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Outdoor Activities

Get active in Nottinghamshire

Our glorious county offers visitors and residents alike the opportunity to get active and take in some of the fantastic outdoor scenery and attractions we have to offer. Whether you fancy a quiet stroll, a fast-paced or leisurely cycle ride, or adventure sports, Nottinghamshire has it all.

In Notts We Love to be extreme

Nottinghamshire is known for Sherwood Forest, the home to Robin Hood. In the home of our legendary outlaw, you can explore the ancient forests with an exhilarating tree top adventure. Go Ape! is based at the heart of Sherwood Pines and gives you the chance zoom down zip wires or Tarzan swing between the tall trees and see the forest in a way that no-one has before. If you don’t have a head for heights then hire a Segway and go on a gentle ride across our picturesque forest.

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 Major Oak. A short journey from the Sherwood Forest Nature Reserve 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.

If water is more your thing, make time to visit 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 this 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. In 2014 the county is also playing host to many triathlon events including the famous Outlaw Triathlon in July at the Water Sports Centre. So for budding future Olympic athletes or if you simply love to keep active, make sure you book your spot on the start line at one of the many triathlon events happening across the county.

For something a bit more gentle . . .

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 to Rushcliffe Country Park which neighbours the Great Central Railway and the Framework Knitters Museum, you’re never far away from a place to stretch the legs, hop on a bike or explore the local towns and countryside.

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.



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, 31st July 2014

    To: Wednesday, 31st December 2014

Things to Do Highlights...

St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene

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City of Caves

City of Caves

Discover a hidden world beneath your feet underneath the streets of Nottingham.  Explore original...

Clumber Park

Clumber Park

A National Trust property, Clumber Park is open daily all year. This wide expanse of parkland,...

Holme Pierrepont Hall

Holme Pierrepont Hall

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