This year’s Arnold’s carnival will be held over three days instead of the usual two as the carnival expands with more entertainment across the weekend of the 14, 15 and 16 June.
The free family event returns to Arnot Hill Park, starting on Friday evening, with a line-up including over 30 live music and dance acts, arts and crafts activities, fun fair, BMX and skateboarding sessions and more.
Launching the new Friday night event are local five piece band, 94 Gunships, whose music ranges from blues pop to jazz folk and funk rock. The Mayor of Gedling will be opening the event at 6pm and there will be entertainment until 10.30pm.
The Joe Strange Band headline the main stage on Saturday evening. The band have been playing together for over 10 years, playing a huge range of genres making sure there is something for everyone.
Sunday opens with a service by Arnold Churches Together and closes with headliners, Reggae on the Rocks. The five-piece band specialise in reggae and soul music and are known for their performances of popular reggae tracks as well as their unique reggae versions of well-loved classics.
Along with performances from professional musicians, there will also be a variety of community music, dance groups, local school bands, choirs and solo artists performing over the weekend.
The carnival has more to offer besides music, with a fun fair, craft, charity and trade stalls and a dedicated food and drink court with a fully licensed bar. Children’s arts and crafts activity sessions will be hosted by Gedling Play Forum.
The event this year will be, for the first time, plastic clever. The aim is to reduce the big plastic polluters – plastic stirrers, drinking straws, cutlery and single use plastic cups. This includes using a returnable cup deposit scheme for the bar and asking all catering teams to consider suitable replacements such as wooden straws, cutlery and food containers. This scheme is part of Gedling Borough Council’s plastic clever council initiative.
The event is free to attend on all three days with something for all the family to enjoy. Parking is limited but there will be additional free spaces available at the Home Brewery car park on Sir John Robinson’s Way, thanks to Nottinghamshire County Council who have opened the staff car park for the weekend.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said;
“This year’s Arnold Carnival will be bigger than ever with the extra night of entertainment added on the Friday. This is our flagship event and it’s always incredibly popular with local residents and we have another great line up this year. We’re also very pleased that this year the carnival will be a plastic clever event as part of our commitment to be a plastic clever council to reduce the big four polluters.”