Whats On September 2018 | Visit Nottinghamshire

The weekend is imminent and there is fun to be had in Nottinghamshire! Below we have chosen a few of our favourite events and things to do, from serene lantern-lit garden walks and peaceful boat rides, to striking political exhibitions and fascinating cultural talks - there's much to stimulate the mind and soul this weekend!

In the city centre this weekend you can celebrate the 140 year history of the award winning Nottingham City Transport as they bring vintage vehicles, including a trolleybus and horse-drawn tram car, to the Old Market Square. Find out more about Nottingham's intriguing history on one of the regular guided city tours. Or get yourself a ticket to see ultra-stylish Broadway classic Sweet Charity, which has been taking audiences at Nottingham Playhouse by storm.

Don't forget to have a look at our What’s On pages and Things to Do section for lots more ways to spend your weekend! We love to see and hear what you have been up to in Nottinghamshire so don’t forget you can use #lovenotts to share the love and connect with us via our TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

Shrek The Musical

Shrek the Musical | Visit Nottinghamshire
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Tuesday 11th - Sunday 23rd September 2018
Tickets From £20 - £49.50

If you’ve got the post-summer blues and need a little injection of magic into your world this week, head to see this record-breaking musical at the Theatre Royal.

Along with his wisecracking sidekick Donkey, Shrek the Ogre sets out to rescue the captivating and capricious princess Fiona. But in the world of fairy tales, all kinds of magical misfits are likely to get in the way.

Featuring fantastical costumes and spectacular sets, this all-singing, all-dancing comedy will transport you to a place where adventure is abundant and childhood tales come to life.

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Lantern-Lit Evening Garden

Pure Land | Visit Nottinghamshire
Friday, Saturday and Sundays in September
Pure Land Meditation Centre and Japanese Garden
£7 adults | £6 Concessions | £4 children (over 5 years)

Situated a little outside of Newark, this beautifully manicured Japanese garden is a small oasis of calm to visit when city life gets too hectic. Featuring Japanese plants, a pagoda and an impressive crystal garden, throughout September you can come and experience the Japanese tradition of lantern-lit gardens, which is increasingly rare even within Japan. Soak in the last balmy nights of the year and enjoy an atmosphere of tranquillity on this special evening.

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Art Out Loud & Chatsworth Outdoors

Art Out Loud | Visit Nottinghamshire
Friday 21 September - Sunday 23 September
Chatsworth House
Adults £14 | Children £8

Chatsworth is embracing a strong theme of art, architecture and design this year, and the weekend there is much to see at this stunning country estate. The fourth edition of Art Out Loud, a series of talks by leading artists, writers and designers, hits this weekend, featuring numerous speakers including Turner Prize 2017 winner Lubaina Himid, RIBA Stirling Prize winner Alex de Rijke, and artist Idris Kahn OBE.
Also speaking is Chatsworth's first artist-in-residence Linder Stirling, who’s exhibition Her Grace Land, which is based on the house and its contents, runs until 21st October. Elsewhere in the gardens catch a series of sculptures by Stirling and other artists which have been situated at points of interest chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

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Monty’s Toddler March

Montys toddler March | Visit Nottinghamshire
Creswell Crags
Sunday 23 September | 11am – 2pm
Free Admission - £2 Suggested Donation

Toddlers assemble! To celebrate National Walking Month, this Sunday at the fascinating Creswell Crags a small stampede is taking place! Bring along your tots for a wander around the scenic lake and meadow with Monty Mammoth. Aimed at younger children, the day will be topped of with free juice, a certificate and cave themed story telling back at the museum.

Staying for the afternoon? We highly recommend checking out the Cave Tours at Creswell, which shed light on how the area was populated in the Ice Age and lets you get a look at cave art from residents over 5000 years ago. Enjoy a spot of lunch in the Creswell Crags Museum Cafe, or head to the Welbeck Farm Shop nearby to stock up on locally sourced goodies!

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A Selection of Elections: Votes, Suffrage and Reform

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Weston Gallery | Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Friday 7 September - Sunday 2 December 2018 (Closed Mondays)
Admission free

The world has changed immeasurably in the 100 years that have passed since women in the UK were granted to right to vote, but controversy around election methods remain a heated point of discussion. Using original archives, rare books and more, this exhibition at Lakeside Arts looks at the past 250 years of political campaigning, from local women’s rights activists to other personalities whose voices were heard above the rest.

Also exhibiting at Nottingham Lakeside Arts is Rana Begum, who’s exhibition Space Light Colour blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture with geometric patterns found both within Islamic art and the industrial cityscape.

Of course, a trip to the University of Nottingham campus is not complete without a wander around its beautiful parklands. Extra points if you go for a sail on The Highfields Boating Lake, which has recently seen a 4.8m HLF funded regeneration and a new area of the lake opened!

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


Carlton Operatic Society: Shrek - The Musical
Theatre Royal | Visit Nottinghamshire

Following their 2019 production of Mack and Mabel the multiple-award winning Carlton Operatic Society will be back at the Theatre Royal Nottingham with the larger than life blockbuster Shrek – The Musical!

Lantern-Lit Evening Garden
Show / Display
Lantern-Lit Evening Garden

A special night with a magical atmosphere of peace at Nottingham's Pure Land Meditation Centre and Japanese Garden

Art Out Loud
Art Out Loud

Art Out Loud at Chatsworth returns in 2018 for its fourth, and largest, edition with talks by speakers spanning the worlds of art, architecture and design.

Her Grace Land at Chatsworth
Her Grace Land | Linder Sterling | Chatsworth

As part of The Grand Tour Season Three, the influential British artist Linder Sterling has been welcomed as the inaugural artist-in-residence at Chatsworth House.

Chatsworth Outdoors
Chatsworth Outdoors

Artist and musician Linder Sterling will create a new, major installation as part of a new sculpture exhibition in the garden at Chatsworth this autumn, to be unveiled alongside works by artists such as Antony Gormley, Dame Elisabeth Frink and Barry Flanagan.

Highfields Park
Country / Royal Park
Credit Alan Metheringham
A Selection of Elections: votes, suffrage and reform
A Selection of Elections: votes, suffrage and reform | Nottingham Lakeside Arts

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the first UK general election in which some women were entitled to vote. We celebrate that fact by looking back at some memorable elections and exploring how electioneering has changed over the years. Before the first Reform Act of 1832, few people could vote and powerful aristocrats could sway the results. Papers from the disputed Cumberland election of 1768 reveal stories of coercion, bribery and corruption. Printed ballads and posters give a flavour of the songs and spectacles which attended elections in Nottingham in the early years of the 19th century.

Rana Begum: Space Light Colour
Indoor Event
Rana Begum: Space Light Colour

Rana Begum’s meditative and transformative work blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. It has affinities with the built environment and her use of repetitive geometric patterns – found both within Islamic art and the industrial cityscape – also takes its inspiration from childhood memories of the rhythmic repetition of daily recitals of the Qur’an.



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