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 monsters, face painters, a spider school, Batman and his Batmobile, and sweet stops around the city, there’s something for everyone this Halloween half term.

Keep reading to find out more!

Giant Rooftop Monsters

Nottingham will be home to visiting monsters this Halloween as the city centre prepares to welcome some colourful giants to the skyline. 

The friendly beasts will take 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 won’t be able to miss them!

They’ve all come to enjoy Nottingham for different reasons, but why do YOU think they’re here? Please tag us in your photos, we would love to hear what you think, and what they are getting up to. Use the hashtag #itsinnottingham 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 photo 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 Painters

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 centre on Sunday 30 October will be 88 sweet stops for children to pick up a Halloween treat! To find out where they are, you can download a map here.

Be sure to check the opening times of the venues before you visit!

Spider School

As part of the festival, we will be creepin' it real too, so why not learn about some real-life creepy crawlies? Our Spider School will be at St. James Hotel, Standard Hill, NG1 6FL from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 30 October.

Our spider experts will be bringing with them a variety of spiders and other wriggly insects and reptiles for you to see and ask questions about. To protect the animals, it won’t be possible to touch them, sorry, but our experts will be able to give you a close-up look at them, and share some fiendish facts about our mini monsters!

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.

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. 

Please note that Nottingham Tourism Centre is closed on Sundays.

Whilst you’re in the city centre...

This October half term we are offering FREE fun and practical first aid sessions to introduce children to lifesaving first aid skills.

The sessions will be split into two age groups: 3-6 year olds and 7-11 year olds and will be taking place on Wednesday 19 and Wednesday 26 October 2022 at John Lewis & Partners, Victoria Centre.

Sessions include assessing a casualty, giving CPR, helping someone who is choking and dealing with injuries such as bumps, bleeds, burns and breaks. Children can practice the techniques on first aid mini-manikins and choking vests. Children receive a workbook and certificate.

To book a place, click on the relevant links below:

3-6 year olds
7-11 year olds

Getting there

Nottingham city centre is well connected with regular, reliable public transport links across the city and beyond. Why not glide into the city on the tram, or catch a Biogas bus, both of which get you into the city centre easily and reduce your carbon footprint?

If you’re travelling to Nottingham by train, the Halloween Festival activities are just a short walk away from Nottingham train station.

Travel information
NCT Buses 
NET Trams 

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