Stuck for ideas on how to make the most of the main Bank Holiday of the summer this weekend?
Many eyes will be focused on the big Nottinghamshire Day celebrations at Sherwood Forest on Saturday as part of the concluding weekend of the Robin Hood Festival. But there’s also Mansfield Day on the Market Place, with both events featuring a range of activities and attractions to celebrate everything that’s great about the county and the town.
Music-lovers have plenty to look forward as the Southwell Music Festival roars into action over the weekend, Thoresby Park hosts the Stone Valley Festival and the final concert of Clumber Park’s summer of live music takes place.
Clumber Park also hosts outdoor theatre, while indoor theatre is dominated by a Mansfield dance school presenting its latest show at the town’s Palace Theatre.
A magical adventure awaits at Sherwood Pines, thanks to a ‘Fantasy Fairy Walk’, while the exhilarating spectacle of medieval jousting is sure to have the crowds flocking to Bolsover Castle.
Flocking to Papplewick Pumping Station will be fans of classic motorcycles, while children’s fun for the school holidays continues at both Mansfield Museum and Sherwood Pines.
Don’t forget to check the website of your chosen destination for opening times and admission prices before you set off. Have a great weekend!
1. Nottinghamshire Day at Sherwood Forest
Mansfield Day coincides with Nottinghamshire Day, a bigger event also being held on Saturday (11 am to 8 pm) at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre and organised by the county council. As part of the final weekend of the Robin Hood Festival, the day will celebrate the identity, heritage, culture and local traditions of our county. All kinds of activities will be taking place, including axe-throwing and a performance by the Sherwood Outlaws re-enactment group. Our photo shows cousins Ernest Nelson and George Petrucci getting in the spirit of things at last year's Nottinghamshire Day, donning Robin Hood hats, which will be handed out free on Saturday. Photo: Jason Chadwick/Chad
2. Magical adventure at Sherwood Pines
A magical adventure awaits youngsters at the Sherwood Pines camp site in Clipstone on Saturday (from 11 am) because it is staging an enchanting 'Fantasy Fairy Walk' through Sherwood Forest. Presented by the Fancy Entertainment group, the walk will take in the amazing wonders of the forest, including fairies on toadstools and flying through the trees. Watch out too for the mischievous unicorn! After the walk,why not enjoy a picnic? Photo: Submitted
3. Return of Southwell Music Festival
Acclaimed pianist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, from that famous Nottingham musical family, will be among the headliners at Southwell Music Festival, which returns for the ninth year this weekend (Friday to Monday) at various venues. Alongside a piano recital by Jeneba in the magnificent setting of Southwell Minster will be performances of Handel's 'Dixit Dominus' and coronation anthems, and Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'. Across town, you can feast on folk and jazz music too. Photo: Submitted
4. Classic motorcycles and model submarines
If it's a Bank Holiday weekend, it must mean the latest steaming day at Papplewick Pumping Station in Ravenshead, Britain's finest surviving waterworks. And sure enough, the popular attraction is open from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday and Monday for an event that features a special display of classic motorcycles and model submarines. Take a tour around the station and visit the museum shop too. Photo: Submitted