You don’t need to break the bank to have a nice day or weekend out with your family. In fact, you don’t even have to leave Nottinghamshire! There are many free and low cost activities that are sure to please everyone in your family.
Nottingham has a very unique feature; it has the most man-made caves in Britain. There’s a whole world underneath our feet just waiting to be explored. It’s not only fun for kids, but interesting for adults as well. A family ticket is just £23.50 (2 adults + 2 concessions or 1 adult + 3 concessions). Adult tickets are £7.95.
When you’re done exploring the caves, you can head over to the Galleries of Justice to visit the museum of Crime and Punishment. They also host murder mystery events and ghost tours. A family ticket is £29.95, or you can purchase a joint family ticket with the City of Caves for £45.95. Adult tickets are £9.95.
If you’re looking for something a little more cheerful, Stonebridge City Farm is easily reachable from the city centre. It’s a great place to take your kids to see farm animals or go on a nature walk, and best of all its completely free!
Summer may be winding down, but there is still time to go to the beach. And you won’t even have to leave Nottingham. The beach is open every summer in Market Square complete with sand and water. There are also rides to entertain your children and a beach bar for the adults. It officially closes on the 1st of September.
The weather doesn’t always cooperate, so it’s good to have a rainy day plan. The National Videogame Arcade, part of GameCity, recently opened in the city centre offering exhibitions, workshops and more. Family tickets are £25 and adult tickets are £8.50.
For more of an educational day out, you can visit Green’s Windmill, which is a working windmill located in Sneinton. You can learn how flour is made and there are activities available for children to learn about science. You can also purchase organic flour made from the mill itself. Admission is free.
Mr. Straw was a grocer in the 1920s that lived at number 7, Blyth Grove for over 60 years throwing little away and living without modern comforts. You can now visit this house and take a step back time into the 20s. Family tickets are £16.80 and adult tickets are £6.75.
You probably already know about or have visited the castle, but you may not know that kids can go for free until the 28th of August! Up to three under-16s can go for free with one paying adult (Adult tickets are £6 or 32 with a Citycard) with the voucher which you can get here: http://www.nottinghamcastle.org.uk/kidsgofree.
You can visit the Natural History Museum or take a walk around the deer park. It’s perfect for a relaxing day out with the family to escape from city life for a bit. Entry is free.
If you’re willing to go a bit further outside of the city, Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a great place to experience nature or participate in the many activities that they have on offer. The park itself is free to enter but the activities range in price. They have walking and cycling trails with cycle hire available. Go Ape is also located here, but is a bit pricey at £31 for adults and £25 for ages 10-15. Whatever your budget, there is something fun to do at Sherwood Pines.
If bird watching is your thing, then Attenborough Nature Centre is the place to go. There are also many trails to walk and activities for children. Entry is free.
The National Water Sports Centre is free to walk around but there are many activities on offer at reasonable rates. For instance, the high ropes course and mini golf package is £7.50 per person. For the more adventurous, there are many types of water sports available ranging from canoes and kayaks to white water rafting. Prices can get a bit expensive, but a one person kayak is only £6 per hour. There is sure to be something for everyone at Holme Pierrepont.
Whether or not you can afford a holiday abroad or elsewhere in the UK, there are more than enough things to do in Nottinghamshire on a budget that you really don’t have to leave to have a nice time with your family and friends.