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Lightest Night 2019

Various venues, Nottingham, NG1 2LH
Lightest Night 2019


Lightest Night 2019
Friday 21 June 2019

To celebrate the summer solstice, Nottingham will host its first-ever Lightest Night on Friday 21 June.

Making the most of an expected 17 hours of daylight, the City will come to life from 5pm; offering all kinds of family-friendly entertainment as well as special, later opening times at some of the City’s favourite venues.

Sample tasty treats from across the continent at the European Market in Old Market Square (until 10.30pm) and enjoy a few summery songs from the Nottingham City Tuneless Choir on the Council House steps (7pm). While you’re there, don’t miss performances from Circo Rum Ba Ba (at 6pm and 8pm) as a couple of eccentric, moustachioed waiters bring their Bicycle Bistro to the Square and Smithy Row, winding up the gramophone and causing café circus chaos…

Throughout the evening, catch Can Samba doing their thing across the City Centre in a colourful carnival of tropical rhythms, then dance the night away with DJ Steve Cutz in Trinity Square.

Not far from the City Centre, Nottingham Arboretum will host a magical evening of outdoor performances, including the playful circus, puppetry and theatre of Look Up by Hikapee (5.15pm and 7.15pm) and a large-scale willow puppet coming to life in Awakening Titania (5 till 9pm).

There will also be RTO Sound System on the decks (until 10pm), a bar and live entertainment at 6pm and 8pm, making the Arboretum a perfect place to while away the evening in a midsummer night’s dream.

In heart of the Lace Market, whether you’ve finished work or you’re just passing through, stop by St Mary’s Church for a summer garden party with the Creative Quarter. Expect food, drink and musical entertainment, then head over to Sneinton Market Avenues to fill up at Nottingham Street Food Club and explore what the Avenues’ resident independents have to offer.

Elsewhere, enjoy fantastic views over the City and a slice of homemade pizza at Green’s Windmill (until 8pm) or, on the other side of the City, head to Nottingham Playhouse for a drink in the plaza and One Night in Miami… with 60s icons Sam Cooke, Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Cassius Clay (show from 7.30pm).

Venues across the City will be opening their doors for a little longer than usual, and you’re bound to find something a little different inside.

Organised by Nottingham City Council in partnership with the Creative Quarter and It’s In Nottingham, this family-friendly event is supported by over 60 fantastic community groups and venues.

Opening Times

Lightest Night 2019 (21 June 2019)

* From 5pm till late. Check the listings for specific times.

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  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Outdoor Event

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  • In town/city centre

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