Look out for festivals and exciting music and arts events across the region on www.innorthnotts.co.uk.


Here's just a few of the festivals that feature across the region in the next few months! So grab some tickets and get out and enjoy the fun! There's everything from food & drink, to music, to all things Retro.
 |  Katie Hogg  |  Events

Nottinghamshire County Show

Newark Showground, Newark
14 May. 

Rediscover your farming roots! This year the Nottinghamshire County Show is taking the show back to its agricultural roots within the rural community of the Midlands, celebrating everything from livestock, equine, countryside competitions with trade stands, local food producers and craft stalls. A county show isn't complete without the animals! You can see The Hogg Show, Farm Animals, Fur and Feather Area, Pony Club Show Jumping plus many more!

Dating back to 1799, Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society (NNAS) is a registered charity dedicated to promote, celebrate and champion agriculture across the Midlands region.



Funtopia, ‘the BIG day out for little kids’

Bracebridge Recreation Ground, Priorswell Road, Worksop S80 2BU 
21 May & 31 Jul, 11am-5pm daily. 

Funtopia is a fantastic fun-packed event which is specifically designed for under 10’s. Filled with high energy Inflatables, Sumo Suits, Nerf Wars, Driving School, an Under 5’s Area, Crafty Corner, Role Play Areas, Circus Skills, Fun Workshops and more! 

And it’s not just for kids, we encourage all parents to join in the fun as well! Grown ups can have a bounce with their little ones on our parents and tots castle, race them on the bungee run, or get some pay back on Nerf Wars! 

Funtopia is unlimited play, so when you've purchased your wristband you can go on any activity as many times as you like - all included in the price! Please note: some activities have height/age restrictions attached. 

Funtopia is visiting a different location every weekend plus weekdays during the school holidays. Full tour dates can be viewed on our Facebook page 


Retro Festival

Newark Showground, Newark
10/11/12 Jun.

There is plenty planned to keep visitors entertained and amused at this year’s Retro Festival. A popular festival on the circuit with family fun planned across the whole weekend. 

Retro Festival at Newark Showground has live acts, classic vehicles, stalls and even fly pasts. Said to be the largest festival of all things vintage in the world.

Visitors will have the chance to jump and jive at a tea dance and set their senses alight at the burlesque cabaret show. There will also be the chance to adore the classic and vintage cars on display; browse the vintage clothing and retro treasures on offer with stalls a plenty. 

Not only are there plenty of live acts across the various stages, the showground will be a buzzing hive of retro goodies to explore. Lastly there’s camping available for those who are ready to rest and relax after all the fun! 

For tickets, more about the festival and live acts as well as details about Retro Festival visit: www.retrofestival.co.uk  

Unlocked Festival

Newark Showground, Newark
17/18/19 Jun

Get set for a full weekend of euphoric memories as you sing and dance along to our tremendous line-up of live acts. Just imagine some of your favourite music sweeping across our site with true summer vibes. We will be bringing you a boutique festival experience unlike any other. Prepare to be dazzled.

Acts include Heather Small, Ministry Of Sound, Sonia, Big Brovaz, Phats & Small, Go West, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club and many more...


Major Oak Woodland Festival

Sherwood Forest, Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre
25/26 Jun

The Major Oak Woodland Festival Is Back!

The Sherwood Forest Trust charity based in Edwinstowe and the RSPB (who manage the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre) are joining forces to bring the popular Major Oak Woodland Festival back to Sherwood Forest this summer.

The FREE event will take place on 25 & 26 June, near the Major Oak and around the woodland near Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, Forest Corner, Edwinstowe, NG21 9RN, 11.00am to 4pm each day. Car parking is charged at £5 per vehicle (RSPB members park free, so why not join?)

The outdoor festival celebrates woodlands and traditional woodland crafts. Visitors will be able to see green woodworkers, a coracle maker, have a go at kids' eco art, listen to tree stories and even meet the Wild Man of The Woods.


Cockpit-Fest 22

Newark Air Museum, Newark
25/26 Jun

This will be the twenty first (22nd) time that like-minded enthusiasts have displayed their aircraft cockpit sections at the museum. Cockpit-Fest has become a fixture on the aviation calendar and each year attracts many visiting cockpits and associated displays. Cockpit-Fest allows the owners the chance to display their prized exhibits to their fellow enthusiasts and the general public.

