10 things to do for Halloween and Bonfire Night in Nottinghamshire
The Nottingham Goose Fair may have come to an end but with the dark nights drawing in, there’s still plenty of celebrations planned in the city.
Ghosts and ghouls, wizards and witches take to the skies on the night of Halloween and there’s the chance to discover haunted Nottingham with special walks or enjoy a trick or treat at celebratory meals planned at a number of the city’s pubs and clubs.
And of course it falls at the end of ‘Nottstober’ – the Festival of Nottingham is running throughout the month to celebrate the best of the city involving arts, business, education and local government.
Meanwhile remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot – the attempt by Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators to blow up Parliament have been marked for centuries with bonfires and fireworks.
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And Nottingham city council is once again holding its annual free display for all the family on November 5.
We’ve picked out 10 venues for Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations – for some you need to book in advance and for others you can simply turn up.
1. Ghost walk – discover the secrets of Nottingham on a ghost walk.
Organisers say: “In the shadows of the Castle,
in a graveyard, and underground in ancient sandstone caves, we weave our web of haunting tales.
Rich and poor, noble and treacherous, young and old, Nottingham’s ghosts all await you”.
Ghost Walk starts The Salutation Inn, Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6AJ at 7pm every Saturday until December 1. Cost £5 adults, £3 children under 12, family ticket two adults and two children £13. No booking required except for Halloween. There is the usual tour on Saturday October 27 at 7pm and November 3, 7pm – no booking; October 31, booking only and various times with all places £6 per person.
To book Halloween call 01623 721003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Night of Fear – Alice Cooper’s Night of Fear takes place at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall on October 30. Part of a national tour, tickets cost £41.25. It’s the third Halloween Night of Fear tour and Alice encourages fans to turn up in outrageous costumes.
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND Box Office 0115 989 5555
3. Spooky all nighter – Rock City presents The Halloween All-Nighter on October 27. With music until 6am, this is a party for Halloween fans with the venue transformed into a haunted house. Early bird tickets are £4 but just 500 are available, standard ticket is £6 and on the night £8. Rock City first opened its doors in 1980 when Abba were number one with Super Trooper.
Since then there’s been a who’s who of performers from Duran Duran to The Smiths, Public Enemy to Guns and Roses and more recently Green Day, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters to name but a few have been headliners.
Rock City, 8 Talbot Street, Nottingham, NG1 5GG T: 0845 413 4444 (box
4. Traditional bonfire – James Mellors Amusements with Nottingham city
council are staging the city’s annual free celebration on Monday November 5.
Also featuring will be fairground rides, a children’s small firework display at 7.15pm, bonfire and grand firework display at 9pm. Gates open at 5.30pm.
Forest Recreation Ground, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG1 6HH
5. Firework party – with a barbecue, disco and a free drink for all children, this is set to be one for all the family. Taking place on Monday November 5, advance tickets are £3 for adults and £2 for children with an increase to £4 on the door for adults or £2.50 for children unless sold out.
Gates open 6pm and fireworks start between 8.15pm and 8.30pm.
The Park Yacht Inn, Trent Lane South, Colwick, Nottingham, NG2 4DS T: 0115
6. Fun for Scouts – the 6th Beeston Scout Group is organising South West Notts Family Fireworks Fun on Saturday October 27 at Hemlock Campsite.
Entrance via Common Lane. Gates open at 5.30pm, bonfire is being lit at 6pm and fireworks at 7.30pm. There will be stalls, music, licensed bar and free parking. Adults £5, children £3 and a family ticket is £12. The group was founded in 1936.
6th Beeston Scout Group, 5 Middle Street, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 1GA
7. Club night – spend November 5 at Oceana for the official Nottingham
University Monday night party. It features six rooms of ‘legendary entertainment’ which includes an R n B room, disco room, karaoke and live music.
Oceana, Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 3BB T: 08452 932861
8. Halloween bash – The Vat & Fiddle is promising a halloween bash featuring The Outriders on November 3 from 7pm until late. The pub was known as The Grove for decades and was resurrected as a real ale house in 1992, The Tom Hoskins. It was rechristened as The Vat & Fiddle by owners Castle Rock in 1997. It holds a range of events including a quiz every Tuesday.
Vat & Fiddle, 12-14 Queensbridge Road, Nottingham, NG2 1NB T: 0115 984 0611
9. Centenary celebrations – The Johnsons Arms is currently celebrating its centenary year, is listed in the Good Beer Guide and a finalist in the Cask Ale Pub of the Year 2008 and 2009. Monday November 5 sees its annual firework display starting at 9pm with free mushy peas and mint sauce.
The Johnsons Arms, 59 Abbey Street, Old Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2NZ T: 0115
10. Country Inn – a pub called the Burnt Stump can’t be missed out of a bonfire night listings. This quintessentially English inn is in the Burnt Stump Country Park overlooking a local cricket pitch. It promises “traditional pub food and real ales’’ daily. Sounds perfect for a winter’s evening after Halloween or Bonfire celebrations.
Burnt Stump, Burnt Stump Hill, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 8PQ T: 0115 963 1508