Another weekend in lockdown is on the horizon, but there’s still plenty on offer from the good folk of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to enjoy from home, from DJ sets to livestream gigs and guided meditation.

Take a look at our top recommendations for things to do this weekend, or check out our what’s on guide for more virtual events and keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for more ideas for #NottGoingOut. 

Go to a gig with the Splendour Sessions

While we’re all hoping restrictions will be lifted within a few months and that Nottingham’s biggest summer party Splendour Festival will go ahead as planned in late July, in the meantime the organisers have turned their attention to bringing some of their favourite local Splendour artists live to our living rooms. They’ve already hosted several sessions which you can check out on their website, or scheduled for Friday at 6pm they have Mrs Green so you can get you live music fix from home on their Facebook page.  

Toast to Nottingham in your own back room or back yard boozer

If you’re missing Nottingham’s brilliant pubs and beer gardens why not make believe at home and support some Nottingham businesses to boot? There are plenty of breweries who still offering delivery or contactless collection, including Blue Money Brewery, Castle Rock and Shipstone’s – find out more here. If you prefer pinot to pale ale or sauvignon to stout, why not check out  Weavers of Nottingham - one of city's oldest independent businesses who stock an incredible selection of wines and spirits on their website, or Gauntleys Fine Wine, Whisky and Cigar Merchants who have some special offers on mixed cases of wine which can be delivered right to your doorstep. Or for the perfect G&T or martini check out the only gin maker and distillery in the city Redsmith and get a bottle of their award-winning gin delivered.

The Cross Keys have created some brilliant Zoom backgrounds you can download on their Facebook page so you can open your own virtual pub and invite a few friends. If a good quiz is one of your favourite reasons to visit your local why not join in with The Trent Navigation Facebook Live Pub Quiz on Sunday evening.

Dance the night away with MyhouseYourhouse

Back in 2005 Nottingham’s Alex Traska (of creative agency Makermet) and Norway’s Erick Anderson set up a non-commercial online radio platform and community which connected DJs, underground music lovers and house-music heroes from across the globe. After many successful years the platform was retired in 2018 but in response to the current crisis the organisers decided it was time to get us all #BackInTheHouse and relaunch the community. They’ve now featured shows from DJs from across the UK and USA and loads of local talent, including Beane Noodler of Soul Buggin’, Chris Quadrant of Rugkutta Sound System, Gallery Sounds regulars Jodie and Coxie, Dizzy Ink/Carousel’s  Benjamin and’s Rich Powell. The platform will be streaming DJ sets live into your living room (or your room of choice, wi-fi permitting) for at least the rest of the month.

Get Creative with Nottingham Contemporary and New Art Exchange

If you’ve got little ones to keep entertained this weekend why not get cracking on some craft activities and creative pursuits inspired by a couple of Nottingham’s amazing art galleries? Normally each weekend and throughout the school holidays Nottingham Contemporary host free drop in family workshops, and they’re still providing some great creative ideas for families each Friday throughout lockdown. Each Friday they’re sharing a new creative activity for your little ones to get stuck into one their website and social media channels. Meanwhile, New Art Exchange have moved their Saturday Art Club online so you can still drop in for a virtual creative workshop.  

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


Splendour Sessions
Virtual Event
Splendour Sessions

Since everyone is missing live music and entertainment during these very strange times the organisers of Nottingham’s biggest summer party Splendour Festival have been calling on Splendour artists and performers, past and present, to record live sessions that you can listen to or watch in the comfort of your own homes!



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