At this year’s event a diverse range of aviation will be represented; this includes a range of military jet cockpits and civilian types; plus, several of the on-loan cockpits that resident at the museum. In addition, a diverse range of visiting cockpit related exhibits are also expected to be displayed around the 16-acre site; alongside an Aeroboot/Aerojumble aviation and avionics sale. Here enthusiasts and the public can search out those aviation artefacts, books and models.

The event is supported by a range of organisations and individuals; with the visitors being encouraged to have a say in deciding, which is the best cockpit by voting on their favourite display and from these results, prizes are awarded.

Cockpit-Fest also attracts other visiting displays like local history/military vehicle groups; re-enactors; and even more aviation related displays such as clothing and historical artefacts. 

Full details about the events and a full list of visiting cockpits and displays can be found on the Museum Events page of the museum website.


North Notts Food Fest

Worksop, Old Market Place
2 Jul, 9am-5pm

Super family day ourt with free live demonstrations from 11.15 with celebrity chefs Rosemary Shrager, Great British Menu Chef, Harvey Perttola and cookery queen Teresa Bovey.

Butchery demonstrations by Johnny Pusztai. Artisan food & drink as well as street food market and an poutside bar!

Free childrens 'grow your own'worrkshop. Pedal your own smoothie and lots of street entertainment too as well as competitions! For tickets, more about the festival visit: www.northnottsbid.co.uk


Newstead Abbey
2-3 Jul.

Newstead Abbey RetroFest is a friendly two-day event that is retro inspired, and has live music, chainsaw carving – ‘Speed Carving Competition’, live entertainment, vintage funfair, classic vehicles and vintage transport, retro, vintage and upcycled shopping, food market, vintage Tea Room, traditional Food and bars.

Entrance fee is only £10 a day when booked online and £12 a day on the gate.

The ticket price includes the RetroFest event and entrance to Newstead Abbey House and Gardens. Free parking, children under 15 free and dogs free.


Gainsborough Food Festival

Market Place, Market Street, Gainsborough
9-10 Jul.

The popular Gainsborough Food and Drink Festival is set to return showcasing the regions very best international traders alongside a packed line up of entertainment.

Over the weekend more than 30 food and drink stalls will be serving a range of cuisines and beverages from around the world plus sweet treats, bespoke crafts and a licensed bar.


Splendour Festival

Wollaton Park, Nottingham
23-24 Jul. 

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Wollaton Hall & Deer Park, attendees can enjoy five stages of music that spans all genres; from fast-rising stars to world-class performers, and musical icons, Splendour line-ups are always a wonderful mix of acts that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Headliners including Richard Ashcroft, Anne-Marie, Supergrass, Craig David presents TS5, The Human League, Razorlight, The Vamps, Ocean Colour Scene, Happy Mondays, Belinda Carlisle, and many more.

Alongside the music, you can expect comedy, a funfair, a silent disco, independent market stalls, an array of gourmet food and drink, a dedicated kids’ area, and fringe activities. Mark it in your diaries, Splendour will be your favourite day of the summer.


Gloworm Festival 2022

Thoresby Park
12-14 Aug. 

The Gloworm Festival is a brilliant two day Festival that has been especially created for grown ups and their little people. We invite our festival goers to come and play in a warm, welcoming and creative environment, loose their inhibitions, let their hair down and have some fun. Here at the Gloworm Festival, we believe that Children are the most important people in the world, which is why this event is aimed at families with Children aged 0-13, with plenty for teenagers and grown ups to enjoy too.

2020 will see the festival return for it’s 5th year, with a lineup that will delight both little and big kids alike! Come along and enjoy your favourite TV Stars,  boogie on down to some brilliant bands, and join in some of the many workshops and activities the festival has to offer.


Southwell Music Festival

Southwell, Southwell Minster and Various locations
24–29 Aug. 

Southwell Music Festival is an annual, classical music festival which takes place each August Bank Holiday to celebrate classical music, to raise the profile of the town and its magnificent medieval Minster, and to inspire local musicians – especially young people. 



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