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Week of free concerts to be held at West Bridgford Methodist Church

West Bridgford Methodist Church are putting on a series of 7 concerts performed by local choirs and musicians on a specially created and colourful Christmas Tree stage.

The concerts start on Saturday 8th December and run until Saturday 15th December starting at 7.30pm. The events are free but seats must be pre-booked through the Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/singing-christmas-tree-at-west-bridgford-methodist-church-17251823300

Singing Christmas Tree

The ‘Singing Christmas Tree’ stage at West Bridgford Methodist Church

You can get further information from sct@wbmethodist.org.uk or by phoning 07401563835.

West Bridgford Methodist Church singing christmas tree

Taste of Rushcliffe

Fifth Taste of Rushcliffe Food Festival

A Taste of Rushcliffe celebrates the unique flavour of Rushcliffe this summer as West Bridgford hosts the fifth annual food and drink festival on Saturday 7 July. Come and see the fabulous growers, makers, cooks and businesses from across the Borough.

Food Festival and Market

Saturday 7 July 10am – 4pm

Central Avenue, West Bridgford

Event is free and events include cookery demonstrations, masterclasses and children’s activities.

Want to know more? Call Rushcliffe Borough Council on 0115 914 8517.

Watch the Council’s Taste of Rushcliffe promo video:

tour of britain

West Bridgford chosen for Tour of Britain start

West Bridgford has been chosen as the starting point for the penultimate – and longest – stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race.

The biggest free-to-attend sporting event returns to Nottinghamshire this year on Saturday 8 September starting in West Bridgford and ending in Mansfield.

The announcement comes on the back of last year’s successful event which attracted 210,000 supporters on the day – one of the biggest turn-outs across the eight stage race across the UK.

The race boosted the Nottinghamshire economy by more than £3.4m.

With a global TV audience of millions, once again the eyes of the world will be on Nottinghamshire when 120 of the world’s top cyclists race the longest stage which is approximately 223 km long (139 miles)

The route will take in key Nottinghamshire landmarks such as the new Sherwood Forest Visitor centre, Newstead Abbey, Clumber Park and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground.  The race will travel through many town and villages in the south of the county as well as taking riders over the iconic Trent Bridge for the first time.

Tour of britain

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the race will be returning to our great county on Saturday 8 September – and will take in every district, including the City area.

“Last year’s event really was a fantastic day and shows that Nottinghamshire has what it takes to host a sporting event of this scale.

“We hope even more residents and visitors will turn out in force  to experience this fantastic event this year – and let’s hope the county reaps even bigger economic benefits”

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director added:

“The turn-out for the Nottinghamshire stage last year really was incredible.  The viewing figures for ITV4 show that Stage Four was popular with the audience at home too, with half a million people tuning in to watch the highlights– attracting the highest ratings of any of the other seven highlight shows.

“So we are delighted to be returning to Nottinghamshire as this year’s route  makes it seem like  a completely different county!  We are taking in a lot of new areas, approaching a significant part of 2017’s route  from the opposite direction as well as having hillier sections this time.”

The route will take in dozens of towns and villages including Ruddington, Cotgrave, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Southwell, Retford, Worksop and Hucknall.

Commenting on West Bridgford being chosen to host the start of the race, Councillor Simon Robinson, Leader of the Rushcliffe Borough Council said:

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome such a unique, prestigious event to the borough for the first time.

“We are proud of our heritage in sport and it’s fantastic we have been chosen as a host county and that so much of the stage will ride through Rushcliffe.”

Kate Allsop, Executive Mayor of Mansfield, said:

“We are very pleased and proud that Mansfield has been chosen as a host for the second year in a row – this time for the exciting finish.

“As it is on a Saturday, we hope this will enable even more people than last year to line the streets and provide a huge welcome for the cyclists as they make their way to the finish line.”

