The weather is set to be pretty decent this bank holiday weekend, so we’ve compiled a list of great things for families to do – and make the most of the sunshine.

The Great Food & Drink Festival takes place in the grounds of Nottingham Castle this weekend, featuring lots of fun things to do for all you foodies. Sunday Brunch cook Simon Rimmer will be heading up an impressive cast of celebrity chefs offering cooking demonstrations, as well as demonstrations by local food producers from cheese and wines to bakers and butchers. There will be hundreds of stalls selling locally-produced fare, as well as activities to keep children entertained, including face-painting, pizza-making, shows and a whole host of rides. Tickets are available HERE. Entry to the event includes access to the Castle’s grounds, gardens, museum and art gallery.

The Ashby Gusto Festival celebrates all things Food and Drink on Saturday at Bath Grounds, Ashby de la Zouch, with a range of food, drink and artisan stalls with live entertainment and demonstrations. Details HERE.

Staying with the drink side of food and drink, there are a few of beer festivals taking place over the weekend. First up is the third Furnace Inn Spring Bank Holiday Beer Festival in Derby from tonight until Monday. As well as over 40 ales, ciders and perries, there will be BBQ food available. Details HERE. Also in Derbyshire, the Beehive Beer Festival takes place in High Peak this weekend with more music, food and plenty of beer.

Beer Festival - Bank Holiday

The Beauvale Priory Beer & Cider Festival in Moorgreen, Nottinghamshire runs from tomorrow until Monday. There will be plenty of ales, ciders and perries, live music, and a hog roast. Nice. There will also be family events and activities for children on the Sunday as well as an appearance from Elvis on the Monday. Details HERE.

Set close to Newark Castle, the Newark Beer Festival runs from tomorrow until Sunday with over 150 tipples to choose from. This is a big event in the CAMRA calendar, and has been running since 1996. Details HERE.

The Milk Race returns to Nottingham’s Old Market Square this Spring bank holiday weekend. The event spans two days, with music and entertainment on Saturday, May 23 and the main event, including the public rides and the two elite races on Sunday, May 24. For more information, including how to sign up for the race, visit

Take a ride on the Lollipop Special Steam Train this Spring bank holiday at Rudyard Lake Steam Railway in Leek. Enjoy a scenic three-mile return trip by steam train alongside Rudyard Lake (the historic site where poet and author Rudyard Kipling’s parents met on a picnic day out and named their son after the place) with all the family and the kids get a free treat! Details HERE.

Wheee! 2015 is the 11th International Children’s Theatre and Dance Festival at Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham. Starting on Monday, the week-long event includes performances by international companies such as Mass Theatre and Dance, Ailie Cohen Puppet Makers, Frozen Charlotte and the return of the Architects of Air luminarium! Details HERE.

Taking place a month before the real deal, Glastobudget welcomes a wealth of top tribute acts to Turnpost Farm in Wymeswold, Leicestershire this weekend. Now in it’s tenth year, the three-day event pays homage to the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Fleetwood Mac, Abba, Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, local heroes Kasabian and more, as well as new acts. For details, click HERE.

Superbikes - Bank Holiday

The eni FIM Superbike World Championship visits Donington Park in Castle Donington this weekend, for the only UK round of the series. The event is a hit with Superbike fans who can witness the speed and adrenaline up-close with some of the best views of any track in the world. There will also be more races from World Supersport, Superstock 600 & 1000, European Junior Cup and Ducatis, while a host of off-track activities, including a Fan Zone, will also keep fans entertained throughout the weekend, with entertainment also taking place in the evenings. Details HERE.

Experience the fear and anticipation of battle at Seige! at Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire on Sunday and Monday, as medieval knights defend the castle from an attacking army. Feudal fun for all the family! Details HERE.

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