Welcome to our Big Days Out feature. Here you will find a snippet of the momentous number of events this region has to offer over the next few months, we're hoping we can help by listing a few of our favourites.
We’re thrilled to have so much to offer in our region, keeping it local we can discover Newark, sample the shopping, visit Newark Castle and National Civil War Centre, go to the market. There’s also Sconce and Devon park. The theatre has plenty of shows to see and there’s some lovely places to stop and eat.
Perhaps you fancy a spot of history in Southwell? Southwell Workhouse is brimming with interesting facts and stories, the Minster is stunning and there are plenty of local shops, cafés and restaurants.
Make a day in Mansfield, spend some time at Vicar Water Country Park, head into the town centre and having a nosey around Mansfield Museum or perhaps the Fire Museum on Rosemary Street.
Explore Retford, spend a sunny day in Kings Park and cool off at the Splash Park for the little ones too. There’s an antique market on Fridays for some unusual and quirky finds! Bassetlaw Museum has regular events on throughout the Summer and it's right next door to the Mayflower Pilgrim Visitor Centre. Don’t forget to visit the Arts Hub!
Worksop has a fantastic park, there's Worksop Priory and grounds to visit and Mr Straws House to transport you back in time. On the doorstep there’s Clumber Park, or you can sample the local farm shop at Welbeck while soaking up a little art and culture at The Harley Gallery and perhaps meander the Art Trail to Creswell Crags, where there’s also a lovely café, museum and shop, the fantastic walk around the Crags and opportunity for cave tours.
Sherwood & Edwinstowe hold all the mysteries of Robin Hood and his Merry Men! Sherwood Forest is a wonderful place to soak up the nature and marvel at the historical forest. The visitor centre is welcoming and do look out for events taking place across the summer.
Or head to the big city for plenty of excitement – Nottingham for shopping (who can resist that for a day!), theatre, The National Ice Centre for a spot of ice skating, The Lace Market and the Creative Quarter.
Don’t forget there’s also some lovely activity centres, Blyth Activity Centre has everything from tractor driving to axe throwing and bushcraft. How about a theme Park – Wheelgate and Sundown Adventureland are close by for some added fun.
If it’s some super furry animals you’re after there’s White Post Farm, Yorkshire Wildlife Park and The Tropical Butterfly House. For up-close and personal experiences there’s pony trekking at The Coloured Cob and maybe you could take an alpaca for a walk in Treswell at Oriontree.
We hope that the list here and the next few pages to keep you busy over the summer, there's more to find on www.innorthnotts.co.uk and keep an eye on our social media just in case something exciting pops up that we'd like to share and for more wonderful and interesting this to do. Have fun!
Nottinghamshire Day is an opportunity to celebrate the identity, heritage, culture, and local traditions of our county. It is a way to champion our local communities, to better understand and celebrate the histories and traditions of the places we live, work and enjoy in our leisure time.
Nottinghamshire Day takes place on the 25 Aug as this date marks the anniversary of the start of the English Civil War, an event triggered by Charles I raising the royal standard at Nottingham Castle in 1642.
Civic event at Newark Castle
On the Thursday 25 August a civic event will be taking place at Newark Castle, including a flag raising ceremony and a historical display.
A public event at Sherwood Forest
The Nottinghamshire Day festival is free to attend and offers something for everyone, including an outdoor stage, cinema screen, market stalls, live entertainment and performances, as well as an exciting interactive exhibit, all available from 11am-8pm.
Nottinghamshire Day at Mansfield Museum
Tales with Robin Hood
Drop in sessions at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm. In between sessions, actor Jack ‘Buzz’ Burrows will be in the museum galleries engaging with visitors.
Lace Wreath Making
10am-12pm. Make your own Nottinghamshire lace wreath. Free activity suitable for all ages and abilities.
10am-3pm. Take part in our 'Outlaw Trail' and see if you can find Robin Hood and his Merry Men hiding in the museum.
