Here’s a selection of some of the activity which took place last year.  If you’re organising an event for 2017, go to the Add your event page to let us know your plans for this year.

Mansfield Town Centre – Market Place Sporting Heritage Celebration Event

26th September 2015, 11am – 3pm

Join us for a fantastic celebration of Mansfield Sporting Heritage, including displays and demonstrations from local sports clubs, musical entertainment, freebies, hands-on activities and a Sports Trail around the town centre.

Free, suitable for all. For more information see

Get your skates on: Venues across Lancashire

September 2015 to March 2016

From the opening of the first dedicated rink in the 1850s until the early twentieth century, roller skating was a hugely successful and popular past time in Lancashire. As part of National Sporting Heritage Day, Community Heritage, Lancashire, is planning to gather recollections, images and more to celebrate the heritage of the sport. The programme will begin with:

30th September Museum of Lancashire 2pm

A fascinating talk about the history of skating in the region. Call 01772 534075 to book your place or for further information. The talk will also be repeated in a number of venues across the county including two leisure centres that regularly host roller discos.

This event will then be followed by a series of digital learning sessions where members of the public can learn to trace their family history and perhaps discover a roller skating ancestor! These will take place in libraries across Lancashire.

There will also be travelling display which will be exhibited in venues across the county in celebration of our sporting heritage.

For more information about any of the above events and activities, call 01772 534075 or email

Heritage at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

30th September and 3rd October 2015

To celebrate our sporting heritage, we are staging two days of events:

On the 30th September, there will be two talks led by members of the museum team. One at 12pm on ‘Tennis Fashion Through the Ages’, and the other at 3pm on our temporary exhibition ‘Powerful Posters; Tennis and Advertising, 1893-2015’.

On the 3rd October, visitors will have the chance to join a tour led by our Learning Department – a tour not to be missed!

There will also be a ‘Dress Like a Champion’ section and Object Handling table available on both days. In addition to the activities on site, we will also be posting a blog on the Wimbledon website regarding the links between tennis and national heritage – highlighting links with the history of tennis to historical events. For example, this year marks 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt. What does this have to do with tennis?

Did you know that in 1414, Henry V was allegedly insulted after receiving a gift of tennis balls from the Dauphin of France? The event  was even noted by Shakespeare, stating that the balls were sent to signify the King’s wild youth. After this ‘provocation’, Henry V sailed to France to meet them in battle. Recent historians have questioned whether any balls were actually sent; nevertheless, the story certainly legitimised Henry’s decision to embark on the Agincourt campaign.

To find out more about opening times and admissions, please visit

Trent Bridge: Treasures of the Long Room and valuation evening

29 September 2015 – 6.15pm to 8.15pm

Trent Bridge: Treasures of the Long Room and valuation evening
Long Room of the Pavillion, Trent Bridge Cricket ground, Bridgford Road, West Bridgford, NG2 6AG

Cricket Expert Peter Wynne-Thomas will give a lecture about the fascinating artefacts in the Trent Bridge Collection and renowned auctioneer Trevor Vennett Smith will be available to give public valuations on your cricket memorabilia. Bar available.
£2 enter with a further £3 if you would like an item valued. No booking necessary, pay on the door. Suitable for adults. For more information call 0115 982 3000 and ask to be put through to Trent Bridge Library. Visit

Rucking all over the World, Discovery Museum, Newcastle

8th August – 9th November 2015

Discovery Museum, Newcastle

The Rugby World Cup rolls into Newcastle this autumn with St. James’ Park hosting three pool games featuring New Zealand, Samoa, South Africa, Scotland and Tonga.

We’re celebrating the history of rugby in the north east, where some of the world’s oldest clubs are based. What links does the region have with the five visiting teams? What internationals have been played on north east soil? Visit the exhibition to find out.

The exhibition will feature items from the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums collection alongside loans from the World Rugby Museum, Twickenham and local rugby clubs and supporters.

For more information contact

Mansfield Rugby Club – Guided Tours including FREE LUNCH!

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Join us for a free guided tour of Mansfield Rugby Club’s history, a free buffet lunch and then watch a league game 26 September 12.30pm to 5pm approx. Suitable for all Numbers are limited so please call to book your place: 07720 899996. Plenty of free parking. Dress for being outdoors watching a game of rugby.

Birth of the Blues: Auckland Castle

Runs until 28th September 2015, last entry 4pm.

The Birth of the Blues is a community collaboration between the castle and Durham Amateur Football Trust. It tells the story of Bishop Auckland FC from its inception in the 1880s, to the amateur game’s glory days in the 1950s, up to the club’s recent successes. An exhibition for all the family, it brings together rare objects, memorabilia, archival film footage and fun events telling the story of the club, the players and the ‘religion’ – both sacred and secular – behind the world’s most popular ball game.

