Free days out, fantastic tours, pop-up parks, birthday celebrations and spectacular shows under the big top coming up this weekend in Nottinghamshire!

Before we get stuck in to our top five things to do this weekend, a special mention goes out to some other intriguing events which caught our eye. Over at Ye Olde Bell Hotel this Friday it’s time to dust off your flat cap and don your best 1920s attire for a Peaky Blinders themed pop-up, complete with bootleg cocktails in a bespoke underground bar, sultry singers and a deliciously authentic two-course meal. See the impressive engines in steam at one of the finest preserved Victorian Water Works in the land at Papplewick Pumping Stations’ Vintage weekend, or if you’re in need of a little comic relief there’ll be lots of laughs in store at the Castle Rock Comedy Club on Saturday.

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.

Nottingham Contemporary 10th Birthday Celebrations

Nottingham Contemporary 1st Birthday

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 September | Nottingham Contemporary | Free

It’s hard to believe the wonderful Nottingham Contemporary art gallery is 10 years old, but this weekend they’ll be marking a decade of amazing exhibitions and inspiring events. On Friday join them for the launch of new exhibition Still Undead - a major exhibition exploring how the pioneering Bauhaus art school has shaped British pop culture from 1920s to 1990s in a variety of unexpected ways. Be the first to see the show and enjoy live music and a party atmosphere in the café bar. The following day the celebrations will continues with a free, family-friendly birthday bash packed with fun activities and things to do, plus, of course, a rather special cake.

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Gandeys Circus

Gandeys Cricus

Wednesday 18 - Tuesday 24 September | Woodthorpe Park 

Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming to town! With an international cast of over 30 artistes, Gandeys Circus is a big top spectacular direct from Hong Kong that is sure to leave you utterly dazzled. Expect awesome aerial shows and acrobatics, mind-bending contortionists, death-defying feats of skill, show-stopping West-End-style musical numbers and lots of laughs along the way at this family-friendly hit show. 

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Heritage Open Days

The Workhouse - Visit Nottinghamshire

Friday 13 - Sunday 22 September | Various venues in Nottinghamshire | Free

England’s largest free festival of history and culture continues this weekend with free entry and events across some of Nottinghamshire’s fantastic museums and heritage attractions. Experience a thrilling actor-led re-enactment of the trial of William Saville in the National Justice Museum’s authentic Courtroom, check out the new art installation Plant Blindness in the Camellia House at Wollaton Hall, or go behind the scenes at Creswell Crags. Explore the most complete Workhouse in existence for a fascinating insight into the lives of the poorest of Victorian society or discover the fascinating Civil War heritage of Newark on a guided walk through the richly historic town.  

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Wollaton Hall Tours

Wollaton Hall

Various dates and times | Wollaton Hall

Spectacular Elizabethan mansion Wollaton Hall certainly has a tale or two to tell and this weekend there’s a choice of tours to discover the rich history of the building. The Wollaton Hidden History Tours run daily at 12 and 2pm, allowing visitors to explore the hidden passageways and private areas, from the grand Prospect Room with it’s breath-taking rooftop views, down to underground reservoir - the Admiral’s Bath, which is dug out into the sandstone caves beneath the hall.

If you’re feeling brave, why not join a behind-the-scenes tour on Friday evening to hear tales of the curious goings on, unexplained happenings and things that go bump in the night in this haunted hot-spot and meet the ghosts Wollaton Hall.  

Car Free Day

Car  Free Day Nottingham - Visit Nottinghamshire

Sunday 22 September | 12-5pm | Heathcoat Street

On the 22nd of September ditch the car and join people around the world marking Car Free Day – a global event to promote active, sustainable travel and show what a difference removing cars from urban environments can make. To mark the occasion, Heathcoat Street in the Hockley district of the city will be transformed into a free to enter pop-up park complete with plants, street art, seating and a play area full of fun games.

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


Still Undead: Popular Culture in Britain Beyond the Bauhaus
Nottingham Contemporary | Visit Nottinghamshire

Still Undead explores how Bauhaus ideas and teaching lived on in Britain, via pop culture, art-school band, DIY publishing and club nights.

Exhibition Launch: Still Undead
Nottingham Contemporary | Visit Nottinghamshire

Celebrate the launch of Still Undead – a major exhibition exploring how the pioneering Bauhaus art school has shaped British pop culture

Nottingham Contemporary 10th Birthday Party
Family Fun
Nottingham Contemporary | Visit Nottinghamshire

Come along to celebrate ten years of Nottingham Contemporary, with a vibrant family-friendly day of activities.

Gandeys Circus
Family Fun
Gandeys Circus

An international cast of over 32 artistes star in a lavish theatrical production, staged in a fully-heated 1,000-seat Italian big top, featuring the latest amazing lighting and sound effects!

Heritage Open Days 2019
Green's Windmill | Visit Nottinghamshire

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Meet the Ghosts of Wollaton Hall
Guided Walk
Wollaton Hall at Night - Visit Nottinghamshire

In this behind the scenes tour, there will be no gimmicks or fancy dress. Led by experienced guide Kath George, this tour brings in the stories of real encounters with the unexplained happenings of Wollaton hall.

Car Free Day
Car Free Day

Nottingham is marking World Car Free Day by turning a city street into a pop-up park

Peaky Blinders Pop Up at Ye Olde Bell
Peaky Blinders Pop Up at Ye Olde Bell

To celebrate the launch of the latest series of hit TV show Peaky Blinders Ye Olde Bell is hosting an authentic pop up night dedicated to all things from the roaring 20s this September. ​​

Steaming Days at Papplewick Pumping Station
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Steaming Days at Papplewick Pumping Station

Enjoy a fascinating day out at Britain's finest Victorian water works by visiting on one of their Steaming Days:



  1. Byron
    You seem to keep forgetting about Newstead Abbey.!!

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