The economic impact report [PDF] commissioned by national Tour of Britain organisers showed that spend on food and drink was by far the biggest contributor to the local economy last time (almost £1.13m) followed by accommodation costs (£611k).

More than 39 per cent of those who turned out to watch the race had travelled from outside the county – therefore attracting around 81,000 visitors to Nottinghamshire.

Other figures shown in the report include:

  • Average daily spend for day visitor was more than £27
  • Overnight visitors spend more than £101 on average
  • Almost two-thirds of spectators said the race had inspired them to cycle more
  • Half of those attending came with their families.

Check out further details of the full national route.

Lady Bay Mid-Century Vintage Antiques Fair

Lady Bay Vintage Mid-century Antiques Fair 2018

The Lady Bay Vintage Mid-century Antiques Fair will take place on Saturday 23rd June, 11am – 4pm. The fair will be held at the Hospitality Marquee, Nottingham Rugby Club, 1 Holme Road, Lady Bay, West Bridgford, NG2 5AA.

The Vintage Mid-century Antiques Fair is unique to Nottingham for the breadth and quality of goods on offer. Styles stretch from the 1920s through to the 1980s, with the emphasis on mid-century and design classics. It’s one of the only places in Nottingham where you can source good quality mid-century furniture. You’ll see tables, chairs, shelving & sideboards, artwork, homeware, kitchenalia, textiles, fabrics, lighting, art deco, 20th century ceramics, studio pottery, vintage film posters, glass, industrial furniture, signage, brocante, French antiques and much more.

Whether you’re a collector, an avid vintage connoisseur or just looking for something unique and quirky, there’s bound to be something cool to tempt you on the day, with over 60 exhibitors showing off their wares at our biggest event to date, stalls indoors and out on the idyllic lawns of Nottingham rugby club.

“We have small independents coming from across the UK showing off their retro wares” said Paul Rose from Lady Bay Vintage, “ we take pride in there always being lots of new things to see, and with a huge cross section of  goods to suit all budgets we really believe that there’s something there for everyone”.

Lady Bay Vintage only run two fairs a year, Summer and Winter, “ do put us in your diary so you don’t miss us, we’d  recommend arriving early on the day so you get the best of what’s on offer” he said.

Lady Bay Open Gardens 2017

BBC’s Stuart Dixon To Open Lady Bay Open Gardens

The Lady Bay Open Gardens will be formally opened by BBC’s Radio Nottingham presenter Stuart Dixon at 42 Seymour Road on Saturday 30 June at 2pm.

The Lady Bay Open Gardens event, now in its 27th year will run from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 of July in over 20 gardens throughout Lady Bay in West Bridgford.

This popular two-day event will see 25 beautiful and varied gardens open to the public alongside entertainment, activities for children plus cake and plant stalls.  Look out for the special ‘Open Garden’ signs outside each participating property kindly provided by Winkworth Estate Agents.

All money raised over the weekend will be donated to Lady Bay Community Fund and various charities nominated by garden owners.  Tony Papkiewicz, the event Chairman said:

“This year is looking to be as fantastic as ever.  I’d like to say a special thank you to all the garden owners taking part as well as our event supporters Winkworth Estate Agent, Moores Nurseries and Garden Centre and Cockburn Lucas Independent Financial Consulting.”

Lady Bay Open Gardens 2017

Visitors can buy an Open Gardens entry programme for £3 for the two days (2pm to 6pm) from any participating garden, look out for the various signs throughout Lady Bay over the event weekend.  An Open Gardens map will be situated outside the Post Office on Trent Boulevard.

Free car parking is available at the Nottingham Rugby Club on Holme Road.

For further information or if you would like to get involved contact the Open Gardens Chairman Tony on papthepole@googlemail.com or by calling 0115 9143006.



