In October, Nottingham is known for being the UK’s festival city and will be putting on an action packed line-up of events & cool things to do!
Not sure where to look? Don’t worry, luckily for you we’ve put together this handy guide showcasing what Nottingham has to offer.
Nottingham Canal Festival – Saturday 1 October
Nottingham’s Castle Wharf will be filled with colourful boats and live music as the Canal Festival returns after a successful debut last year, hosted by the charity The Canal & River Trust. In 2015 more than 3000 people relished going on boat trips, some tried canoeing & fishing, all while enjoying the live music and soaking up the atmosphere.
Goose Fair – Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 October
The Goose Fair returns to the Forest Recreation Ground to thrill and delight you with an action packed few days, full of over 500 attractions. The fair is one of Europe’s largest travelling fairs, dating back more than 700 years! From rides for the extreme thrill seekers to the popular food stalls, there’s something for everyone – keep your eyes peeled for new additions to the attraction line up. A hit with everyone who’s ever lived in Nottingham, this tradition should never be missed!
Check online for ride prices and times.
The streets of Hockley will be overrun by the best musical talent Nottingham has to offer, featuring Confetti stages at The National Videogame Arcade – Confetti students past and present will be performing all day, including headliner Jamie Garton who we interviewed earlier.
With over 24 venues, this years Hustle promises to be the best yet – we wrote an article explaining everything you need to know about the festival here.
If you’d like to be involved in the event, check out how you can volunteer and do it for real.
Mayhem Film Festival – Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 October
At Broadway Cinema, Mayhem will be showcasing the best in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through feature films, short films and special events. Now in its 12th year, Mayhem has grown from a single short film programme into a four-day event, highlighting emerging talents and new bold titles!
Back in March, Confetti’s 2nd year FdSc Film Production Technology students were given the task of pitching ideas for a festival trailer, working from a brief set by Mayhem and Broadway. From this, one of the ideas was chosen and the trailer, directed by Jack Booth, can be seen below!
NIMFEST – Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 October
This year’s festival will look at the world of online, short form content (microfilm), focusing on the audience, the technical innovation and branded entertainment across the globe. There will be a variety of different activities designed to offer access to this new film sector including microfilm screenings, screen industry networking events, talks, presentations, panel discussions and masterclasses involving world class industry.
Again this year, there is the NSP Student Microfilm Competition which offers students from selected partner Universities, including Confetti, the chance to develop and submit microfilms to be reviewed by a panel of esteemed industry professionals from Europe, the US and China. Winning entries will be selected for each category, receiving the highly regarding NIM Festival category winner laurel.
This year’s Rock festival of Nottingham, held at Nottingham Trent’s Student Union building, has a great line up confirmed for you to enjoy quality music with your mates. With the likes of Trixter, Steelheart and Kevin Chalfant headlining over the three days, a stellar line up has been added to support an already impressive bill.
For line up and ticket information, go to the Rockingham website.
Nottingham’s famous video game festival is back for its 11th year and it promises to be bigger than ever! This year, the ‘open theme’ will see the Creative Quarter taken over by leading developers and artists, showcasing their work to the public. The event will be held at various venues across Hockley: Rough Trade, Broadway, Hockley Arts Club, Lee Rosy’s and Brewdog plus many more will help to make this the best games festival to date.
Last year, students took on professional roles to inspire kids to consider a future in gaming, as well as filming live broadcasts for The Guardian’s website. There’s plenty of opportunities to help out so watch this space.
Nottingham Comic Con – Saturday 29 October
In its 4th year here at Nottingham, Comic Con has a lot of exciting activities in store for you all, located at the Nottingham Conference Centre. Once again there will be a host of fun activities for students, including live music from some of the best local bands plus seminars, guest and Q&A panels. After the success of the films in 2015 there will also be an animated film programme.
For more information about the event, including special guests, check out their website.
October is set to be a busy month at Nottingham so why not enjoy what it has to offer! With this handy guide you’ll have no excuse for missing out! For even more events that we haven’t covered, check out ‘October in Nottingham‘.