For all the information regarding Nottinghamshire Day, activites and interesting facts as well as the latest updates on events visit:
All the details regarding Nottinghamshire Day and the poster courtesy of
Nottinghamshire County Council.
Worksop. S80 3AZ.
3,800 acres of picturesque parkland and gardens, peaceful woodlands and a magnificent lake. A great place to spot wildlife.There's also a visitor shop, discovery centre and café.
Clumber Park summer themes are:
Sounds of Nature: 23 Jul – 7 Aug including the big butterfly count and nature themed sketching activities.
Sounds of the Past: 8 – 21 Aug including exploring the Clumber Mansion and those that lived and worked within.
Sounds of Silence & Mindfulness:
22 Aug – 4 Sep including self-led mindfulness and Tai Chi, a ‘look after your selfie’ gallery of affirmations and mindful Makaton moments.
Jane Eyre by Heartbreak Productions
9 & 10 July, 2.30pm
Parsonage Lawn (book: www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk/jane-eyre-outdoor-theatre )
Clumber Park Playlist:
23, 30 Jul. & 6, 14, 20 & 27 Aug.
12pm – 3pm (no booking required).
Pack a picnic and head to Clumber Park every Saturday throughout the summer holidays for live music and lawn games on the Parsonage Lawn. Each session, showcasing a local artist/groups, will have a different theme ranging from acoustic guitar to regency and folk to jazz.
Summer of Sport:
23 Jul – 4 Sep, Front Field
10.30am – 4pm (no booking required)
Come and play this summer and enjoy tennis, badminton, football, hockey, croquet and playground & sports day games
Wild Art with James Brunt
3 Jul & 7 Aug, 10am – 3pm
(no booking required)
Artist James Brunt will be creating his wonderful wild art and is inviting anyone to join him in an open workshop. Come and explore your creativity, add your own work next to his and transform Clumber Park into a an outdoor gallery.
For full details and many more events please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park
Edwinstowe, NG21 9RN
Explore the forests, visit the Major Oak and perhaps you'll even spot Robin and his Merry Men!
The historic village of Edwinstowe is close at hand too, and the Art & Crafts Centre. The village is a lovely place to stroll around and nearby is St Mary’s Church, which famously lays claim to hosting Robin and Marian’s wedding. The visitor centre and café is open 10am – 5pm.
Films in the Forest – Robin Hood
16 Jul, 4pm – 6pm
Join us for RSPB Sherwood Forest’s first ever outdoor cinema event, which starts with a family favourite – Disney’s classic animated version of ‘Robin Hood’.
Films in the Forest – A Knight’s Tale
16 Jul, 7pm – 9.30pm
We’re keeping it medieval with the second of our films on Sherwood Forest’s first ever outdoor cinema event with A Knight’s Tale, an action-packed story starring the late great Heath Ledger about a poor young man in search of glory and the love of a fair maiden.
Come along with family and friends and settle down on the green by the Visitor Centre with chairs or picnic blankets in front of the cinema screen, which will be located next to our amphi-theatre. Tickets are £10 for adults and £7.50 for children. If you are RSPB members the prices are just £8 for adults and £6 for children. Our cafe will be open to serve drinks and snacks. Picnic hampers will be available to order on the day. Please note that parking is a single fee of £5 per vehicle per day if you are not a member of the RSPB. However, it’s free for RSPB members.
For full details and many more events please visit: www.visitsherwood.co.uk
Idle Valley Nature Reserve
Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 8RQ
A reserve of of lakes, wetland, grassland and scrub. Home to a diverse range of wildlife and recognised as one of the richest birding sites in the region. The Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre is a high quality educational facility based at the south end of the site and is a venue for a range of training courses and events. The car park and reserve remain open for visitors to enjoy respecting other users but please keep updated about coronavirus restrictions.
The café and shop at Idle Valley Nature Reserve are open from 10am-3pm for drinks, cakes and snacks. Toilets are open.
