Retford set to host biggest weekend yet!

by | 30 August 2019 | Community Event, Retford

Retford is set to host one of its biggest weekends yet with thousands of people expected to visit the town and be part of three very special events. Over the weekend of Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, the town’s traditional Heritage Day will take place alongside the very first North Notts Literary Festival, as well as the start of the Chesterfield Canal Walking festival.

The combination of these events promises to be a huge tourism boost for the area and showcase the rich heritage, literary talent and beautiful scenery that Retford and North Nottinghamshire has to offer.

Heritage Open Day
Retford has been celebrating its rich history as part of Heritage Open Day for the last 12 years and traditionally incorporates a central theme, with 2019 focussing on the ‘Chesterfield Canal and Retford’s Working Heritage’.
On Saturday 14th September, 12 heritage venues including Bassetlaw Museum, the Majestic Theatre, Harrison’s Brewery and Retford Library will host guided tours and dedicated talks. There will also be narrowboat trips along the Chesterfield Canal on the Seth Ellis and many other events taking place throughout the town, culminating with an evening performance by Harworth Brass at Retford Town Hall.

Derek Turner, Chairman of Retford Civic Society, which organises the Heritage Open Day, said: “Visitors will receive a warm welcome to our marvellous market town and this is a once-a-year chance to explore the world on your doorstep. All of the day’s events and attractions throughout the town are family friendly — and best of all they are all completely free.”

More information, event guides and timings for Heritage Open Day can be found online at and Programmes will also be available from Retford’s Bassetlaw Museum, Denman Library and The Hub.