The eleventh Nottingham Light Night will take place in the city in two week’s time, on the evening of Friday 23 February. Organised by Nottingham City Council in partnership with ‘It’s in Nottingham’. The event is being supported by community groups and city venues.
Nottingham residents are invited to explore their city on a dark February night. From the Canal side to the Castle and beyond; be warmed by the magic of Light Night with beautiful light installations and cultural happenings.
In Old Market Square take a selfie in front of the massive 25m wide @itsinnottingham installation or enjoy the Light Night market attractions with a hand-picked selection of some of Nottingham’s best street food and independent traders.
There will also be pop up light performances at several locations around the city during the evening including illuminated winged dancers, a robot and fire jugglers.
Head to the Castle Quarter for family friendly activities including a nature themed silent disco and explore the Castle grounds to discover a range of light installations and surprises including regular favourites, the Physics Buskers and English Combat in Dunkirk.
Enchanted Water at the canal basin combines projections, installations and storytelling exploring the heritage of the canal. Take an Instagram selfie with hashtag #NLN2018me before Tuesday 20 February for the chance of becoming part of the StarGate waterfall projection.
With further installations in Hockley and Sneinton Market, there’s something for everyone.
Don’t worry about missing anything! There is a great new interactive map online to help you plan your evening. This will help work out how to see as much as possible and to plan in refreshments and stop offs in the warm along the way.
There is also a great transport offer from Nottingham City Transport – a discounted ticket through the NCTX Buses App, which offers a £3 return for one person (compared to £3.70 on the bus) or families can enjoy the normal Grouprider at £5.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “I’m so pleased that Light Night is once again able to open up the city centre on a winter Friday night to people of all ages, especially families with young children. I would like to thank It’s in Nottingham and the other groups and projects that have been instrumental in making this happen. I would urge people to put this date in their calendars and to wrap up and join us to discover different aspects of our Purple Flag city centre.”
Neil Fincham, a director of Nottingham Business Improvement (BID) the organisation behind It’s in Nottingham said: “Events like Light Night are important to our members, particularly the operators of bars, restaurants and other leisure venues in the city centre and to shops as they bring more people into the city in the evening. This is why we are working in partnership with the Council to help organise and fund the event. We are sure that it will be a great success.”
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For a real flavour of what’s on offer here’s our top ten Light Night picks across the city.
Old Market Square @Its in Nottingham 18:00 – late
Take a selfie in front of this newly commissioned light installation and enjoy all the fun and vibrant entertainment on offer. Share your photos with @itsinnottingham and tell us about your night.
Nottingham Churches – Including St Mary’s St. Nic’s, St Andrews with Castle Gate and St. Peters
Visit some of Nottingham’s finest churches this Light Night for an array of entertainment.
Stand in awe as the choir of St Mary’s sing by candlelight and the church is filled with art installations by local artists.
St Peter’s Church is a hub for music, featuring local choirs and the much loved Ukulele orchestra.
Enjoy the variety of entertainment and affordable refreshments on offer at St Andrew’s Church with Castle Gate and St Nic’s acoustic café returns covering songs from Disney favourites to Jazz!
Nottingham Castle and Robin Hood Statue
Head to the Castle Quarter to participate in family friendly activities including a wildlife themed silent disco and explore the grounds of the Castle to discover a range of light installations. Regular favourites, the Physics Buskers and English Combat in Dunkirk can be found here and welcome your participation.
Enchanted Water – Nottingham Canal
A series of installations, projections and storytelling reveal the history of this city section of the Nottingham and Beeston Canal. Be a part of the waterfall installation, StarGate by taking a selfie and uploading it to Instagram with the hashtag #NLN2018me Upload your picture by February 20 for the chance of seeing your face projected on the canal. ‘Enchanted Water’ is a partnership project funded by Arts Council England.
Get fit at Light Night – Outdoor spin class and fun run plus tennis at Nottingham Tennis Centre
Get your spin on in this outdoor spin class led by a YMCA instructor complete with lights and music! Join the fun run and take in the sights and sounds of the event as you reach city landmarks. Spin class 17:30 – 18:20 in Trinity Square. Fun run leaving YMCA at 18:30.
Or, grab a tram to Nottingham Tennis Centre for the Disco Smash Up – (5-7pm) Time for the family to join together and play a range of sports indoors under disco lights with a party soundtrack. All equipment is provided. Suitable for all ages.
Nottingham Contemporary – Illumaphonium and Light and Sound
Don’t miss a play on these two interactive pieces of multi-sensory work hosted by Nottingham Contemporary. Illumaphonium 18:00 – 21:00, Play around with Light and Sound 17:00 – 21:00
Sneinton Market 17:00 – late.
Explore the avenues and units at Sneinton Market for an array of events and activities. Street food vendors, outdoor bar, an illuminated Carnival Parade and Carnival walk about, to name just a few… There will also be a Carnival parade and walkabout
The Meadows – Victorian tour
Head to Queens Walk Park Pavilion. don your best Victorian dress and join the guided tour along the Queens Walk to hear stories about the area, its people and its past. Bring a jam jar and add to the illuminated installation around each story pole. If your wardrobe is lacking in Victorian attire, fancy dress of any kind is welcomed! A warm friendly welcome awaits you at the Queens Walk Park Pavilion with food and drink available
William Booth Birthplace Museum – family lantern making workshops
10-14 Notintone Place
Discover the history of this hidden gem in Sneinton by taking a guided candlelit tour around the museum. There’ll also be music performances, craft activities and light installations for you to enjoy. To book your place on a museum tour contact 0115 979 3464.
Live music on the street – Dhol drummers and Nottingham School of Samba
As you wander the streets, your soundtrack to the event will be the Dhol Players and Band Baja performing everything from traditional Gujarati and Punjabi beats to the more contemporary western wonders. The Nottingham School of Samba will also be about to get you dancing on this winter’s night! Some of the streets will be colour co-ordinated, adding to the atmosphere.