A monster invasion of half-term fun, it’s Nottingham Halloween Festival

Get ready for monstrous fun this October half-term as the It’s in Nottingham rooftop monsters make their highly anticipated return to the city centre from Monday 23 October to Sunday 5 November 2023. 

There will be more monsters to spot this year, as the crazy creatures take up residence on the rooftops of high street shops and businesses across the city. 

Look out for them at –

Theatre Royal, Bravissimo on Bridlesmith Gate, Victoria Centre – at the main entrance and at the Clock Tower entrance – The Cornerhouse, Nottingham Castle and Binks Yard. Look up, you really won’t be able to miss them!

There’s more to enjoy closer to the ground too with festivities running throughout the two-week school holiday; look out for chocolate-making and craft workshops which the whole family can enjoy, plus pumpkin carving, zombie tea light jar and ghosting milk bottle crafting.

Take a trip into the city on Tuesday 31 October to enjoy live entertainment and spooky activities across the city. Grab a spooky selfie with Ecto-1 and the Ghostbusters on King Street from 10:30am to 4pm. Batman and his Batmobile will be making a special guest appearance on Bolero Square at Motorpoint Arena – with sweets from Treat Kitchen for his first 100 visitors – from 10:30am to 4pm.

More family fun awaits visitors to Nottingham Castle, including a monster mash disco with DJs, pumpkin selfie station and other surprises from 11am to 3pm – entry to Nottingham Castle grounds is also free on Tuesday 31 October 2023.

Children over three years of age can make their Halloween outfits come to life by visiting one of the free face painters dotted around the city at various locations.

Plan your visit by heading to www.itsinnottingham.com/news/holiday-activities for a full list of activities and booking links, or by popping into Nottingham Tourism Information Centre on Smithy Row to pick up a map showing all the festival venues and monster locations (please note the centre is closed on Sundays).

Most of the activities are free to attend but some charges apply – please check the website for further details.

Commenting on the Halloween Festival, Alex Flint, CEO of It’s in Nottingham said: “We are thrilled to bring these large, colourful monsters back to Nottingham, to welcome visitors of all ages into the city centre, and to announce a half-term of free and low-cost activities for families.

Visitors to Nottingham this October half-term are sure to enjoy the creepy additions to our vibrant city centre as they explore Nottingham and see some of our iconic buildings transformed. Come and see them for yourselves and celebrate the spooky season with us, shop, eat and relax, or surprise your family with a host of fun events to keep everyone entertained.”

Nigel Wheatley, centre director at Victoria Centre, said: “Last year we played host to one of the monsters that sat above our main entrance on Parliament Street, surprising shoppers. This year, like a number of other businesses across the city centre, we’ve got more monstrous visitors on the way.

“Events like these encourage families to visit our city, and experience all that we have to offer, so we’re excited to be taking part in this fun and spooky festival again.”

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