By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes… It’s the season of the supernatural and there’s a host of hauntingly good events, fearsome festivities and spine-tingling attractions across Nottinghamshire as we get into the Halloween spirit. If that isn’t your bag of tricks, never fear, there’s plenty of other great events happening this weekend without a pumpkin or horrifying Halloween play-on-words in sight.

Step back in time at the 1940s Weekend at Newark Air Museum, enjoy a chilled out evening of creativity with a cocktail and a classic RnB soundtrack at Sip and Paint or discover the astonishing true story of the man who made Hollywood's greatest divas beautiful, with Prism showing until Saturday the Theatre Royal.

Don't forget to have a look at our Halloween and What’s On pages as well as the Things to Do section for lots more ways to spend your weekend! We love to see and hear what you have been up to in Nottinghamshire so don’t forget you can use #lovenotts to share the love and connect with us via our TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

Hockley Hustle

Hockley Hustle

Various venues | Sunday 27 October 2019

There’s nothing scary about Hockley Hustle, just a great day out at one of the highlights of the city’s musical calendar. Nottingham’s most vibrant district comes alive with festival vibes as 30 venues host over 300 acts in a one-day musical extravaganza, showcasing the best of Nottingham’s musical talent, alongside poetry and comedy performances. Art and food vendors spring up on the streets of the Creative Quarter as performers wander and a host of buskers transform the city soundscape. As if that wasn't reason enough to start planning a day out, the proceeds from this amazing annual event provide much needed support to some very worthy causes and charities. Once again Young Hustlers will be providing a whole load of creative fun for younger visitors to the festival to get stuck into, from beatboxing workshops to DJ masterclasses and song writing sessions to a family rave from party sensations, Big Fish Little Fish.

Find out more and book tickets here.


Children playing on tree swing in woods - Image by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Half Term Fun

Various Venues

Half term brings a host of family-friendly events throughout the county, and this weekend there are loads of fun things to do to banish the boredom and unleash their creativity. Swing by Nottingham Contemporary during the school holidays for free drop-in sessions where kids can make a costume and props to transform themselves in to a moving sculpture. The Harley Gallery are hosting a variety of creative workshops this half term, including pottery wheel tasting sessions on Saturday, giving kids the chance to get their hands dirty throwing a pot. Over at New Art Exchange their free Saturday Art Club continues and this week they’re creating Medals of Peace. Last but not least, Bill's Restaurant & Bar are running a competition where children can put their creative skills to the test colouring a smoothie or milkshake of their own design for the chance to win a £30 voucher and see their concoction created by the chef. See in store for details.

Elsewhere you can enjoy some time together in the great outdoors in the legendary Sherwood Forest where budding merry men and women can try their hand at archery or explore a brand-new Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon themed glow trail full of puzzles around Sherwood Pines. Meet cute critters at Nottingham’s little slice of the countryside Stonebridge City Farm or enjoy a delightful family concert inspired by the children's book Beegu on Sunday at Lakeside Arts.

Details of all October half term events in Nottinghamshire can be found here, or if you’re looking for spooky Halloween fun take a look at our roundup of the best family-friendly events.


Spooky Samba Band at Old Market Scare

Old Market Scare

Friday 25 – Thursday 31 October | Old Market Square

Once again Nottingham is getting into the spirit of all things ghoulish and ghastly with a terrifying transformation of the Old Market Square. There will be plenty of hair-raising rides and amusements for little monsters and thrill-seekers alike, including the UK's largest mobile ghost train, but only the brave should consider checking into the brand-new Horror Hotel…  This live action scare maze is guaranteed give you a good fright as you explore a twilight world of faded Victorian grandeur, where the long dead residents of the hotel who haunt its halls await to shock and surprise. There will be plenty of Halloween treats available from a range of food stalls and a bar on hand to help calm your nerves with a witch’s brew. Be sure to snap a spooky selfie with the giant pumpkin and share it with us using #LoveNotts.   

Find out more.


Fright Nights at the National Justice Museum


Ghost Tours & Fright Nights 

Various Venues 
 

It’s the season of the supernatural and there’s plenty of haunting history to discover in Nottingham, as chilling tales await on one of the many ghost tours running this weekend. There’s no better time of year to join The Original Nottingham Ghost walk on a spinetingling Saturday night jaunt around the city, while sceptics who enjoy a good scare should join Ezekial Bone on his Guts and Gore tour to hear true tales of murder, misery and mayhem and discover the more horrid elements of our history. Walk in the footsteps of the condemned and learn about the paranormal experiences within the National Justice Museum on a ghost tour or if you’re really brave you can test your mettle on one of their Fright Nights. Bolsover Castle are opening their doors for eerie evening tours which take you on bloody, bone-chilling journey through the past with tales of supernatural sightings and horrors from history. There are similarly spooky things afoot at Newstead Abbey, where you can meet the host of ghosts and ghouls which haunt the ancestral home of Lord Byron, including the Goblin Friar and mysterious White Lady.


Stealth Halloween Festival


Halloween Hootenannies

Various Venues

If you’d rather dress up in your most horrifying or drop-dead-gorgeous costume to dance the night away than hear horrid tales, there are two fantastic Halloween Festivals in the shadow of the grand Wollaton Hall this weekend. Legendary club night Stealth is in charge of the shenanigans bringing a brilliant line up including Latmun. Archie Hamilton and Seb Zito on Saturday with joint-headliners Patrick Topping & Denis Sulta performing an exclusive extended 4 hour back-to-back set on Sunday. Meanwhile, over at the National Ice Centre their Halloween Club Party on Saturday night - a neon-lit skating party with the best Halloween themed beats -  is great for teens who are too old to trick-or-treat but still looking for a little Halloween magic. 


This blog was written by Claire Jones, Marketing Assistant at Visit Nottinghamshire. 

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