Nottingham Independents Festival 2019

Nottingham’s independent spirit came to the fore on Saturday 6th July as we celebrated the city’s fantastic independent businesses. The streets were alive with one-off Robin Hood tours, free gigs, and workshops. We encouraged you to get involved with Nottingham’s unique and memorable Independents for a day celebration and the response was amazing! 

A little rain wasn't going to stop the great people of Nottingham from turning out in the masses to show some love for Nottingham's amazing Independent businesses. With street parties, live music, fun workshops and plenty more to get involved with, both businesses and the public came together for a day of celebrations that won't be forgotten any time soon! 

You can take a look at all the spectacular events and activities that took place over the weekend, below. We've also added in a few awesome photos to look back on. While we love the celebrations that take place at Nottingham Independents Festival, we still very much encourage you to visit and support Nottingham's independents all year around. Why not take a look at our independent directory? You never know when you'll find your next favourite shop, bar or restaurant. 

Friday 5th July

Friday nights at Sneinton Market

Socialising and fun for everyone of all ages/ Animal-friendly/ Music, dancing, food, drink, local crafts / Have a wander around the talented independent businesses that work here and see what they get up to in their units.

Saturday 6th July

Flying Horse Walk

200 Degrees

Coffee brewing bar experience  - 

Step inside the world of the Barista with this coffee brewing bar experience. No booking required and it’s free!

Pop in anytime 8-11am

Breakfast special offer: hot drink and a breakfast item for £5

Enjoy their brekkie with this special offer: hot drink and a breakfast item for just £5. Whilst stock lasts.


Brew Cavern and The Cheese Shop

Cheese and Craft Beer Pairing Menu

Expert advice on Cheese & Craft Beer Pairing . Plus 10% discount at each business when purchasing recommended paired products. 

Throughout the day

Friar Lane

Loxley Opticians and The Specialty Coffee Shop

Children’s Party

Head up to the Specialty Coffee Shop for Free Face Painting, Glitter, Childrens games.


Ye Olde Salutation Inn

Cave tours

Explore the caves that lay under the Inn. Tours run throughout the day. No booking required.

Maid Marian Way

Ye Olde Salutation Inn

Wildside - The UK's No1 glam rock and hair metal night

Maid Marian Way


Over 18s only

Market Street/ King Street

The Bead Shop

Make a flower with the team at Trinity Square and then bring it into the shop to receive a free sparkly badge!

Throughout the day, Market Street


Head into the basement for vintage clothing, arcade games, mocktails and vegan snacks. There’s also a chance to win a £50 Vintage clothing voucher! 

Throughout the day, King Street


The Carousel

Risograph Selfie

Learn about Risograph printing and create your own self-portrait using our workshop material. Walk away with copies of your selfie or swap and trade them with your mates. Throughout the day your portraits will be installed in our gallery space and you will contribute to an ongoing exhibition.

11-3pm Suitable for ages 6+


Open Decks

Bring Your Own Vinyl. Enjoy our outside seating with the whole family. Doggo welcome too. 

3-8pm, Heathcoat Street

Bridlesmith Gate

The Tokenhouse

Spend over £10 in this beautiful gift shop and receive a free tote bag- today only! Tokenhouse can be found on St Peter’s Gate, off Bridlesmith Gate. 

Throughout the day, St Peters Gate

Stick and Ribbon

Head up Bridlesmith Walk to find this stylish boutique. Free tote bag with every purchase. 

Throughout the day

Cobden Chambers and Pelham Street

The Kitchen on Pelham Street

Movie night with Based On A True Story Cinema - Breakfast at Tiffanys.

Enjoy Prosecco and high tea whilst relaxing with this classic. Booking essential via @pelhamstreetkitchen 


Gray and Bull Opticians

Live portraits by Emily Catherine

Pop on your favourite pair of glasses in store and Emily will draw you!

10-1pm, Pelham Street

St James Street - Party

Enjoy this street party and be one of the first 5 customers who spend over £20 to receive a goodie bag full of St James' Street Treats!

Shop Zero

Sorbet & ice cream

Create your own with Pulp Friction’s bicycle - peddling power at the ready! Please bring your own container. 


Shop Zero

Pop-up bakery

Pop along with your own containers for some freshly baked bread and cake from Betty Rose Bakes

Throughout the day


Make a keyring or badge, and paint your own salt-dough ‘duckoration’

Throughout the day

The Malt Cross

Independents Party


Nottingham Craft Breweries Take Over featuring local breweries Black Iris, Neon Raptor and Liquid Light.  

A festival style menu will be served all day.

From 1pm local artist Lawrence English of Kagoule will be creating a piece in the music hall themed around the concept of independence. This piece will be raffled off as a prize later in the day.

From 4pm there will be live music from local artists part curated by local record label Phlexx Records.

From 10pm - 1am local DJ Stiff Kittens will be doing a live vinyl set.

All events will be free entry. There are no age restrictions until 11pm (as usual)

Sneinton Market


The Roastery is open! Go behind the scenes and learn how your coffee is prepared. No booking required.


Minor Oak

Ink It Over 

There’s always something fun happening here. Today’s workshop is fun for all the family - Ink It Over: Relief printing with wonky veg. 

11am-1pm  & 2-4pm

Vegan Chocolates by Luisa

Drop in for a sensory experience including Chocolate tasting and making workshops



Lots to be curious about here...try an antique sewing machine, craft a beautiful flower, and shop the vintage sale



Spray painting with Dilk

Learn from the master! Spray painting with Dilk. If you’re lucky you may get to help create a masterpiece! 

All day

Trinity Square Festival


Pedal for a smoothie

The Bead Shop Make colourful flowers and turn it into jewellery / For all ages

Steele Hairdressing  - Festival styling and glitter hair

Sunflower Photo Prop

Tough Mary's Bakery Food Samples

Studio Chocolate Food Samples

Glass House - Plants Plant it, Grow it, Eat it

Parallel universe Look out for life size creatures wondering around

Bradley Jamcafe Jazz, Disco, World Music

The Lost City Adventure Golf taster event. 

Lace Market

Debbie Bryan

China plate 'Crafternoon'

Try your hand at illustration and hand-lettering to craft yourself a one of kind decorative wall plate from Debbie Bryan’s beautiful collection of vintage china saucers.


Annies Burger Shack

Annie's Summer Street Party

Free entry, Live Music, Hot Dog Eating competition, Outdoor dining

Midday 'til late Broadway

Derby Road

Tough Mary' Bakehouse featuring Welch The Florist

Plant Pop Up

Enjoy the fresh and tasty delights of this little yellow bakery and enjoy a plant pop up by WELCH THE FLORISTS. 


Kings Walk and Trinity Walk

Tuckwell & co 

Free Festival hairstyling for all ages!

Receive a 50% off voucher to use in the salon of coffee bar

Throughout the day, Upper Parliament Street

Handmade Nottingham

Quirky portrait by Fernandes Makes drawn while you wait

Throughout the day, Kings Walk

Handmade Nottingham

Join Nat from Upsydaisy Craft and have a go at making a pinch pot from air drying clay that you can take away with you

11-2pm, Kings Walk

Hurts Yard Walk through the jitties and discover the secrets of Hurts Yard