Art Exhibition by Mike Warren
27 Aug - 3 Sept. 10am-3pm
Join us at Idle Valley Nature Reserve for a wonderful exhibition of paintings by long term friend of the Trust Mike Warren. Mike is a founding member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and has long been capturing the birdlife of the Trent Valley and other areas in his unique and popular style. This exhibition will include new paintings of some of our woodland reserves – inspired by our Protect Nottinghamshire’s Ancient Woodlands Appeal earlier in the year. A percentage of sales will be donated to support our charitable work.
The exhibition will be hosted in the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre which also has a welcoming café and shop.
For full details and many more events please visit:
Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9EP
Thoresby Park is open seven days a week. 9am – 5pm.
Explore the beautiful park and visit the courtyard to keep you entertained and refreshed. Thoresby is home to a range of other exciting activities to keep you coming back. The Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum is in the Courtyard as well as arts and crafts makers and shops, café and hall.
Craft and Artisan Food Markets
Craft and Artisan Food Markets are a Thoresby Park staple! Taking place several times throughout the year, our markets are full of tasty treats, handmade gifts and many other amazing products made by local vendors.
The markets run from 10am-4pm and are free to enter! Car parking charges apply.
Gloworm Festival 2022
12 - 14 Aug.
Gloworm Festival, a wonderful family event The Gloworm Festival is a two day Festival that has been especially created for grown ups and their little people. Festival goers can come and play in a warm, welcoming and creative environment, loose their inhibitions, let their hair down and have some fun. This event is aimed at families with Children aged 0-13, with plenty for teenagers and grown ups to enjoy too.
The Great Northern Food and Drink Festival
20 - 21 Aug.
The Great Northern Food and Drink Festival is back and better than ever! Following on from last year’s successful event held at Scampston Hall and Gardens in Malton, the fun filled foodie festival is back with a bang. This year the festival will take place at a fabulous new venue and offers so much more for visitors.
For full details of Thoresby's visiting times, and all details of many more events please visit: www.whatsonatthoresby.co.uk
Welbeck Courtyard & The Harley Gallery
Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
The Courtyard at Welbeck is home to Welbeck Farm Shop, The Harley Gallery and The Harley Café.
There are some lovely countryside walks and there are courses to book onto at The School of Artisan Food. Welbeck Abbey Brewery is located here too and there's the opportunity to book a tours and perhaps sample a few of the fine ales on offer.
Fine art fans can book tours of Welbeck Abbey’s State Rooms or peruse the Harley Gallery and shop.
There is the Harley Art Trail where visitors can explore the story of art – from cave paintings to contemporary visual art. The free entry trail leads from The Harley Gallery to nearby Creswell Crags, in a leisurely 20 minute walk. Along the way you will find new sculptures by two local artists, Michelle Reader and Martin Smith.
Located at the Harley Studios there are often art classes or paint a pot sessions for visitors to attend. Check the website for details.
For full details, visiting times, and events please visit:
National Civil War Centre
Newark, NG24 1JY
Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.
Time Travelling Teas: 19-Twenteas
5 Jul, 3.30pm – 5pm
Sip your way through the centuries at our Time Travelling Teas! Join us for a gastronomic guide to the history of teatime, trying out the tastes of times gone by with expert guest speakers who’ll talk you through the foodie fashions of the past. Make sure to book your place as they’re sure to go like hot cakes!
'One Lump or Two' will look at the history of afternoon tea, encompassing dangers and scandals unknown to the average tea slugger of the British Isles. An innocent afternoon spread of tea, sandwiches, cakes and sweet treats for many in history brought war, addiction, poison, slavery, death, female liberation and fashionable rivalry. The humble afternoon tea will never seem the same again!
Tickets just £10.
For full details, visiting times, and more events please visit:
Newark Air Museum
Drove Lane, Newark, Nottinghamshire,
A museum where a group of dedicated people have maintained and displayed aircraft for future generations to enjoy. A registered charity all the money goes back into restoring and purchasing new aircraft over the two hangars located on site, also numerous engines displayed in the engine hall. Don't miss the opportunity to visit on Cockpit Days or the chance to have a peek inside the Vulcan!
