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NETHERFEST: Festival returns for second year to showcase creatives in Netherfield

The festival is returning to the town after a successful debut last year

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A festival celebrating arts and creativity in Netherfield is making a return this weekend – with live music, poetry and stand-up comedy.

Netherfest 2023 has been organised by a group of local creatives and is being supported by local businesses and local Gedling Borough Councillors.

Events are being held at a number of venues across the town over the weekend for people to enjoy.

Tonight (14) the Corner Café on Victoria Road will be hosting a Bistro Evening – with a delicious three-course meal on offer. To avoid disappointment you can book a table by calling 07845 953646 or pop in to the venue.

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PICTURED: Stalls at last year’s event

Then on Saturday (15) morning the space between NISA and Co-op will be transformed into a craft market, with local creatives selling their wares between 10am-3pm. There will be a range of crafts on sale at the market, from hand-knitted and crocheted items to trinkets and items made from recycled fabrics.

Alongside the market, local musicians will be performing and local retro gaming business ItsMuchMore will give people a chance to unleash their inner rock star by having a go at the vintage video game Guitar Hero. A fire engine and face painter will also be in attendance.

Throughout the day refreshments will be available at Connect@Netherfield, Corner Café and from the Bank Inn.

On Saturday night there will be a live comedy event in the TBH Bootcamp venue next to Carlton Station – featuring four incredible comics. Tickets are available from the Connect@Netherfield cafe on Victoria Road.

On Sunday morning kids music group Rainbow Stripes will be at TBH Bootcamps hosting a morning of singing, laughter and fun. The event is suitable for all children of any age who enjoy music and having a good time! 

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Sunday afternoon sees Connect@Netherfield transformed into a chill-out zone with food, live music, poetry and creative writing. Tickets and limited and booking is essential, again from Connect.

Netherfest 2023 then finishes with an open mic session at the Fox and Hounds, starting at 4pm and runs until 7pm, the ideal chance to showcase your musical talents!

Over the weekend St George’s Centre will also be showcasing artwork produced by the local community in the form of wire figures – definitely something which has to be to seen to be fully appreciated.

At all events donations are being encouraged to support the work of the Netherfield Foodbank.

Russell Whiting, chairman of the Netherfest Organising Committee, said: “After the success of Netherfest last year we’re all excited for the weekend. There was such a great buzz in the town and I’m sure this year will be even better.

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This is really a chance for people to come and enjoy the Netherfield community, experience something new and get a unique handmade item at the same time.

“It’s been great to see how the community has come together to make this event happen and we look forward to welcoming everyone once we get underway!”

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