When you think of family holidays you might not immediately think of Nottinghamshire. But here are 7 great things about Nottinghamshire holidays that will change your mind.
It’s time to put Nottinghamshire on your family holiday radar. From Robin Hood adventures to seaside fun – yes, seaside fun, it is one of the most vibrant counties in the UK and easy to get to from almost everywhere. It’s ideal for a short break, worthy of a week and packed with activities for the whole of the summer holidays.
1. Robin Hood adventures
Everybody knows the legend of Robin Hood, who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. His encounters with the Sheriff of Nottingham (boo, hiss!!) are…well…legendary.
Sherwood Forest is at the heart of the Robin Hood legend and from 31 July to 6 August the Robin Hood Festival returns with jousting tournaments, story tellers, free entertainment and the main characters themselves - Robin Hood and his Merry Men and, of course, the Sheriff of Nottingham. There are special events every day and a chance to walk in Robin Hood's footsteps through Sherwood Forest Country Park.
Bring the family to Sherwood Forest, where the festivities are on your doorstep and where you can even try your hand at archery for your own Robin Hood moment.
2. Head for the beach
No summer holiday is complete without a trip to the beach. This year, once again, Nottingham is bringing the beach to the people. For the whole of the summer holidays, Nottingham’s Old Market Square is transformed into a seaside spectacular, complete with deck chairs, a large paddling pool and sand, sand, sand.
You can spend the day at the beach with the added bonus of all of Nottingham’s visitor attractions right beside you, from the underground caves to the famous Lace Market. Nottingham even has its own castle!
3. The splendid Splendour festival
Kick off the summer holidays with the Splendour Festival on Saturday 22 July in Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Big name bands such as Kaiser Chiefs and Busted are set to appear, in addition to Gabrielle Aplin, Billy Ocean, and many more great artists. There is children's entertainment, comedy, a funfair and lots more to enjoy in what the organisers call "the city's biggest summer day out".
4. The great outdoors
Nottinghamshire has almost 1,900 hectares of Local Nature Reserves and green open spaces, from woodlands and lakes to revitalised and re-greened ex-industrial sites, all of which are perfect for family adventures, picnics, walks, and cycle rides.
For a more formal landscape and activities for the children, try the delightful Rufford Abbey and Country Park with lakeside walks, a children’s play area, and wide open spaces for summer games. Another great choice, close to your Sherwood Forest cabin, is Clumber Park with 1,500 acres of parkland, farmland and woods, and the longest avenue of Lime trees in Europe.
5. Theme parks and farm parks
Wheelgate Theme Park and Waterpark is ideal for family thrills and spills. With its mix of indoor and outdoor fun, this might be one to keep up your sleeve for a rainy day. Throughout the summer holidays there are special events, which include meeting Peppa Pig, Chase and Marshal from Paw Patrol, and Titan the Robot.
For the under 10s, Sundown Adventure Land offers lots of exciting rides, the Storybook Village and a Singalong Show. And just 20 minutes from Sherwood Forest, is the White Post Farm, where your little ones can meet and feed the animals and learn how nature works its magic.
6. Creswell Crags
This honeycomb of caves in the limestone gorge on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire was once home to our Ice Age ancestors. It offers a fascinating glimpse into a world about which we know very little. Witness Europe’s northernmost cave paintings and wander round the Visitor Centre to see artefacts that tell the story of ancient human endeavour.
7. Back to the forest
There’s more to Sherwood Forest than Robin Hood. Stay at our Sherwood Forest location to immerse yourself in the full forest experience. Enjoy a family-friendly Forest Ranger expedition, with the bonus of educating the kids without them even noticing, then take a short walk across the woods for a thrilling Go Ape treetop adventure. Hire bikes to explore the forest and stop off at the Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre. Finally, head back to your cabin for a well-deserved rest in the hot tub with the forest canopy above you and an evening of family films ahead of you.
All that and, kids, we haven’t mentioned museums or art galleries once. Book your Sherwood Forest cabin now for a summer holiday break that will delight all the family and reward Nottinghamshire with a place in your heart.
For other ideas and things to do during your holiday at Sherwood Forest, why not take a look at the Experience Nottinghamshire website?