Saturday, 26th May 2018

Upton & Southwell
10am to 5pm

Open Studios Notts

Artists and makers across Nottinghamshire will again be opening their studios to the public throughout May and early June, supported by volunteer led, not-for-profit initiative Open Studios Notts for the seventh year running. This year, creatives from around Southwell will join their Upton colleagues in a trail of open studios and venues on the late May bank holiday weekend (26th to 28th May). Each year more artists choose to come on board and in 2018 over 250 artists will be participating at 80 venues across the county. From 27th April to 8th June photographic exhibitions at Retford, Arnold and Beeston libraries, courtesy of Inspire, will show a number of artists and makers at work in their studios. The Open Studios Notts brochure is available in libraries and other outlets around the county.


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Saturday, 26th May 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Rolleston
11am to 5pm

Flower Festival

26th to 28th May


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Saturday, 26th May 2018

The Reindeer Inn, Southwell
6.30pm to 8.30pm

The Reindeer Inn

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Sunday, 27th May 2018

Hoveringham
12 noon

Hoveringham Vintage Vehicle Society Show

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Monday, 28th May 2018

Southwell Minster
10am to 3pm

Minster Open Day, including Tower Tours

Tower tours are £5.00 per person; children under 14 £3 per head. (Not suitable for children under 7 years of age.) Tours will take place between 10.00am-3.00pm. Turn up and make yourself known at the Information Desk. Last tour starts at 2.00pm. There will be an Organ Recital in the Nave at 3.30pm.


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Monday, 28th May 2018

Wellow Maypole Green
12 noon to 5pm

Wellow Maypole Celebrations

Spring may have been a little delayed this year, but the village of Wellow will be celebrating its arrival, come rain or shine, on the Late Spring Bank Holiday, Monday 28th May. This year the organising committee is delighted to announce the return of Elaine Hill and her sheepdogs – she will be demonstrating her skill and that of her dogs, with the aid of some ducks, on the maypole green during the afternoon! The main focus of Maypole Day is, of course, the Crowning of the new May Queen, following the children's procession from St. Swithin's church. After this, the children demonstrate the variety of intricate maypole dances they have learnt in the weeks leading up to the big day. There will be live music from Acorn Roots, Scottish country dancing, Punch and Judy, children's swing boats, and lots of stalls, crafts and games to keep everyone amused. Hot and cold food is available throughout the afternoon, including delicious home made cakes from our renowned cake stall in the village hall. Come and join the fun from 12 noon to 5pm. Admission is free, but we do hope you will buy a programme and some raffle tickets to help fund next year's event. Parking is available at Wellow Dam and Wellow House School. See you there!


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Monday, 28th May 2018

Sth Muskham & Little Carlton Village Hall
1pm to 4pm

Open Day Celebration

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

The Reindeer Inn, Southwell
6pm

Southwell Business Club

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Saturday, 2nd June 2018

Farnsfield Village Centre
9pm

Blues in Farnsfield

Elles Bailey. Tickets £12 from Bruce on 01623 883096 or banddmcdowall@btinternet.com


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Sunday, 3rd June 2018

Brackenhurst
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Reach Off Road

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Wednesday, 6th June 2018

Newark Library
7.15pm

Newark Archaeological & Local History Society

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Thursday, 7th June 2018

Southwell Racecourse
7th to 10th June 2018

Gate to Southwell Festival

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Thursday, 7th June 2018

Minster School Theatre, Southwell
7pm

Fundraising Cabaret

A fundraising cabaret to raise money for the fabulous Maggie’s Centre Nottingham. Organised by students who attend a support group at school for students who have lost a parent. With some fabulous talent from the music department performing, it is set to be a great night! Thursday 7th June 7:00pm at the Minster School Theatre. All the money from tickets will go to Maggie's Centre Nottingham. Tickets: Concessions: £3, Adults:£5


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Saturday, 9th June 2018

Forrest Feeds, Edingley
9am to 2pm

Forrest Feeds Open Day

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Saturday, 9th June 2018

Southwell Library
5 to 6pm

Six String Theory

Tickets £5 on the door, £4 in advance (or with GTS Festival Wristband) from Southwell Library 01636 812148


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Sunday, 10th June 2018

Brackenhurst Campus, NG25 0QF
10am to 4pm

Open Farm Sunday

Brackenhurst is a beautiful 200-hectare working farm and estate where college and university level students work and learn. Come and visit our campus on Open Farm Sunday. There will be a range of family friendly activities including tours of the farm and estate and an exhibition showcasing Brackenhurst's proud agricultural heritage. Food and drink will be available to purchase. This event is free to attend and parking is available onsite. Dogs are welcome. Most activities are accessible to wheelchairs but please bear in mind it is a rural estate with many uneven surfaces.


