Things to do in Nottinghamshire: 27 April – 4 May

Bluebells at Hodsock
Bluebells at Hodsock Priory

Here is our top pick of things to do in Nottinghamshire this weekend and beyond, including some early bank holiday activities!

Nottingham Poetry Festival

Various Venues

Friday 20 – Sunday 29 April

Prices vary

The annual Nottingham Poetry Festival is back and we are proud to be on board – we’ll be producing a series of poetry specials on the channel!

The stellar line-up includes national names in Roger McGough CBE, Jackie Kay MBE, Joolz Denby, Mark Grist, Holly McNish and the very funny Elvis McGonagall, together with many local poets including Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate Georgina Wilding, the internationally renowned Jai Verma of Kavya Rang, Andrew “Mulletproof” Graves, Milla Tebbs, and Stephen Thomas.

View the list of events and get your tickets

Bank Holiday Specials

The Great Central Railway

Friday 27 April & various dates


Why not join The Great Central Railway for their fantastic May Bank Holiday steam services. FREE goodies for all children on the trains including a sweet treat and drink. There may even be a visit from a favourite children’s character!

Open Day

Holme Pierrepont Country Park

Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 April

8.30am – 5pm

Holme Pierrepont Country Park’s biggest event of the year is back! This year there are more activities and more ticket options for the WHOLE family!

Taking place during the weekend you’ll have the opportunity to try some of the most popular activities for just £12 with the Unlimited Day Pass!

View the passes on offer that will give you access to a variety of activities.

Sensory Sunday

Thoresby Park

Sunday 29 April

10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm


Gloop Messy Play invite you to take part in Sensory Sunday, relaxed sessions which offer lots of quality family time in a beautiful riding hall. There will be an assortment of sensory items available to explore with your babies, toddlers and children including sensory baskets, fibre optic lights, mirrors, foil blankets, tunnels, balloons, dark dens, sensory lights, ball pool, music and soft play.


Hodsock Priory

Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 April

12pm – 6pm

Adults £2.50 | Children go FREE

Walk the woodland paths and see some of our most impressive bluebell displays.

There’s nothing more satisfying than the scents and sounds of the early morning in the 12 acres of Horsepasture Wood. Have your cameras ready and take a couple of hours to roam.

Grab a hot drink and snack in the heart of the Bluebell Woods. Open each day, our team at the Woodland Café by the campfire will be serving teas, coffees, homemade cakes, bacon and sausage sandwiches.

Enjoy these things to do in Nottinghamshire and have a great week!