Nottingham Halloween Festival

The Nottingham Halloween Festival is coming to the city centre for October half term and beyond. Are you ready for some spook-tacular family fun? 🎃

What's in store...?

With giant rooftop inflatable monsters, face painters, a Spider School, Batman and his Batmobile, a  pop-up pumpkin patch and sweet stops around the city, there’s something for everyone this Halloween half term.

Keep reading to find out more!

Giant Rooftop Inflatable Monsters

Nottingham will be overrun by monsters this Halloween as the city prepares to welcome a frightful number of giant monsters to the city’s streets.

The friendly beasts will be taking up rooftop residency at the Theatre Royal, Bravissimo on Bridlesmith Gate, Victoria Centre and the Council House in Old Market Square, so make sure you keep looking up – you really won’t be able to miss them!

Guaranteed to lift your spirits so please tag us in your photos you share online, we would love to see what they are getting up to. Use the hashtag #itsinottingham and tag us @itsinnottingham.

Batman and the Batmobile

Gotham's favourite superhero, Batman is visiting the city on Sunday 30 October. With permission, he is parking his Batmobile up on King Street from 10am – 4pm for photos opportunities throughout the day. He may however have to disappear from time to time to make sure his arch enemies aren’t misbehaving back in Gotham City, but he will return! Make sure you catch him whilst he is there.


FREE Face Painting

Three face painters will be stationed across the city offering FREE face painting on Sunday 30 October. Find them at: -

The Cornerhouse, Foreman Street: 10am – 4pm
O’Neill’s, Beastmarket Hill: 12pm – 4pm
Hilton Hotel, Milton Street: 10am – 4pm

All venues offer food and drink, so why not stay afterwards, and enjoy a bite to eat with friends and family. We anticipate the face painters being very popular, therefore we politely ask you to be patient should you have to wait in line.

* Please note that the free face painting is for children aged 3 and over only.

Sweet Stops!

Dotted across the city on Sunday 30 October will be 89 sweet stops for children to pick up a Halloween treat at. You do not have to visit all the stops as that’s a lot of sweets! However, please feel free to visit a couple to ensure there are enough for everyone who wishes to participate.

Spider School

As part of the festival, we will be creepin' it real by bringing an element of education to the creepy celebrations by hosting a Spider School at St James Hotel, Rutland Street (just off Standard Hill) on Sunday 30 October between 10am and 4pm.

Our spider experts will be bringing with them an array of spiders and other creepy crawlies for you to gaze in ore at. Sadly, you will not be able to handle the animals as we don’t want them to come to any harm or become scared. However, the experts will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. You never know, you might be inspired to become a reptile expert yourself!

On the day, St James Hotel will be offering a FREE drink for children with each paying adult. Offer only valid Sunday 30 October 2022.

Pop-up Pumpkin Patch

New for 2022 - pick a pumpkin!

Ever wanted to go to a countryside Pumpkin Patch, but don’t have a car to get there? We will be bringing a pop-up Pumpkin Patch to the city centre - pick a pumpkin at XXXX on Wednesday 26 October between 10am and 3pm. We will be giving away 500 pumpkins for FREE on the day, however you will need a ticket to claim your pumpkin. This is a free event but you must register for a ticket and you can do that here.

* Please note, you will need one ticket per child, therefore please ensure you book the relevant number of tickets for the amount of children you are taking to pick a pumpkin.

How can I find all these locations?

A map showing where all the activities are across the city will be available from the Nottingham Tourism Centre on Smithy Row from Monday 10 October 2022. Maps will also be available to pick up from the Batmobile and the face painting locations on Sunday 30 October.

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