Days out in Nottinghamshire

Days out in Nottinghamshire

Fun for all the family and the dogs!
Forest Holidays


We’ve included some free days out in Nottinghamshire, dog-friendly days out in Nottinghamshire and a whole heap of fun days out in Nottinghamshire. Stay in one of our hot tub family cabins at Sherwood Forest and fill your holiday with these great days out.

Family Fun days out in Nottinghamshire

What’s your idea of fun? Climbing trees, a day out at a theme park or something more cultural? Everybody’s different, so here’s a wide variety of fun days out in Nottinghamshire:

Just through the forest from our cabins, you will find Go Ape, where you can take your tribe for a day of treetop challenges and forest Segway adventures. Forest Holidays guests also receive an exclusive discount!

Head to Wheelgate Theme Park and Waterpark for a day of thrilling rides, exciting events and fun in the amazing water park.

Beneath the streets of Nottingham city centre is one of the most intriguing days out Nottinghamshire has to offer. City of Caves is a hidden maze of original sandstone caves, dating back to the dark ages. Above ground, combine your day with a visit to the National Justice Museum, where there are lots of fun, interactive exhibits.

Discover what life was like in the Ice Age and see cave artwork older than the pyramids, at Creswell Crags. With a museum, caves, meadows, play areas and a café, it’s a great day out in Nottinghamshire for the whole family.

For the little ones, White Post Farm is a special day out, where they can meet and feed the animals and play in the indoor and outdoor play areas.

Nottinghamshire caves

Nottinghamshire caves

Free Days out in Nottinghamshire

Sometimes, you just want somewhere to have a great time without it breaking the bank. Discover our favourite free days out in Nottinghamshire:

You can spend a whole day exploring Sherwood Forest, and all for free. Start at the Sherwood Pines Visitor Centre, where there’s a café, cycle hire, children’s play area and lots of information about the cycle and walking trails. 

For Robin Hood adventures, visit the famous Major Oak, set amidst 900 more veteran oak trees, then visit the village of Edwinstowe to see the church that is reputedly where Robin Hood and Maid Marion got married.

Get cultural at Nottingham Contemporary, one of the UK’s largest contemporary art galleries, and free to visit too. 

Other cultural free days out in Nottinghamshire include Mansfield Museum, a fascinating collection of local artefacts, and New Art Exchange in Nottingham, dedicated to culturally diverse arts.

Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

Famous Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

Dog-friendly days out in Nottinghamshire

It can be quite a struggle finding days out where your four-legged friend is welcome too. To make life easier, here is our guide to dog-friendly days out in Nottinghamshire:

Explore the 3,800 acres of Clumber Park, a National Trust woodland estate where dogs are positively welcomed. When you have explored everything on offer, there’s a dedicated indoor space where they can stop for a rest.

At Rufford Abbey Country Park you can enjoy the Cistercian abbey ruins, acres of parkland, a children’s play village and a shop and café. Dogs are welcome on leads.

For another dog-friendly day out in Nottinghamshire, visit Newark, a handsome Georgian Town with a castle ruins, a river and an Air Museum, where dogs on leads are welcome.

Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire

Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire

Where to stay in Nottinghamshire

For its sheer variety of days out, Nottinghamshire is a great place. But where can you stay when you are exploring the area? For dog friendly accommodation, take a peek at our cosy hot tub cabins, sheltered beneath the towering pines of Sherwood Forest. Here, after your Nottinghamshire days out, you can sink into your hot tub beneath the trees and relax. There’s also a host of activities you can enjoy, from art classes and willow sculpture to crossbow shooting and archery.

Log cabins at Sherwood Pines Forest Park in Nottinghamshire

Log cabins and woodland lodges at Forest Holidays Sherwood Forest