As we go into the summer months and the days get longer and warmer, there are lots of events and activities that I hope people across the City will engage with.
As a Council we are committed to continue to provide lots of free events for people to enjoy, as well as attracting world class names in sport and culture to compete and perform in the City. Last year saw many excellent events such Nottingham Riverside Festival, The Milk Race and The Nottingham Riviera and this year promises to build on that success and continue to provide a wide variety of events and attractions.
As England’s Home of Sport, Nottingham is set to host several sporting events throughout 2016. In keeping with our heritage as the home of Robin Hood, Nottingham will be hosting the European Archery Championships, this weekend (28th and 29th May). The Aegon Open will also return at the Nottingham Tennis Centre between 4-12 June (Women’s) and 18-25 June (Men’s), with rising British stars Kyle Edmond and Joanna Konta will be among the players competing in the event.
There will be a wide range of cultural exhibitions and events on at various locations throughout the summer. This includes The Outdoor Theatre at Nottingham Castle, Wollaton Park and Newstead Abbey (25 June – 1 September) where performances will include The Railway Children, Macbeth, The Importance of Being Ernest and Danny the Champion of the World. Additionally there will be a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at Nottingham Castle (30 July – 9 October) which will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to see ten extraordinary drawings from the Royal Collection, with lectures, activities and workshops.
Nottingham will again be hosting the hugely successful Splendour Festival at Wollaton Park on the 23 July. This event will be the highlight of the summer for many music lovers with acts such as Jess Glyne, the Fratellis and UB40 heading the bill. Discount tickets are available for City residents and there will also be Comedy and Children’s entertainment on the day.
An event that highlights the diversity and variety available this summer is the East Midlands Flower Show. The event will be taking place for the first time and visitors can look forward to beautiful show gardens, inspiring designs from local nurseries and the opportunity to buy seasonal plants, gifts, garden furniture. Additionally, Alan Mason, presenter of Channel 4’s ‘Gardens without Borders’, will be speaking at the show, which takes place at Newstead Abbey on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June.
I hope that as many Nottingham residents as possible will take advantage of the excellent art, culture and sport that is available at events this summer. For more information on these events, please visit www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/events-markets-parks-and-museums/events-in-nottingham