Spectacle of Light at Rufford Abbey

Halloween creeps closer and if you’re already getting into the spirit there’s a host of spinetingling events to enjoy this weekend, from ghost tours around the historic Newstead Abbey and the building voted most-haunted in the UK – the National Justice Museum, to the more wholesome Pumpkin Bread Baking at Green's Windmill

We've complied some of our favourites events and things to do below, but don't forget to take a look at our What’s On pages and Things to Do section for even more ways to spend your weekend.

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The Spectacle of Light

Spectacle of Light at Rufford Abbey County Park

Friday 18 October - 3 November | Rufford Abbey Country Park

A magical after-dark adventure awaits at Rufford Abbey Country Park, where stunning light installations will bring the romantic ruins and glorious gardens to life. Treat yourself to a rich hot chocolate or warming mulled wine and set off to explore an enchanting illuminated trail, discovering surprising sculptures and a kaleidoscope of colour as you uncover the secrets of this magical environment.

Find out more.


Bramley Apple Festival

Bramley Apple Festival Food and Drink Fair at Southwell Minster

Saturday 19 October | 10am – 4pm | Various locations across Southwell 

Back in 1809, Southwell girl Mary Ann Brailsford innocently planted some apple pips in her back garden on Church Street, and so began the story of the first Bramley apple, star of pies and crumbles throughout the country, praised worldwide for its unique flavour and cooking qualities. Each year the picturesque town celebrates the origins of the country’s favourite cooking apple. As you wander through the quaint streets, you’ll find cosy cafes, traditional pubs and charming shops, many with special window displays as the whole town comes together to celebrate the roots of their unique heritage.

The popular food and drink fair at the grand Southwell Minster features stalls from some of the best small and artisan producers in the area, from juices and jams to pies and puddings, alongside cooking demonstrations, plus there will be crafts and children’s activities in the Archbishops Palace. There’s also plenty to keep children entertained with special apple trail at The Workhouse, where you can also have a go at creating the longest apple peel and hear about the history of the apple trees on the site.  

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Professor Bryan's Mis-Guided Tour of Newark

Professor Byran's Missguided Tour of Newark

Saturday 19 October 2019 | 9.30 - 11.30am & 12.30 - 2.30pm | Tours start at Carriages Cafe

The pretty market town of Newark-on-Trent has a rich and riveting history, but on this brand-new, alternative walking tour you’ll need your wits about you to decipher just what is part of the historical record and what fanciful titbits have been added to the tales by charismatic guide Professor Bryan.

This unique experience will begin at the beautifully restored Carriages Café, positioned right on Platform 1 of Newark Castle Station, where you can enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee along with breakfast butty (morning tour) or slice of delicious cake (afternoon tour) before heading off to explore the town amid a flurry of historical facts and utter fibs – but will you be able to spot fact from fiction?

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1940s Weekend at Papplewick Pumping Station


Papplewick Pumping Station Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 October | 11am – 4pm | Papplewick Pumping Station

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and head over to the finest preserved Victorian water works in the land for their fabulous 1940s weekend. See the impressive engines and boilers in steam and admire this stunning feat of Victorian engineering and architecture, take a tour of the breath-taking, brick vaulted underground reservoir, or join in with the children’s craft activities. Outside there will be a host of military and civilian vintage vehicles, historical re-enactors, model boats on the pond and live music of the era to enjoy.

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Fungi Forays, Foraging and Wild Food Feasts

Various events - see individual links for more information.

Take a Fungi Foray among the soaring trees of Sherwood Pines on Saturday, as mushroom expert Patrick Harding presents a talk and walk through the forest, teaching you to find and identify various varieties of mushroom, along with advice on their uses in cooking and folklore. More wild food foraging adventures will be taking place at The School of Artisan Food on Saturday and Sunday, where you can join professional forager James Wood exploring the beautiful grounds of the Welbeck Estate to discover what edible delights are waiting to be found amongst the fields and hedgerows. As foraging can be hungry and thirsty work, you’ll also have the chance to enjoy a selection of pre-made wild food tasters before learning how to prepare your harvest into some delicious wild food dishes.



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

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