Things to watch out for in 2020

Ok. Lets put this one to bed before we go any further.

Yes it is a New Year ... well for all of you following the Gregorian calendar at any rate.

If you are one of them then the New Year will have started at midnight on the 31st of December, which will mean that by now you are well and truly into 2020.

If you are following the Chinese system, the New Year won’t get here till 25th Jan. (The Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February) This year will be the Year of the Rat, which is the first year of a 12 year cycle.

If you follow the Islamic New Year, you will have to wait till August and then it will be the year 1442.

Then there is the Jewish New Year which occurs on the 163 day after the first day of Passover, which puts it somewhere between 5th September and 5th October.

So to be more precise, it may or may not be New Year.

If it is for you ... then Happy New Year!

However, to be a bit picky and despite all the hullabaloo to the contrary, in no one’s calendar is it actually a new decade.

It is all very well calling it the 20s and all, and I agree that it will be a bit of a relief to get out of the Teenies or whatever the decade with all the ‘teen’ years in it is called, if only because it sounds rubbish.

But that doesn’t make it a new decade.

You see there was never a year 0.

Wherever your culture started counting the years from: the birth of someone; the creation of someone else; the arrival of yet another somebody at a certain place; it will not have started counting with a year 0.

Therefore the first decade started on year 1 and went on to include year 10.

This has been true of every other decade since.

Therefore 2020 ... the first year of the 20s ... is in fact the last year of the teenies.

OK. That light be a little pedantic, but you have to admit I am right.

Things to look out for in 2020

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Old Market Square, Nottingham

Saturday 18 January between 11am and 5pm.

The Year of the Rat is almost here, and we can't wait to start celebrating. Nottingham is ready to welcome Chinese New Year in style with a host of events and things to do throughout the end of January and part of February. Keep on reading to discover our selection of top go-to places and things to do if you’re looking for a great start to the new year.

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Beat The Streets 2020

Various venues, Nottingham

26 January

After an incredible day at Beat The Streets in 2019, we’re delighted to announce that tickets are on sale for next years event on Sunday 26th January

Raising funds for Framwork.

Framework is a charity delivering housing, health, employment, support and care services to people with a diverse range of needs. We empower people to achieve financial stability, social inclusion and independence.

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Men's Ice Hockey Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Motorpoint Arena Nottingham

Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 Februrary 2020

Top seeds Great Britain will be joined by Hungary and Estonia, as well as a qualifier from the previous round. The winner of the four-team group will advance to the final qualifying for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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Light Night 2020

Various venues, Nottingham

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February 2020

Light Night – Nottingham’s famous night of eclectic and electric light installations – is back. This year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before, with the events spanning the length of two days rather than one!

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Festival of Science & Curiosity 2020

Various venues, Nottingham

Wednesday 12 - Wednesday 19 February 2020

A week long festival which takes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths out of the lab and into our everyday lives. The festival is about inviting the people of Nottingham to share not only what they know, but also what they would like to know; it’s about celebrating curiosity, asking questions and taking a leading role in finding out the answers.

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Recycle and Help Keep Hothouse Projects Going!


Printer Ink Cartridges
Old Clothes
Bric-a-Brac

Hothouse Theatre can take them off your hands

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Nottingham Puppet Festival 2020

Various venues, Nottingham

Friday 15 May – Sunday 14 June 2020

An iron man, giant birds, a diabolical Mr Punch, a treasured maiden and the talents behind the workings of the National Theatre’s War Horse were the highlights of Nottingham’s first-ever Puppet Festival in 2018, and 2020 is set to be just as magical.

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Cockpit-Fest

NewarkAir Museum

20 & 21 June, 2020

annual gathering of aircraft cockpits & displays – plus our outdoor Aeroboot / Aerojumble aviation sale.

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Robin Hood Festival 2020

Sherwood Forest Country Park

Monday 3 to Sunday 9 August

Organised by the RSPB, expect a fun filled week-long festival that has something for everyone! There will be lots to keep your children entertained throughout the day along with lots of wonderful nature to discover in the forest too.

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Newark Festival 2020

Riverside Park, Newark

Friday 28 - Saturday 29 August 2020

Spread across two fun-packed days, over the late August Bank Holiday weekend we promise you'll be begging to come back again next year!

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Bramley Apple Festival 2020

Various venues, Southwell

Saturday 24 October

The Bramley Festival celebrates the origins of the Bramley Apple which was first grown in Southwell. The Bramley Apple is famous and much loved throughout the world for its unique flavour and excellent cooking qualities. It remains one of the most widely grown British culinary apples.

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For the Love of George

 "They'll be painting the park fence soon. It could do with a new coat. They do it every now and then."

The woman from the reproduction antiques shop contemplates the state of the state of the park fencing opposite.

Well there isn’t much else to do.

Until one day George walks in to look at a reproduction Queen Ann desk.

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