This New Year’s Eve, Nottingham will welcome 2019 on Old Market Square with a huge free street party and fireworks, sponsored by local company Purico in association with Nottingham Care Village.

The Old Market Square event takes the place of the traditional event staged in previous years on the site of Nottingham Castle, which is now closed until 2020 as part of a National Lottery funded major transformation.

The family-friendly event will see DJ sets from Capital – the UK’s no.1 hit music station – in front of the Council House from 10:30pm, featuring some of the biggest hits from 2018 to get the party started as the city prepares for the big midnight moment.

As the midnight countdown concludes and the bells of the Council House clock chime midnight, a 7-minute firework and pyrotechnic display will light up the skies around Old Market Square followed by a massed rendition of the traditional Auld Lang Syne.

The Winter Wonderland ice skating rink will be open for the final sessions of the 2018 winter season, including a special session up to and including the midnight hour.

Admission to the Old Market Square will be un-ticketed but is limited to the event’s capacity. In the event of capacity being reached, access will only be granted in a one in, one out basis.

Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and localities, said: “Everybody is welcome to join us in Old Market Square to see out the old year and welcome in the New Year, which is shaping up to be another great one in the city.

“We look forward to presenting this year’s New Year celebrations in a new setting. The atmosphere will still be amazing and there will be plenty of fun and entertainment for all to enjoy.”

Director Mary McGowan added: “On behalf of Purico Group and Nottingham Care Village, we are delighted to be sponsoring the New Year’s Eve Fireworks again this year. Over the years we have sponsored this event, it has drawn increasing crowds and has become a big attraction in the city’s calendar.”