Whats On This Weekend October | Visit Nottinghamshire

With a chill in the air and leaves on the ground, we feel like we can now officially call it autumn. For many in Nottinghamshire, the first week of October means one thing - the legendary Goose Fair is coming! But there are plenty more events taking place across the county to lure you out of the house this weekend. Special shout-outs go to poignant theatre production Kindertransport at Nottingham Playhouse, Ghost Tours at one of the UK's most haunted buildings, the National Justice Museum, and a talk by prominent local poet Panya Banjoko about Nottingham's Black Archive at Bromley House Library.

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!

Goose Fair

Goose Fair | Visit Nottinghamshire
Forest Recreation Ground
Wednesday 3 - Sunday 7 October 2018
Free entry | Various prices for ride entry

Roll up! Roll up! The fair is in town!

As one of the UK's biggest funfairs, and one of Europe's oldest travelling fairs, Goose Fair has made a big name for itself over its 700 year history. For those unfamiliar with the event we must clear one thing up, geese are not likely to be present - instead this name dates back centuries to when locals would march their herds of portly birds down to the Old Market Square to be sold in time for Christmas. Today we see a very different spectacle. Over 500 attractions take over the Forest Recreation Ground, inviting you to spin, dodge, watlz and roll on a huge variety of thrilling rides. Come down and indulge in a grand local tradition; win yourself a prize, indulge in some candy floss, and marvel at the bright lights and buzzing atmosphere.

Don't forget to look out for the huge Goosey the Goose statue on the Mansfield Road roundabout!

For more information, please click here.

Pop-up Frenchie Café

Frenchie Cafe | Visit Nottinghamshire

Cafe Sobar
Sunday 7th October 2018 | 8am - 5:30pm
​​​​​​Frenchie Owners £7.50 each | Frenchie Lovers are £12 each

Had a ruff week and want to spend some time revelling in the company of some gorgeous Frenchies? Head to Nottingham’s Sobar Café this weekend for a day dedicated to these short and stocky little pups, where you and dozens of doggies can make friends and enjoy a pawfectly fun atmosphere! Devour a range of cakes and coffee while the four-legged friends can enjoy Pup-cakes, Dog-nuts, Pup-uccinos and pose for the pup-arazzi!

Frenchie owners and dog-free Frenchie lovers are both welcome to attend, but make sure to book your time-slot as this is a booking only event!

For more information, please click here

England Vs Brazil

Meadow Lane | Visit Nottinghamshire
Meadow Lane
Saturday 6 October 2018 | 12.30pm
Tickets £10 | Concessions £1

Forget men’s football, did you know that England’s all female team are just 4th in the FIFA Women's world rankings? This weekend the England Lionesses take on Brazil in a friendly at Meadow Lane - and with just three places between them, it's set to be a match full of suspense. Come down and enjoy the electrifying atmosphere and great talent of women’s football at this historic ground.

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Victorian Steampunk Day

Framework Knitters Museum | Visit Nottinghamshire

Framework Knitters Museum
Saturday 6 October 2018, 11am - 5pm
£5 Entry | £4 Concessions | £3.50 for those in Steampunk attire

This Saturday, party like it’s the 1800s at Ruddington’s picturesque Framework Knitter’s Museum. The first Steampunk themed event at the museum, come and join an array of impressively attired individuals sporting their steampunk style, try your hand at tea duelling, watch (or enter!) the facial hair competitions and peruse a great range of stalls selling brilliantly crafted steampunk gear. The museum will be open as normal, giving you an insight into the lives of framework knitters of the 19th century, and there will be demonstrations using the intricate machines which were used to create lace and hosiery during the time.

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Foraging & Wild Food Cookery

School of Artisan Food | Visit Nottinghamshire
The School of Artisan Food
Saturday 6 October | 9.30am - 4pm

Autumn is the perfect time of year to spruce up your culinary skills and introduce some hearty new dishes into your cuisine, and at the School of Artisan Food you are sure to find heaps of inspiration. This Saturday, its wild food cookery on the table. After a delicious breakfast, you’ll be invited to explore the beautiful grounds of The Welbeck Estate with professional forager James Wood. Harvest a range of wild and fresh ingredients before returning to the kitchen to cook up a natural feast of foraged delights.

With amazing facilities, lashings of information and inspiration, and gorgeous surroundings, these courses make a truly delightful gift for the foodies in your life. There are dozens of other courses taking place daily, so don’t forget to take a browse of more courses taking place at the school.

