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The Magnificent Spiegeltent - until 8 October


You've still got chance tovisit The Magnificent Spiegeltent in the Old Market Square, with the last few events taking place this weekend.

The ornate and historical venue has been hosting an amazing variety of events for all ages, including cabaret, yoga, music, comedy, magicand even bingo. Check thewebsitefor availability for the remaining events.

The Spiegeltent is part of the Nottingham October festival,a series of events in the city this autumn also including the Robin Hood Pageant, Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Goose Fair - until 8 October

goose fair

In case you hadn't noticed, Goose Fairhas now started and will continue until Sunday 8 October.

Forfive 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.

Entry, as always, is free and you can download discount vouchers for some of the attractions by inserting the number you require and following the instructions.

The fair is part of the Nottingham October festival,a series of events in the city this autumn also including the Robin Hood Pageant, Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Robin Hood Pageant - 21 & 22 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!

The pageant is part of the Nottingham October festival,a series of events in the city this autumn also including Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Nottingham 2023 - 10-14 October

Capital of Culture

Back our bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023!

The bid team will be out and about across some ofNottingham's markets from Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 October andwant to meet you. Come down and tell us your favourite Nottingham cultural moments, sign up to support the bid and let us know what you would like to see in 2023.

The team will beat Bulwell Market on Tuesday, Hyson Greenon Wednesday, Clinton Street Market on Thursday, Cliftonon Friday and Victoria Centre Market on Saturday.

If you can't make it down to any of these events, you can pledge your support at

Libraries Week - 9-14 October

Libraries Week

Discover something new at your library! Libraries Week from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October is your chance to discover the amazing range of free things you can do at your library.

We have a special week of exciting events planned at Nottingham libraries,including atalk by celebrated Nottinghamplaywright Amanda Whittington, live acoustic music from up-and-coming Nottinghamshire musicians, ahealth and well-beingevent,local history talksand craft activities. The full programmecan be found at Most events are free but you will need to book for some as we expect themto be very popular.

Why not also join us on social media -#librariesweek #Nottingham - and share your favourite book or one that has inspired you. Wed love to hear what they are.

Tennis Centre open days - 7 & 8 October

Nottingham Tennis Centre

Free, fun tennis activities are on offer to children aged three to tenat Nottingham Tennis Centre this weekend, and you don't have to worry about the weather as they're all indoors.

There's no need to book - you can just turn up at 10.30am on either Saturday 7 or Sunday 8 October or at 2pm on Saturday and have fun with fastest serve inflatables, accuracy inflatables, 'beat the coach' and more. All the equipment will be provided.

As part of Nottingham Tennis Centres continued and growing support for local children, there will bea fantastic opportunity on the day for anyone who wantsto take up the sport afterwards.

Derby Folk Festival - 6-8 October


Looking further afield,Oyster Band, Show of Hands, False Lights andartistsfrom as far away as New Zealand will be performing atDerby Folk Festival from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 October.

Taking place in several city centre venues, the festival isnow in its 11thyear and is going from strength to strength. Tickets are available for the entire weekend or just part of it. There's lots more informationat

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

Diwali celebrations - 13 & 14 October


A nine-foot mechanical elephant, music, dance, poetry and food will all feature in Nottingham City Councils celebrations for Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, in the Old Market Square on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October.

On Friday, the elephant will parade around the Square, accompanied by dancers and musicians, and diya lamps made as part of an Arts Council England-funded project will be floated on the water feature. During the weekend, there will be a large rangoli installation on display, rangoli workshops and readings from some of Nottinghams best poets. The Diwali celebrations will take place from 6 to 8.30pm on Friday and 12 to 4pm on Saturday.

In addition, there will be a curry market, also in the Square, from 11.30am to 9pm on Friday and 11.30am to 5pm on Saturday, offering a variety of curries, Indian sweets and kulfi ice creams.

Nottingham Oktoberfest - 25-29 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!

Hockley Hustle - 8 October

hockley hustle

With 30 venues,300 acts and a 60-piece orchestra, you won't be able to missthe Hockley Hustle and, this year, there's also a special festival for children, Young Hustlers.

Hockley Hustle fills the streets of Hockley with vibrant entertainment and food each year, while raising much-needed money for Nottinghamshire charities.

Take a look at some of the highlights from last year then book your tickets.

Dinosaurs of China - until 29 October

Dinosaurs 4

If you haven't already seen them, you don't have much time left to visit theDinosaurs of China, Ground Shakers to Feathered Flyersat Wollaton Hall, so book your ticketsas soon as you can.

On Tuesday 10 October, there's also a free talk at Nottingham Lakeside Arts called 'The World's Most Accurate Dinosaur Reconstruction?'

Upcoming FREE events in Nottingham

7October - Fun Palace at the Dales Centre
7October -Clifton Holistic and Craft Market at Parkgate Community Centre
7October -The Sherwood Foresters of 1916 at Nottingham Lakeside Arts
9October - Dreadlocks Story at Nottingham Lakeside Arts
11October -Must Farm archaeology talk at Nottingham Lakeside Arts
12 October - Republishing James Prior's Forest Folk talk atNottingham Lakeside Arts
12-15 October - Public HouseatNottingham Contemporary

Upcoming events in Nottingham

7October - foraging for wild food at University Park

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