Free fun and music on Saturday 30th June at Nottingham Independents Festival

The Festival aims to showcase and celebrate independently owned businesses in Nottingham

The It’s in Nottingham Independents Festival, organised by Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), will be taking place in Nottingham city centre on Saturday 30 June with masses of free entertainment and activities for people of all ages to get involved in throughout the day.

Designed to attract people to the areas of the city where there is a high concentration of independently owned businesses, there will be themed stages set up at four key locations across the city:

  • Trinity Square – Family entertainment and activities including a visit from Marshall from Paw Patrol
  • St Peters Square* – Acoustic stage – where Rob Green amongst others will be performing
  • Middle Pavement – World Music stage
  • Carlton Square – Carnival & Circus Arts Performances

Entertainment in between includes stilt walkers, balloonists, bubbleologists, drummers and belly dancers.

Some of Nottingham’s fantastic independent business are also coming together to bring their own celebrations to the day with special street parties and fringe events taking place at some of the city’s most popular independent shopping destinations.

The businesses of Trinity Walk, including Steele Hairdressing, Knit Nottingham, Ila’s Little Tea Shoppe and The Little London Herbal Store, bring you a day filled with activities and entertainment, including:

  • Face painting, balloon making and magic
  • Cake decorating, hand massages and a craft table
  • A Treasure Trail with prizes to be won

Whilst over on Friar Lane and Wheeler Gate the likes of The Specialty Coffee Shop, Café Sobar and The Treat Kitchen are hosting a day of music celebrations with free food and drink giveaways, goody bags and face painting all whilst raising money for Double Impact, the charity behind Café Sobar.

The creative community of St James’s Street will be entertaining shoppers and visitors to the city with:

  • Live music from Plates Records and The Malt Cross
  • Demonstrations from local designer makers, Pop Press, Dukki, Dizzy Ink and Handmade Nottingham
  • Beer sampling at The Malt Cross with beers from Nottingham breweries Black Iris, Totally Brewed, Neon Raptor and Liquid Light
  • Power of Drums live drumming circle at The Malt Cross
  • Plates Records’ founder, DJ Descent set of soul, reggae, world music and disco.

Various other independent businesses, such as Delilah Fine Foods, Debbie Bryan, Cock & Hoop, Bodega, The Bead Shop and Ye Olde Salutation Inn are spreading the festival love by hosting fringe events at their premises on the day.

“The city will come alive as we celebrate Nottingham’s independent scene,” said Geoff Williams, a director of Nottingham BID. “There will be so much going on, with something for everyone. We can’t wait and we hope lots of people come along to enjoy the city centre events.”

Detailed information about the programme of events:

Stage 1 – FAMILY FUN on Trinity Square

Family entertainment and activities, including aerialist displays, dhol & samba drummer performances starting at 10.30am:
Paw Patrol
On fire & medic duties in Nottingham will be Marshall, the loveable Dalmatian from Paw Patrol who will stop by to meet the little ones at 10.30am, 11.50am, 1.10pm, 2.40pm and 4.00pm

Events below run between 10.30am – 4.30pm

Disney’s Elsa and Belle from Frozen
Bringing a touch of sparkle to the occasion with appearances & activities for princesses to enjoy.

Football Juggler
Charlotte Lade, one of the world’s finest female freestyle footballers, will be teaching tricks and turns.

National Videogame Arcade Joust Tournament
Compete to be named the greatest knight in all the realms in this no-graphics video game designed for motion controllers.

STAGE 2 – ACOUSTIC SETS on Pelham Street

Enjoy laid-back vibes as acoustic sets are played throughout the day:

10.30am Opening act presented by The Bodega Nottingham
11.20am Kaben
12.10pm Dan Chapman
1.10pm Rob Green
2.10pm Chai & Ben
3.00pm Set presented by The Bodega Nottingham
3.50pm Closing set presented by The Castle Pub Nottingham

STAGE 3 – WORLD MUSIC on Middle Pavement

Bringing sounds to savour from an eclectic mix of artists.
10.30am Ursula
11.20am The Eclectic Band
12.10pm Salmagundi
1.00pm Afro Manding
1.50pm The Eclectic Ban
2.40pm Cocktail demonstrations by The Castle Pub Nottingham on behalf of the
Ever So Sensible Pub Group.

STAGE 4 – CARNIVAL CREATIONS on Hockley’s Carlton Street

A host of circus themed arts and activities presided over by Ringmaster Mark from 10.30am – 4.30pm*

Artistic Amusements
People can get inventive & imaginative with circus skills, hula hoop & badge making workshops.

National Videogame Arcade Makey Makey Season
People may have played video games with a controller, a keyboard and a mouse before – but how about playing with potatoes, bananas or playdough?

Clowning Around
With roll a ball football, juggling, face painting, balloon making and lots more.

Circus Snapshots
Take pictures riding the mock merry go round!

Carnival Street Food with be served at Six Barrels Drafthouse


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