What's On this weekend in Nottinghamshire

The sun is shining and it's beginning to feel like more like spring again after the miserable weather last week. Make the most of it and get out to one of the brilliant events taking place across Nottinghamshire.  

We say a fond farewell to The Magnificent Spiegeltent with a fabulous line of events for the grand finale, elsewhere you can go wild on a foraging adventure, experience the excitement of improvised theatre, get on your bike for a family-friendly cycling festival or step back in time for a celebration of Victoriana.  

Read on to find out more about our top picks, browse our What’s On calendar for loads more events or check out our Things To Do section for ideas of Nottingham's top attractions. 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!

The Magnificent Spiegeltent

Gilded Merkin Burlesque at the Magnificent Spiegletent - Visit Nottinghamshire
Friday 17 & Saturday 18 May | Old Market Square | Tickets: Prices vary by show

The beautiful, century old dancehall has been gracing Nottingham’s Old Market Square with its presence since early May. While we’ll be sad to see it return to its travels, we’re very excited to send it off in style with some brilliant events lined up for its closing weekend. On Friday night The Gilded Merkin: Burlesque and Cabaret present an eclectic evening of thrilling entertainment, bringing together old Hollywood glamour, vaudeville, comedy, music, circus and more.

Start your Saturday off the right way with a Yogalates Workshop, or try your hand at plate spinning, give hula hooping a spin and play with poi at the Circus Skills Workshop, before the hilarious comedy show The Worst Little Warehouse in London takes to the stage. On Saturday night - for the Spiegletent’s final send off - things will be taking a slide into the surreal for Cabaret of Dreams, an immersive evening of art, distorted drag and incredible live music.

Foraging in the Wild Workshop

Wild Foraging - Visit Nottinghamshire

Saturday 18 May 2019 | 10am - 4pm | Hanwell Wine Estate | Tickets: £75

Reconnect with your wild roots and get to grips with the abundance of edible plants, herbs, and foods in nature’s pantry. Expert tutor Richard Mawby has been living off the land for years and is passionate about sharing his vast knowledge on the art of foraging. Wander through the pretty vineyard as your guide points out all the edible plants and harvest a range of wild and fresh ingredients as you pick up tips on how to prepare the finds and introduce these unique flavours into your cooking. You’ll dine on a natural feast of foraged delights, paired with a glass of local wine. A wonderful way to immerse yourself in nature and an informative, hands-on introduction to wild dining.

For more information, please click here.

Consenting Partners

Concenting Partners impov theatre - Visit Nottinghamshire
Saturday 18 May 2019 | 7:30pm - 9pm | NonSuch Studios | Tickets: £9, £7 concessions

What happens when pairs of actors hit the stage without ever having seen a script? When the brilliant MissImp are involved, you can guarantee it’s going to unpredictable, unique and absolutely hilarious. UK's longest running two-person improv show, Consenting Partners sees talented improvisation duos take to the stage to explore a range of interesting characters, without having learned a single line of dialogue. 

For more information, please click here.


BMX Stunt performers at PedalFest cycling festival - Visit Nottinhamshire

Sherwood Pines Forest Park | Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May 2019 | 10am - 4pm | Tickets: Free (normal car parkin charges apply)  

The family cycling festival is coming to Sherwood Pines for a fun filled weekend celebrating life on two wheels, with live music and a variety of street food to enjoy in addition to all the brilliant, bike-based activities. As well as the specially designed kid's bike track to whizz round, there’ll be lots of non-cycling related entertainment to keep little ones occupied, from up close encounters with the cute critters from White Post Farm to marvellous magic shows and hands-on clay modelling workshops. The BMX stunt show is sure to be a highlight of the festival, with awe inspiring performances from champion athletes.

For more information, please click here.

Victorian Times at the Museum of Timekeeping

Victorian Times at the Museum of Timekeeping - Visit Nottinghamshire

Museum of Timekeeping | Sunday 19 May 2019 | 10am - 4pm | Tickets: £7, £5 BHI Members, under 16s free

To mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, the Museum of Timekeeping invite you to step back in time with a day of Victorian inspired crafts, clothes and clockwork. In a celebration of Victorian craftsmanship, the finest timepieces of the era from their vast collection will be on display, along with examples of Victorian style hats, fabrics, clothing and craft. There will be games in the garden, stalls to browse, activities for all ages and time to sip tea in the pop-up vintage café. Dressing for the occasion is encouraged, with prizes for the best Victorian outfit - be it traditional or a more forward-thinking splendidly Steampunk creation - but you’ll be equally welcome in more modern attire.

For more information, please click here.

This blog was written by Claire Jones, Marketing Assistant at Visit Nottinghamshire. 


The Magnificent Spiegeltent
Spiegel Tent
The Magnificent Spiegeltent

Roll up! Roll up! Join us for 15 days of wonder in The Magnificent Spiegeltent...

Cabaret of Dreams
Spiegel Tent
Cabaret of Dreams

New Surrealist artist Maximillion and Nottingham music promoters I’m Not From London present the premiere performance of Cabaret of Dreams: a live surreal show.

Victorian Times
Show / Display
Victorian Times
Pedalfest at Sherwood Pines

Free family cycling festival at Sherwood Pines with live music, food, bmx stunts, free test rides and more.

Foraging in the Wild
Foraging in the Wild, Hanwell Wine Estate | Visit Nottinghamshire

Are you ready to get back to nature, experience the amazing textures, tastes and flavours the countryside has to offer? Well this is the perfect workshop for you. Hanwell Wine Estate's expert tutor Richard has been living off the land for years and we are lucky enough to be welcoming him back to the estate for the 3rd year running, join them and be amazed.

MissImp Presents: Consenting Partners
consenting partners, improv, show, missimp

What happens when pairs of actors hit the stage without ever having seen a script? Consenting Partners is the UK's longest running two-person improv show.



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