Nottingham is home to a number of family-friendly activities. With a long list of places to visit and activities to experience, it makes the perfect location for a family break. With the summer holiday’s now here, you’re going to need lots of things to occupy the children and keep their little minds busy.
With plenty of family friendly places to eat nearby all of our chosen locations, get ready for a hassle free summer. Check out some of our family activities in Nottingham to keep you all occupied this summer.
Ferry Farm Country Park
We all love animals, especially baby ones. At this children’s farmyard, you can get up close and cuddly with them. As well as being able to bottle feed cute baby lambs and stroke tiny piglets, there’s also baby donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks, mice and gerbils.
There is an adventure playground for the kids to frolic in and tractors to ride. Zip wires, assault courses, trampolines and pedal go-karts are just some more of the many things they have to do. Even if some bad weather hits, there’s an indoor soft play area for you to relocate.
This is a magnificent 17th-century ducal mansion that has been built on the site of the original Medieval Castle. You can climb to the top to get a spectacular view of the city or browse the artistic museum and art gallery. It includes fifteen centuries of Nottingham history and these are brought to life with interactive displays and stories.
The stunning grounds can give your children some educational fun this summer. The Threads gallery contains outfits, fabrics, masks and unusual objects from around the world which demonstrates the connections between people from different times and places. You might even learn something new!
Holme Pierrepont Country Park
If you are feeling active then this is the perfect place to fulfil activities both on water and land. You and the family can learn new skills in Bushcraft, Ecombat, Bell Boating and Treasure Hunts. These events are held in the school holidays and it’s a great way for the children to meet others their own age.
Even the younger children can join in with the Sky Tykes course specially designed for 2 years and above. And with Segway hire, an Activity course and the Sky Trail, there’s room for the adults to get involved too. If you’re looking to get busy on the water there is also canoeing and kayaking, sailing and powerboating, plus white water rafting if you fancy an adrenaline rush. Plenty to do for all ages and all abilities.
National Ice Centre
If you want to perfect your ice sports excellence, you can skate any day of the year here. They offer a varied range of sessions designed to suit all ages and abilities from groups of 0-2, 4-8, 9-12 and then 12+. Made up from 2 Olympic size ice rinks, there’s plenty of room, whether you are confident enough to whizz round the middle or your only a beginner that will probably be holding on to the edge rails to balance you round the rink.
You can find the Ice Locker here, which is the UK’s biggest ice sports store. It is also home to the Great Britain Short Track Speed Skating Squad and the GMB Nottingham Panthers: the oldest and one of the most successful ice hockey teams in the country. Not convinced you’ve got the ability? On-ice equipment is available for support and fun, including Penguins, Seals and even Scooters. So get your skates on!
Can’t decide which to do? Why not book a hotel in Nottingham city centre, stay in the city for the weekend and do more than one! With many family friendly restaurants in and around the city and a large shopping centre, there will be plenty to keep you all busy.
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