Things To Do In Nottingham This May

From music to sport, there’s a lot going on over the coming month. Take a read of our pick of what’s on.

First up, the Motorpoint Arena hosts the return of Multi-platinum selling global superstar Michael Bublé  (7 – 8 May) and EM-Con returns (10-11 May)  There’ll be the usual mix of celebrity guests, cos-players, attractions, traders and Film & TV props coming together for the most exciting show in the galaxy, and the biggest Popular Culture event in the East Midlands! 

The Nottingham Art Theatre welcomes George! The Concert (20 May) This 80th Birthday Tour is  an evening of great George Solo hits, his Beatles classics and Travelling Wilburys fun too. ‘George!’ aims to pay tribute to the incredible talent of George Harrison.  Celebrate the brilliant music of the man once dubbed ‘The Quiet One’!

Over at The Theatre Royal we have Titanic The Musical docking (15 May  – 20 May ) Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic The Musical focuses on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers who each boarded.

There’s more live music at The Royal Concert Hall when Sun Records the Concert – 70th Anniversary (20 May) Revisit the studio and the legendary record label that brought you Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Rufus Thomas and scores more rockin’ pioneers, as they once again come to life live on stage.

Dance the night away at the Disco for Grown ups at The Belgrave Rooms (6 May) They’re going back to the 80s with the decade’s best ever pop, electronic and dance tracks, and the Dot to Dot Music Festival returns to various venues around the city (28 May)

For some real history in action, enjoy a fascinating day out at Britain’s finest Victorian water works, Papplewick Pumping Station (1 May, 28/29 May) 

You might also like Plants & Prayer: Health and Healing before 1700 at Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park (Running until 3 Sept) Healing is what makes us human – but concepts of health and methods of healing have changed much over time. This exhibition explores medicine, care, and healing before 1700 and some of the changes that led to the development of medicine as we know it today. Medical manuscripts and books tell us about diseases, treatments, the relationship between healer and patient, and the lengths to which people went to find cures.

For a little haunted history, join the Haunted Heritage team at Newstead Abbey (13 May) Are you brave enough to walk through the chilling rooms and soak up the atmosphere of this once busy house at night in search of ghosts?

Enjoy The Spirit of Wartime Sherwood Forest 1940s Weekend (13 – 14 May) at Thoresby Park and CourtyardThe event marks the end of a three-year National Lottery Heritage Fund project focused on the impact of World War Two on Sherwood Forest’s landscape and communities. It will feature representatives from local heritage organisations as well as re-enactors and exhibitors from across the country sharing the military and home front history of WWII.

For fans of sport, its Vitality Blast season at Trent Bridge (26 May – 2 July)

Finally, let’s talk food and drink.  Join the Castle Rock Yard Party  (12 – 13 May) The annual two-day beer, music and food festival, hosted in Castle Rock’s brewery yard and adjoining brewery tap, the Vat and Fiddle.

Expect an insane line-up of beers from near and far, some of the best street food Notts has to offer, and a killer line-up of music to keep you dancing all day!

And the Sausage & Cider Festival returns to Wollaton Park (27 May)  and this year gets even bigger! There will be more bars, food vendors and entertainment.

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