Please note: this course also takes place on Saturday 27 October, Sunday 28 October, and Sunday 4 November 2018 

For more information, please click here


Helena Tyce | Visit NottinghamshireThere are several exhibitions finishing this weekend in Nottinghamshire, so make sure to snap up this last chance to check out these must-see exhibitions!

Over at Nottingham Contemporary it is the final weekend of the Trix & Robert Hausmann Retrospective, featuring amazingly unique interior design from the 1960s to the present day, and Pia Camil: Split Walls, which uses interactive and participatory works to explore the shortcomings of consumerism and globalisation.

Over at The Harley Gallery, see natural materials found on The Welbeck Estate weaved and twisted to create intricate large-scale sculptures in Laid, An Immersive Exhibition closing on Sunday.

Continuing their 30 year celebration, Patchings Art Centre presents works by eminent artists David Curtis, Trevor Chamberlain & Bert Wright. With just a week left, this is your last chance to check out their beautiful watercolours and oil paintings – but don’t forget to take a wander around the idyllic gardens, art shop and tea room too!

Finally, if you fancy checking out some fun and beautiful artwork, from fairy tale wall art to hobby specific pieces, head to Focus Gallery to see works by Helena Tyce until 27th October.

For all current and upcoming exhibitions, please click here

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


England vs Brazil at Meadow Lane
Sporting Event
England vs Brazil at Meadow Lane

International football comes to Nottingham this October, when the Lionesses take on Brazil at Meadow Lane.

Goose Fair 2018
Fete / Fair
Goose Fair 2018

Nottingham's Goose Fair returns from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 8 October 2018 at the Forest Recreation Ground to thrill and delight city residents and visitors.

Foraging & Wild Food Cookery at The School of Artisan Food
Participatory Event
Foraging & Wild Food Cookery at The School of Artisan Food

Venture out with professional forager James Wood on a unique experience around the beautiful grounds of Welbeck Estate. This one-day course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to source and cook confidently with wild seasonal ingredients.

Victorian Steampunk
Family Fun
Victorian Steampunk

The museum is delighted to be hosting their first ever Victorian Steampunk event from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 6th October 2018.

Pop-up Frenchie Cafe
Frenchie Cafe | Visit Nottinghamshire

The team at Pug Cafe would like to invite the Frenchies of Nottingham to visit the pop up Frenchie Cafe on Sunday 7th October.

Pia Camil: Split Wall
Pia Camil Exhibition | Nottingham Contemporary

This summer, Nottingham Contemporary presents the first solo exhibition in the UK of Mexican artist Pia Camil

Trix & Robert Haussmann
Trix & Hausmann | Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary presents the first UK retrospective of Trix & Robert Haussmann – one of the most significant and intriguing Swiss architects and designers of the twentieth century.

Celebrating 30 years at Patchings with David Curtis, Trevor Chamberlain & Bert Wright
Celebrating 30 years at Patchings with David Curtis, Trevor Chamberlain & Bert Wright

For Patchings' second anniversary exhibition the centre has invited three exceptional artists whose reputation is nationwide and beyond.

Helena Tyce Exhibition at Focus Gallery
Helena Tyce Exhibition at Focus Gallery

Helena Tyce, the artist behind the Gloworm Festival artwork, creates beautiful artwork for both the younger and older generations.

Laid: An Immersive Installation at The Harley Gallery
Laid | Harley Gallery | Visit Nottinghamshire

Using silver birch gathered from around the vast Welbeck estate in Sherwood Forest and willow from Somerset, Laid will feature a huge, new, ‘human-scale’ sculpture to twine around the ground floor at The Harley Gallery.

Ghost Tours
Walks and Trails
Ghost Tours

Walk in the footsteps of those who were condemned, imprisoned and executed in the years gone by. Uncover eerie tales and learn about the paranormal experiences within National Justice Museum.


In this 80th anniversary year, Kindertransport asks pertinent questions about our responsibility to those in need right now, and tells a raw and poignant story about the past’s powerful hold over the present.

Bromley House Library 2018 Talks : Panya Banjoko - Nottingham Black Archive
Bromley House - Visit Nottinghamshire

Spoken word artist and writer Panya Banjoko provides an overview of the history and contemporary practice of Black writing in Nottingham.



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