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Robin Hood and some spooky goings on in Nottingham this week!

There’s some spooky goings on this week with Halloween in Nottingham and, riding in to save the day at the end of the week, it’s the Robin Hood Pageant!

What’s on for Halloween?
Visit Newstead Abbey for their Children’s Twilight Adventure Walk – 29 October 4 – 6pm – and  explore Newstead in the twilight, following the paths through the gardens and woods. Wrap up warm and bring a torch! Includes refreshments in the cafe for children. £8 child, £4 adult. Book on 01623 455916. Or try the Trick or Treat Trail – 24 – 28 October! Halloween fun for all the family – follow the pumpkin trail around the grounds. Once you find them all, head to the shop to claim your prize! £1 per trail. Also, on Saturday 29 October 3pm, Newstead Abbey hosts its Pumpkin Competition! Bring along your carved pumpkin and enter it into our competition. Judging is at 3.30pm in the cafe courtyard. Prizes for the best pumpkins!

It’s grizzly game, spooky set and monstrous match at Nottingham Tennis Centre on Friday 28 October for the Halloween Tennis Spooktacular – Lights will be dimmed, glow sticks will be out, music will be loud! Tennis, table tennis and multi-sports for all the family. Prizes for the best fancy dress and pumpkin carving as well as a spooky treat for all participants…. book now for free entry.

There’ll be Spooky Campfire Tales on 28 October at Highfields Park 5 – 6pm £5 per child, accompanying adult FREE! Join us for a feast of terrifying tales, along with foul and gruesome snacks and treats. To book, call the box office on 0115 846 7777.

Plus, there’s loads of Halloween Half-Term fun at the Galleries of Justice and the City of Caves! This thrilling family friendly Halloween tour offers a fascinating look at the true-life witch trials that took place in the past. Visit The Galleries’ courtroom to learn about the hysteria that led to the accusations being made and discover the evidence which led to the trials. Or, explore a hidden world beneath your feet and journey through a maze of original sandstone caves on our actor-led family tours and discover the fascinating history beneath the streets of Nottingham.

Get your spooky skates on for the Halloween Skating Party at the National Ice Centre on Sunday 30 October!

Take part in the Halloween Trail at Rufford Abbey Country Park from 22 to 30 October or The Sherwood Forest Halloween Walk on 29 October!

Gruesome Green’s Windmill has sessions in Halloween Biscuits – Thursday 27 October 11am – 2pm and Halloween Mask Making – Sunday 30 October 11am – 2pm. Come down and bake some spooky biscuits to get into the Halloween mood – £4 per child – or make your own decorative Halloween mask – £3 per child.

Halloween is also happening at Children’s Centres – see what’s on in your area.

Spooky Wooky Party – all welcome for fun event at Clifton Young People’s Centre, Thursday 27 October, 12 noon-2pm, booking essential, call 0115 876 2625

Bestwood, BasfordTop Valley and Bestwood Park
The Ridge Adventure Playground – arts and crafts for five to 11-year-olds at the venue in Ridgeway, Saturday 29 October, 1pm-3pm, come and enjoy popcorn on an open fire, call 0115 876 1890

Fun events – games for 11 to 19-year-olds, including archery, arts and crafts, pool table, games console, table-top games, The New Whitemoor Baptist Church Hall, Whitemoor Avenue, Tuesday 25 October, 7pm-9pm

The Meadows
Spooky Party – fancy dress welcome, Meadows Children’s Centre, Kirkby Gardens, Wednesday 26 October, 12 noon-2pm, booking essential, call 0115 876 1320

Bulwell andBulwell Forest 
Play, Stay and Learn – Messy!, Messy!, Messy! – explore a variety of messy play activities which stimulate children’s learning and development, Bulwell Riverside, Friday 28 October, 1pm-2.30pm

Plus, Halloween Family Fun Day at Crabtree Farm Community Centre, Bulwell – Sunday 30 October

Wollaton, Dunkirk, Lenton and Lenton Abbey
Spooky Wooky Party – all welcome for fun event at Dunkirk Community Centre, Marlborough Road, Monday 24 October, 12 noon-2pm, booking essential, call 0115 876 1320

Spooky Stay Play and Learn – come and join in with your under-fives, Sneinton Children’s Centre, Friday 28 October, 10am-11.30am, call 0115 876 1700

Hyson Green, Radford
Stay, Play and Learn – Goose Fair theme – drop in and play at Hyson Green Children’s Centre, Gregory Boulevard, Monday 24 October, 1pm-2.30pm, call 0115 883 8202

Baking cakes and biscuits – put on your apron and get baking, Forest Fields Play Centre, Russell Road, Thursday 27 October, 3.30pm-5.30pm

St Ann’s South
Spooky Messy Play – fancy dress welcome, St Ann’s Valley Centre, Tuesday 25 October, 10am-11.30am, call 0115 876 1700

Anyone who cares for or is expecting a child can register to use the centres. For more information head to


At the end of the week, Nottingham’s favourite outlaw comes to town – it’s the Robin Hood Pageant 2016 – Friday 28 – Sunday 30 October!
The grounds of the Castle will be transformed into a medieval village encampment complete with a range of colourful characters, sight and sounds, allowing visitors to travel back in time to the 12th century and relive the life and times of the city’s most famous legend.

Two exciting Night Jousts will take place following their reintroduction as part of 25th anniversary celebrations in 2014, on Friday and Saturday night.

Find out more and get tickets.

Also happening this weekend, there’s a FREE Robin Hood Day Fun – Saturday 29 October
Visit Nottingham Central Library for free Robin Hood themed crafts and activities, from 10:30am until 4pm. Kids will be able to make puppets, design the Sheriff of Nottingham’s money (and decide whether to steal it to give to the poor!) and hear stories about Robin Hood and his merry men.

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