Things to do in Nottinghamshire: 11 – 18 August

Britain from the air Nottingham Castle
Aerial view of Nottingham Castle

Here are our top picks for things to do this weekend in Nottingham, including a few outdoor screenings that provide the perfect excuse for getting the picnic blanket out.

Outdoor Theatre Season at Various Venues

Friday 7 July – Friday 1 September

Adult £15 / £10 Concessions / £40 Family

Newstead Abbey, Nottingham Castle and Wollaton Hall will all once again host a programme of live theatre in their picturesque grounds. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy a variety of performances.

The programme includes a bunch of classics, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Great Expectations, Peter Pan and Pride and Prejudice – see the full programmes below.

Full Programme


Outdoor Summer Cinema ‘Up’ screening at Hodstock Priory

Wednesday 16 August


General £15 / Concession £10 / Family £40

Five fabulous movies will be screened this summer at Hodsock Priory, the luxury wedding venue on the Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire border.

From young children proudly wearing character costumes to parents and grandparents relaxing in the stunning gardens, everyone is going to love ‘Up’, a beautiful Pixar feature about 78-year-old Carl’s lifelong dream to visit Paradise Falls in South America.

Movie fans should arrive early to guarantee a prime spot and are urged to bring a rug, cushions, deckchairs and picnic treats. Chairs will be set out in the grounds and the licensed Bar at Hodsock Priory will be open each evening for alcoholic and soft drinks.

Full Programme


Living Heritage Food and Drink Festival at Wollaton Hall

Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 August

10am – 6pm

£8 Adults / £7 Concessions / £3 Children

Celebrate the very best food and drink this weekend and enjoy a great line up of celebrity chefs, including Theo Randall, Matt Tebbutt and Edd Kimber – all will be demonstrating throughout the day. Venture through the Food Roadshow stage, where there will be a variety of chefs for you to watch and learn from.

There’s live music from a number of local bands and artists, playing throughout the day for your enjoyment on the designated music stage. For family entertainment, there are workshops for all ages, the infamous Bushtucker Challenge, and for the young (and the young and heart) there’s the popular Pinxton Puppets, as well as fairground rides.

Hawk Walks Through Sherwood Forest

Sunday 13 August


£15 per person

The Sherwood Hideaway has teamed up with family-run falconry experts ‘Go Active’ to launch amazing woodland hawk walks through Sherwood Forest.

Guests on the forest adventure will fly Harris Hawks through the pine and birch trees of Sherwood Forest, and learn how to call the birds of prey back so they perch on your arm. All equipment, including your glove and hawking vest, is provided.

Woodland hawk walks start from the Sherwood Hideaway reception and take place every Sunday.

Bands In The Parks at Nottingham Arboretum

Sunday 13 August



Enjoy the summer season in the fresh air with FREE outdoor brass and woodwind concerts in Nottingham’s beautiful Arboretum.

The concert is suitable for the whole family and everyone is welcome – why not bring a picnic and make a day of it. This Sunday is the Rolls Royce Band and they promise to provide fantastic entertainment.

Enjoy the week Notts!