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The city of Nottingham, which is home to over 500 man-made caves, will host its first ever dedicated Caves Festival this October. 

The Nottingham Caves Festival will see a range of events taking place in caves across the city – including live music, food and drink events, special tours and storytelling events.

A Caves Festival hub will also provide visitors with insight into the history of the Nottingham labyrinth, and interactive activities will aim to bring the stories of the caves to life.

Many of the caves built underneath the city date back to the Medieval period. None of the caves are natural; they were all cut into the sandstone for use as houses, cellars and place of work by the inhabitants of the city.

Specific dates for the festival haven’t yet been confirmed, but groups should keep late October free in their diaries. More details are to be announced later this year.

More festivals in Nottingham

Groups hoping to make the most of a stay in Nottingham can choose from over 20 events and festivals taking place in the city throughout October.

These include the Hockley Hustle on 9th October – during which over 250 acts will perform in the city’s Creative Quarter – and the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival at Nottingham Castle from 12th to 15th October.

Great for beer enthusiasts will be Nottingham Oktoberfest, taking place from 26th to 30th October at the Forest Recreation ground.

Also taking place will be the Mayhem Film Festival from 13th to 16th October at the Broadway Cinema. It will showcase the best in horror, sci-fi and cult films and shorts from around the world, with guest filmmakers in attendance.

Alternatively, groups can opt to enjoy International Robin Hood Day on 29th October. Visitors can celebrate Nottingham's famous outlaw Robin Hood by visiting Old Market Square for free Robin Hood themed crafts and activities.

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