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Nottingham’s St Patrick’s Day festival might not happen again due to funding.

Today is the 19th year Nottingham has put on the St Patricks Day festival. However, due to cuts in funding and sponsorship the committee says it could be the last year the parade takes place.

The event will take place from 12pm today, including the procession, however live stage entertainment has been cancelled. They’ll also be market stalls on Long Row, outside Nottingham information Bureau, where you can buy hats, scarfs and taste Irish food.

This is the 19th year the parade has happened, but a lack of funding means the committee is struggling to believe the event will happened next year.


The current funds fails to cover current forecasted expenditure of £25K for a smaller different style Parade – named the Community Parade.

Mary-Kate O’Brian, a committee member said, “Because of what’s happened with the economy people just don’t have enough money to contribute anymore”

“The most pressing issue is with the volunteers. Twelve of us run the parade, and we really do need more support.”

“The most pressing issue is with the volunteers.”

Mary-Kate O’Brian, Committee member

Organisers said “We used to run the parade from the forest recreation ground, we would consider doing this if we got more funding. We’d have more acts and more people participating.”

The weather also means that some parts of the day will not happen. O’Brian told us that “extreme weather is predicted meaning we can’t have any entertainment on the stage, the parade is still going ahead as planned.”

If you want to get involved in next years festival you can  email the organisers at info@nottinghamstpatricksfestival.org.uk or the Facebook page – Nottingham St Patrick’s day Festival and Parade.




A walk through Sherwood Forest.

One of my favourite places to visit is Sherwood Forest. Where the legend, who was Robin Hood, supposedly lived. For those who don’t know, Robin Hood is best known for “stealing from the rich and giving to the poor” and became a popular folk figure in the late-medieval period. Even today, the major oak tree, which is associated with Robin Hood, is still standing and attracts many tourists to Nottinghamshire.

From being a child I’ve always been an outdoorsy person, especially when it comes to bike riding, which I love. This is one of the reasons I think Sherwood Forest is great. It is a great place for a family day out, with parking costing just £3 for the day, a gift shop on site, for the younger members of the family to get souvenirs such as a Robin Hood bow and arrow.

Also, for people with dogs, it is a dog friendly place (as long as your dog is friendly), there are many different walks to take, so you’ll always be giving your dog a long walk. Furthermore, almost every path you chose to walk will lead to the major oak tree, which is now thousands of years old and held up by scaffolding.

major oak

Signs around Sherwood Forest to the Major oak


However, if you enjoy more adventurous days out, Sherwood Forest Pines, is a ten minute drive further, where you can mountain bike and is also home to Go Ape! And it only costs £1 to park for the day.

If you are into mountain biking, I would recommend Sherwood Forest Pines, as they have tracks labelled for you to do. For example, blue is the easier route, and red being the most difficult route. However, not being excellent at mountain biking, I would even say that the blue route is a challenge, but It is a great place to explore, either on your own or with friends.


Family day out over the Easter Holidays


Go Ape is also a great way to spend your day. I believe you have to be a certain height to take part, however I did Go Ape at about 11 years old, when I was probably about 4 foot something. This isn’t for the faint hearted and especially not for those afraid of heights. The staff show you how to use your harness before going around the course and are really helpful.

Afterwards there is even a Café onsite, although I think after a long day out it is nice to have a picnic, if the weather agrees with you.


Sunny day at Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire


So, I would highly recommend an outdoors day in Nottinghamshire, as it is full of nature and has many activities to do.

Hope you enjoy!