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Outdoor Activities

No matter what the weather, Nottinghamshire offers visitors and residents alike the opportunity to explore outdoors and take in some of the fantastic outdoor landscapes and attractions we have to offer. Experience cycling trails through Sherwood Forest as the leaves turn in autumn, or in spring, take the family and your picnic blanket to Clumber Park and visit the park’s new born lambs or join in the fun on a Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. 

More inspiration on events across Nottinghamshire can be found on our What's On page

Admire the scenery...

Being such a green county, we always have a country park or nature reserve within easy reach. From the beautiful lakes and landscape of Clumber Park, voted the most romantic place for a date in the East Midlands by the Great Date Guide, to Wollaton Hall & Deer Park and Rushcliffe Country Park which neighbours brilliant attractions such as the Great Central Railway and the Framework Knitters Museum, stretch your legs as a couple or with the family. Another must-see attraction is historic Hodsock Priory, one of Nottinghamshire’s heritage gems. Every spring Hodsock Priory welcomes visitors to the estate to see their bluebell-covered woodland, always at their very best in May and equally as stunning as their famous Snowdrops at Hodsock event. Enjoy the great outdoors at the Conkers, the award winning attraction at The Heart of the National Forest, a unique mix of indoor and outdoor experiences to keep you and your family engaged for hours.

Alternatively, there’s the opportunity to take in the many canals and waterways winding their way through the county. Whether you are a nautical expert and wish to hire a canal boat, or you prefer the back-seat approach watching the world go by on a Gunthorpe Leisure Cruise, water is an effective way of discovering the hidden gems dotted around Notts.

Join extreme sports and uncover treasures...

In the heart of Sherwood Forest, swing between the trees and fly down zip slides at Go Ape at Sherwood Pines. If you don’t have a head for heights then hire a Segway and go on a gentle ride around our picturesque forest – beautiful in all seasons.

If you prefer to keep your feet on terra firma, walking through Sherwood Forest itself is a great way to burn off the calories and perfect for the whole family. Stroll along miles of walking trails and stop off and take a photograph at the award winning Major Oak, named Tree of the Year by the Woodland Trust in 2014. A short journey from the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre is the historic village of Edwinstowe, which has plenty of restaurants and shops to make your day complete.

For true explorers a visit to Creswell Crags in the north of the county is a must. In this area you will find ancient rock formations and Britain’s only known example of Ice Age cave art, along with an array of spectacular pre-historic archaeological finds.

Make a splash at Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home of the National Water Sports Centre, for some extreme water sports. Try your hand at white water rafting, either with friends of family, and take on the man-made course powered by a natural river, meaning you experience white water the way it’s meant to be. For something requiring more of a solo effort, you can hire a canoe and feel the burn as you take on the challenging course. 



Special offers

  1. Accommodation


    From cosy log cabins in the heart of Sherwood Forest to luxurious hotels with spa facilities, Nottinghamshire has a great selection of accommodation. Take advantage of these special offers to make your stay even more enjoyable.

    From: Thursday, 1st January 2015

    To: Thursday, 31st December 2015

Things to Do Highlights...

St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene

Open:  Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 12.00 &, 1.30pm - 4.00pm, Sunday 12.00 – 4.00pm Newark's...

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve

  Admission is FREE, and the normal charge for the car park is £3. Legendary home of Robin...

Newark Castle and Gardens

Newark Castle and Gardens

Newark Castle and Gardens are lovely, formal gardens bordered by the remaining walls of Newark...

Vicar Water Country Park

Vicar Water Country Park

Admission is FREE, and there is a donation to use the car park. Vicar Water Country Park,...