What's on this bank holiday weekend in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

The final bank-holiday of the year is almost here and if you're on the hunt for events and things to do this August Bank Holiday in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, our what's on this weekend guide is here to help. Whether you’re looking to meet some celebrity guest stars at Em-Con, watch history with some medieval jousting or dance the evening away listening to amazing live acts, there’s plenty happening to make the most of the long weekend!

The Luna Cinema's Open Air Season at Wollaton Hall 

Thursday 26 August - Sunday 29 August | Wollaton Hall and Park| Tickets £16 (Adult), £11 (Children) Including booking fee

Soak in the last of the summer outdoors and get the full cinema experience of tasty food and cold drinks to keep you cool throughout the evening. Grab your friends and watch classic films as the sun sets over Wollaton Hall.

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Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 August 2021 | Nottingham Motorpoint Arena | Tickets from £9.04

Dress up as your favourite character and join many others in celebrating all things fictional at this year’s Em-Con. With many guest stars and fan favourite props this year’s Em-Con will be worth the wait.
Tickets available at the time of creating this guide.

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Green's Windmill
Children’s Biscuit Making at Green’s Windmill

Thursday 26 & Saturday 28 August 2021 | Green's Windmill and Science Centre | Tickets: £4

Keep the children entertained and learn something new with this fun biscuit baking workshop. With their flour curated on site, find out more about the history of George Green and his restored Windmill. Advanced booking is essential, give them a call on 0115 915 6878 to book your slot.

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NonSuch on Trent Summer Festival 2021

Thrusday 26 August - Sunday 5 September 2021, | Victoria Embarkment | Free & ticketed events

If you’ve missed dancing the night away and the excitement of live music, why be indoors when you can kickstart the bank holiday weekend, with some live entertainment set alongside the Victoria Embankment. Dance, cheer, laugh and be wowed by the talented acts. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

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Junior Detectives 

Saturdays between 14 - 28 August 2021 | The National Justice Museum | Tickets: £9.95

Channel your inner detective and help the Justice Museum find their escaped prisoner before he commits another crime! This fun day out is great for the whole family to enjoy and learn more about the justice system of the Victorian era.

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Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show

Friday 27 & Saturday 28 August 2021 | Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall | Tickets: £37.50 - £53

Celebrate the silver jubilee of the original Riverdance this bank holiday weekend. With remastered audio and beautiful set designs, fall in love with one of theatres greatest shows all over again.

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Wild Explorer Family Walk 

Multiple dates in August 2021 | RSPB Sherwood Forest Vistor Centre | Tickets from £4.80

Take a break from city life and step into nature, at Sherwood Forest this bank holiday. See the wildlife and learn more about Nottinghamshire with more exciting activities that they have on offer.

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Homegrown Festival

Monday 30 August 2021 | Nottingham Arboretum | Tickets: £18.63

Let’s face it, 2020 wasn't a great year for music festivals, but fans of live music rejoice – that’s about to change as Nottingham’s own Homegrown Festival is back. From the team behind Nottingham’s biggest summer party, Splendour, Dot-to-Dot and countless live music events comes a one-day party in the park in conjunction with BBC Introducing. See the best of Nottingham’s live music scene, with performances from the likes of Joel Green, The Crying Violets and Deco on the Arboretums bandstand, while the Fringe stage provides entertainment for all the family. Nottingham Street Food Club with be on hand serving up amazing eats, with Camden Town Brewery beers on tap at their container bar and local Ales to sip in the (fingers crossed) sunshine.

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Knights of Nottingham
Knights of Nottingham Jousting Tournament

Saturday 28 - Monday 30 August 2021 | Bolsover Castle |Tickets from £2.10

Step back in time at the beautiful Belvoir Castle and immerse yourself in medieval life. Arrows will fly and swords will clash as the mighty Knights of Nottingham battle it out in a spectacular sporting contest. Joke with jesters, fly with falcons and feast on an authentic Hog Roast for a magnificent medieval experience.

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Cocktails and Crime: Season of Scandal

Sunday 29 August 2021 | The National Justice Museum | Tickets: £23.95

Get dressed up for a night of glitz, glam and murder mystery. As the National Justice Museum steps back in time to the Georgian era of the rich and lavish lifestyle; Can you find the murderer before the night is over?

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After having fun at these events why not check out many more events in and around Nottinghamshire thst we have to offer. If you're a lover of art and nature, this bank holiday why not head to the Living Landscape event at The Hopbarn and see the work of contemporary makers and artists or head to Sherwood Forest for The Tales from the Greenwood of Robin Hood and the time of exiles and outlaws. 

This blog was written by Tashana Dodd, Marketing Assistant at Visit Nottinghamshire.


Arboretum Sunsets
Summer Events
Arboretum event from 2020

Join us in this Green Flag award winning park to enjoy the fresh air, live entertainment, and some great local food

Steaming Days at Papplewick Pumping Station
Show / Display
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:

Medieval Weekend at Nottingham Castle with Wolfshead Bowmen
Medieval Weekend at Nottingham Castle with Wolfshead Bowmen

This August bank holiday, experience medieval Nottingham in the Castle's historic grounds with the Wolfshead Bowmen. Join them for their 'Dangerous to Delicious' event and discover how archery helped put food on the medieval table. You'll also hear about hunting methods for various types of game and see authentic medieval recipes being prepared. Taking residence all weekend, the Wolfshead Bowmen re-enact medieval life. This event also includes talks on weaponry and hunting as well as a fantastic archery display each day. Access to this event is included in the general admission ticket to Nottingham Castle.

Tales from the Greenwood
Robin Hood
Tales from the Greenwood

Where better to hear the stories of Robin Hood than beneath Sherwood's mighty oaks? Step into the fabled Greenwood with story teller Jim Munro to enter a world of outlaws and exiles, sharing wonderful tales from the past that will delight and entertain in equal measure.

Living Landscape
Walks and Trails
Living Landscape

'Living Landscape' - an artist's trail of the farm that will unite art and nature. The HopBarn's wildlife rich land is inspiring some of the area's most interesting contemporary makers and artists to create an outdoor arts trail that presents a fascinating cohesion of art and nature. Visitors will be able to walk our farmland where pointers along the trail tell the stories of trees, plants and birds, of growing and preparing food and foraging. Each artwork will help visitors to discover meanings and memories and uncover their relationship with land in surprising ways.

Outdoor Cinema at Notts Maze - Grease
Cinema / Film
Outdoor Cinema at Notts Maze - Grease

Nott's Maze are proud to announce our outdoor cinema, in partnership with Owen Productions!​



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