The Sumac Centre is a volunteer-run social and community centre based in Forest Fields in Nottingham. We have a cafe which is open every Saturday evening for a big communal meal called People’s Kitchen, and also host the Forest Fields Social Club, a bar which opens Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7.30pm – 11pm.

We provide resources and meeting space for groups and individuals working to promote social justice, environmental
awareness, peace, and animal rights.

The Sumac is also a home for groups organising practical solidarity in the form of ESOL classes for women, the community circle and the NG7 food bank. It supports community resistance projects in the form of Nottingham Indymedia, Nottingham Anarchist Black Cross, Notts Solidarity Network and Notts Against Workfare, as well as being the home to Nottingham Animal Rights and Veggies Catering Campaign.

We also have a regular Open Mic on Fridays from 8pm

The space is also used for music events, film showings and jumble sales in order to raise money and awareness.


We organise co-operatively, without managers or bosses, and all volunteers have a say in how the centre is run. Open organising meetings are held on the first Monday of every month and operate by consensus.

We aim to provide a space where local people can meet other socially conscious individuals in a relaxed and friendly environment.

To keep up-to-date about what’s going on at the centre, feel free to email sumac[at]riseup[dot]net and ask to be added to the Sumac News mailing list.