Twinlakes Park (16 miles)
Discover fun round every corner at Twinlakes, the beautiful park tucked under the wolds. Packed with acres of action, rides, indoor playcentres an outdoor waterpark and animals galore. Guaranteed great day out for the whole family whatever the weather.
Gullivers Kingdom (21 miles)
A family theme park designed to cater for families with children between the age of two and thirteen. All its rides and attractions are designed to offer the whole family a full day out of fun and excitement.
Sundown Adventureland (28 miles)
The Theme Park especially designed for the under 10’s. We have Adventure play areas, Cafes, Shops, plus lots lots more including the NEW Angry Birds zone!
Alton Towers (31 miles)
Ranging from the world's first 14 looping roller coaster to Ice Age 4D Experience, there are many attractions for all ages including Cbeebies Land and the exciting new Enchanted Forest feature opening in April! Height restrictions 1.4m apply on many rides.
Drayton Manor Theme Park (33 miles)
Drayton Manor Theme Park
For total family entertainment visit the award-winning Drayton Manor Theme Park, near Tamworth, Staffordshire. Thomas Land is being expanded this year!
Drayton Manor also has Europeâs only Thomas Landâ¢, which features wonderful themed rides and attractions based on characters, including...
Wicksteed Park (43 miles)
147 acres of lakes, parklands, over 35 rides and attractions including Rocky River Falls, our famous Waterchute, Train, Double Pirate ship and largest free playground in the UK offering a perfect day out for young and old.
Cadbury World (49 miles)
Uncover a world of chocolate delights and enjoy a fascinating, fun packed day out at Cadbury World!
Wonderland (57 miles)
The Award Winning big park for little people, an enchanting place where nursery rhymes and fairytales come to life. Endless rides and a giant indoor play area!
Stonebridge City Farm (1 miles)
Stonebridge City Farm
is an urban farm in the middle of Nottingham! Free to visit and open every day, with a number of animals both big and small; which you can feed, pet and handle; play park and picnic area; plus amenities such as cafe, shop and toilets.
Floralands Farm Park (5 miles)
Floralands Farm Park
There is play equipment, a picnic area and a wide variety of animals to see and feed. As well as the Animal Farm Park, there is a Maize Maze, open from the end of July to October.
Ferry Farm Country Park (9 miles)
Ferry Farm Country Park
A farm with plenty of animals to meet and handle, such as piglets, lambs, pygmy goats and more. Adventure playground, go karts and tractors, indoor soft play, and pony rides. Under 2s visit free.
White Post Farm Centre (12 miles)
White Post Farm Centre
As well as meeting the animals and enjoying the walk in aviary, you can zoom around on go-karts, catch a seasonal show, do a little shopping or even pick up a new pet!
Nottingham Industrial Museum (2 miles)
Nottingham Industrial Museum
A museum covering the industrial history of Nottingham from lacemaking to motorcycle manufacture. Steam day on the last Sunday of every month, plus a calendar of changing events during the year.
Wollaton Hall and Park (2 miles)
Wollaton Hall and Park
Set in over 500 acres of historic deer park, Wollaton Hall is a spectacular Tudor building home to the city's Natural History Museum. Also see the Industrial Museum, Steam Engine House, Wollaton Visitor Centre and the Yard Gallery, plus exhibitions exploring art and the environment.
Making It! Discovery Centre (13 miles)
Making It! Discovery Centre
is great for family fun: hands on interactive exhibits on two floors explaining how things are made. Visitors receive a basket of component parts to make up one of ten kits: it's yours to take home. Open during Nottinghamshire school holidays. Plus we have a programme of 2hr special events for children...
Beechdale Swimming Centre (2 miles)
Beechdale Swimming Centre
Offering teaching, flume and middle pools plus diving and standard lane swim facilities. Also home to a great indoor play zone and a sensory room.
Water Meadows (13 miles)
Leisure Lagoon features include Wave Machine; 50m Twister Flume; Geysers and Water Cannons; plus Falling Rapids Ride and Fast Drop Flume!
