From Saturday 4 to Saturday 18 May step inside the Salon Perdu for two weeks of circus, music, theatre, variety, workshops and more.

Nottingham has a long history of hosting touring pop-up venues, with its famous Goose Fair being a mecca for live entertainment for over 700 years, long before the thrill rides of today. The Magnificent Spiegeltent continues to build on this tradition, with its fourth modern-day visit to the City.

This beautiful, century-old travelling dance hall – made of wood and complete with ornate decoration and mirrors – will host its biggest-ever programme in Nottingham, featuring big names such as Milton Jones (Thursday 9 May) and Andy and the Odd Socks (Saturday 11 May) as well as Edinburgh Festival Fringe favourites and heaps of home-grown talent.

Alongside an already sold-out event from Spiegeltent regulars Bamalamasingsong and with just a few tickets left for the famous Gilded Merkin Burlesque and Cabaret, 2019 will see a whole host of other Nottingham-based acts take centre stage.

Music lovers can catch kid-friendly four-piece Johnny and the Raindrops on Sunday 5 May as well as Acoustickle’s jazz and soul spectacular on Saturday 11 and folk band Silk Roots on Sunday 12. For those looking for something a little different, local theatre company New Perspectives present ‘part-melancholic love story, part-deliciously deadpan comedy’ The Man Without A Past on Monday 13 May and the Nottingham Guild of Magicians will host an evening of close-up illusions and mind-blowing stage magic on Wednesday 15.

This year, public funding from Arts Council England through the National Lottery is supporting the Spiegeltent’s family programme, including FREE performances and walkabouts as well as low-cost workshops for adults, children and young people alike.

On Sunday 5 May meet the characters from Rhubarb Theatre’s The Bookworms outside the Spiegeltent and on Sunday 12 join Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout as they attempt to circumnavigate the world… in Old Market Square!

Following a FREE performance at 1.15pm on Saturday 4 May, book to take part in BeatFeet’s African drumming and Bhangra dance workshops and join Nottingham Playhouse for children’s workshops in music, movement, dance, storytelling and drama between Tuesday 7 and Monday 13. Grown-ups can get moving and shaking in the ’tent too, with a range of exercise sessions led by local instructors including Sunrise Morning Yoga on Wednesday 8 and 15 May as well as Zumba, bootybarre and Yogalates workshops (Thursday 9 and Saturday 18 May).

Hugh White, Director of Sport and Culture at Nottingham City Council said: ‘It’s fantastic to have The Magnificent Spiegeltent back in Nottingham. This year’s programme has something for everyone, presenting even more local talent and opportunities to get involved. Don’t miss out on what’s guaranteed to be a unique experience in this really special venue.’

Explore the full programme at or pick up a flyer from the box office or Nottingham Tourism Centre.