For full details of Newark Air Museum's visiting times, and all details of many more events please visit:
Nottingham City Of Caves
Garner’s Hill, Nottingham, NG1 1HF
Immerse yourself in the winding passageways of an underground world. Discover the lives of the people who found themselves living and working in this extraordinary environment. Soak up the extraordinary atmosphere of the ancient caves carved deep beneath Nottingham’s city centre, including WW2 air raid shelters and a medieval tannery.
Open 10am – 5pm. Final admission 4pm.
For full details, visiting times, and events please visit: www.nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk/cityofcaves/visit
(See our feature on page 40)
Laxton, Newark. NG22 0PA
The UK's first permanent museum, memorial and education site dedicated to the Holocaust. Check the website for current events and exhibitions. Tickets can be booked in advance online.
You can also visit the Memorial Gardens set in an acre of beautifully landscaped countryside and provide an important counterpoint to the historical museum. The gardens provide space for reflection and places for individuals to remember their families.
For full details, visiting times, and events please visit: www.holocaust.org.uk
Kings Clipstone, Nottingham. NG21 9JL
Open every day 8am – 10pm.
There’s plenty of walking trails, including the Gruffalo Trail and the Superworm Trail. Cycling and mountain biking trails, camping in the forest, Disc Golf, Go Ape Tree Top Challenge and Nets Kingdom. There’s plenty to explore and see, sculptures to discover and a visitor centre and café to relax and re-energise. Every ticket purchased helps to look after the nation’s forests sustainably.
Bushcraft For Families
12 Apr, 1 Aug, 8 Aug. 10am to 3pm
Join the rangers for a day of bushcraft activities. Build survival shelters, light fires and find out how to use a knife safely.
Suitable for children aged 6+ accompanied by a paying adult.
Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Cost £13.50 + £1.50 fee
For full details and many more events please visit: www.forestryengland.uk
Welbeck, Worksop. S80 3LH
Walk in the footsteps of early humans and woolly mammoths through our dramatic gorge. Marvel at the Ice Age rock art still visible in the extraordinary caves. And enjoy exploring amongst the timeless beauty of the woodland, meadow, and reflective lake.
Open everyday from 10am – 5pm. Visitor facilities, café, shop and museum on site.
Cinderella - Outdoor Theatre
24 Jul. 7pm
An enchanted kingdom in a faraway land where magical creatures and fairy godmothers come together to tell the best loved of all fairytales. Full of song, mirth, and joy for the summer ahead, join us on Cinderella’s journey of a lifetime to a magical ball where nearly anything is possible especially if it is before midnight.
Carnivorous Chronicles: tales of the Ice Age's carnivores
25 Jul. 6pm
From sabre-toothed cats and hyaenas, to some less well-known creatures, this talk explores some of the carnivores from the Ice Age.
01 Aug. 10am & 1pm
For 8 - 14 year olds with Dr James Dilley. Discover the art of the oldest craft in the world: Flintknapping. How did prehistoric people make tools to survive the Stone Age?
The Importance of Being Earnest - Outdoor Theatre
25 Aug. 7pm
Slapstick Picnic would like to cordially invite you to its summer tea party, where marvellous feats of performance and culinary capers await.
For full details and many more events please visit: www.creswell-crags.org.uk
Heights Of Abraham
Matlock Bath. DE4 3NT
Take a flight to the historic Heights of Abraham 60-acre hilltop estate, with guided cavern tours, exhibitions and more. A cable car ticket gives you a free right of way over the hilltop park including two guided tours through illuminated caverns, exhibitions, magnificent views, adven-ture playgrounds, woodland trails and more.
Open daily 10am – 4.30pm.
Visit by the Queen's Baton
11 Jul. 4.50pm
The Birmingham Queen's Baton Relay will be visiting the Heights of Abraham. Between 4.30pm and 5.00pm the cable cars will not be available for the day's guests, but if you're up at the summit you will be able to see the relay take place as the baton makes it's way up in a ca-ble car, then travels around the Prospect Tower before returning by cable car and moving on to Bakewell. Normal ticket prices apply during the day, and guests are welcome to stay to watch the relay proceedings. .
