There’s loads of great summer events going on near your favourite Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Chef & Brewers.
Come to Papplewick Pumping Station on Steaming Days to witness Britain’s finest Victorian Water Works in steam. It’s a great day out in the country for the whole family.
On the weekend of 28th to 29th August, you can visit this impressive example of ornate Victorian architecture, which once pumped millions of gallons of fresh water daily to the people of Nottingham. Papplewick Pumping Station has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument; the highest preservation order in England. It’s a miraculous feat of engineering and an important slice of Midlands history.
The station’s two massive beam pumping engines are a sight to behold, and on Steaming Days they are fired into action for a new generation to witness the power of steam. During these special days, visitors can also tour the underground reservoir – opening hours are 11am to 5pm.
Head 20 minutes east of Southwell Racecourse to discover The Hutt, a 15th-century pub in the grounds of Sherwood Forest. The Hutt is the ideal spot to end your day, with its tasty evening menu of dishes including chicken breast with cheese and back bacon or sticky toffee roulade.Reserve your tableFind out more about the event
Come and experience the very first East Midlands Flower Show. The event will be held on the 25th and 26th June 2016 in the beautiful grounds of Newstead Abbey, between Nottingham and Mansfield.
Local nurseries, horticultural colleges and landscapers will be showing off their talents with specially designed show gardens created to the backdrop of the stunning abbey and its expansive parkland grounds. It promises to be a wonderful day out for families and gardening enthusiasts alike.
Pick up some gardening tips and ideas for your own outdoor spaces with talks from local experts such as garden historian Philip E. Jones and Great British Bake Off’s Jordan Cox, or wander around the home and garden marquee where plants, gifts and garden furniture will be on sale. Take the little ones to the kid’s corner or give their green fingers some inspiration at the ‘concept corner’, where local schools and community groups have created their very own mini gardens.
After a fun-filled day, enjoy a well-deserved lunch in the beautiful 15th century country pub The Hutt, located on the historic turnpike road right opposite the abbey.Reserve your tableFind out more about the event
For three days this August, families can revel in all kinds of fun at Nottingham’s largest – and most popular – free festival.
The Riverside Festival takes place along a one-mile stretch on the banks of the River Trent, at Victoria Embankment. There really is something for everybody: the nostalgic will love the steam engines, old-time organs and fun fair; music lovers can catch jazz, folk and world music beats live on four music stages; and kids can head to the children’s zone for free activities, paddling and a play area.
On the Sunday, the crowd will get to witness 50 teams battle it out in epic dragon boat races (from which all proceeds go to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People). And on Saturday, the night sky will be filled with whizzing, popping and colourful bursts of fireworks.
Peckish after all the festivities? Then drop into the Ferry Inn, in the charming village of Wilford, located just 10 minutes from the riverside fun. You can sip a refreshing glass of cask ale with your meal while the little ones tuck into three courses, for just £7, from our children’s menu.Reserve your tableFind out more about the event
With over 150 antiques stalls to browse, plus a tempting outdoors antiques market, you’re sure to unearth real treasures at BIG Antiques Weekend.
Held at Southwell Racecourse between Saturday 27th and Monday 29th August, the BIG Antiques Weekend is idea for uncovering vintage clothing, shabby chic furnishings, antique pieces and collectibles. But that’s not all. If you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, simply sit back and enjoy the rousing vintage entertainment. There will be delicious nibbles and refreshments too – look out, in particular, for the Newfield Dairy mobile ice cream parlour.
Established in 1992, this fair has become a highlight on every antique lovers’ calendar. Not only can your kids join you for a great day out, but your dog is welcome too. Entry is from 9.30am to 4pm, with prices at £4 per adult and £3 for concessions. A small price to pay for a BIG weekend.
Once you’ve had your BIG weekend, why not visit The Wheatsheaf Inn for a spot of lunch, a Sensational Sunday Roast or perhaps indulge in a delicious desert. Just 20 minutes away, it’s the perfect way to finish off a great day antique shopping!Reserve your tableFind out more about the event