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School Holiday Inspiration

During the school holidays we've got a whole range of attractions and things to do to keep you busy. Here's a quick guide of indoor attractions and places to visit whether the sun shines or it turns a little cold.

You'll also find a whole range of events and activities taking place across the county. You can also search our What's On section.

Explore our market towns

The best way to try and get out and about in the cold weather is to visit one of our excellent market towns. A popular choice is Edwinstowe in Nottinghamshire, located just a stone’s throw from Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.

Highly recommended is the town of Southwell with Southwell Minster at its heart and Newark, which is famed for its involvement in the Civil War. Newark Castle is a terrific sight in the centre of Newark and you can also follow the Civil War Trail around the town to find out more about its intriguing heritage.


For a fun-filled day head to Water Meadows in Mansfield. This fantastic fun pool offers three slides, wave machine and beach area, while there is also a 25m competition pool for the capable swimmer.

Just around the corner is Making it! Discovery Centre which gives school age children the chance to get creative and design their own product from scratch. In doing so, they will learn all about the manufacturing process from beginning right through to prototype and production.

In Nottingham, the Galleries of Justice Museum offers performance tours of the former gaol. Its sister attraction, the City of Caves is a great indoor option and you’ll be able to get underneath the city and see how the caves were used - from Anglo Saxon times to their use as air raid shelters during the Second World War.

Cultural Experiences

Head to some of our excellent indoor cultural attractions and you will open your mind to some enthralling experiences. Nottingham Contemporary is a great place to visit because the art isn’t just about paintings. Not only that it's also free to visit.

Across the city, at Nottingham Castle, there is plenty of art on show and you can take a tour of the caves or enjoy the magnificent views from the castle terrace.

For literary fans, there are family friendly tours of the D. H. Lawrence Heritage Centre where you can find out about the inspiration behind one of the 20th Century’s most controversial novelists. It also provides an excellent insight into the lives of Victorian mining families.

Snowdrops at Hodsock PrioryIn the north of the county, Hodsock Priory opens its doors to visitors for the annual Snowdrops festival in February. The woodland around this majestic house becomes a beautiful bed of white flowers and is well worth a visit.

Be Entertained

If the weather turns a little chilly then why not snuggle up at Broadway and catch a film? It’s one of the top cinemas in the country and regularly shows unique films that you may not be able to catch anywhere else.

For more information about any other events during the school holidays check out the What’s On section of our website. Alternatively, contact our Tourism Centre on 08444 77 5678 or drop in.



Special offers

  1. Attractions


    In Nottinghamshire you will discover plenty of things to do every day of the year and with the help of this great selection of special offers you'll be guaranteed a great time.

    From: Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

    To: Sunday, 31st December 2017