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Riverside Festival

Riverside Festival 2019

The East Midlands’ biggest free festival returns to the banks of the Trent, celebrating summer as the hugely popular Riverside Festival returns. With the usual blend of live music, river-based activities, massive funfair and kids’ zone including the Fabland play park. There is also the Riverside highlight – the Saturday night fireworks.

Music is a big part of the festival, as ever. The festival’s three live music stages will host a wide range of musical influences. The Monument Stage boasts global beats. Encounter a barrage of bouzoukis, brass, guitars, keys and deranged sounds from Hallouminati on Friday following a funk, soul and hip-hop session with Fat Digester. On Saturday, Niteworks from the Isle of Skye, offers a unique fusion of electronica and Scottish traditional music. They follow Gaslight Troubadours – with a unique blend of electro-swing and steampunk. Download the stage sets for each day

Headliner on the Big Top Stage for Friday is guitarist Mollie Ralph, while on Saturday, Scott Bugg and The Vital Few round off the evening with a mix of Indie, Rock and Blues.

On Sunday, the stage will have a folk takeover with Bob Fox headlining. Fox is rated as the best male singer on the British folk scene, The folk line up is considered one of the best free folk festival line ups in the UK.

Families should definitely plan a trip to the Bandstand on Sunday with interactive drumming, sing along sessions and performances from midday. Watch out for slapstick adventure and summertime fun as The Admirable Admirals drop anchor just after one to battle flying fish, each other and any unsuspecting passers-by with their water pistols and salty sea-dog ways. At 2pm, Nottingham legends Johnny and the raindrops perform a set of lively, original songs aimed at the ‘cool kids’ in the audience.

On the River Trent there’ll be Dragon Boat racing if you fancy having a go at this ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today. The Royal Marine Visibility Teams will also be attending the festival alongside HMS Sherwood (East Midlands) with an Inshore Raiding Craft display on the water as well as ‘Pull-up’ Challenge and other interactive displays. The teams will take part in the Dragon Boat racing.

Recycling – As part of the city council’s commitment to managing the environmental impact of the event, the use of polypropylene cups will be trialled at all bars on site. The polypropylene cups are reusable. They are used on a wash rotation for up to five years and are fully recyclable. At the end of their life, they are broken down and turned into items such as coat hangers or ice scrapers.

Customers are required to pay a £1 deposit for the cup which will be refunded once the cup is returned at any point during the event. The polypropylene cups are manufactured in the UK and washed in Nottinghamshire. The washing plant also runs from completely renewable clean energy.

TravelPlan your journey to Riverside Festival

Parking – Ample event car parking is available for £7 per car (cash or cards accepted) with easy access from both the A60 and A52.

Buses from the city centre

Green 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 from Victoria Centre (Parliament Street) outside Lloyds Bank

Navy 1 or 3 from Beastmarket Hill in the Old Market Square

Buses also pick up on Maid Marian Way, and Carrington Street (for the railway station).

Buses drop off at Trent Bridge.

After the event

Frequent buses run between Trent Bridge back to the city centre throughout the Riverside Festival, with extra buses at busy times.

At the end of the Fireworks Display on Saturday night, a special event service will be in place to take people back to the city centre.

Families and couples can travel with a Grouprider ticket at £6 for up to five people (min one adult, max two adults). These tickets allow unlimited use from the time of purchase until 4.29am the following morning and cover all NCT buses in Nottingham.

Tram Travel

The festival can also be accessed via tram by taking the tram and Park and Ride – The closest stop is Meadows Embankment

A group travel ticket offers unlimited travel on one day for 1 or 2 adults and up to 3 children.

An Off Peak Group ticket costs £5 and can be purchased from ticket machines. It is valid weekdays after 4pm and all day during weekends and school holidays. Under 5’s travel free)

Opening Times
Riverside Festival 2019

Dates: 2 Aug 2019 – 4 Aug 2019

Friday 18:30 – 22:30
Saturday 12:00 – 23:30
Sunday 12:00 – 18:30

Informtion and photo courtesy of Visit Nottinghamshire

Nottingham Riverside Festival 2016

Nottingham Riverside Festival 2016

The Nottingham Riverside Festival 2016 is Nottingham’s biggest free festival weekend offering three days of family entertainment. Sponsored by BMI The Park Hospital Nottingham, it is a unique and fun festival covering one mile along the banks of the River Trent, at Victoria Embankment, adjacent to Trent Bridge.

This year the festival takes place on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, and Sunday 7th August.

Over 100,000 visitors from Nottingham City, the County and beyond are expected to attend this free event at the Victoria Embankment, over the three days.


  • Both old and new attractions; from steam engines and organs to a large street fun fair and craft fair, plus a variety of food and drink stalls
  • Four music stages offer a range of music styles throughout the weekend including jazz, folk, world music and a showcase of the best of local talent
  • Street theatre and entertainment from a host of silly and entertaining characters
  • Children’s zone, featuring loads of FREE activities for kids, plus the Sports Zone with so many FREE sports to try. Children can also play in the permanent paddling pool and play area
  • River activities on the Sunday include Dragon Boat racing with around 20 teams taking part and a charity Duck Race
  • The Fujifilm Wonder Photo Tour, with a kids fun zone and soft play area and a FREE photo fridge magnet for everyone

On Saturday evening at around 10:30pm there is a spectacular firework display, which is the highlight of the weekend festivities

Opening Times

Friday: 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Saturday 12pm to 11:30pm
Sunday 12pm to 6:30pm

Fireworks Display

The spectacular fireworks display will take place at approx. 10.30pm on Saturday 6 August.

Children’s Zone

  • Saturday 6 August 12noon – 9pm
  • Sunday 7 August 12noon – 6pm

Your little ones will love the FREE activities in the Children’s Zone, including:

  • Crafts – make your own puppet, kite, or Egyptian headdress or necklace
  • Interactive fairy wand making and storytelling
  • Nottingham Playhouse – join the panto dame from this year’s Christmas panto Aladdin, in the sparkly and magical Aladdin themed den, for some fun stories
  • Circus skills and fun and games with Wolly

Sports Zone

  • Saturday 6 August 12noon – 9pm
  • Sunday 7 August 12noon – 6pm

Celebrate Nottingham’s title as England’s Home of Sport by trying your hand at something new in the Sports Zone! It’s all FREE, and you can try archery, table tennis, badminton, golf, tennis, basketball, netball, orienteering in our maze, bowls or football!

Street Theatre

  • Saturday 6 August 2pm – 9pm
  • Sunday 7 August 2pm – 6pm

Find amusing and cheeky street theatre characters around the festival and along the river banks. Expect storytellers, a ninha, regency footmen, ballerinas, the world’s only mobile walk through Las Vegas wedding chapel and much more fun to discover.

Dragon Boat racing

Gable Events has joined with Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People to bring you the seventh dragon boat challenge to be staged as part of the Nottingham Riverside Festival. The Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday 7 August 2016 and up to 50 crews are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course on the River Trent at the Victoria Embankment watched by thousands of spectators.

Races will take place every 10 minutes between 11am to 4pm.

Planning your journey

Car parking is available, at a cost of £6 per car per day for all cars. Disabled parking for blue badge holders is also available close to the festival site, also at a cost of £6 per day. Out of courtesy for local residents, please do not park in the surrounding streets.

The entrance for public parking is via Riverside Way off Queens Drive.

Roadworks on University Boulevard

Over the weekend of 5 – 7 August, roadworks will take place along University Boulevard, and the road will be closed completely for traffic going into the city. Diversions will be in place, and tram journeys from Toton Lane into the city will not be affected.

Nottingham Riverside Festival 2016