Nottingham City Council is ensuring that there’s plenty to do for the whole family in Nottingham city centre this New Year’s Eve, Wednesday 31 December 2014.

The Old Market Square will have plenty to offer for visitors, with the Winter Wonderland open for food and drink, as well as the chance to enjoy a spot of ice skating, with the ice rink open until 9pm.

For little ones, there will be an earlier children’s fireworks display at 9pm in the Old Market Square. Around the Winter Wonderland, families can also enjoy a number of children’s fairground rides such as the traditional Carousel and Santa’s Toy Ride, and street entertainers, including costumed jugglers.

The Old Market Square will also be the perfect place to hear the Council House clock chime midnight and look towards the Castle to watch the annual fireworks display.

The grounds of Nottingham Castle will also play host to live music and entertainment, with performances by The Fab 4 Beatles tribute band, and the Gorgeous Chans. There will be a bar and food and drinks stalls serving inside the grounds. A spectacular fireworks display from the Castle Green at midnight will be the perfect finale to see in the New Year.

Entry to the event is free from 8pm, but the event has limited capacity: turn up at the Castle gates on the night – first come first served.

Those unable to attend this event will still be able to enjoy the spectacular fireworks display at midnight which will be visible across the city.

Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “This free New Year’s Eve event will be a truly memorable way for families and friends in Nottingham to celebrate the last night of 2014 and welcome in 2015. We would like to thank our sponsor, Purico Group, for helping us to make this event even bigger and better, and also our media partners Gem 106 for helping us to spread the word!”

Professor Nat Puri, founder of the Purico group of companies, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the New Year’s Eve fireworks event again this year. We hope everybody has a great time and we get 2015 off to a brilliant start with this event.”

Band times

Gorgeous Chans 8pm – 9pm

Fab Four From c. 9.30pm – doing two 45 minute sets