drink
Beer & Cheese Tasting Session at The School of Artisan Food

From the nutty, caramel aromas found in both aged cheese and stouts to the relationship between rich barley and our favourite blues, you’ll discover a variety of mouth-watering combinations during this afternoon tasting session.

Cocktail Master Class at Muthu Clumber Park Hotel
Food & Drink
Cocktail master class at MGM Muthu Clumber Park Hotel & Spa, Nottinghamshire

A 2 hour hands-on cocktail making class. Includes 4 cocktails each. The lesson covers the construction of cocktails, cocktail equipment and cocktail making techniques. Professional bartender equipment will be used under instruction from the resident bartender to mix 4 delicious cocktails! The lesson also includes some fun drinking games!

Family Sunday Lunch at Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa
Food & Drink
Family Sunday Lunch at Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa

Why not come and join Ye Olde Bell Hotel for their monthly family themed Sunday Lunch with Children’s entertainer* in conjunction with PrimaParty.

From Rags to Witches: The Grim Tales of Children's Stories
Indoor Event
From Rags to Witches at Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Once upon a time, fairy tales were not for children. From a bloodthirsty birth in a sinister European forest, to benign bedtime tales where “Children with their Milk are fed with the Tales of Witches, Hobgoblins, Prophecies and Miracles” this fascinating exhibition at Nottingham Lakeside Arts traces the development of children’s literature through the generations.

Cutting Edge: The Changing Tools of War
Cutting Edge: The Changing Tools of War at National Civil War Centre

The period between 1618 and 1651 saw transformations both in the roles of soldiers and in how they armed themselves. No longer did they want to be weighed down by heavy armour; instead the focus shifted to new, more sophisticated weaponry that was fit to equip the New Model Army, the country's first professional standing force.

Shaking the Foundations: The Quest for Democracy
Shaking the Foundations: The Quest for Democracy at National Civil War Centre, Nottinghamshire

The issue of suffrage has occupied the minds of politicians and scholars for nearly 400 years. Charting back to the Putney Debates of the 1640s, the National Civil War Centre's new exhibition, Shaking the Foundations: The Quest For Democracy, will travel through the Levellers, the Chartists and the Suffragettes to bring us right up to the modern day, looking at how the debate has raged through the past four centuries and considering the evolution of what democracy has meant to all of those fighting for its cause.



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