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Sunday, 10th June 2018

Gonalston
1pm to 5pm

Gonalston Open Gardens

A whole host of beautiful gardens will be open in Gonalston, near Lowdham. The committee of Gonalston Open Gardens has kindly decided to support Chernobyl Children Lifeline Charity along with St. Laurence Church, Gonalston. There will be around 12 different types of gardens including Large gardens, cottage gardens, formal gardens, bird lover's garden, waterside gardens all surrounded by farmland and set in the picturesque village of Gonalston. Also a sale of plants and refreshments and cakes will be available. Cost is £5 with children free. Come along and spend the afternoon and enjoy the gardens also seek us out and have a chat with members of the charity.


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Thursday, 14th June 2018

Wellow House School
9.30am to 11.30am

Wellow House Open Morning

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Friday, 15th June 2018

Riverside Park, Newark

Newark Festival

15th & 16th June


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Saturday, 16th June 2018

Southwell City Football Club
10am

World Cup Fever

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Tuesday, 19th June 2018

Lowdham (various)
19th to 30th June

Lowdham Book Festival

The organisers are planning a fantastic line-up encompassing the worlds of fiction, travel, cricket, medicine, trains, poetry, art, music and food! With the usual eclectic mix of talks, music, film and discussions there should be something for everyone at this year’s festival. Come along and meet Victoria Hislop, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay,Adam Kay, Christie Watson, Kathryn Mannix, Karl Kopinski, Cailtin Moran, Alastair Sawday, Andrew Martin and Eve Makis. The film this year is Oranges and Sunshine, Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved - now adults living mostly in Australia - with their parents in Britain. A shocking expose of a story buried for many years, directed by Jim Loach and starring Emily Watson. There will be music from Dave Machell and Friends, and the legendary Judie Tzuke, plus the always popular final Saturday to round off the week with free talks, second hand bookstalls, events for children and a lovely cafe. Tickets and the full programme will be available from The Bookcase from mid-May. For more details email janestreeter@thebookcase.co.uk and join the mailing list.


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Tuesday, 19th June 2018

Robin Hood Theatre, Averham
7.30pm

The Ghost Train

19th to 23rd June.


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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Kelham House, Newark
10.30am to 12.30pm

Rainbows Hospice Fashion Show

We are once again holding our very popular fashion show and entertainment in aid of the Rainbows Hospice for Life Limited Children on Wednesday 20th June at Kelham House, Newark.   Tickets £30 which will include a goody bag, an arrival drink, a two course meal and fashion show by Phase 8 followed by hilarious entertainment from Well Versed.  We hope to have some interesting stalls and there will be a raffle as well.  What fantastic value!   You will all go home with a smile on your face.   Last year we raised £7,500 at this event and the funds are being put to good use as Rainbows has been able to expand to give respite to more children and their families.  We look forward to seeing you again.  Tickets from Jo Kitchin on 01623 882259, or Sue French on 01623 882600.  Don’t leave it too late!


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Thursday, 21st June 2018

The One Call Football Stadium
7pm

Charity Fashion Show

In aid of Macmillan Cancer support


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Saturday, 23rd June 2018

The Burgage, Southwell
12 noon

Southwell Funday

This year’s Southwell Funday will have something rather different - The Vikings are coming! Join us on Saturday 23rd June from 12 noon to 4pm on The Burgage. The Vikings will be camped out ready to show us life in the Dark Ages, through art, craft and conflict with a realism best seen close up (but not too close!). In the performance area there will be a children’s battle, a weapons demonstration, an historical scenario re-enactment and archery. So don’t miss this exciting chance to meet The Vikings! In addition we’ll have all our lovely community stalls too, with fun activities, storytelling, music and a bouncy castle and slide.  Live music will be performed by local brass band, Essentially Brass, who will be playing a wide range of light music. The maypole dancers from Lowe’s Wong Infants School will be weaving their beautiful ribbons around the maypole and why not stop to see the fire engine again and the police car too? Lots of yummy cakes, ice creams, drinks and a BBQ too – don’t miss out – book the date in your diary! Organised and supported by Southwell Town Council.  Any enquiries please contact Southwell Events and Tourism Co-ordinator, Honor Dunkley on 01636 819175 or email: eventsandtourism@southwell-tc.gov.uk.


