Retford Heritage Day & North Notts Lit Fest go digital

by | 9 September 2020 | Community Event, Heritage, Hobbies, Retford, Worksop

Enjoy virtual events in Bassetlaw this month.

North Notts Lit Fest
North Notts Lit Fest 2020 comes to you ‘digital and distanced’ this year. A whole host of incredible online events with authors from around the world, will certainly make it a week not to miss! From New York Times Best Seller Dion Leonard’s tale of Finding Gobi to award winning children’s author Onjali Raúf and her bestseller The Boy at The Back of the Class, there is a wealth of literary talent on show!
There are also some great workshops for writers including one on historical research techniques by Historian and Radio 4’s Book of the Week author Emily Brand. Children’s author LD Lapinski will be taking writers through techniques used to create magical worlds and festival podcasts throughout the week with behind the scenes chats with the event’s authors. Competitions will be running throughout the festival with some great prizes and ‘Book Drop Bassetlaw’ with copies of award winning books dropped in places for you to find and keep! Look out for ‘Stories from the Book Bench’, the newly installed bench at Bassetlaw Museum, which depicts William Bradford’s book ‘Of Plimoth Plantation’.
You will have an exciting opportunity to explore Retford and Worksop on foot with the ‘First Chapters Trail’: download the app, find the trail plaques, scan the bookcases for the hidden codes and get ready for some great surprises created especially for NNLF 2020! All events are free to everyone. Full details can be found on our website,, or on their Facebook and Twitter pages, @nnliffest.

Retford Heritage Open Day
Retford Heritage Open day will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims this year with the theme of ‘Journeys’.
Bassetlaw Museum, Retford Civic Society, Retford Business Forum and other local organisations will be working in partnership with North Notts Lit Fest to create new and innovative ways to access Retford’s heritage.
Everyone will be able to join a week-long online event – between 12th and 19th September – and take part in a variety of activities such as virtual tours, competitions, podcasts and more!
The theme of ‘journeys’ will weave together a fabulous program of online content. Find out fascinating facts about some of Retford’s beautiful heritage sites, take a relaxing virtual trip along the Chesterfield canal, enjoy the peal of church bells and live Facebook events all within current social distancing guidelines!
The event will be hosted on the ‘Retford Heritage Open Day’ Facebook page, with links to YouTube videos and downloadable activities. ‘Like’ the page to be able to access all the events! No booking is required.