Nottingham: the festivals capital of the UK

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This October, Nottingham will come alive with more major festivals and events than any other city in the UK, fifteen in all.  A new promotional campaign aims to attract more visitors to Nottingham in October, helping events to sell-out and providing a boost to the local economy.

Nottingham Castle. always associated with Robin Hood again?

Nottingham Castle. always associated with Robin Hood again?

The major events for October in Nottingham include:

Goose Fair, Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham 30 September – 4 October

The UK’s oldest travelling fair, with more than 700 years of history, the Goose Fair is renowned as a fantastic event for all ages. With more than 500 attractions, from the latest white knuckle experiences to family rides and old favourites including waltzers, carousels and Hook-a-Duck, plus traditional Goose Fair food including mushy peas and mint sauce, candy floss and brandy snaps.

Halloween at Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham 3 – 31 October

Dare you enter the most haunted building in the UK this Halloween? The Galleries of Justice Museum is the home of Halloween at half term in Nottingham, with Ghost Tours, Terror Tours and Spirits of the Dungeons Tours taking place throughout October. Prepare for a scare!

BF_2015_Glass_redRobin Hood Beer & Cider Festival, Nottingham Castle 7 – 10 October

Renowned as the festival with the world’s biggest selection of draft cask condition beers, with more than 1,000 on offer, enjoy the very best beer and cider in the picturesque grounds of Nottingham Castle. Fantastic food and live music are also on offer, to add to the festive atmosphere of this legendary event.

Canal Festival, Waterfront, Nottingham 10 October

Castle Wharf will be alive with working boats once more as twenty boats bring their colour and history to the city. Visitors can also enjoy activities on and off the water, including canoeing, angling, boat trips, craft stall and live music.

Hockley Hustle, various venues, Nottingham 11 October

A city-wide music festival taking place at more than 15 venues across Nottingham from cafes to art galleries. One ticket gets you entry to all venues, and the city streets come alive with buskers and live entertainment throughout the day.

Mayhem Film Festival, Broadway Cinema 15 – 18 October

With an international reputation, Mayhem showcases the best horror, sci-fi and cult features and shorts from around the world. Taking place at Nottingham’s independent cinema, Broadway Cinema, Mayhem features premiere screenings, short films, old favourites and horror-themed events.

Nottingham International Microfilm Festival, Nottingham 15 – 20 October

Nottingham welcomes the UK’s first international microfilm festival, celebrating the microfilm industry, which is a growth area for film making around the world. As well as industry events, members of the public will be able to enjoy microfilm screenings at various cinemas and cultural venues across the city.

Family Arts Festival

Family Arts Festival

Family Arts Festival, various venues, Nottingham 16 – 31 October

Enjoy eye-boggling arts for all the family at the Family Arts Festival, taking place at various galleries and theatres across Nottingham during the October half term.

International Robin Hood Day and Robin Hood Week, various venues, Nottingham   17 – 25 October

Celebrate our famous man in tights with a week-long series of events and performances, kicking off with International Robin Hood Day on Saturday 17 October. See wandering minstrels and of course Robin Hood himself, as businesses and attractions across the city pay tribute to the famous legend.

Game City 10, National Videogame Arcade, Nottingham 22 Oct – 31 October

Europe’s biggest and best-loved cultural video-gaming festival returns for its tenth year, taking place at the new National Videogame Arcade and at venues across the city, with the mission to get Nottingham having fun.

Robin Hood Festival

Robin Hood Festival

Robin Hood Pageant, Nottingham Castle 23 – 25 October

A celebration of Nottingham’s infamous legend, the Robin Hood Pageant transforms the grounds of Nottingham Castle into a medieval village, complete with Robin Hood and his Merry Men, King Richard in his royal camp, living history demonstrations and jousting tournaments. On Friday and Saturday night enjoy the night time joust events, complete with fire artists and jesters.

Rockingham, Rock City, Nottingham 23 – 25 Oct

Three days of the finest melodic hard rock from around the world, featuring bands including Gotthard, Dokken and Eclipse, at Nottingham’s iconic live music venue, Rock City.

Nottingham Oktoberfest 2015, Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham 28 Oct – 2 Nov

Enjoy a taste of Bavaria in Nottingham when the huge Oktoberfest beer tent arrives on the Forest Recreation ground, offering giant beers, German food and live music, making for a fantastic night

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