There are tons of fun things to do in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire this weekend whether you’re looking to do something fun with the family or plan the perfect, unique activity.

Catch some incredible festivals and see the likes of Jax Jones and Idris Elba, drop by the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay events at Nottingham Castle, try some traditional dancing and much more! There’s truly something for everyone, whether you want to enjoy the weekend with your family, plan a date night or do something unique in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Keep reading to see all our top picks with times and prices.

And while you’re out and about, don’t forget - if you are out having a great time in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire, you can use #LoveNotts to share the love, or tag us using @visitnotts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’re also on TikTok under @visitnottinghamshire!

There are many more things to do and explore on our full What’s On calendar such as interesting exhibitions, tours and fun outdoor activities. Have a browse today and find the perfect activity or experience to enjoy this weekend.


Reload festival

Reload Festival

Saturday 9th July | Lime Lane Woods | From 12pm | Tickets: £27.50 - £50

For one day only, deep in Nottingham’s Lime Lane Woods, Reload Festival will be popping off with the hottest UKG artists and DJs for a crazy, up-for-it audience. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to immerse yourself in the deep bass, shuffling drums, and soft vocals of UKG with others who also want to let go and feel the music in an unbeatable experience.

You can expect top acts across two stages hosted by The Mighty Garage Nation and Nottingham’s 2Step, including Heartless Crew, SHOSH, Interplanetary Crew, Matt Jam Lamont, Oxide & Neutrino, DJ Pied Piper & The Masters of Ceremonies, Shola Ama and many more will tear it up for a hype adoring crowd. Grab your Reload Festival tickets now to avoid disappointment!

For more information, click here.


Baton Relay

Nottingham Castle Queen’s Baton Relay event

Sunday 10th July | Nottingham Castle | 12pm – 6pm | Free (ticket required)

The Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games (Birmingham 2022) will arrive in the city on Sunday 10 July. This is the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build-up to the Games which commence on Thursday 28 July.

To celebrate the baton visiting Nottingham, there will be an event at Nottingham Castle with music, entertainment, and the baton itself being handed over. Tickets will allow people to visit the newly transformed Ducal Palace as well as the baton relay activities.

The Castle will be closed to usual visitors all day, but this free event is open to anybody living in the city, will be by ticket only, and limited to six per household.

For more information, click here.


Chamber music fest

Nottingham Chamber Music Festival 2022

Sunday 10th – Sunday 17th July | Various venues & times

The Nottingham Chamber Music Festival takes place this July in the Theatre Royal, Nottingham Contemporary, The Squire Performing Arts Centre, St. Peter’s Church, and St Mary’s in the Lace Market. Within these heritage venues of Nottingham, musicians and composers of both local and national renown will be welcomed to our city, where we can celebrate the joy that is live music!

This Sunday, you can catch the ‘Chasing Dots’ Family Concert. An interactive concert, it promises to be a unique opportunity to introduce children, or indeed all of us, to classical music in a fresh way.

For more information, click here.


Groovebox festival

Groovebox Festival 2022

Saturday 9th July | Nottingham Racecourse | 1pm - 11pm | Tickets: £40 + booking fee

On Saturday 9th July, 4NX presents Groovebox Festival 2022. One of Nottingham's biggest festivals, it returns to the spacious and idyllic surroundings of Nottingham Racecourse for a hefty all-day affair this summer.

You can expect 18 headliners including Idris Elba and Jax Jones, 3 arenas, a VIP area, and 10 hours of raving amongst 5,000 ravers!

For more information, click here.


Ceilidh Night

Sawmills Summer Ceilidh Night

Saturday 9th July | Sawmills Village Hall | 8pm - 10.30pm | Tickets: £5

From a youngsters' first Scottish dancing experience to old-timers out enjoying a burl, join this ceilidh (pronounced ‘kay-lea’) at Sawmills Village Hall for a unique and fun night out. Suitable for all ages and abilities, simply rock up and join in the dancing. The event features recorded music and Schuggie, who will be calling the dances and explaining what you need to do as you go along.

Join in jeans, full highland dress or anything in between and feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks.

For more information, click here.


This blog was written by Katherine Taylor, Marketing Executive at Visit Nottinghamshire.

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