Lady Bay Open Gardens Entertainment Schedule


  • Formal event opening by BBC’s Radio Nottingham presenter Stuart Dixon at 2pm at 42 Seymour Road
  • West Bridgford Tuneless Choir and the Lady Bay Community Choir at 14.30 to 15.15 and 16.00 to 16.45 at 26 Seymour Road
  • The Black Peacock Belly Dancers at 15.00 to 15.15 and 17.00 to 17.15 at 30 Pierrepont Road
  • Strawberry Jammers 15.00 onwards at 131 Holme Road
  • Judging of the ‘Great Lady Bay British Bake Off’ in the Scout Hall at midday followed by a cake sale, the winners announcements at 12 noon
  • Jimmy Evans a local singer songwriter is performing at 194 Rutland Road at 14.30 and 16.00  in addition to piano playing due Piano4two playing periodically throughout the day
  • Have a Go 1 hour Pottery Cane Topper Workshops 14.00, 15.15 and 16.30 at 42 Seymour Road on both days of the event
  • Indian street food stall outside the pharmacy on Trent Boulevard all day
  • Craft sessions at Framework at 69-71 Trent Boulevard as well as hand drumming between 15.00 and 16.00 both days of the event
  • Singing from the Tuneless Choir at 26 Seymour Road, various times during the day
  • Games, Face Painting and Refreshments at 70 Holme Road


  • The Sling Swingers will perform a selection of their favourite dances along with their babies! A gentle dance class for parents to enjoy whilst carrying their babies in slings or carriers. 15.30-16.00 at 26 Seymour Road
  • The Maids of Clifton Clog Team perform traditional and original, Garland, Stick and Hanky Dances from the North West of England! 15.00 – 15.20 and 16.15 – 16.35 at 26 Seymour Road
  • Homemade Korean food for sale at 20 Lady Bay Road
  • Have a Go 1 hour Pottery Cane Topper Workshops 14.00, 15.15 and 16.30 at 42 Seymour Road on both days of the event
  • The Lady Bay Aromatherapist is running drop in head massage sessions at Leonard Cheshire Disability on Julian Road on both days of the event
  • Craft sessions at Framework at 69-71 Trent Boulevard as well as hand drumming between 15.00 and 16.00 both days of the event
  • Jimmy Evans a local singer songwriter is performing at 194 Rutland Road at 14.30 and 16.00  in addition to piano playing due Piano4two playing periodically throughout the day
  • The Lady Bay Revellers Morris Dancers performing throughout the afternoon at 30 Pierrepont Road

Lady Bay Open Gardens List

Here’s the full list of the 25 participating gardens and venues.  Don’t forget, you can buy your ticket from any garden and use it over the two days (2pm to 6pm) 30 June and 1 July:

3a Adbolton Grove
8 Adbolton Grove
54 Adbolton Grove
28 Fleeman Grove
51 Gertrude Road
70 Holme Road
90 Holme Road
130 Holme Road
131 Holme Road
142 Holme Road
Holme Lodge, 1 Julian Road Leonard Cheshire Disability
10 Julian Road
110 Julian Road
20 Lady Bay Road
30 Pierrepont Road
54 Pierrepont Road
56 Rutland Road
172 Rutland Road
194 Rutland Road
196 Rutland Road
260 Rutland Road
26 Seymour Road
42 Seymour Road
69-71 Trent Boulevard Framework Housing Association, Transitions South Service
Scout Hall, Trent Boulevard

Nottingham Riverside Festival 2016

Nottingham Riverside Festival 2017

The Nottingham Riverside Festival 2017 is Nottingham’s biggest free festival weekend offering three days of family entertainment. It is a unique and fun festival covering one mile along the banks of the River Trent, at Victoria Embankment, adjacent to Trent Bridge.

This year the festival takes place on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th, and Sunday 6th August.

Over 100,000 visitors from Nottingham City, the County and beyond are expected to attend this free event at the Victoria Embankment, over the three days.

On Saturday evening at around 10:30pm there is a spectacular firework display, which is the highlight of the weekend festivities

Opening Times

Friday: 6:30pm to 11pm
Saturday 12pm to 11pm
Sunday 12pm to 11pm

Fireworks Display

The spectacular fireworks display will take place at approx. 10.30pm on Saturday 5th August.

