This summer, take a break in Nottingham and enjoy one of the greenest cities in England, or just relax in the stunning countryside of Sherwood Forest and the Vale of Belvoir.
A truly spectacular range of exciting cultural summer events will be taking place across the region and with special offers available, now is a truly fantastic time to visit.
Throughout July and August we have some outstanding summer outdoor theatre in atmospheric attractions like Nottingham Castle and Newstead Abbey. The Splendour Festival at Wollaton Hall returns on 21 July, with Dizzee Rascal, The Levellers, Razorlight and many more acts performing.
Together with these top performances in unique settings, we have excellent family events taking place. The week-long Robin Hood Festival will be at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve during 13-19 August, and throughout the summer school holidays, the city centre beach in Old Market Square, Nottingham Riviera, will be back to create a child-friendly welcome.
You don’t have to take in an event to do something new on a short break either. Discover charming scenery with a gentle stroll around beautiful towns and villages such as Southwell or Papplewick, or learn more about the writer DH Lawrence in Eastwood.
If you like cycling, escape to the trees for totally enthralling routes at Sherwood Pines and Clumber Park. Once you’ve tried it you’ll be quickly hooked and it’s a hugely memorable day out. For a less active experience, take a day trip on a through the picturesque Trent Valley with Gunthorpe Leisure Boats, or treat yourself to a spa at Church Spa in East Markham.
Yet with all the inspirational events and activities to do on summer breaks, Nottingham still remains one of the best cities to just hang out. With totally unique places to eat and drink such as Malt Cross, Iberico and Ye Olde Salutation Inn, there is always a rich and varied flavour through the city.
Nottingham Contemporary is one of the best contemporary art galleries outside of London and this free attraction is always engaging. This summer the gallery features artists Alfred Kubin and Francis Upritchard, on show from 21 July to 30 September.
And of course there is always one of the best shopping destinations in the UK. Nottingham is home to the fashion designer Paul Smith who has his flagship store just off Bridlesmith Gate. You’ll also find a buzzing array of independent stores and boutiques around places like Hockley and Derby Road.
So take a short summer break to experience Nottingham and Sherwood Forest and discover new activities, stunning countryside and relax with your family and friends.