Friday August 21
Children. Medieval Mayhem at The Tropical Butterfly House, North Anston, Sheffield, daily during school summer holidays until August 31, from 10am to 5.30pm. Try your hand at archery, learn the traditions of falconry, take part in medieval themed crafts, games and activities. Meet ring-trailed lemurs, meerkats, owls and snakes. Contact 01909569416 or www.butterflyhouse.co.uk/
Food. Enjoy a special afternoon tea cruise on the John Varley at Tapton Lock. Departs 2.30pm, returns 4.30pm, £12 from www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk, book ahead.
Film. Sing-along Frozen. Sheffield Lyceum at11am and 3pm. Tickets £15.50. Contact 0114 249 6000 or www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Music. Open Mic night at Arkwright’s Cromford Mills, Matlock, 7pm to 9pm, free. Details at www.cromfordmills.org.uk Art. Steel City, City on the Move at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, until October 11.
Dance. Band of Gold social evening and sequence dance. 7.30-11pm, £2.50 at Lakeside leisure club, Pleasley. Art. Life on the Edge: Ice Age Frontier at Weston Park, Sheffield, until September 20.
Outdoors. Overnight bushcraft for families at Sherwood Pines Forest, £45 per person, call 01623 821459, booking essential. Art. A Cultural Legacy - Remembering Frank Constantine at the Graves Gallery, Sheffield, until August 29.
Saturday August 22
Health and fitness. Try the 5K Clumber Parkrun through woodland and parkland. 9am-10am, meet at the Burrow free, normal admission applies. For your first time, register at www.parkrun.org.uk/clumberpark.
Festival. Nottingham Carnival, Forest Recreation Ground. Three stages full of great artists, 12noon to 8pm. £2 entry, children free. Continues Sunday at Victoria Embankment. Details at www.nottinghamcarnival.com.
Cookery. Meet the cook at Eyam Hall, learn about 18th century recipes and get hands-on in the kitchen. 10.30am to 4pm, free, no booking needed.
Film. Sing-a-long-a Frozen at Sheffield Lyceum at 10.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets £15.50. Contact 0114 2496000 or www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Heritage. Explore the abundance of fresh, local and seasonal produce at Southwell Workhouse and fill a bag to take home with the help of the pauper inmates. 12noon to 4pm, £1 per bag plus normal admission charge for house.
Exhibition. Model tram and railway layouts go on display at Crich Tramway Museum. Normal opening hours and admission charges apply. More details at www.tramway.co.uk.
Music. Six-piece funk masters Boss Magnet play Nottingham Contemporary’s café-bar. Free, doors 8pm, music 9pm.
Heritage. Cavalier Horsemanship show at Bolsover Castle, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Standard admission charges apply.
Festival. Beer and music festival at the Grouse and Claret, Rowsley, 12noon to 11pm Saturday and Sunday, free. Cask ales, hog roast, family fun including climbing wall, pony rides.
Sunday August 23
Heritage. Drop in and try things to make and do at the Museum of Nottingham Life, Nottingham Castle. 1-3pm, £1 plus normal admission. Combine with a tour of the castle’s dungeon caves, 2.30pm or 3.30pm, £5.
Wedding fair. Meet a host of local wedding professionals at and check out venues at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, 11am to 4pm, free entry.
Music. Bands in the Park at Hall Leys, Matlock, 2-4pm on the bandstand.
Monday August 24
Heritage. 1000 Year of History week begins at Nottingham Castle. Take the Turbulent History Trail any time for £1; try craft activities 10am to 12 noon, £2; or get hands-on with museum objects, free, 2-4pm. Normal admission applies.
Heritage. Encounter Pop-Up Paupers at the Southwell Workhouse, 12noon to 4pm, normal admission charge.
Children’s. Join a miniature castle siege at Bolsover Castle with lots of medieval merriment. 11am to 5pm every day this week. Entry £5.90-9.80.
Equestrian. Peter Maddison-Greenwell and Christopher White present a lecture demonstration on the history of dressage moves with Spanish horses. See excerpts from the Bolsover show and more musical sequences. Bolsover Castle, 7.30-9.30pm, £30. Call 0370 3331183.
Theatre. Stage Struck opens at the Nottingham Theatre Royal as part of the classic thriller season. Nightly at 7.30pm until Friday, August 28, matinee 2pm Wednesday, 5pm and 8pm Saturday. Tickets £11.50-23 from www.trch.co.uk or 0115 9895555.
Tuesday August 25
Children’s. Bring your teddy and a picnic along to Clumber Park and let the bear abseil on to the lawn. 11am to 2.30pm, £1 per abseil, prize for the fastest, no booking required, normal admission charges apply.
Gardening. Talk on “Herbaceous Perennials and Borders” by Don Witton from the National Collection of Euphorbias. Sheffield Botanical Gardens, 10am, £3.
Theatre. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, until Saturday, August 29. Performances at 7.30pm Tuesday to Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets from £19. Contact 0114 249 6000 or www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Wednesday August 26
Exhibition. Learn about the history of farmers’ working the land in the old workshops at Hardwick village, Clumber Park. Drop in for free, 10am to 3pm, normal park admission charges apply. Call 01909 544917 for information.
Outdoors. Cook on a campfire and build a den with Clumber Park Rangers. 10.30am to 12 noon or 1.30-3pm, free but normal park admission charges apply. No booking required, call 01909 544928 for details.
Wildlife. Evening owl experience at Clumber Park, get hands-on with birds of prey, 6-7pm. £12.50, booking essential, call 08442491895.
Children’s. Wild Family Fun Day at Hardwick Hall, drop in to the Stableyard between 11am and 4pm for activities such as den building, making mud pies, kite making, creating bug homes and bug hunting, wild art and snail racing.
Free, normal admission charges apply, no booking required.
Children’s. Join Neil McCarthy for a free hand drumming session at Rufford Abbey Country Park, 11am to 3pm, free, £3 parking.
Children’s. Storytelling for under-fives. Sheffield botanical Gardens, 1pm, free.
Film. The RSC production of Othello, starring Hugh Quarshie (Holby City, Star Wars), at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, 7pm, Tickets £15 or £ 12.50 (concessions, student, child) from www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk or 01246 345222.
Thursday August 27
Music. The Miller Trio play in the gardens for late-night opening at Haddon Hall. Enjoy the grounds and restaurant until 8pm, with a programme of classical and popular music. Normal admission applies.
Film. Acclaimed documentary The Look of Silence comes to the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield. 7.30pm, tickets £3.90-6.40 from 01246 345222 or www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk.