With Stags going great guns, the Rugby World Cup in full swing and the Cricket World Cup set to start next week, sports fans are in their element at the moment.
We have compiled our usual guide to things to do and places to go this weekend – and come up with no fewer than 17 ideas.
No doubt many of you will be making your annual pilgrimage to Goose Fair in Nottingham, which kicks off on Friday. But closer to home, there is a packed programme of events at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre, featuring tributes to rock bands Queen and Eagles, and legendary comedian Tony Hancock, plus a spectacular drag queen show.
You can meet Dr Who’s Daleks and Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine in a science fiction day at Papplewick Pumping Station, while the start of Black History Month is celebrated at Mansfield Museum.
There are events to help the local charities, Hetty’s and North Notts Cat Rescue, while the annual Nottinghamshire Book Fair takes place at the Patchings Art Centre in Calverton.
A busy time is expected in Welbeck, where the DropWorks Distillery hosts a rum tour, Creswell Crags hosts a willow hen workshop and the Welbeck Estate’s walled garden hosts a seasonal walk and talk.
And returning to the sporting theme, why not take part in or watch 5k and 10k forest runs through Sherwood Pines on Sunday?
It’s all happening! But before you set off, please make sure you check the websites of the individual venues for admission prices and opening times. Have a great weekend!
1. Annual pilgrimage to Goose Fair
The trip to Nottingham's Goose Fair is an annual pilgrimage for many, so excitement is mounting ahead of this year's free event at The Forest Recreation Ground, which opens on Friday and runs until Sunday, October 8. More than 250 rides will include the Tip Top, Reverse Bungee, Ice Jet Matterhorn, Xcelerator, Star Flyer and two giant wheels. Photo: Submitted
2. The best of Queen at the Palace
For nearly 50 years, Queen have wowed audiences with their legendary live concerts and heart-thumping anthems. Find out what it was like to be at a Queen concert at the height of the band's power via a special tribute show at Mansfield's Palace Theatre tomorrow (Thursday) night. 'The Best Of Queen -- The Break Free Tour' brings you some of their iconic hits and a spellbinding atmosphere. Photo: Submitted
3. Daleks might exterminate you at science fiction day!
Beware the Daleks! They just might exterminate you at a special science fiction day at Papplewick Pumping Station in Ravenshead on Saturday (11 am to 4 pm). The popular venue is set to be taken over by all things sci fi, with visitors given the chance to meet Colin Baker, the sixth Dr Who, inspect Doc Brown's DeLorean time machine from 'Back To The Future' and bump into Stormtroopers and Cyberman. Photo: Submitted
4. Celebrate Black History Month at Mansfield Museum
October is Black History Month in the UK to celebrate the immense contribution that black people have made in shaping the diverse country we have today. Mansfield Museum is marking the occasion with several events, starting with an evening of music and poetry with Caribbean entertainers Carol Leeming and Guinep Tree next Tuesday evening. Ongoing at the museum is the 'Windrush: It Runs Through Us' exhibition. Photo: Submitted