Nottingham Carnival This Weekend
The Nottingham Carnival Weekend is two days of activities and entertainment for all the community, drawing crowds of up to 30,000. The event comprises live performances from the main stage, a carnival parade, music tents, workshops, stalls, funfair, créche and truly something for everyone!
The Nottingham Carnival Weekend is one of Nottingham’s most spectacular and colourful events with two days of family entertainment for all to enjoy.
The Carnival site at The Embankment, The Meadows is open 12noon to 8pm on the Saturday for a music festival with a small admission fee of £2 for adults and £1 for children under 12 years, toddlers are free.
The carnival parade is on the Sunday, commencing 2pm and is free to enjoy.
Parking is available at £5 per day for both days. It returned to it’s roots in The Meadows in 2015 with many local and visiting troupes, performances on stage and funfair and stalls for a full day of family fun.
The Caribbean Carnival in Nottingham began in 1970. A group of West Indians, mainly from the island of St Kitts, held a carnival parade in the Meadows and this became a major annual event for Nottingham’s black community. However, the struggle to secure funding for the Carnival meant that a number of years were missed in the 1980s and 1990s.
The cancellation of the Carnival in 1998 acted as a catalyst for the event we see today. Concerns over health, safety and security were the reasons it was called off, but the disappointed reaction from the community resulted in Nottingham City Council asking for outside help. Tuntum Housing Association, a community based, black-led housing association, was approached and agreed to set up an infrastructure to help re-form the carnival. The Nottingham Carnival Trust (an unincorporated voluntary association) was formed and the event re-established in 1999.
The revised carnival now made a parade of mass bands a key event of the weekend celebrations with the main parade day on Sunday. It was also staged in the heart of the community with the event focused around the Forest Recreation Ground. Today the Nottingham Caribbean Carnival is a truly multicultural festival.