Events to look forward to in Nottingham during first term

Friday August 31, 2018

Whether you’re about to start your Confetti journey or enter your final year, have a look at a few events you can look forward to getting involved in!

Day Before Night Film Season – 25 July – 3 October

Nottingham Contemporary is thematically airing a selection of movies, all of which storylines unravel over the course of 24 hours.

With screenings of Linklater’s Dazed and Confused (1993), Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968), and Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) airing on and around fresher’s week – this is a great chance to bond with fellow film-fans over some of the last centuries best cult-classics.

Tickets to these screenings are only £5.

Nottingham Contemporary

Alternative Fresher’s Fair – 26 – 27 September

Nottingham’s home of all-things-alternative, the Rescue Rooms, is hosting its 5th Alternative Fresher’s Fair following the success of previous years. This year’s line-up includes a diverse collection of DJ’s, live music and art as well as food and drink (and not to mention a number of giveaways!).

The fair is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn about local events and venues and grab a few freebies along the way.

Mayhem Film Festival – 11 – 14 October

Mayhem Film Festival is returning to the infamous Broadway Cinema for the 13th year running, inviting horror, sci-fi and cult fans from all over to witness previews, premiers, attend live events and listen to a variety of international special guest filmmakers. The movie-makers amongst you are also invited to submit your own work at no extra cost!

This year’s line-up includes a premier of Shinsuke Sato’s live-action adaption of the manga series Inuyashiki, and a screening of the British zombie musical Anna and the Apocolypse.

mayhem film

Rockingham Music Festival – 19 – 21 October

Rock and rollers rejoice! Nottingham’s infamous Rockingham Festival returns for 2018 with a huge line-up including huge bands such as Vixen, Warrant and Pretty Maid – it’s certain to be a heavy weekend!

With day tickets starting at £40, this is a fantastic one-off opportunity to witness some of your favourite bands playing live!


With over 300 acts performing across over 30 venues including Metronome – 2018’s Hockley Hustle is set to be the biggest and best yet.

Nottingham’s Creative Quarter will be truly living up to its name as the festival will transform the streets surrounding Hockley, celebrating Nottingham’s vibrant music and arts scene, alongside food, drink and fashion vendors.

comic con

Hockley Hustle – 28 October

With over 150 exhibitors, awe-inspiring art, live music and guest speakers, including Steve Beckett and Mark Laming- there is something lined up for every comic fan at Nottingham’s Comic Convention this year.

Tickets start from £8 and you are invited to submit your own short animation film for no extra cost!

Hockley Hustle 2016

Nottingham Comedy Festival – 2 – 10 November

Nottingham’s Comedy Festival celebrates its 10th birthday in style with a line-up of over 70 acts, including stand-up, improvisation, music, sketch and many more, taking place in a variety of different venues across Nottingham – with tickets starting from just £5.

You are also invited to volunteer as staff at these events if you are keen to get on board.

Foreverland – 4 November

The infamous club night/ circus adventure is finally venturing Nottingham – bringing with it an ‘adult playground’, filled with circus acts, stage shows, giant inflatables, immersive décor and festival production.

Relive your childhood imagination whilst you party with some of the UK’s biggest DJ’s – with previous lineups including huge names such as Flava D, Redlight, Stormzy, DJ Q and My Nu Leng – to name just a few!

Location and line up TBC – but you can pre-register for tickets now.


These are only a few events happening near our campus throughout your first term, but many are a great way to enjoy this amazing city while meeting new people around town! Not yet a student? Discover what life is like around Nottingham, or view our college-level and degree courses.