Nottingham Carnival is a high energy, vibrant event 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 and more – there truly is something for everyone!
Nottingham Carnival is Nottingham’s most spectacular and colourful event with family entertainment for all to enjoy. 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.
In previous years the Carnival has hosted a Saturday music festival and Sunday carnival parade and activities. This year Nottingham Carnival will be combining the two to create an action packed one-day Sunday event full of entertainment and activities for all.
As always the Carnival Parade will be free for all to enjoy whilst the Carnival Village will have a small admission fee to be agreed with a reduced rate for children.
Parking is available at £5 per day for the whole day.
Since 1999 Nottingham Caribbean Carnival has been organised by Nottingham Carnival Trust based at Tuntum Housing Association (office base Beech Avenue, NG7 7LW). The Carnival is almost exclusively dependent on volunteer support, chaired by Tuntum Chief Executive Officer, Richard Renwick MBE. Administrative support is provided through Tuntum Housing Association.
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.
Nottingham Carnival returns on Sunday 20th August 2017 12 noon to 8pm This year Nottingham Carnival is set to return for what will be a vibrant event boasting high quality showstopping carnival costumes and first class entertainment for all.