Our ethos

As Nomads, our way of working is entrenched in the ancient methods of mobility and sustainability.

We are curious and creative entrepreneurs who move between derelict and unused spaces transforming them into temporary fertile lands, working with local traders and start ups.

We believe in up cycling and sustainable businesses and look to give back to the communities that support our projects.

What we do

Curious Nomads is a company that specialises in pop up structures, street food and drink markets, outdoor bar installations and event curation from festivals toimmersive experiences. With over 22 years experience in the leisure industry having attracted numerous national and international accolades we, the Nomads, can execute any and all projects with expert precision. We are specialists in transforming derelict and unused spaces as well as heritage sites and grade 1 listed buildings into food and drink pop up concepts that deliver in both customer footfall and retention.

We have a track record of creating leading winter street experiences that comprise everything from alpine huts to ice rinks and big wheels.

We also cater for exquisite weddings and corporate parties offering a very special and unique site for all manner of events. 

Finally we offer a one stop shop for any festival or outside bar requirements to fit any event from staffing to management to consultancy in which we can cover all bases from simply managing on the day to curating the entire event, including booking headline acts and entertainment.

Meet the team

Nigel Holliday

Nigel Holliday


1st class honours degree from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Over 21 years experience in the hospitality industry.

Has been involved in various large scale projects ranging from Radio 1’s One Big Weekend in Sunderland, Leeds Party in the Park, Live at Times Square (Newcastle) right through to Traction Engine rallies, vintage car shows and county game fairs.

Guest speaker at numerous national conferences & exhibitions.

Awards and accolades include:

  • Beda awards – runner up manager of the year
  • Best Bar None winner – Numerous cities and venues
  • Winner of Theme Award, international bar and restaurant awards and national night life awards.

Director at Tokyo Industries for over 9 years and helped successfully launch over 32 venues and large outdoor events.

Director at Danieli Holdings for 2 years.

Co-founded Tup Tup Palace and theCUT with Matthew Smyth and partners in 2007.
Co-founder, owner and operator of Tup Tup Palace ltd – 2.5m per year turn over business, which includes Tup Tup Palace and theCUT nightclubs Newcastle.

Founder, owner and operator of Curious Nomads Ltd.

Contact us

T: 07711 580 912

E: nigel@curiousnomads.co.uk