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Purico New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2018 in Old Market Square

Old Market Square, NOTTINGHAM, Nottinghamshire, NG1 2DT

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Purico New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2018 in Old Market Square


Purico Nottingham New Year's Eve in association with Nottingham Care Village
Old Market Square
Monday 31 December from 21:30
Free entry to the square although some activities are ticketed

This New Year's Eve, Nottingham will welcome 2019 on Old Market Square with a huge free street party and fireworks sponsored by local company Purico in association with Nottingham Care Village.

The Old Market Square event takes the place of the traditional event staged in previous years on the site of Nottingham Castle, which is now closed until 2020 as part of a National Lottery Funded major transformation.

The family friendly event will see Capital play out all the hits in front of the Council House from 10:30pm. DJ Steve Matthews will playing some of the biggest songs from 2018 to get the party started as the city prepares for the big midnight moment.

As the midnight countdown concludes and the bells of the Council House clock chime midnight, a 7-minute firework and pyrotechnic display will light up the skies around Old Market Square followed by a massed rendition of the traditional Auld Lang Syne.

Those who love ice skating will be able to skate one final time outdoors this year, as the Winter Wonderland ice skating rink remains open for the final sessions of the 2018 winter season, including a special session up to and including the midnight hour. These are by ticket only.

The Sur la Piste bar will house a full programme of live music including the house singers, Winter Belles. This will run until 10:30pm with other Winter Wonderland attractions also remaining open throughout the evening. These include the traditional market, ice bar and skating rink, the brand-new 30m toboggan slide, and Bar Altitude – the all-glass chalet, perched up high, offering panoramic views of the celebrating crowds below. Access to Sur la Piste and Bar Altitude is by table booking only. These can be reserved online as well as tickets for ice skating and Nottingham’s Ice Bar.

There will be food and drink options available in the square from 21:30 for those revellers without Sur la Piste or Bar Altitude reservations.

Bookings for skating and the bar areas can be made at by clicking on the BOOK NOW button above.

As in previous years, fireworks and DJ set performances are free. Admission to the Old Market Square is un-ticketed but is limited to the event’s capacity. In the event of capacity being reached, access will only be granted in a one in, one out basis.

New Year’s Eve FAQs

Will there be bag checks in place? Yes

How is the perimeter being managed? – will there be gates to get into the OMS? There will be entry gates, There will be viewing points from Fish Island and the tram tracks

Can I bring my own alcohol? Is glass allowed? No glass bottles or glasses will be allowed into the square and no alcohol is to be brought in

What are the food options? For those who do not have tickets for Altitude or Sur la Piste, a range of food and coffee/bar facilities wil be available in the square from 21:30

What are the transport options for NYE in the city? The event is easily accessible by bus or tram. Use Transport Nottingham’s journey planner to find the best route.

Can I have some more info on the entertainment? Will it be suitable for children?

The event will be suitable for all ages, but there is no specific entertainment aimed at children. The children’s firework display staged in previous years when the event was staged at the Castle is not possible this year, due to the impact on tram and public transport services.

Who is providing the fireworks?  Sherwood based  - 1st Galaxy -

Are the trams/buses being stopped for midnight? From what time?
The Last Hucknall tram before the break in service goes northbound through Old Market Square at 23:21 resuming at 00:40
Last Phoenix Park tram goes northbound through Old Market Square at 23:18 resuming at 00:48
Last Toton Lane tram goes southbound through Old Market Square at 2328 resuming at 00:43
Last Clifton South tram goes southbound through Old Market Square at 2321 resuming at 00:36

NET Tram - Summary of last departure times:
Nottingham’s tram network will be running extra services in the early hours of January 1 to help customers make the most of the New Year celebrations across the city.

NET will be operating a full Saturday service on New Year’s Eve, December 31 with trams running from every 15 minutes until just after midnight. A special service will then run every 30 minutes along the full length of both lines until around 2am

Nottingham City Transport – Bus services
On New Year's Eve, NightBus services will run through until 3.15am (except N34)

New Year’s Eve will be a Saturday service, except on Navy 49/X which will operate to normal weekday times. Buses will finish earlier, with last buses by approx. 20:00 on most routes. A limited service will continue until approx. 22:00 on 6, 17, 27, 28, 36, 45, 48, 68, 69, 77 and 89. 

Trent Barton – Bus Services
A Sunday service with last buses around 8pm, with nightbuses. Check out the New Year’s Eve times for more info.ecember

Opening Times

FREE New Year's Eve Celebrations in Old Market Square (31 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2018)

* Must book for Bar Altitude, Sur la Piste, Ice Bar and Ice Rink
Food available in Old Market Square from 21:30
Capital/DJ from 22:30
Main fireworks display at midnight

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