Punch & Judy Summer Spectacular
16 Jul – 4 Sep.
Another chance to see this spectacular new show, created to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Take a seat at the summit and watch as Mr Punch returns centre stage to tell his new tale. Make sure you grab a Union Jack flag from the gift shop to wave during the show in case Her Majesty happens to turn up! A wonderful show for all the family.
Paranormal Evenings in the Rutland Cavern
These are special pre-bookable evenings when a maximum of twenty guest investigators will be invited into the ancient Rutland Cavern to conduct paranormal investigations. Hosted by DREAM Paranormal.
For full details of The Heights Of Abraham, visiting times, and all details of many more events visit: www.heightsofabraham.com
Upton Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0PT
Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.
Costumed Workhouse Characters
Every Thurs and Sat 14 Jul - 27 Aug.
Meet costumed workhouse characters as they perform traditional tasks and tell you all about their lives at The Workhouse.
Come Out and Play
From 1 Aug + 30 other dates
Enjoy a variety of fun games in the spacious field with The Workhouse as your backdrop.
For full details, visiting times, and more events please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-workhouse-and-infirmary
Ravenshead, Notts, NG15 9HJ.
A monastic Abbey from the late 12th century, notably once the home of the romantic poet Lord Byron. There are grounds to explore, ruins, parkland and lakes, as well as a shop and café. Open 10am - 5pm.
Twelfth Night. Open Air Theatre
27 Jul. 6pm
Prepare for an evening of mischief and hilarity, as five actors present an inventive take on this rip-roaring comedy, fit for all the family.
Much Ado About Nothing.
Open Air Theatre, 12 Aug. 6pm
Our original murder mystery will set five suspects under the spotlight, and we will depend on the audience to find answers. Who was lurking in the corridor carrying a candlestick? When did the third gunshot go off – before or after the very silly song?
For full details, visiting times, and more events visit: www.newsteadabbey.org.uk
Doddington, Lincoln, LN6 4RU
Family-owned and run historic house with fabulous gardens, award-winning farm shop, bike, clothing and home shops. Fantastic café and restaurant.
Sculpture At Doddington
16 Jul – 11 Sep. 10am – 4pm
The popular biennial Sculpture Exhibition returns to Doddington Hall. The stunning walled gardens and romantic wild gardens provide the perfect setting for 340 works of art made by 60 Sculptors from across the UK and beyond.
For full details of Doddington, visiting times, and all details of many more events please visit: www.doddingtonhall.com
Museum Of Timekeeping
Upton, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5TE
Available for group tours year round. General opening 11am – 3pm, Fridays.
The independent on-site Clock House Café, offers a range of homemade treats, including cakes, scones, sandwiches and meals, plus cold refreshments and the finest loose leaf tea and coffee.
The café is open every day from 9.30am- 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
To find out more, including refreshment options for groups arranging museum tours, phone 01636 919591.
Journey Back in Time with Belvoir’s Summer Season of Historical Events
The summer series of Belvoir Revisited events celebrating key moments in history both real and imagined is packed with showstopping historical re-enactments, live music, street performers and all kinds of thrilling displays.
Annual pass holders can enjoy free entry to all six Belvoir Revisited events, as well as unlimited access to the house, parkland and gardens whenever the Regency home is open to the public.
Annual passes are priced £60 per adult and £20 per 4-16 child with friends and family options available too. As well as free access to all ‘Belvoir Revisited’ Events 2022, pass holders are able to access a special £10 ticket price to bring a friend for the day, enjoy a Loyalty Scheme for the Fuel Tank, Duchess Gallery & Balloon Bar at the Engine Yard and a preferential rate for Belvoir Estate ‘Stay with Us’ rental properties.
English Civil War Weekend
23 & 24 Jul.
Bringing history to life with gripping battles, drill display and thrilling re-enactments to place you in the midst of the English Civil War era.
Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend
6 & 7 Aug.
Journey back to the period in which the fourth Belvoir Castle was built, complete with regency dances and battle sequences as Belvoir prepares for war!