Visitors will be able to marvel at the FA Amateur Cup on loan from the National Football Museum in Manchester; see Olympic medals won by the greatest amateur player to have pulled on a Bishop Auckland jersey, Bob Hardisty; reminisce on some of the most eminent games through contemporary photographs and signed programmes; and see how the kit has changed over the past 100 years. The fans’ story will also be told through original collectibles, including postcards, newspaper clippings, yearbooks, magazines, match tickets and the rare Subbuteo players wearing Bishop Auckland’s distinctive light and dark blue colours.

A programme of commemorative matches, tournaments and question and answer sessions with former Bishop Auckland players and respected football journalists, will also be held over the summer at the castle.

Normal admission applies. – See more at:

For more information, contact

Nottingham sporting curiosities and bygone years, Arnold Library

Come and discover what football was like in Nottinghamshire in the 1600s, find out who was ‘The Human Torpedo’, about a curious cricket match played on Nottingham’s Meadows in 1791 and a naked rambling race held on the Forest attended by 15000 spectators!

30th September, 10.30 – 11.30. Free of charge.

Great North Great, Discovery Museum, Newcastle

15th August – 8th October 2015

Great North Greats is a touring exhibition celebrating the millionth finish of the Great North Run and Tyneside’s incredible sporting and industrial heritage.
Telling the stories of individuals and communities, everyday triumphs and groundbreaking achievements, it is a celebration of all of the Great North Greats – ordinary people, extraordinary achievements.

For more information contact

Free entry to Nottingham races

Free entry for anyone with a Nottinghamshire NG, S or DN postcode to the races on 30th September to celebrate Nottinghamshire Sports Heritage. Simply mention Nottinghamshire Sports Heritage at the gate and show proof of your address. Alternatively pre-book your free tickets online by entering the promotional code HERITAGE15 on the Nottingham Racecourse website:

Going for Gold! Meet Heather Stanning at the River and Rowing Museum

30th September 2015: 3.30 – 5.00pm

Celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day at the River & Rowing Museum. Meet Olympic Champion and GB gold medallist Heather Stanning and discover what it takes to be an Olympic rower. Then explore the galleries with our rowing themed trail.

Booking essential
Free with Museum admission. Educational group discount available.

Call 01491 415605 or email to book

Hitchin’s Sporting Heritage

26 September 10.00-16.00

England Netball is 90 years old in 2016. Come and find out more about the history of the sport and its links to Hitchin. There will be a talk on the history of netball, a shooting competition and a demonstration of our new website;
Hitchin British Schools, hosts to the event, will be displaying some of their fine sporting collections.

British Schools Museum, Queen Street, Hitchin SG4 9TS

Museum of the Horse and Famous Nottinghamshire Horses Exhibition

26 September 2015 – 4 October 2015
Free entry for anyone to the Museum between 26 September and 4 October to celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day, just mention Nottinghamshire Sports Heritage to staff at the start of your visit. 10am to 4pm. Suitable for all.

The Hockey Museum

30th September 2015

Come and find out about the amazing collections held in the Hockey Museum archives during an open day held to mark National Sporting Heritage Day. Find out more by visiting or emailing

Hucknall Library

From Byron to Ben Caunt, join Ken Robinson for this fascinating talk on Hucknall’s sporting legends
3 October 2-3pm. Suitable for people aged 16+. Free. No booking necessary, just drop in.

Mansfield Civic Centre

September 2015

Mansfield Museum will be putting a ‘National Sporting Heritage’ display up at the Mansfield District Council Civic Centre. The display is free to see and will be up throughout September.

It will feature a mix of objects and photographs from Mansfield Museum’s archives. From Mansfield Town FC programmes to trophies and medals.

For more information, contact

Author Talk: Don Wright Forever Forest

Southwell Library: 28th September, 7pm

Nottinghamshire Archives: 1st October 7pm

Author Talk: Don Wright Forever Forest – Join Don Wright for a free event and hear about his new book “Forever Forest: The Official 150th Anniversary History of the Original Reds”. Adult event.

Mon 28 September, 7pm at Southwell Library (bar available), The Bramley Centre, King Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0EH. 01636 812 148

Thu 1 October, 7pm at Nottinghamshire Archives, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, NG2 1AG. 0115 9581634.

Brunel University Blog Post

30th September

Brunel University will be publishing a blog post highlighting their sport related collections in celebration of the national day. For more information contact and visit



“Shout down the shaft for a fast bowler: Mining a rich seem!” Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library

26th September, 11am.

Inspired by the cricketing sculpture outside the library, David Amos highlights the close bonds between mining communities and sport.

Free – advance booking required. 01623 753236

Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library, Ashfield Precinct, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 7BQ