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Summer fun for all in Mansfield

Posted onPosted on 30th Jul
Summer fun for all in Mansfield

Town centre street entertainment, a fun fair, a free family festival and a dog show are just some of the events to be found in Mansfield during the school summer holidays.

On Saturday, 31 July, Covent Garden walkabout entertainer, Bridie the Tea Lady, is in Mansfield town centre. The 8ft tall dancing tea lady is performing with music and humour at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm in the Market Place, West Gate and Stockwell Gate.

And while in town, visitors can also collect a free packet of wildflower seeds from traders on Mansfield Market and have a go at Mansfield District Council’s Bee Kind Trail.

To take part, follow a trail of wildflower planters around town and make a note of the seven letters printed on them. Spell out the phrase and email it to [email protected] by 31 August. You could win a £30, £20 or £10 voucher to spend on the market. Find out more by visiting

The council’s Yeoman Hill Park and Titchfield Park will host Xplorer sessions, which are a free navigation challenge to explore the park and something the whole family can enjoy together.

For indoor activities, families can book a free session at Mansfield Museum, with crazy golf, interactive exhibits, and plenty of creative activities to keep children occupied. They are running each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am and 1pm with quieter, relaxed sessions on Wednesdays. Book online at

The Pirate Pool at Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex has now reopened and there are also holiday activity clubs operating at other council leisure centres in the district. See and click on the individual leisure centres to find out more.

Meanwhile, at the Four Seasons Shopping Centre the BClub will be running a series of weekly free children’s holiday activities in August.

The council’s parks will play host to various events, including a travelling fun fair in Fisher Lane Park from Thursday, 5 August to Sunday, 8 August and charity dog show on Saturday, 21 August in Racecourse Park.

Wonderfest, the council’s flagship summer family festival event featuring a performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, in Titchfield Park on Thursday 26 August has now allocated all its free tickets. There may be a chance to win a couple more in a competition being planned to mark Nottinghamshire Day on Wednesday, 25 August. Details will be posted to the council’s Facebook page.

Executive Mayor Andy Abrahams said: “It is great to see Mansfield opening up again to events this summer. There is no shortage of things for families to do over the school holidays and many of these activities are completely free.

“We hope parents will take the opportunity to get out with their children and experience the wide range of entertainment available on their doorsteps.”

Check out the What’s On section of the council website at to find out more or to submit details of an event in the district.

Dates for your diary

Saturday 31 July: Mansfield Town Centre street entertainment, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Wednesday 4 August: Xplorer, Yeoman Hill Park 10am to 12noon.

Wednesday 4 August: Xplorer, Titchfield Park 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Wednesday 4 August: BClub, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, free, 11am to 3pm. Children’s activity ‘BKind to Nature’ to make a bee home using canes, toilet roll tubes and string.

Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 August: McKeans funfair, Fisher Lane Park. From 6pm on Thursday and Friday, and from 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday 11 August: BClub, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, free, 11am to 3pm. BInclusive – learn to read and sing-a-long using Makaton sign language.

Wednesday 11 August: Yeoman Hill Park, free, 10am to 12noon, Xplorer.

Wednesday 11 August: Titchfield Park, free, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Xplorer.

Wednesday 18 August: BClub, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, free, 11am to 3pm. BThankful, create a thank you letter and gift using colourful scratch art.

Saturday 21 August: Racecourse Park, 11am to 4pm, Dog Show in aid of cancer research, organised by Husse Pet Foods. The 15 classes are £2 each or three for £5. Lots of doggy friendly stalls. Book in advance by messaging @HusseMansfield on Facebook or fill in a booking form on the day.

Wednesday 25 August: BClub, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, free, 11am to 3pm. BFriends, making a friendship bracelet.

Thursday 26 August: Titchfield Park, free, 11am to 5pm, Wonderfest (no more tickets available) with live music, family-friendly entertainment, arts and crafts, interactive displays, food stalls and a free outdoor performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Chapterhouse Theatre Company at 3pm. People with tickets for the show will get priority in the dedicated performance area on the day. The rest of the space will be allocated on a first come basis while others will be able to view from the wider park.