No matter what area you live in I can guarantee that there are still some areas you have not yet ventured into but have wanted to.
We are exactly the same and here in Nottinghamshire we have so many things we would love to do and places to visit but time gets away from us and so this summer I am determined to start ticking off some of the places in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that we want to visit.
1. Nottingham Castle, Nottingham City Centre
I have to hold my hands up and say that Nottingham Castle is practically on the door step, yet non of us have actually visited it before. Joshua is super eager to learn at the moment and I know he would be blown away with the history that the castle is steeped in.
Jacob however would probably have to say at home with relatives as the cases caves are certainly something we would love to view and with over 300 steep steps I think it rules out Jacobs little legs.
2. Cresswell Crags, Worksop Nottinghamshire
This is somewhere I visited as a child and I have been meaning to go back as an adult but have once again never gotten round to returning.
Cresswell Crags is a limestone gorge with a museum and visitors centre that shares what life in the Ice Age (50,000 -10,000 years ago) would have been like.
Accessing the caves means being outside and this works well for our boys!
3. The National Videogame Arcade, Nottingham City Centre
Based in the city centre, it’s the one on the list that is designed for our poor UK weather. It made it onto my top budget friendly places to visit in Nottingham recently and it’s going to be a place we visit this summer.
Packed with all those retro favourites from donkey kong to tetris right up to Minecraft and all on a range of consoles, including the Nintendo 64!
4. Highfileds Park, Nottingham
Highfields Park can be found at The University of Nottingham packed with history the park is beautifully designed and has many things to do, especially for families with a boating lake, croquet, adventure golf, ice cream stands and plenty of parking. There are lots of events that take place over the year and I think a picnic is on the cards for this one … A picnic and some putting sounds like a great plan for a day out!
5. Watermeadows Swimming Complex, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
This is one of our favourite swimming pools in the area. It has plenty of parking, has several pool slides and water jets, shoots and waterfalls. There is a wave machine, children’s pool and competition pool and there are family changing rooms.
There is a cafe onsite and even a little soft play area, which Jacob loves. However it is small so fills quickly and its only really for pre schoolers.
6. The Lost City, Adventure Golf, Nottingham City
Joshua has been to several parties at this crazy golf venue located in the Corner House in the centre of Nottingham.
At The Lost City Adventure Golf you can choose 18 holes to play or 36 holes and with 2 courses to choose from and the venue being pushchair and wheelchair friendly its going to be super fun to go and play as a family this summer.
7. Sherwood Forest, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire
Sherwood Forest is located in the village of Edwinstowe, which is also the same village I grew up in. With forest in abundance surrounding the Major Oak and a wonderful visitors centre there to help tell the tale of Robin Hood and Maid Marion.
During August there is ‘Robin Hood Festival‘ which has a host of things to do for the kids, it has jousting and merriment for all and its all free (car parking is £3)
8. Rufford Park & Abbey, Rufford, Nottinghamshire
Again this is one of my childhood haunts as it’s only a stones throw away from Edwinstowe. Rufford Abbey is set in the grounds of Rufford park, a cistercian abby that was converted into a country house in the 16th century. A portion of the house was demolished in the 20th century but there are still some remains in the grounds that you can walk round.
In the grounds there is a beautiful lake with plenty of bird life all eager to follow you round and there is also a play village for the kids with lots to do, including a sandpit. There are some shops and eateries on site but there is lots of open space for picnics and footballs to while away a few hours.
9. Newark Castle, Newark, Nottinghamshire
This is one of those places I had never ever visited but driven past a million times and wanted to call in each time.
Newark Castle is only partially standing having had a rather exciting past. It’s grounds are green flag rated and many events are carried out at the Castle each year.
There are tours onsite that allow you to visit the dungeons and civil war trail that I know Joshua would really love to find out more about!
10. Wollaton Hall & Park, Nottingham
We visited Wollaton Hall and Park over a year ago for the first time fairly early in the year and we vowed to go back when the weather was nicer.
The spectacular Elizabethan Mansion and Deer Park has plenty to do for families, based in 500 acres of woodland there is lots to explore and lots of animals to see! When we visited there were some amazing squirrels eager to make an appearance for a growing audience.
In the grounds you will find Nottingham’s Natural History Museum and Nottingham’s Industrial Museum (check website for opening hours)
Like many of Nottinghamshires attractions they have an array of events throughout the year ideal for families so do double check that on their website too.
I am probably too eager at getting down our ideas on places to visit this year but I am determined that this summer we won’t waste a minute of precious family time and if having a list can help .. .Bring it on.
Are you making plans for the summer holidays yet?