Medieval Re-enactment Weekend
3 & 4 Sep.
Encounter the Norman conquest up close with craft displays, fashion workshops, archery shows and battle re-enactments for all the family to enjoy.
To book tickets, visit www.belvoircastle.com
Gate To Southwell
14 - 17 July. International and UK roots and acoustic artists!
The fifteenth Gate To Southwell Festival is shaping up very nicely with a fine mix of international and UK roots and acoustic artists plus great kids & family entertainment, top comedy, poetry, ceilidhs, pub gigs and fine food and drink all on offer.
The four day fiesta kicks off at the site in Kirklington with a cracking Blues Night (14 Jul) starring the multi-award-winning Ian Siegal, branded “the most magnetic performer of Blues in the UK”. Siegal will be supported by the Daniel Smith Blues Band, led by the UK’s number one boogie-woogie pianist, and also by 2019 European Blues Award-winning female vocalist, Manchester’s Kyla Brox.
Friday night promises to be wildly entertaining with Hebridean headliners Peat & Diesel bringing their rousing, Celtic, sell-out stage show to Southwell. Alongside them on the bill will be the critically-acclaimed and award-winning The Trials of Cato, one of the most original and vital acts on the UK circuit, plus the folk punk of Black Water County and rising star singer-songwriter Katherine Priddy.
Southwell’s favourite Canadians, Quebec folk heroes Le Vent Du Nord return to headline on Saturday night, promising bouncy dance tunes, five part vocals and boundless joie de vivre. Also high on Saturday’s bill are riotous eight-piece folk rockers, the aptly-named Merry Hell, infectiously danceable top ceilidh band Blackbeard’s Tea Party, innovative folk-electronica from India Electric Company and classy singer-songwriting duo While & Matthews.
Promising a grand finale on 17 Jul, with some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians perform in Dervish, fronted by Cathy Jordan, and one of the UK’s finest guitarists and solo artists John Smith. Plus festival regulars Truckstop Honeymoon return with their distinct brand of banjo and bass entertainment, two of the UK’s finest singer-songwriters Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe join forces and the critically-acclaimed vocally-strong uproariously funny Spooky Men’s Chorale arrive from New South Wales Australia.
With festival day tickets now available and over 50 music acts already booked, plus plenty of other great entertainers such as James The Jester from Chester, please visit the website for further details: www.gtsf.uk
Ordinary House, Extraordinary Home
Most National Trust properties inspire thoughts of historic mansions, wealth and grandeur. However, tucked away in a private cul-de-sac, at 7 Blyth Grove, Worksop, you’ll find Mr Straw’s House; the National Trust’s first small domestic property, acquired in 1990.
William Straw moved to Worksop in 1886, to work for his brother, Benjamin, at his grocers. A decade later, aged 32, William married Florence, the daughter of David Wall Winks, a butcher and local councillor whose shop stood opposite William’s. The couple had three sons: William junior, in 1898; Walter, in 1899; and David, who died in infancy in 1903. In 1923, the family moved from the flat above the shop to Blyth Grove. Florence chose wallpaper, carpets and furniture of the time and filled the house with ornaments and elegant glassware. Sadly, William Straw senior died suddenly in 1932 and from that day, little changed in the house.
A true step back in time, a visit to Mr Straw’s House is a must. Visitors can discover more of the family who refused to modernise and learn about the life of Florence Straw and her impact on this family home. You can spend time in the display rooms learning a little more about the stories of the family and take a glimpse at some of the collection that is usually hidden in drawers and cupboards. There is also the opportunity to chat with the House & Collections team about how they care for over 30,000 everyday objects in this extraordinary home.
Mr Straw’s House is currently open on Thursdays from 10am– 4pm. From 21 Jul – 2 Sep it will open on Thursdays and Fridays. Please book online at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mr-straws-house or by calling the booking office on 0344 2491895. Bookings can be made four weeks in advance.
All imagery courtesy of Geoffrey Frosh and Chris Lacey.