Children’s Zone

  • Saturday 5 August 12noon – 9pm
  • Sunday 6 August 12noon – 6pm

Your little ones will love the FREE activities in the Children’s Zone, including:

  • the building of a tree installation
  • puppet theatre
  • creating clay flowers
  • festival hat making
  • building your own kite
  • storytelling (from none other than Nottingham Playhouse’s Dame)
  • circus skills workshops
  • Nottinghamshire Scouts activity area.

Be aware that this year the Children’s Zone has moved from the Children’s Play Area (besides the paddling pool) to the Memorial Gardens at the rear of the War Memorial itself.

Street Theatre

  • Saturday 6 August 2pm – 9pm
  • Sunday 7 August 2pm – 6pm

Street Theatre performers will bring Nottingham’s largest outdoor festival to life, with comedy and animation performances to enjoy and amaze.

Dragon Boat racing

The Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday 6 August 2017 and up to 50 crews are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course on the River Trent at the Victoria Embankment watched by thousands of spectators.

Races will take place every 10 minutes between 11am to 4pm.

Stage Times

Monument Stage

Friday 4 August

1830 – 1900 – Scott Bugg and the Vital Few
1930 – 2030 – Fat Digester Set 1
2100 – 2200 – Fat Digester Set 2

Saturday 5 August

1330 – 1430 – Dev Joshi
1515 – 1630 – Wholesome Fish
1715 – 1830 – Zee Guveya’s Heritage Survival Band
1915 – 2030 – Son Yambu
2115 – 2230 – Freak Power

Sunday 6 August

1300 – 1400 – Brooks Williams and the Lightening Express
1445 – 1600 – Zong Zing Allstars
1645 – 1800 – Hackney Colliery Band

Folk Stage

Saturday 5 August

1400 – 1420 – Some Antics
1435 – 1455 – Granny’s Attic
1510 – 1600 – The Carrivick Sisters
1615 – 1730 – Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys
~ Interval ~
1830 – 1915 – Granny’s Attic
1930 – 2030 – Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
2045 – 2200 – Cupola:Ward

Sunday 6 August

1400 – 1500 – Winter:Wilson
1515 – 1615 – Steve Tilston
1630 – 1800 – Gary Stewart’s Graceland

Jazz Stage

Saturday 5 August

1300 – 1400 – The Bob Wilson Swing Band
1430 – 1530 – The Bob Wilson Swing Band
1600 – 1700 – Suzanne Mellard & the New Standards Trio
1730 – 1830 – Suzanne Mellard & the New Standards Trio
1900 – 2000 – The Milestones Quintet
2030 – 2130 – The Milestones Quintet

Sunday 6 August

1230 – 1330 – The Nicola Farnon Trio
1400 – 1500 – The Nicola Farnon Trio
1530 – 1630 – The Nottingham Jazz Orchestra
1700 – 1800 – The Nottingham Jazz Orchestra

Planning your journey

Car parking is available, at a cost of £6 per car per day for all cars. Disabled parking for blue badge holders is also available close to the festival site, also at a cost of £6 per day. Out of courtesy for local residents, please do not park in the surrounding streets.

The entrance for public parking is via Riverside Way off Queens Drive.

Lark in the Park

Lark in the Park 2017

In 2017 West Bridgford celebrates it’s 29th Lark in the Park on Wednesday 2nd August 10am – 4pm. The event takes place in Bridgford Park just off Central Avenue. The theme is “Go Wild” – go wild, get muddy and get up close and personal with nature.

Lark in the Park is one of Nottinghamshire’s biggest family play day events. It is a mammoth fun-filled day which features a whole host of child friendly attractions such as arts and craft workshops, have-a-go sports activities plus shows, walkabout entertainers and stage shows. Admission is free but there is a charge for fairground rides and inflatables.

