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The Magnificent Spiegeltent: from 29 September


The Nottingham October festival will get off to a great start on Friday 29 September with the first event in The Magnificent Spiegeltent in the Old Market Square.

The opening night in the ornate and historical venue willbe TheGilded Merkin Burlesque and Cabaret, followed bya range of music, comedy, magicand other entertainment for all ages until Sunday 8 October.

Highlights include Angelo Starr and the Team Edwin Starr Band, performing Motown and Northern soul hits, and Royal Vauxhall, an Edinburgh Fringe comedy based on a true story featuring Princess Diana, Kenny Everett and Freddie Mercury. Check out thewebsiteand get booking as some shows have already sold out!

The Nottingham October festival isa series of events in the city this autumn also includingGoose Fair, a Beer & Curry Weekend, the Robin Hood Pageant, Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Goose Fair: 48 October

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Forfour days in the first week of October, the Forest Recreation Ground becomes the place to enjoy over 500 attractions, the latest white knuckle experiences, family rides and classic favourites, not forgetting the ever-famous mushy peas, candy floss and brandy snaps.

So make sure Goose Fair is in the diary and come and enjoy some good old-fashioned family fun!

Robin Hood Pageant: 2122 October

Robin Hood pageant

JoinRobin Hood, his Merry Men, the Sheriff of Nottingham and a whole host of colourful characters in this immersive live experience. Be transported back in time as the Castle grounds are transformed into a Medieval village encampment with all the sights, sounds and smells of 12th century Nottingham.Try your hand at archery and watch a spectacular show of jousting knights and horseback sword fighting.

Book your tickets nowand don't miss this fantastic experience!

Nottingham Oktoberfest: 2529 October

Nottingham Oktoberfest

Nottingham Oktoberfest is about much more than German beer. Its about getting together with colleagues, clients and friends and enjoying the unbelievable Oktoberfest atmosphere!

Over one long weekend you can experience everything that makes a real Oktoberfest, with live German music, including traditional oompah and great schlager, full Oktoberfest decoration and waitresses and waiters dressed in dirndl and lederhosen.

Experience the feeling of being in an authentic Oktoberfest tent and enjoy giant servings of delicious, specially brewed Bavarian beer and all the Oktoberfest food you love like bratwurst and schnitzel.

Book your tickets now... prost!

Impractical Jokers: 11 October


The American comedy sensations behind the hit TV Show Impractical Jokers, The Tenderloins, bring Wheres Larry? to our shores this October for 10 must see dates stopping off at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on 11 October 2017. The Tenderloins are a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTVs hit series, Impractical Jokers.

Impractical Jokers
Date:Wednesday 11 October 2017
Ticket price: from 33.60 (including admin fee)
Information & ticket link:

Derby Feste: 2930 September

Derby Feste

Looking further afield, Derby Festreturns this weekend (Friday 29 and Saturday 30 September) transforming Derby into a playground with performances for the whole family to enjoy.

World Circus brings a sprinkling of magic on the Friday, whilethere will be free entertainment for the whole family, including live music, circus performances, dance and super heroes, on the Saturday, finishing with The Colour of Time procession plus 100 dancers performing under a canopy of lanterns and a night market.

For more informationhead to

You can save money on bus travel to World Circus, making it even easier for you to get to Derby. Find out more here.

Smile, The Musical: 1012 October


SMILE is a delightful musical adventure for children aged 3 to 5 years and their families and based on the book "Augustus and His Smile" written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner.

Told through magical, theatrical chamber music and performed by exceptional musicians, Smile takes the audience on a delightful musical adventure.

Showing at Central Library, Nottingham 10:30 - 11:15am, it's for children aged 3 5 years and their families.

Tickets: 2 Child | Accompanying adults free. Booking advised. Book in person at the library or by phone on 0115 9152828

For more information go to

Dinosaurs of China: open until 29 October

Dinosaurs 4

There's just over 4 weeks left to visit Dinosaurs of China, Ground Shakers to Feathered Flyersat Wollaton Hall, so if you've still not got around to booking your tickets, then don't delay! as this "once in a lifetime"exhibitionwill soon be heading back home to China!

Home Library Service Volunteer Day: 3 October

Home Library Service

Do you have some spare time and want to give something back to your community? Nottingham City Council's Home Library Service is looking for volunteers tohelp deliver its free service for people who love to read but are unable to visit a library.

Register your interest hereor call in to the Cecil Roberts Room at Central Library, Long Row on Tuesday 3 October between 2 and 4pm for a chat.

If you know someone who is housebound and misses visiting their local library, call the team on 0115 9152802 to find outhow they can access this great service!

Upcoming FREE events in Nottingham

Introductions to iPads:
2nd Oct - Dales Centre
3rd Oct - Central Library
4th Oct - Bulwell Riverside
3rd Oct - RNIB Online Today: One to Ones Hyson Green library
3rd Oct - Paleo Talk: Not Just Dinosaur Food - Nottingham Lakeside Arts
4th Oct - What is Autism Central Library
4th Oct - Roger Mayne Lecture: The Realist Position Nottingham Lakeside Arts
5th Oct - Playground Festival: The Russian Play Nottingham Playhouse
7th Oct - October Craft Market - Clifton Holistic and Craft Centre
13th Oct - Unspoken Words: In conversation with Amanda Whittington

Upcoming events in Nottingham

1st Oct - Lou Lous Nottingham Vintage Fair Albert Hall
3rd Oct - The Yoruba Women Choir Nottingham Lakeside Arts
5th Oct - Sharad Poonam The Atrium
5th Oct - Salsa and Modern Jive 4 Week Beginners Courses Beeston Youth and Community Centre
5th Oct - Izindava Nottingham Lakeside Arts
5th Oct - Food for Thought Nottingham Writers Studio
6th Oct - Kathy Lette's Girls' Night Out Nottingham Lakeside Arts


Every effort has been made to make sure tickets for all these events are still available, but please check with the event organisers before travelling to avoid disappointment.

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