The Sumac Centre is a volunteer-run social & community space based in Forest Fields, Nottingham.

Established in 2001, the Sumac has been a hub for many people over the years. Our history can be found here and on wikipedia.

We continue the work of the Rainbow Centre, founded in 1984. We recently celebrated our 40th Festival Weekend

Events are shown on the diary and space is available for hire.

Sunday Brunch continues every Sunday from 11am – 2pm, as it has without a break since March 2020.

Forest Fields Social Club bar runs on Sundays from 12noon – 4pm and for other events as shown on the Events Diary.

People’s Kitchen communal meals are held on some Saturdays for fundraising events, such as the monthly Punk for the Homeless gigs.

It is advised to check The Sumac Centre Facebook Group, or the Events Diary, before traveling from afar.

The Sumac also provides resources and a meeting space for groups and individuals working to promote social justice, environmental awareness, peace, and animal rights.

We support community resistance projects, as well as being the home to Nottingham Green Festival, Nottingham Animal Rights and Veggies Catering Campaign.

The space is sometimes used for music events, film showings and sales in order to raise money and awareness. We are self financed, supported by donations.

Throughout the pandemic Sumac Centre and Veggies Catering Campaign hosted a Community Food Hub for the distribution of foods around our community, for those isolated at home or those that wished to distance themselves from supermarkets. This continues on a smaller scale, with packaged goods, ‘loose’ wholefoods and eco-household products.

We organise co-operatively, without managers or bosses, and all volunteers have a say in how the centre is run.  Open organising meetings are (usually) held on the  1st Monday of each month (including online participation) and operate by consensus.

Our aim is to provide a safer space for local people to meet other socially conscious individuals in a relaxed and friendly environment.

To find out what’s going on check subscribe to the Sumac News mailing list or join the The Sumac Centre Facebook group – like Sumac itself this is a d-i-y space, so may not be regularly moderated .

To organise events and activities at Sumac contact us with your proposal or see the event submission guidelines.

Whilst the contacts form is being fixed, contact us by email to

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