The Goose Is Back! Plus, Dizzee Rascal, The Queen Story, Black History And Much More. Here's What's On 2 October - 8 October...

Words: Beth Green
Sunday 01 October 2023
reading time: min, words

Nottingham is providing yet again, we've got music, Black History, culture, arts and crafts and more. If you're stuck, LeftLion HQ are here to lend a helping hand, read below...

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Nottingham Goose Fair
When: Friday 29th October - Sunday 10th October
Where: Forest Recreation Ground
How much: Free to enter, prices for individual rides and attractions vary

Notts’ best fun fair is back, with laughs, thrills and of course plenty of ‘Cocks on Sticks.’ After an extra 130,00 visitors came last year, the 10-day extravaganza is here for another year. Featuring over 250 rides, attractions, and stalls, it’s one of the largest travelling fairs in Europe. Plus, if you want to save some pennies, you can buy money off vouchers ahead of time too. Whether you're new to Nottingham, a regular or you’ve just never been, it’s a must-see. Grab your cosies, bring your mates, and indulge in the famous mushy peas!

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Ash & The Subways
When: Tuesday 3rd October
Where: Rock City
How much: £25 plus booking fees

After a break of more than five years, Ash announced their new album, Race The Night. Released on 15th September, it became their 8th studio album after 18 hit singles, and 29 years together. It’s a blend of new and old, “both a party with friends, and a message to leap into the present with arms wide open.” They’ll be supported by Jealous Nostril, the garage rock-band, formed by Razorlight frontman, Johnny Borell - it’s sure to be a fun one!

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An Evening With James Holland
Wednesday 4th October
Where: Waterstones
How much: Tickets starting from £4 - £28

Acclaimed historian and bestselling author of Sicily ‘43 and Brothers in Arms, James Holland will be delivering an informative account ahead of his new book, The Savage Storm. Holland, who specialises in World War II military encounters, will bring every sound, smell and small detail of the heart stopping Allied invasion of Italy to life. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions following this, plus choose from a stand-alone ticket, or one including his new book. 

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Dried Flower Embroidery Workshop
When: Thursday 5th October
Where: 18 Saint Mary’s Gate, Lace Market
How much: £45

If you’re a keen creative, arty, or perhaps in need of some new home décor, Debbie Bryan’s workshop may be of interest to you. It’s catered to all abilities, so don’t worry if you’re a complete newbie. By the end of the session, you’ll be able to take home a 20cm hoop, with traditional Nottingham lace tulle, and hand-stitched embroidery. There will also be refreshments and a sweet treat to satisfy your taste buds whilst you partake.

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Dizzee Rascal
When: Friday 6th October
Where: Motorpoint Arena
How much: Tickets starting from £59.25 - £285.25

On the back of his sell-out tour in March, British talent Dizzee Rascal will be in Nottingham to celebrate his 20th anniversary on the music scene. Fans will be happy to know he'll be playing all the favourites, such as Bassline Junkie and Bonkers. Joining him with the party are special guests, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, TS7 & Nottingham’s own, Window Kid

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The Queen Story
When: Saturday 7th October
Where: Nottingham Arts Theatre
How much: Child tickets starting from £15 - £20

“A one-of-a-kind tribute to Queen.” Nottingham Arts Theatre are putting on a two-hour deep dive of the legendary British group's career. It will take you on a journey throughout the eras, from their humble beginnings, right up to their iconic Live Aid performance in the 1980s. The show will feature Queen’s greatest hits, such as Killer Queen and Radio Gaga, alongside exquisitely authentic costumes. It’s guaranteed to have you singing from the start, without skimping on theatrical talent - go, go go!

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Black History Month Canalside Celebration
When: Sunday 8th October 
Where: Binks Yard
How much: Free, donations welcomed

Commemorating Black History Month, Nottingham’s Canal & River Trust will be putting on a family-friendly celebration of the city’s rich Black heritage. The day will explore Black culture, and entertain attendees with a range of activities. You can embark on a picturesque narrowboat journey down the canal, and learn of the waterways historical significance, or even try your hand at canoeing! Music lovers will be happy to hear a setlist of soulful sounds and DJ’s will be onsite, to get your feet moving. Then for those looking for a quieter alternative, there will be heritage walks with helpful guides. The event is free for all, but the community will be accepting donations to go towards future incentives. 

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