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Saturday, 23rd June 2018

Southwell Minster
7.30pm

Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra

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Sunday, 24th June 2018

Woodborough
1pm to 5 pm

Woodborough Open Gardens

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Sunday, 1st July 2018

Oxton
12 noon

Oxton Fete

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Southwell Minster
6.30pm

Outdoor Theatre at the Minster

Southwell Minster and The Archbishop’s Palace will once again be hosting some wonderful outdoor theatre performances this summer.   High quality entertainment ‘alfresco’ for all the family begins with Robin Hood and his Merry Men, on Wednesday 4th July. Adapted by award winning writer Laura Turner, join family and friends and step into the forest with Chapterhouse Theatre Company in what promises to be one of the most fun adventures of the summer. Tickets for Robin Hood and his Merry Men cost: £46 family/£16 adult/£10 children available through the Cathedral Shop and also online at: www.chapterhouse.org/show4


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Friday, 13th July 2018

Newark (various)
13th to 15th July

Newark Book Festival

Tickets for the much anticipated Newark Book Festival are now on sale. This year’s event is shaping up to be bigger and more exciting than ever before with three days of events taking place across the town from Friday 13th July to Sunday 15th July. 39 authors, poets and illustrators will be taking part in events alongside dozens of musicians, actors, storytellers, stallholders and performers. Bestselling author Matt Haig will return as the event’s headline speaker. This year’s festival has the theme Landscapes in Literature, with a focus on the importance of locations and environments in fiction and non-fiction writing as well as the area’s literary heritage. Children can get involved in shaping their own Landscapes in Literature with a special competition for ages 7-13 and 6 and under. Children have until 1st June to draw their own secret gardens and winners will be awarded a prize at the festival and have their artwork displayed at Secret Garden coffee shop on Stodman Street. Information on how to enter the competition can be found at: www.newarkbookfestival.org.uk/ Prices for all events are £10 or less, with several events being free. Tickets can be purchased from Newark Palace Theatre on 01636 655755 or www.palacenewarktickets.com.


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Friday, 20th July 2018

Southwell Minster
6.30pm

Outdoor Theatre at the Minster

Southwell Minster and The Archbishop’s Palace will once again be hosting some wonderful outdoor theatre performances this summer. Handlebards present Romeo & Juliet, on Friday 20th July, and as usual with this superb touring company, you can expect riotous amounts of energy, plenty of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. Tickets from: http://www.handlebards.com/tickets/ For more information about the performances contact  marketing@southwellminster.org.uk


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Sunday, 12th August 2018

Archbishop's Palace, Southwell
11am to 4pm

Plant Hunters Fair

Plant fair entry: £1.00 donation to raise funds for their special projects Dogs on leads welcome. The top specialist nurseries of Plant Hunter’s Fairs return to the romantic location of the ruined Archbishop’s Palace at Southwell Minster. The plant fair attracts highly respected specialist nurseries from across the country, each with their own unique range of lovingly grown plants and the Education Garden, will be turned into a blaze of colour framed by the ruined gables of the palace. It’s just the right time to pick up some summer flowering plants to give your garden a boost and the nurseries will have just the right plant for your garden, specialising in plants of all sizes for a wide range of garden situations from hot sun to cool shade. If you need any help selecting the right plants for your garden the nursery folk are always happy to share their knowledge and experience. Refreshments will be available through the day. So, if your garden needs a late summer lift, or you’ve been inspired to dig a new border, then this is the place to find some different and exciting plants lovingly grown by passionate plantspeople. At the same time, you will be helping conserve this wonderfully evocative place for the future.


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Wednesday, 22nd August 2018

Southwell
Various

Southwell Music Festival

22nd to 27th August


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Saturday, 25th August 2018

Newark Riverside Park
TBC

Grandslam 2018

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