Fun things to do in Nottingham for August Bank Holiday weekend which won't break the bank

Don’t shoot the messenger folks but the last Bank Holiday Weekend before – dun, dun, dun – Christmas Day has landed so it’s probably wise to make the best of it. Whether your plans include all the family from little ‘uns to grandma, a gaggle of your favourite friends or some well-earned ‘me time’ there’s plenty to do in and around Nottingham – and most of it won’t break the bank. From sampling something different from the back of a street food truck to going off road to learn about the secret life of bees there’s no excuse to not seize the weekend (August 23-26).

Unless you’re working of course, sorry. If you are looking for a bit of inspiration have a gander below and rejoice in the fact the Met Office is currently predicting lots of sunshine.

Try something new at Nottingham Street Food Club’s Street Feast, in Sneinton Market Avenues

Squeaky Beaver Poutine and Red Smith Gin at Sneinton Market’s Street Feast

Open Friday, August 23 to Sunday, August 25, 5pm to 10pm daily, Nottingham Street Food Club’s Street Feast will be serving up grub from the coolest new foodie pop-ups including poutine from Squeaky Beaver, Asian soul food from Homeboys, halloumi fries from Meltworks and Indian-inspired vegan treats from Khatti Meethi. Alongside the street food trucks there will also be a kids club with creative games and activities, live art from Rikki Marr and vinyl funk and soul all day from Hummer.

Entry is free, dogs are welcome and there’s a fully licensed bar too.

Watch a Splendour star perform at the Rescue Rooms Beer Festival, in Goldsmith’s Street

Fun things to do in Nottingham for August Bank Holiday weekend which won't break the bankFuture Sound of Nottingham winner Remy opens the Main Stage at Splendour 2019

After wowing this year’s Splendour Festival crowd with an unexpected and storming cover of Gloria Gaynor’s classic I Will Survive, Future Sound of Nottingham winner Remy is back in the city headlining the acoustic stage at the Rescue Rooms Beer Festival. The 17-year-old will be one of 15 acts to play across two stages at the weekend event (Sunday, August 25-26). More than 15 breweries will be on tap to sample from noon to 11pm daily.

Tickets are GBP11 from alttickets.co.uk and include a GBP5 drinks voucher and 2/3 pint glass to keep.

Sing a-long with 80s star Sonia at an all-day retro fest at Pryzm nightclub, in Lower Parliament Street

Fun things to do in Nottingham for August Bank Holiday weekend which won't break the bankSonia on stage at a recent Butlins 80s Music Weekender

Alongside 30 live tribute acts, an adult-only ball pit and a silent disco there, will be a performance from flame-haired 80s starlet and former Eurovision hopeful Sonia at Nottingham’s 80s Weekender Festival. Taking over all six rooms of Pryzm on Sunday, August 25, the all-day shin-dig is the Lower Parliament Street venue’s most ambitious project to date. Produced by the West End’s Vikki Holland-Bowyer, the 80s stage show will feature tributes to Duran Duran, The Human League, Madness, Toni Basil, Erasure and Bananarama.

Fronted by look-a-like stars, the non-stop retro showcase includes dancers and a backing band. On top of the 80s concert there will be an ABBA Reunion tribute show playing all the hits from the Swedish superstars and plenty of chances to sing along.   Upstairs one of the club’s rooms will be turned into an 80s-themed diner, serving up the dishes from your childhood including Findus Crispy Pancakes.

Tickets are GBP10 each from pryzm.co.uk with upgrades including a Clubber Pack which gets punters fast-track entry and a free drink for an extra GBP3.60. The festival runs from 4pm to 11pm, and fancy-dress is very much encouraged.

Watch classic fantasy blockbuster Labyrinth outdoors at Wollaton Park 

Fun things to do in Nottingham for August Bank Holiday weekend which won't break the bankThe late David Bowie in the 1986 classic Labyrinth

Get ready to ‘Dance, Magic Dance’, as Jennifer Connelly journeys through a magical labyrinth to recover her baby brother from a goblin king in this classic 80s flick featuring the late-great David Bowie as the Goblin King. Taking place outdoors in the grounds of Wollaton Park, film-lovers are invited to bring blankets and picnics to the evening screening of Labyrinth on Saturday, August 24.

Gates open at 6.30pm with the screening due to start at around 8.35pm. Tickets start from GBP12.50 at uk.patronbase.com.

Discover the ‘Secret Life of Bees’ at Nottinghamshire’s bee farm Goldendrops, in East Bridgford

Fun things to do in Nottingham for August Bank Holiday weekend which won't break the bankCheck out the secret life of bees

There won’t ‘bee’ a dull moment at Goldendrops in East Bridgford on Sunday, August 25, as staff prepare to welcome the farm’s final visitors until May 2020. Taking place from noon to 5pm, the family fun day will include finding our how bees look and live as well as meeting the Queen Bee.

Staff will be on hand to speak about the importance and future of bees. Tickets are GBP9.50 for adults and GBP7 for kids.

Check out more than 600 vehicles at the Notts Classic Car and Motorcycle Show at Thoresby Park

Fun things to do in Nottingham for August Bank Holiday weekend which won't break the bankNotts Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

Taking place on Monday, August 26, the Notts Classic Car and Motorcycle Show is expected to include more the 600 vintage, classic and modern vehicles on display – and this year the event will have a Mini & VW-theme. Open from 10am to 4pm at Thoresby Park, visitors can expect  a huge ‘autojumble’, a full vehicle concours overseen by commentator Les Clayton as well as plenty of food, drink, ice cream and a fully licensed bar.
 

Tickets start from just GBP3 at classicshows.org.

Bounce on ‘mad inflatables’ and enjoy a barbecue at the Nag’s Head charity family fun day, in Carlton

Fun things to do in Nottingham for August Bank Holiday weekend which won't break the bankTreat yourself to a banger form the barbecue

Huge inflatables will fill the car park at the Nag’s Head in Carlton as part of a charity family fun day in aid of brave little Poppy McGill, who won the hearts of the nation on BBC’s Hospital show. Taking place on Monday, August 26, from noon to 6pm, there will also be bouncy castles, a fun run, live music from cancer survivor Poppy’s dad, magic, face painting, a tombola, games and a barbecue. Money raised will help the McGill Family to raise funds for five-year-old Poppy’s insurance for her trip to Disneyland.

All day wristbands are GBP5 for children and entry for adults is free.

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