Film festivals, forest bathing, family fun and fanzones coming up this weekend in Nottinghamshire, along with some brilliant art exhibitions and theatre productions (which defy being described using the letter f - we tried).   

Cricket fever is reaching boiling point as Nottingham gets ready to welcome fans and players from across the world to the legendary Trent Bridge and mark the beginning of incredible summer of sport in the city, with the ITU Accenture World Triathlon and Nature Valley Open in June.

Read on to see our top picks for the weekend, browse our What’s On calendar for more ideas or check out our Things To Do section for Nottingham's top attractions. 

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Cricket World Cup Fanzone


CWC Fanzone

Thursday 30 May - Sunday 2 June 2019 | 10am - 8pm (10.30pm on Saturday)
Old Market Square | FREE


To celebrate the arrival of the Cricket World Cup in Nottingham, the first UK Fanzone will open on Thursday. Cricket fan or not, there’s loads to enjoy throughout the weekend. Pitch up, grab yourself one of the deckchairs or beanbags and settle in to watch the action unfold live on the big screen. All the tournament fixtures will be broadcast and there’s sure to be a brilliant atmosphere to soak up as we gear up for the international sporting event of the year. There’ll be a bar in the Square for refreshments as you while away the day, a DJ providing a summery soundtrack and a variety of tempting street food to tickle your taste buds. If you’re feeling inspired, there’ll be a variety of cricket activities for all ages and abilities to get involved with, demonstrations from the pros and the chance to snap a selfie with the Notts Outlaws.

For more information, please click here.


Shots In The Dark: Crime, Mystery and Thriller Film Festival

Shots in the Drak Film Festival

Broadway | Thursday 30 May - Sunday 2 June 2019 | Tickets from £4.50

If you’re a fan of thrillers, fancy yourself a detective or have soft spot for a good murder mystery there’s only one place to be this weekend - Shots in the Dark festival, returning to Nottingham’s brilliant independent cinema and hub of creativity, Broadway. Four days of special screenings, retrospectives and previews on the theme of obsession, from erotic fixations to the meticulous precision of the perfect crime. Highlights include a rare screening of crime classic Sexy Beast, starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley, presented in 35mm, and a preview screening of offbeat comedy drama Sometimes Always Never, starring a scrabble-obsessed Bill Nighy. It’s not just on the screen that the action will be unfolding; there’ll be visits from legendary film VIPs, discussions, and introductions, offering new perspectives on classic and modern titles.

For more information, please click here.


Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing at Sherwood Forest


Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve | Saturday 2 June  | 9.30am & 1.30pm | Tickets: £25 (£20 RSPB Members)

Felling a bit frazzled? There’s nothing like immersing yourself in nature to wind down from the stresses of daily life, restore equilibrium and reconnect with the natural world, away from the constant demands and distractions of the modern world. Have you ever heard of the Japanese art of Shinrin-yoku? This mindfulness practice and natural wellbeing therapy involves immersing the senses in the forest to tap into the therapeutic powers of the woodland.

It may sound a bit new-age, but there’s a host of scientific research which backs up the bold claims of this increasingly popular pursuit; not only does it have a measurable impact on our stress levels and mental health, it also boosts our immune system, creativity and problem solving skills.

This weekend in the legendary Sherwood Forest you can learn all about the benefits of the practice and exercises to tap into the into the therapeutic powers of the woodland, as you wander the ancient oaks and take in the forest atmosphere with your expert guide. Could there be a better way to start the weekend than with a profound sense of peace and wellbeing?  

For more information, please click here.


Art & Theatre

NTU Art and Design Degree Show
 

If you’re looking for a little culture this weekend, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Nottinghamshire, with some brilliant art exhibitions and productions coming up.

Fans of hit podcast The Guilty Feminist can catch the brilliant live show on Friday night at the Theatre Royal. Host Deborah will be joined by comedians Sindhu Vee and Sarah Keyworth, for a guilt-free evening of hilarity, with music from Grace Petrie. The fabulous, multi-award-winning musical Kinky Boots will be strutting into town on Wednesday 29 for a 10 day stay. Over at the independent and intimate Lace Market Theatre you can catch the poignant 1920’s family drama exploring the struggles of an independent-minded woman, The Stepmother.

If the chance to catch the latest wave of artistic talent and creative innovators sounds appealing, then make sure you check out Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) Art and Design Summer Show. Starting on Saturday across NTU’s City Campus, the ambitious show will feature the work of 1,318 creatives from 26 courses in one of the UK's largest free public exhibitions of creativity and innovation.

Over at Nottingham Contemporary you can take in a retrospective of pioneering experimental filmmaker Lis Rhodes. Dissident Lines spans Rhodes’ entire career, from iconic pieces such as Dresden Dynamo and Light Music to a specially commissioned new work. It's also the last chance to catch Homage to the Bauhaus at Nottingham Lakeside Arts. 

Meanwhile, Open Studios Notts is still in full swing, with many local artists and makers working in a variety of disciplines opening their doors to the public – this weekend you can take part in the ABC Art Trail across 10 venues in the districts of Attenborough, Beeston and Chilwell. Or if you take a trip to Nottingham Industrial Museum, located within the grounds of the grand Wollaton Hall, you can meet their Artist in Residence Rachel Carter. On Saturday you can see her at work creating a sculpture inspired by her family heritage in Nottingham’s Lace Industry the Mayflower Pilgrims journey.


Family Festivals & Fun Days Out for Kids

Wheee! Festival Nottingham
 

This weekend is the last chance to catch the fabulous Tabbalabba family festival at Gulliver's Kingdom full of intriguing traditions, bunting, blue cake, bubbles and sock-puppets. With 2-4-1 adult raceday tickets and free entry for under 18s, the Family Fun Day at Nottingham Racecourse  is a great value family day out. As well as a great afternoon of horse racing, the racecourse will have a whole host of free family fun to enjoy, from inflatables and pony rides to face painting and more. The traditional free family fun weekend will be rounding off the Wheee! Festival at Lakeside Arts with lots of arts and craft activities, plus outdoor theatre and dance performances.  

For something little different why not travel back in time to see what life was like in the 14th century at the Team Falchion Living History Weekend at Sherwood Forest? Pixies, goblins and dragons are afoot in the Enchanted Fairy Forest at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre. Or if the sun is shining, make the most of it and get outdoors to enjoy a themed walk around one of Nottinghamshire’s great gardens on the Knight's Trail at Rufford Abbey or the Space Trail at Thoresby Park.


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

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