It’s time to get out and enjoy what Mansfield, Ashfield and the rest of the county has to offer.
In our latest guide to things to do and places to go at the weekend, we’re off to the races, the circus and the theatre.
Bike rides, ghost hunts and walks to discover some of Welbeck Estate’s hidden gems are also on the agenda.
Be sure to visit the individual websites of all venues for opening times and admission prices.
And also, if you know of an upcoming event, or a place worth visiting on a weekend, please email me at [email protected] and I will try to include it in our guide.
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This boy, Dylan Baxter, had a great time making masks when Mansfield Market Place held free family entertainment last summer. Now there’s more on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where you can join in the balloon modeling, plant painting, hoola-hooping, and face painting. There is also a circus workshop among all your favorite stalls.
Photo: Jason Chadwick
The sky above Newstead Abbey looks suitably leaden and spooky for a ghost hunt that Lord Byron’s ancestral home is organizing, with the help of paranormal investigators, on Saturday night. Are you brave enough to wander through the freezing halls of the haunted 12th century abbey once night falls and the lights go out?
With Stags playing Friday night this weekend, fans might be tempted by a trip to the races at Southwell on Saturday night. The Rolleston course hosts an attractive meeting of eight flat races on its new all-weather Tapeta surface, with the first race at 5pm and the last at 8.30pm. There is also a jump card at Southwell next Monday afternoon.
Music from these fresh-faced icons Westlife will light up The Ultimate Boy Band Party Show, which takes over the Palace Theater in Mansfield on Thursday night. A tribute band – “five bad boys with the power to rock you” – will take you back to the 90s and 2000s with over 30 hits like Take That, Blue, 5ive, Boyzone, NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and East 17.