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June 22nd marks the 75th anniversary of Windrush. The city of Nottingham has several events lined up to commemorate this occasion. Credits: Krishita Kandoi

June is packed with events, celebration, and cultural milestones.

One major highlight is Windrush 75, commemorating the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush arriving in Britain on June 22 1948, bringing almost 500 people to the UK from Antigua, Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean to help fill job vacancies.

Also coming up are Pride Month events, the iconic Glastonbury Festival, the Champions League Final.

See below for more on what June has in store.

Pride Month

June 1 – June 30

Pride Month is a time dedicated to celebrating and honouring the LGBTQ+ community and acts as a powerful reminder of the progress made in the fight for equality. Nottingham Pride events can be found here.

Windrush 75

June 22

The 75th anniversary of Windrush commemorates the pivotal moment when the SS Empire Windrush arrived in the UK, carrying Caribbean migrants who played a significant role in shaping post-war Britain. This milestone serves as a tribute to their contributions, resilience, and the ongoing recognition of their cultural heritage and impact on British society. Events will be happening on a national scale.

United Nations World Environment Day

June 5

World Environment Day is a global initiative to raise awareness and inspire action for environmental protection. Countries across the globe will be promoting sustainable practices and addressing environmental issues. You can find out more by following #OnlyOneEarth.

Great Minds: Colin Grant – Windrush Stories Seminar

6 pm – 7:30pm, June 8, University Hall, Nottingham Trent University

Author and playwright Colin Grant will take the stage at Nottingham Trent’s University Hall to commemorate the invaluable contributions of the Windrush Generation and their descendants, highlighting their profound impact on the United Kingdom. Reserve your place here.

Glastonbury Festival

June 21 – June 26, Worthy Farm, Shepton Mallet

 The UK’s biggest music festival, Glastonbury, is the destination for music enthusiasts and culture aficionados from around the world. With its diverse line-up of top-tier artists, vibrant atmosphere, and rich history spanning decades, Glastonbury promises an unforgettable experience.

Festival goers stand in front of a pyramid shaped stage whilst waving their arms and setting off confetti
Around 200,000 people attend Glastonbury Festival. Image Credit: James Genchi

Windrush: It Runs Through Us Exhibition

Feb 28 – Nov 30, Mansfield Museum

This heartfelt celebration of the Windrush generation invites visitors to connect with history, heritage, and the enduring impact of this remarkable community on the fabric of Nottinghamshire. The exhibition is free to attend and open between 10 am – 3 pm.

Father’s Day

June 18

Father’s Day is a special occasion observed on the third Sunday of June and is a time to express gratitude, love, and recognition for the role fathers play in our lives.

The Windrush Decision: An Always Community Project

6pm – 8:30pm, June 22, Nottinghamshire Archives 

Nottinghamshire Archives invites you to immerse yourself in an engaging exhibition featuring films, photographs, personal stories, and oral histories from those who made the Windrush decision. Guests can indulge in the delights of an authentic Caribbean meal while listening to music and embracing a vibrant celebration of culture and history. Tickets are free and can be booked here.

Eid al-Adha

June 28

Eid al-Adha is a significant Islamic holiday. It is a time for prayer, reflection, charity, and joyful gatherings where Muslims worldwide come together to honour their faith and share in the spirit of unity and sacrifice.

Windrush celebrations across Nottinghamshire

June 22, Nottingham

Diversify Education and Communities CIC is hosting several events across Nottinghamshire on June 22. St Ann with Emmanuel Church will celebrate between 11:30 am – 2 pm. Celebrations will continue at the Beechdale Community Centre between 5 pm – 8 pm. Tickets can be found here.