FREE stage shows:

10am – Sling Swing
10.30am – Stagecoach West Bridgford
11am – Jo Jingles
1pm – Dynamique Dance
2pm – Jo Jingles
3pm – Dynamique Dance

The huge list of stalls and attractions includes:


Parkwood Community Leisure
Nottingham Rugby
National Ice Centre
Nottingham Korfball Club
Glendale Golf
Little Wickets
Warrior Martial Arts
Nottingham Moderns Rugby Club
Core Aquatics

Health and Wellbeing

Specsavers West Bridgford
Insight Healthcare
Everyone Health
Age UK
The Carers Roadshow
Wellbeing Hub for Families and Schools
Nutrition Coach
Rushcliffe CCG

Charity and Community

Via East Midlands Road Safety Team
Central College
Rushcliffe Borough Council Community Safety Team
Notts Police
NCC Fostering Service
Faith in Families
Streetwise Environmental
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Kingfisher Court Care Home
Nottingham Building Society
Bugs and Bones
White Post Farm Roadshow
Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance

Market and Food

Cloud Cuckoo
Flamin Hot Food
Jojo Maman Bebe
Poppy and Ned
Lara Quin
Jewel Box
Quality Solicitors Yates and Co
Hartland Pies
Little Locket and Co
Lou Lou and Lotte
Laina Mather
F&A Smith Balloons
Hannies Handmade
The Food Box
Kerry’s Fresh
Love Grace Jewellery
Friary Cards
The Old Confectionery Cart
Little Sparkles
Usborne Books

Early Years and Family

Speech Therapy Specialists
Homestart Nottingham
Alphabet House Day Nursery
Sing and Sign
Stagecoach West Bridgford
Freedom Factory
Rattle and Roll
Messy Monsterz
Poppy’s Pop Up Pottery
Caterpillar Music
Tumble Tots
Super Sparkle Parties
Gizmos Lab
School House Pre-school
Mr Balloony Crazy Bikes
JJ Entertainment Circus Skills Zone
Hands On Our History Victorian Games

Travel guidance

Please consider walking or using public transport where possible to visit Lark in the Park. Regular bus services operate from the city centre and across Rushcliffe. For more information about public transport visit www.traveline.info

Parking guide for Lark in the Park

Car parking is £3 all day (10am – 4pm) at:

CAR PARK A Bridge Field
Bridgford Road, West Bridgford (up to 400 spaces)

CAR PARK B Lady Bay Sports Ground
Holme Road, Lady Bay (up to 150 spaces)

CAR PARK C NFFC Brian Clough Stand Car Park
Scarrington Road, off Lady Bay Bridge (up to 125 spaces)

Please note: Bridge Field car park reaches capacity very early. If you’re visiting Lark later in the day please consider heading straight to Car Park B or C, both of which are less than 10 minutes walk to Bridgford Park.

Taste of Rushcliffe

Fourth Taste of Rushcliffe Food Festival

A Taste of Rushcliffe celebrates the unique flavour of Rushcliffe this summer as West Bridgford hosts the fourth annual food and drink festival on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 July. Come and see the fabulous growers, makers, cooks and businesses from across the Borough.

Friday Night Fiesta

Friday 21 July 6pm – 10pm

The Croquet Lawn, Central Avenue, West Bridgford

With chilled out music, licensed bar, street food, live music from Roots Acoustic and lots of fun children’s entertainment – it’s the perfect summer night out for all the family.

The Friday Night Fiesta is the official opening event for the Taste of Rushcliffe Food Festival which takes place on Central Avenue the following day.

Food Festival and Market

Saturday 22 July 10am – 5pm

Central Avenue, West Bridgford

Cookery theatre

Healthy eating workshops

Children’s cookery school

There will also be the Children’s Cookery School and Food Science Lab. This popular attraction offers children the chance to really get excited about food and cooking. Children of all ages have the opportunity to experiment, play and learn. They can discover where their food comes from and how to combine basic ingredients to create delicious dishes.

