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Things to do on Rainy Days
Oh dear! You were all geared up for an exciting day exploring Nottinghamshire’s beautiful countryside, stunning gardens and outdoor entertainment, only to open the curtains and see the rain hitting the windows…
Well, don’t worry. Here in Nottinghamshire, there’s no need to despair if it’s a little grey outdoors, and a good old fashioned British downpour has washed in. Instead, you can use the opportunity to grab your brolly and head out to shelter in the welcoming warmth of some of our fantastic indoor attractions and entertainment spots!
Indoor Attractions and Activities
It never feels fair when the rain washes out your plans, but Nottingham’s warm and cozy indoor attractions will quickly restore the balance of justice. The Galleries of Justice offers a perfect rainy day out, and while it may be ideal for hiding from the elements, you’ll have no place to hide from the law – as you’re put on trial for conspiring with Nottingham’s most notorious outlaw, and the Villainous Sheriff of Nottingham takes you on a tour of the city's grisly history.
Save some money by combining your Galleries of Justice visit with a joint entry to the City of Caves. Head into the hidden world below intu Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, and you can explore a labyrinth of man-made caves, which have been used for everything from air raid shelters to bowling alleys over the years.
Join exciting cultural and creative program of monthly Crafternoons, events and tea parties at Debbie Bryan. Each Crafternoon is lead by designers and artists.
Or, why not escape the rain and head into the depths of a… rainforest! Lost City Adventure Golf putts you deep into the jungle, where you can embark on an Indiana Jones style adventure - armed only with a golf club. Negotiate testing obstacles and tricky bends, as you swing your way to golfing glory.
Find your way out of that world of vines and temples, and you can reward yourselves with a trip to the Fun Station, which is also located in The Cornerhouse entertainment complex. With flashing lights, clunking buttons and cascading coins, it’s the perfect place to try your hands at a variety of arcade games, and win some fantastic prizes.
Game enthusiasts should also visit the one-of-a-kind National Video Game Arcade, which will take you on an interactive tour of our digital world that’s sure to push some nostalgic buttons.
Kids can discover their wild sides at Conkers, meanwhile, exploring deep in the woodlands, swinging across rope obstacle courses, kayaking across lakes, and riding the Conkerchoo train through the trees.
Of course, you could always forget trying to hide from it, and simply embrace the rain! Quad biking and power-wheeling is all the more fun when you can spray thick films of mud into the air - visit Langar Karting, to have a great time getting properly muddy outdoors.
The Exchange Arcade also offers some fantastic independent indoor shopping - Nottingham's oldest shopping arcade is contained in a Grade II listed building. Making it an attractive and unique place to spend some time shopping.
A rainy day is also a great excuse to pop into one of our many beautiful churches and religious buildings to enjoy a little peace and a look around.
Southwell Minster is a spectacular sight regardless of the weather, and the cathedral has a stunning interior - which is often used as the perfect setting for stirring concerts.
St Mary's in Hucknall, meanwhile has plenty of fascinating history attached to it. Lord Byron, and his influential, mathematician daughter, Ada Lovelace, are interred there, in the Byron family vault, while you can also learn about famous people from Hucknall such as Sam Weller Widdowson - who invented the shin pad!
Or head to the St Mary's in Edwinstowe, to visit the church where it's believed that Robin Hood and Maid Marion were married!
Back in Nottinghamshire, another St Mary's church also has connections to everyone's favourite outlaw, as it's mentioned in an early ballad, which describes the capture - and subsequent escape of - Robin Hood. St Peter's Church, meanwhile, is Nottingham's oldest building that's remained in continual public use, and is a great place to slow the pace amongst the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
The pitter patter of rain is also the perfect excuse to indulge in a little time travelling, exploring the stories of the past.
The William Booth Birthplace Museum is the place to learn about the founder of the Salvation Army, while the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is an unmissable attraction for those with literary leanings.
You can also weave together the history of the county's close association with textiles and lace at The Framework Knitters Museum, or learn about famous cavalry regiments, at theQueen's Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum.
So whatever the weather, there's no reason not to look on the bright side of life in Nottinghamshire!