Top ten free events in Nottingham for students

Written by Lauren Pinkney

We all love a free event, especially as it gets towards the end of the year when our student loans are drying up and we’re surviving until we head home to our parents home cooked meals. Luckily for you we’ve put together a list of the top ten free events in Nottingham for you to try.

1. 5th of November at The Forest Rec

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Bonfire night in Nottingham wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the biggest and best fireworks display in the city. Every year, forest rec hosts a spectacular display of fireworks, funfair rides and delicious food. Wrap up warm and enjoy.

 2. Stonebridge City Farm

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Does anything sound more relaxing than the idea of spending some quality time with farmyard animals. Stonebridge is situated in the east of Nottingham in St. Anne’s. There’s no entry free and it’s easy accessible by public transport so get those welly boots on and go chill out with some four-legged friends.

 3. New Art Exchange, Hyson Green

If you’d rather trade farmyard fun for some sophisticated culture, the New Art Exchange at Hyson Green could be right up your street. The NAE is the largest gallery in the UK with the sole focus on “culturally diverse contemporary visual arts”. Offering free entry, there’s no excuse not to pop along to see what’s happening there. There are film screenings, lectures, festivals and live performances.

4. Old Market Square Christmas Fair

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No Notts student has ever walked through Old Market Square without spotting something going on. Whether it’s the pop-up beach in summer or the Halloween fairground in autumn, Old Market Square never fails to deliver. By far, a must for the Winter is attending the Christmas market. You can have a lovely festive time wandering between the roasted chestnuts vendors, ice skating rink and market stalls.

 5. Free Club Nights

Club entry can be a huge expense for students, especially the party animals among us who can’t resist a night out. Clubs with free entry can save you a lot of dollar in the long run. Here are a round up of some available:

  • Rock City, Saturdays. Free entry before 11pm.
  • Ink often offer free entry for their Thursday Therapy
  • Pom Pom, Saturdays. Free entry before 11pm
  • Stealth often offer free entry if you sign up to their guest-list e.g the Free Dubsteps Classic Party in December.

6. Sneinton Vegan Market

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Held every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, the Sneinton Vegan Market showcases the best vegan treats Nottingham has to offer, from vish and chips to battered “sausage” (highly recommended!) and vegan cheesecake. The market traders are more than happy to provide free tasting samples so a trip here can only be a win-win situation.

7. Green’s Windmill Autumn Fair

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This historic windmill close to the Lace Market hosts an annual Autumn fair in November. Entrance is free so you can explore this beautiful part of Nottingham and take in the views at no expense. You might one to bring along a few coins to try the home-made pizza though! The windmill also has free entry all year round, Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm.

8. Wollaton Deer Park

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This spectacular pocket of greenery, situated close to University Park campus, is home to a family of majestic deers and a grand mansion, Wollaton Hall. A stroll through this scenic part of Nottingham can help relieve any stresses or pressures you may be feeling – and all for free!

9. Colwick and Holme Pierrepont Country Parks

If Wollaton has left you wanting more idyllic scenery and lakes to meander around, you don’t have to look far for more. Colwick Country park and Holme Pierrepont Country Park are havens for nature trails, charming woodland and serene lake views.

10. Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery

Isn’t it amazing one of Nottingham’s key tourist attractions is open for free to the public? You can pop along to the exhibitions at the Contemporary and see what you discover completely free of charge.

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