Nottingham – child and budget friendly days out

Embrace your environment 

I live in Nottingham, a city full of contrast, and it is fabulously fun to have a child here. We have taken our children on walks round Sherwood Forest abd tree climbing and boating at the stunning University Lake.

Nottingham University lake

he has been for many rambles and picnics for  at the gorgeous Colwick Park and bike riding at Sherwood Pines. I took my son to the Warhol exhibition at Nottingham Castle when he was just 2 and he didn’t like the funny pictures as they were ‘all the same.’ He liked the ladies with no clothes on that he saw at another exhibition and he was loud and proud in asserting his artistic opinion.

nottingfham castle

He was terrified by the Gorilla at Wollaton Hall and had picnics whilst staring in awe at the canoes rolling on the slalom course at the National Watersports Centre. He climbed the play castles at Nottingham Castle and he has run through the water fountains in the Old Market Square. He has seen the kite festival at Rushcliffe Country Park and my daughter loves to teddy bears picnic in the willow dens there.

He has made exciting things happen at Greens Mill Science Museum and he watched the planes take off for hours at East Midlands Airport.

I could go on and on and on. Almost all these activities were free; and all involved no more than 20 minutes of travelling time.

Nottingham is a fantastic place to live and has TONS of free / budget friendly things to do with a little

It’s a good idea to read your local newspapers ‘what’s on section’, ask at the library, look on local notice boards or check out your nearest tourist information. You’ll suddenly find your local environment has tons more to offer than you thought and you and your toddler can discover it together.   For child and budget days out it is always wise to ask others what they have found good to it’s amazing what secret treasures there can be nearby.

Nottingham is a magic place for child and budget friendly days out. Where would you recommend?



  1. June 19, 2010 / 7:43 am

    Nottingham is a great place, and I don’t blame him being scared of the Gorilla at Wollaton Hall – I am too, lovely place for a walk though!

  2. June 20, 2010 / 8:53 pm

    Nottingham is a great place for everything for children and there are loads of free activities too. I think my favourite place is the university because of the boating lake and the play area. If you take a picnic you can spend the whole day there. Notttingham has a lot of great parks and open space to run around – great when you have boys that need wearing out!

  3. Becky
    June 23, 2010 / 11:07 pm


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