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Get ready for Carnival! Plus, RSPCA Big Walkies, Sausage & Cider Music Festival, and much more...

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Carnival Weekend is here! Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August

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

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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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

Brewhouse Yard

Summer Holiday Fun! 


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

Get inspired

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Dinosaur Zoo at Nottingham Playhouse
Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August


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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RSPCA Big Walkies - Sunday 4 September at Colwick Country Park 


Join the RSPCA for a 5km sponsored dog walk to help more local animals get a second chance to find happiness in a new home.   

Not only will you and your dog have the Walkies of your year, but you'll help to raise doggie dosh for four-legged friends living right here in Nottingham who are less fortunate than those walking on the day. Get involved.


Nottingham Victoria Station Exhibition at Nottingham Industrial Museum, Wollaton Park
20 - 21 August


This weekend is your last chance to see the exhibition about Nottingham's Victoria Station, a celebration of the grand and beautiful railway station that stood where the Victoria Centre now is.  

Find out more


Sausage & Cider Music Festival - Forest Recreation Ground - 27 - 28 August


 A brand new music festival for August bank holiday weekend in Nottingham, with great tribute bands and delicious food and drink. Get tickets

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


It's just not long to go 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.

summer reading challenge

Take part in some Roald Dahl themed fun! All these events are completely free

Monday 15 August: Meet the Mini Beasts of White Post Farm at Meadows Library

Monday 15 August: Mischief, Magic and Mayhem with Geoffrey Jumper at Radford Lenton Library

Tuesday 16 August: Rafferty's Storytime at St Anns Valley Library
Wednesday 17 August: Mischief, Magic and Mayhem with Geoffrey Jumper at Nottingham Central Library

Thursday 18 August: Nitwit & Grump at Basford Library

Friday 19 August: Rafferty's Storytime at Sherwood Library


See what's on this week in your local library

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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. 

Thursday 18 August at Nottingham Castle - The Canterbury Tales

Friday 19 August at Newstead Abbey - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday 20 August at Wollaton Park - Wuthering Heights

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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 event as part of the exhibition? 

16 August: Victorian Children’s Games  - Have a go with old-fashioned games!
24 August: The Development of  Public Parks in Nottingham in the mid-19th Century 

Find out more


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. 

Fill in a short online survey for the chance to win a £20 intu Victoria Centre voucher.