North Notts Counting Down to the Party in the Square

North Nottinghamshire is getting ready for the long-awaited return of Party in the Square, a music festival taking place in Retford Market Square on August Bank Holiday Sunday (August 29).

X Factor winner and musical theatre star Alexandra Burke is set to be the headline act at the popular music event organised by North Notts BID. The festival will bring together well-known names, tribute acts and local musicians in celebration of all that the North Notts area offers to residents and visitors alike.

Family harmony group, The Bowkers will be returning following a successful appearance at the event in 2019 – alongside Ariana Grande tribute Amilia, ABBA Sensation and Hitch, a local 90’s/00’s band. The event will be hosted by North Notts BID’s lead ambassador Joe Sentence and Alex Cann, both former radio presenters for TraxFM and DearneFM.

Sally Gillborn, chief executive of North Notts BID, said: “We’re delighted to be counting down to the much-anticipated return of Party in the Square. The event is a celebration of the spirit and community that makes North Nottinghamshire great, as well as a step closer to a return to normality; all in the fantastic Retford town square. The plethora of acts and refreshments will mean there is something for all ages and interests.”

Alongside the music and entertainment, attendees will have the chance to enjoy an open-air bar as well as food from local artisan suppliers. A large screen will be placed at the bandstand in Kings Park, so that those wanting to socially distance can still enjoy the event.

Sally continued: “We want to encourage everyone to come along with their friends and family, enjoy the summer and support our local businesses.  It’s been a tough year for everyone, so these events are a great way to celebrate lockdown restrictions lifting.  It also gives us the opportunity to showcase our beautiful North Notts area and drive footfall back into our town centres.

“At our event in 2019 Wilko sold out of bistro tables and chairs, charity shops were selling picnic blankets and cushions and Gregg’s even sold out of sausage rolls. So with bars and catering stalls on the square itself and shops and local pubs and cafes open in the surrounding areas, this promises to be a great event that will help to reinvigorate the town.”

The event takes place in Retford market square from 2pm to 7.30pm on Sunday, August 29.

To find out more about the event and other projects and activities managed by North Notts BID visit

Posted on 06 August 2021

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