Stuck for ideas? Here's what we think you should be doing and how much it'll cost you, over the next seven days in Nottingham...
We Dig…Wollaton Park
When: Weekdays, from Monday 7 - Friday 8 September
Where: Wollaton Park
How much: Taster sessions start from £75
Have you always wanted to be an archaeologist? Following on from their 2022 excavation, York Archaeology are back offering a week-long training course. Whether you’re a complete newbie, a student or experienced, their in-depth sessions carried out by professional archaeologists will guide you through an excavation. This year will continue investigations in the formal garden, as they try to uncover its sixteenth and seventeenth origins.
Father Brown, A Crime at Christmas
When: Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 August
Where: Theatre Royal
How much: Tickets start from £16.50
Too early for the C-word? If you’re into detective drama - we think not! Based on the Mysteries of G K Chesterton, three priceless diamonds unexpectedly go missing during an impromptu charade at a festive party. Father Brown knuckles down to find the culprit - was he one of his guests, and who is the unexpected attendee that arrives mid-charade? Has Father Brown’s mild mannered nature finally met its match?
Spencer Jones: Making Friends (Work in Progress)
When: Wednesday 9 August
Where: Just the Tonic at Metronome
How much: £11
Edinburgh Comedy Award and double BAFTA-nominated professional actor and comedian Spencer Jones, invites you to his new, live one-hour show. The creation is a work-in-progress, experimental show, with content including moving to Devon, aggressive chickens, and by his own admission, losing his mind. This is a completely unique opportunity, where you get a first-look (and maybe last) at his material of hilarious stand-up, visual gags and catchy loops.
When: Friday 11 - Sunday 13 August
Where: Thoresby Park
How much: Child tickets start from £38.50
The 5-time UK award nominated family festival is back! A weekend of art, music and entertainment tailored to children set in the beautiful backdrop of Sherwood Forest. This year's line-up includes children’s favourites: Mister Maker and Andy and the Oddsocks, whilst Daft Funk Live provide the hits to keep the adults entertained. Whether you want to get stuck into a weekend of camping, or for a fun day out, the safe and welcoming atmosphere won’t disappoint.
Sherwood Vegan Market
When: Saturday 12 August, 10am
Where: Sherwood United Reformed Church
How much: Free
Whether you’re already living a vegan lifestyle, looking to move to a more plant-based diet, or just simply like good food (and gifts) - this is the place for you. A regular market, held every second Saturday of the month in the ever-growing diverse community of Sherwood. You’ll find an abundance of tasty food (choosing is the real struggle), drinks, gifts and art, all vegan and provided by local businesses.
Pitch Presents Sneinton Summer Celebration Market
When: Saturday 12 August
Where: Sneinton Market Avenues
How much: Free
Pitch Presents returns to its home turf with a summer special celebration of local independents. Expect to see lots of delicious street food, talented local DJ sets and a buzzing atmosphere that welcomes all (that includes your pooches too!) Its showcase of local businesses hopes to encourage you to shop independent and sustainably.
Kite Azaadi Festival
When: Sunday 13 August
Where: Wollaton Park
How much: Free (booking required)
Radio Faza 97.1 presents Kite Azaadi Festival 2023, marking the 76th year anniversary of independence for both Pakistan and India. It is a celebration of cultural diversity, freedom and unity, where you can come together and embrace the spirit of independence with friends and family. This year hopes to be bigger than ever, with event highlights such as cultural showcases, games and activities, traditional food and gifts, as well as the Kite-Flying Extravaganza. This colourful display of an age-old tradition brings adults and children together to showcase their skills and dazzle the skies with a battle. It is a carefully thought-out celebration, open to all cultures and ages and is sure to provide a thrill.
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