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Caribbean Carnival - Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August

You'll be able to catch the tram to the carnival at the Victoria Embankment this year, and there's so much happening, including live music, the colourful parade, food and drink stalls, funfair, and much more. See what's on.

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Summer Holiday Fun! 


Get inspiration for keeping kids entertained this summer holidays with our guide to what's on in Nottingham. 

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Summer Holiday fun at the National Videogame Arcade!

Whether youre prowling for a Pikachu, mad about Mario or serious about Sonic, family-fun activities at the NVA mean you can play with all your favourite characters every week this summer! Get tickets


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NOW ON at Nottingham Castle - Leonardo da Vinci exhibition

There is no cost for this specific exhibition - just the £7 admission fee to enter Nottingham Castle - but your ticket is now an annual pass allowing you to return as many times as you want in a year!

There's a whole programme of events, tours and talks running alongside the exhibition - See what's on.


Handmade Nottingham Market at the Malt Cross
Sunday 14 August 11am - 5pm


Browse 20+ designer maker stalls from Nottingham and beyond! There will be an amazing range of handmade gifts, homewares and accessories as well as street vendor style food by Malt Cross.

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Gloworm Festival

Gloworm Festival - Clumber Park 20 & 21 August

Gloworm Festival is brilliant a new festival especially created for humans and their little people! The line up includes live music from Toploader, plus kids TV characters and entertainment, games and a petting zoo.


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Dinosaur Zoo at Nottingham Playhouse
Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August


Looking for the perfect treat for your little monsters this summer holiday?

Visit the Dinosaur Zoo to marvel and interact with extraordinary life-like creatures in an imaginative and hilarious live show. A truly ROAR-some delight for ages 3 and above.

 “Magnificent. A great family show for all ages.” ★★★★★ What's Good To Do

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Bigger and better - Great Food and Drink Festival
Saturday 27 - Monday 29 August


It's just four weeks to go this weekend till the Great Food and Drink Festival, at Newstead Abbey on August Bank Holiday weekend.

Top chefs like Simon Rimmer and Michael Caines will be there, as well as Great British Bake Off winner Nancy Birtwhistle. Plus, enjoy 100 food and drink stalls and onsite bars and live music. It's a great day out for ALL the family - dogs are welcome on the lead, and there's a free children's area too! Get tickets now.

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Hyson Green Culture Festival - Saturday 13 August 12 - 6pm

Head to this FREE celebration of Hyson Green, with live music performances, games and activities, food and drink stalls, arts and craft stalls, free health checks and advice, and much more!

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Melodica Festival 13 & 14 August
Rough Trade, Jam Cafe and Forever Records


For the first time ever, international music festival Melodica comes to Nottingham, putting the city on the same stage as capital cities like Vienna, Berlin, New York and Paris!

Melodica is an acoustic music festival bringing together songwriters and musicians from around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience playing in different countries, meet local artists, swap ideas and form musical collaborations.

See the line-up

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What's on in Libraries this week

Take part in some Roald Dahl themed fun at your local library!


Nottingham Food Festival
Wollaton Park 13 - 14 August


See chefs including Valentine Warner and Marco Pierre White, and enjoy musical acts plus and real ale tent, wine tasting and the craft marquee.

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Outdoor Theatre coming up...

Check the weather, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening of culture at one of our beautiful heritage sites. 

Wednesday 10 August at Nottingham Castle - Wuthering Heights

Friday 12 August at Newstead Abbey - Sense and Sensibility 

green spaces exhibition

Nottingham's Historic Green Spaces - Until 30 August at Nottingham Central Library


Using pictures, film and the written word, this exhibition celebrates Nottingham’s historic green spaces and reveals how and why they came about and how they've evolved since 1845.

Why not come along to a FREE talk as part of the exhibition? 

11 August: Parklands in Wartime: Nottingham’s parks in WW1 and WW2
16 August: Victorian Children’s Games
24 August: The Development of  Public Parks in Nottingham in the mid-19th Century 

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Tell us what you thought of the BMI The Park Hospital Riverside Festival


We hope you had a great weekend at Riverside Festival! We'd love to hear your thoughts on what you liked about the event, and what we could make better. 

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