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Riverside Festival is back this weekend!

Nottingham’s biggest and most popular FREE festival returns with three days of unmissable family entertainment! From Friday 4 – Sunday 6 August, Riverside Festival will take over Victoria Embankment for one of the highlights of the Nottingham events calendar. Stretching a mile along the banks of the River Trent, enjoy live music on the Monument, Jazz and Folk Stages. Enjoy a Mini-Big-Top & Fun Fair; Street Theatre; and on Sunday, see the Dragon Boat Challenge and now famous Duck Race; Food and Drink Stalls; Roaming Dinosaurs; Saturday Night Fireworks and much more…..

The children’s zone activities include the building of a tree installation; puppet theatre; creating clay flowers; festival hat making; building your own kite; storytelling (from none other than Nottingham Playhouse’s Dame); circus skills workshops and a Nottinghamshire Scouts activity area. Be aware that this year the Children’s Zone has moved from the Children’s Play Area (besides the paddling pool) to the Memorial Gardens at the rear of the War Memorial itself.

Visitors to Riverside can also enjoy a range of food and drink including Italian (pizza), Caribbean, Indian, Greek and Mediterranean, plus gourmet burgers and sausages, noodles and wraps in addition to traditional treats in candy floss and doughnuts.

Following the fireworks display (from 10.30pm Saturday), Nottingham City Transport will run a shuttle bus service from the Trent Bridge end of the site to get people back into the city centre along with a Hackney Cab rank in the same area.

Car parking is available at a cost of £6 per car per day with entrance via Riverside Way, off Queens Drive. To plan your journey visit

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