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What’s On at the Sneinton Festival, Nottingham, England

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Sneinton overlooks the east side of Nottingham and is dominated by Green’s Windmill, which can be seen from across the city. Each summer the area holds a popular festival and this year the Sneinton Festival will run from 25 June to 3 July. There is free entry to all events.

The opening day (Saturday 25 June) features a craft and design fair at Sneinton Market as well as kite and costume making at Green’s Windmill. This will be followed on Sunday 26 June with a family sports day at the Greenway Centre and Trickett’s Park, featuring races, football, table tennis and more.

Monday to Friday at the Sneinton Festival

On Monday 27 June, the Greenway Centre will have an open day from 3.30 to 6.30pm including crafts, pool and table tennis. The centre’s AGM starts at 5pm and is a good opportunity for those who want to volunteer to help at the centre. All week at the centre, there will be an exhibition of cartoons drawn by Lord Biro. The Desi Girls Youth Club at the Muslim Community Organisation on Beaumont Street will be having an open evening from 5 to 7pm. And the Lord Nelson pub will have an open mike night from 7.30 to 11pm.

On Tuesday 28 June, the Surestart Centre will run a hat and mask making session from 9.30 to 11.30am. The Greenway Centre will host a multi-sports club for children from 3.45 to 5.30pm. And the Oliver Hind Club will have a clothes making workshop for 11 to 19 year olds from 4 to 7pm. For those who want to go on a guided walk and picnic round Colwick Woods, meet at the junction of Sneinton Boulevard and Lichfield Road at 4.30pm. Indoor lovers can join in with a campfire style sing-a-long at St Christopher’s Church Hall from 7.30 to 8.30pm.

Youngsters aged from two to eight can enjoy a craft workshop at Sneinton Library from 3 to 5pm on Wednesday 29 June and older children from eight to 18 can take part in a rave at the Greenway Centre from 6 to 9pm, with music by Send. From 5 to 7pm, the caves on Sneinton Hermitage will be open and there will be a talk by local historian Colin Haynes. The Lord Nelson will be running a pub quiz from 8pm.

On Thursday 30 June, the Surestart Centre will have a hat and mask making workshop for under fives from 9.30 to 11.30am. In the afternoon from 3 to 7pm at King Edward’s Park there will be a family fun day featuring music, food, stalls and more hosted by the Sneinton Tenants Outreach Programme. The highlight of Thursday evening will be the always-popular international food evening at St Christopher’s Church Hall from 5 to 8.30pm.

There will be more hat and mask making for under fives at the Surestart Centre from 9.30 to 11.30am on Friday 1 July. Tuck into cream teas from 3 to 5pm at St Christopher’s Church Hall. The Muslim Community Organisation on Beaumont Street will run a boys youth club for all communities from 6 to 9pm. And the evening will end with an over 55s games night at the Sneinton Hermitage Community Centre.

Carnival Day at Sneinton Festival

Saturday 2 July is the main carnival day for Sneinton Festival but Green’s Mill will also be exhibiting a display of work from local artists from 11am to 4pm. The main parade will have a Horrible Histories theme this year and will start from the Old School Hall car park on Windmill Lane, where face painting and refreshments will be available from 10am. The parade itself will start at 11am and will finish at the Greenway Centre.

From 12 noon, there will be the main festival at Greenway Centre’s Trickett’s Park with events including go-karts, gladiator games, massage, dance workshop, craft zone, archery, stalls and face painting. Live music will keep people entertained from two stages.

Round the day off with a pint of beer at the Lord Nelson pub on Lord Nelson Street at the After Party from 6pm until late. And night owls can go on a moth watch from 10pm to 1am – meet at the bowling green on Greenwood Road.

Sunday 3 July at Sneinton Festival

There will be another chance to see the display of work from local artists at Green’s Mill from 11am to 4pm.

The Sneinton Festival ends with a gala day at Colwick Woods from 12 noon until 3pm with stalls and entertainment including wildlife activities, games and crafts. And there will be some birds of prey flying around as well.

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