Pay Day? Hooray!

Let's be honest. January isn't the most cheerful time of year. The excitement of Christmas and New Year has faded. The days are cold and gloomy. It's fair to say we all deserve to treat ourselves this month to cure those January blues.


With pay day just over the horizon, we've found some fun ways to spend your pay cheque this month.


Beat the Streets Festival


Having been postponed in 2021, we are delighted to see the return of the annual fundraising festival. Showcasing the best of Nottingham's local musical talent, Beat the Streets is held across 7 stages in the City Centre. Not only will the festival feature 56 sets covering various genres, it's all in the name of charity.

"Each year all proceeds raised from ticket sales, merchandise and bar sales in Rock City, Rescue Rooms and The Bodega go towards helping the festival achieve its main aim; helping to eradicate homelessness in the city of Nottingham."

The past 3 events have collectively raised funds of over £250,000 for Framework Housing Association; the Nottingham charity dedicated to bettering the lives of homeless individuals. The money was used to employ mental health workers, and also donated to Sneinton Hermitage shelter, who accommodate over 60 high-risk users and provide vital mental health support to those who need it most.


With ticket prices starting at £8, this one day multi-venue festival is a great way to have fun with your friends whilst supporting a really important cause.



Sunday 30th January 2022 | 1pm onwards



Chinese New Year at Lakeside


The University of Nottingham are hoping to bring some light to the darkest time of year with stunning visuals projected onto the iconic Trent Building, marking the beginning of the Year of the Tiger.


There's a lot going on this year. Alongside the digital projections, there will also be various creative workshops for the whole family to get involved! From Chinese Lantern making to Children's Lion and Dragon dancing; this event is the perfect opportunity to learn about traditional Chinese culture! Learn the ancient art of Chinese Brush painting with Feng-Ru Lee, or book onto a Tea and Poetry session with Xi Chen to witness a calming, authentic tea ceremony experience.


Image: visit-nottingamshire.co.uk


Tickets only £3.



Light Night at Sneinton Market


Spread across Nottingham's Creative Quarter, Light Night will illuminate Eastside on the 4th & 5th February. After a 2 year break, they're returning with a bang.



Expect large flaming sculptures in Sneinton Market Square and stunning projections on Sneinton Market Avenues! On Friday there'll be a Brazilian Carnival Parade or head down on the Saturday for live music and UV graffiti. For those who fancy a low-key weekend, local vendors will be open for you to grab some delicious food and drinks, from vegan chocolates and coffees to beers and cocktails!


Check here for the full schedule!



However you decide to spend your pay day pennies, make sure you treat yourself! The team here at Groubook will be, thats for sure! Keep an eye out for our post next week; we'll be sharing how our pay day social went...!