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.

From world class cricket at Trent Bridge to the biggest free summer festival in the East Midlands, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Notts this weekend. You can also explore the Luminarium, which is back for 2022, catch a re-enactment weekend or take the family on a fun day out.

So 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 of our top picks of what to do, complete 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.


The Hundred at Trent Bridge | Visit Nottinghamshire

The Hundred: Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix

Saturday 6th August | Trent Bridge | 4.30pm | Various Prices

The competition, which launched its combination of fast-paced cricket and family friendly entertainment in 2021, will once again see the Trent Rockets men and women compete to be crowned champions at The Hundred Final at Lord’s on Saturday 3 September.

Trent Rockets’ fixtures have been announced for the return of The Hundred this summer, with Trent Bridge set to host four match days in August. This weekend, you can see Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix.

For more information, click here.


Riverside Festival | Visit Nottinghamshire

Nottingham Riverside Festival

Friday 5th - Sunday 7th August | Victoria Embankment | FREE | Various times

The East Midlands’ biggest free summer festival will be back on Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment this weekend, with over 250,000 visitors expected after a two year hiatus.

The festival traditionally features a wide range of fun for all ages. Music is going to be a big part of the festival a usual, with three massive live music stages. There will also be a whole mile of fairground rides, games and attractions along the banks of the Trent, numerous street food and drink vendors, a Riverside market and all kinds of river based activities from dragon boat racing to the annual duck race.

And of course the festival wouldn’t be complete without its famous fireworks display. The 10-minute display will take place on both nights – Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm.

For more information, click here.


Luminarium | Visit Nottinghamshire

Luminarium – Dodecalis

Saturday 6th - Sunday 14th August | Highfields Park | 11am-5.15pm | Tickets: From £5, Under 18 months free

Following a three-year gap, and in their thirtieth anniversary year, we’re delighted to welcome back this Nottingham-based, internationally renowned company with the Nottingham premiere of a new luminarium.

Dodecalis cleverly draws visitors through its labyrinthine shapes and three domes where they’ll enjoy stunning, neon-like, vibrant colours. Architects of Air's luminaria are always sensory, always magical, and make for a truly memorable experience.

For more information, click here.


Re-enactment Weekend | Visit Nottinghamshire

Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend at Belvoir Castle

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th August | Belvoir Castle | 11am – 4pm | Tickets: Adults £22, Children (4-16) £10, Family (2 adults & 3 children) £55

Take a journey back in time to the era that the fourth Castle at Belvoir was built in and learn about the Napoleonic Battles that transpired during the Regency Period, 1803–1815.

Hosted by the 21eme Ligne, the re-enactment society of the French 21st Regiment of foot, this family fun weekend promises to captivate and entertain those of all ages, delivering living history acts, Regency dances and battle sequences including live weapons and gunpowder!

For more information, click here.


Tropical Butterfly House | Visit Nottinghamshire

Summer at The Tropical Butterfly House

Saturday 23rd July - Saturday 3rd September | The Tropical Butterfly House | 10am - 5pm | Tickets: From £13.99

Prepare to be transported to the shimmering seven seas and enjoy swashbucklin' fun this summer at The Tropical Butterfly House. Youngsters are encouraged to come in their favourite pirate or mermaid dress up and show their swagger to create some legendary selfies with spot prizes for the best fancy dress.

Take the pirates and mermaid trail around the park to find which creatures are lurking and you can earn yourself some sweet treasure! The Realms of Camelot, play parks and sandpits are also open daily for children of all ages to let off steam and cool off in the super splash zone whilst grown-ups get sprinkled or relax and take it easy in a hammock or deckchair and watch them play away.

Older children can enjoy the zipwires and all the simple pleasures of summer sports from frisbee and ball games to skipping and hula hoops. Don't forget your bucket and spade!

Who not bring along a delicious picnic to make it a family day out?

For more information, click here.


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

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