Children have an amazing time creating recipes from scratch and can take their creations home to share with their family. Aprons and chef’s hats are all provided and after they have washed their hands, the fun begins.

The children’s cookery school schedule:

10.30am – Biscuits

11.30am – Jelly Explosions

12.30pm – Pizza making

1.30pm – Inflatable balloons

2.30pm – scones

3.30pm – rockets

Market stalls

Confirmed traders for the market are:

Business register 2017
Doggy Cookie Company
Marshmallow Kitchen
Acropolis Foods
Hanwell Wine Estates
Sauce Shop
Fudge Glorious Fudge
Freshly Spiced
Strawberry Cupcakes
200 Degrees
Harland Pies
Uncle Wayne’s Jerk Station
Willoughby Chilli & Garlic
Elizabeth Patisseries
Talbots Kitchen
The Creative Kitchen Company
Ghar Ka Khana
The Beeston Brownie Company
The Herb Deli
Aunty Banto
The Crowes
Mimi Artisan Bakery
Incredible Pies
Bouverie Lodge
Snail & Rabbit Teas
Vork Pie
The Food Box
Cropwell Bishop
Kerry’s Fruit & Veg
1729 Gin

Want to know more? Call Rushcliffe Borough Council on 0115 914 8517.

Watch the Council’s Taste of Rushcliffe promo video:

Lady Bay Mid-Century Vintage Antiques Fair

Lady Bay Vintage Mid-century Antiques Fair 2017

Whether you’re a collector, a cool retro enthusiast, or just want something vintage, beautiful or quirky for yourself or your home, you’ll be pleased to hear that Nottingham’s vintage mid-century antiques fair is back on Saturday 17th June in Lady Bay, West Bridgford.

Lady Bay Vintage are boasting over 60 exhibitors stacking out every inch of available space throughout the marquee & extending outdoors, with mid-century furniture, artwork, homeware, textiles, fabrics, lighting, 20th century ceramics and much more. There’s something to inspire even the most avid vintage connoisseur.

“Dealers have travelled from as far away as France & Germany to show off their retro wares” said Paul Rose midcentury antiques expert from Lady Bay Vintage, “we’re pleased to have such an exciting mix of stands this time around, you’ll be hard pressed to find so much cosmopolitan diversity under one roof!”

Virender Rose (partner) added, “we sold out on indoor spaces a few weeks ago, but have a limited number left outdoors for anyone that is still hoping to sell with us. We only do two fairs a year, so don’t miss it! we’d also recommend arriving early to get the best of what’s on offer”

See further details on the exhibitors by following the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1038672429575968/ or any of the Lady Bay mid-century antiques fair social media pages.

Save the Date for your diary: Saturday 17th June, 11am – 4pm, at the Hospitality Marquee, Nottingham Rugby Club, 1 Holme Road, Lady Bay, West Bridgford, NG2 5AA

For further details or if you’re interested in trading contact Paul at ladybayvintage@gmail.com

Air Cadets

Air Cadets to hold May recruitment week

Following on from a similar event in January, West Bridgford Air Cadets are holding a recruitment week in May. You need to be in School Year 8 (aged 12+) or above to join.

209 (West Bridgford) Squadron are opening their doors to prospective Cadets on Monday 15th May and Thursday 18th May. The Cadet Centre on Wilford Lane will be open from 7.15pm to 9pm on both dates – your chance to see what the Air Training Corps can offer! If you are interested in Flying, Aerospace, Sports, Duke of Edinburgh Award, BTEC Qualifications, First Aid, Fieldcraft, Camping, Radios or many other things this could be the thing for you! You will get the chance to meet the Squadron’s Staff and Cadets and be given the opportunity to ask lots of questions about all the activities that could be available when you join.

If you would like more information on this please check out the Cadets Facebook page or website.