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Festivals

Whether you want to see internationally-renowned artists perform in front of a crowd of thousands or enjoy superb classical or folk music in a picturesque setting, Nottinghamshire has something for everyone. Here's of our the finest festivals across Nottinghamshire. To find out what else is happening across the county, click on the What's On box below.

Nottinghamshire is a haven for music fans and during the summer months you will find a superb range of music festivals, from Splendour, held in the grounds of Wollaton Hall and Park, to Dot-to-Dot, which takes place at venues across the city. Each year, Sherwood Forest welcomes a host of top acts as part of Forest Live. June 2016 sees Jake Bugg, Guy Garvey and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott will perform in this beautiful setting - and tickets are on sale now online from the Forestry Commission at from the Rufford Tourist Information Centre. Historic Newark is transformed into a fantastic festival setting in June for a three-day music, food and drink extravaganza. The town of Southwell also comes alive with two music festivals in the summer, The Gate to Southwell Music Festival which showcases roots and acoustic artists and the Southwell Music Festival, a celebration of classical music.

The highlight of the year for real ale fans is the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival which takes place every October in the grounds of Nottingham Castle, with over 1,100 different real ales, not to mention over 220 different real ciders. If you're a foodie lover, the popular Festival of Food and Drink takes place at National Trust Property, Clumber Park. Plus, the annual Bramley Apple Festival returns every year to Southwell and celebrates the UK’s favourite cooking apple in October.

Nottingham's European Arts and Theatre Festival runs for 27 days from May through til June, stagings all kinds of arts and culture events across the city. For book lovers, there are also festivals based on our literary heroes, Lord Byron and D.H. Lawrence. In Notts, summer time means outdoor film and theatre, with some of our favourite country homes hosting screenings and performances under the stars.

The Gloworm and Riverside festivals are geared up especially for families, you'll find lots of free activities for all ages to enjoy.

For Robin Hood fans, don’t miss the popular Robin Hood Festival, every year in the ancient Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood Pageant at Nottingham Castle and Robin Hood Game and Country Show at Newark Showground - celebrating everything that is great about our famous outlaw.

This September, Nottingham will be celebrating Mela once again, with lots of different South Asian performances, food, games and family friendly workshops to enjoy accross the city.

    • What's On

      What's On

      Find out what festivals are taking place in Nottinghamshire, throughout the year.

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    We have a host of special offers at restaurants, bars and cafes throughout Nottinghamshire to make your money go further during your visit.

    From: Friday, 1st January 2016

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