Eden Softplay (< 1 mile)
is a large indoor play centre for under 10s situated in the building of Saviour’s Church, Nottingham. Our huge 4 tier play area will provide hours of fun while parents relax in the comfortable cafe area.
Run Riot (2 miles)
Now known as Bumper's Back Yard: indoor playcentre for children aged between 2 and 10 years old. There are slides, ladders, aerial walkways, spinners, trolley ride, maze, ball pools and an area is set aside for the under 5s.
Pirates Play Centre (2 miles)
Pirates Play Centre
Fantastic three level play area with giant slides, rope bridges, sky glide, rollers etc. Separate toddler and baby soft play area, free wifi in the parents' lounge.
Hoods Hideout Soft Play Centre (2 miles)
Hoods Hideout Soft Play Centre
A great fun indoor soft play area designed on a Robin Hood theme on 3 separate levels, packed with obstacles and features for children under the age of 10 years to enjoy.
Denz Indoor Playcentre (3 miles)
Denz Indoor Playcentre
Massive adventure climbing maze plus cool sky glide feature overhead, great toddler zone and optional kids' classes like musical play and kiddie art. Loads of fun!
The Goose Playzone (3 miles)
The Goose Playzone
Soft play at the Goose, part of the Eating Inn group and offers a three level play frame plus family friendly dining and a garden area.
Jungletastic (4 miles)
An exciting children's indoor soft play centre providing fun and safe entertainment for children aged up to 11 years. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Nottingham
Tumble Town Indoor Playcentre (4 miles)
Tumble Town Indoor Playcentre
3000 sq ft of indoor play area including climbing frames, a helter-skelter, slides, bouncing castle, soft play ball pools and supervised play. For under 7s.
Wacky Warehouse - Ferry Boat Inn (5 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Ferry Boat Inn
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant situated in a lovely spot on the Rive Trent.
Little Drivers Soft Play (5 miles)
Little Drivers Soft Play
is a family orientated modern colourful soft play centre with a modern play frame. It is family run and offers bespoke party packages tailored to your needs. Now with laser tag too!
Escape Play (6 miles)
Well equipped play areas for different age groups, go karts and sports area. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Nottingham with kids.
Oceans of Fun Indoor Play Centre (7 miles)
Oceans of Fun Indoor Play Centre
Children's indoor soft play centre with a separate area for babies and under 4s. The main play frame accommodates up to 11 year olds. We have a modern cafe serving delicious lunches and snacks. The play frame has a large wavy slide. It is open and can be seen from all the seats in the cafe area.
Lanky Bill's Fun Shack (9 miles)
Lanky Bill's Fun Shack
Bill might be Lanky but this is hardly a shack: there's a long multi level play frame, enclosed toddler zone plus a mini play frame, kitchen role play area and awesome mirrored disco room!
Jimmy Beans (13 miles)
Sutton in Ashfield
Offering a vast array of bespoke, modern and professionally designed adventure play equipment, there is something for every child aged from newborn to ten years old!
King and Miller Playzone (13 miles)
Sutton In Ashfield
King and Miller Playzone
Soft play in the King and Miller, part of the Eating Inn group and offers a three level play frame plus family friendly dining and a garden area.
Rainydays (14 miles)
Their recently refurbished equipment is suitable for children from birth right through to the teens.
Playmania Indoor Playcentre (14 miles)
Playmania Indoor Playcentre
A great location for an indoor adventure with 3 massive floors of play equipment and fun features, plus a spacious toddler zone and parent toddler sessions offered with bonus activities. Grown ups welcome to play too, so don't forget your socks!
Kids Zone (25 miles)
Indoor Children’s Play Centre with a separate toddler area. Large play frame with 4 lane slide, tunnels and netting. Military style fitness exercise on offer. Mum and Toddler sessions during term time. A number of birthday party packages available.
Captain Jacks Adventure Play (27 miles)
Captain Jacks Adventure Play
Retford's fantastic soft play centre is an ideal place to relax while the kids burn off energy. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness, excellent customer service and our good food. With a separate area for toddlers and juniors and regular bouncy castles and games we aim to provide a fun and safe place to...
Nottingham Castle Caves (< 1 mile)
Nottingham Castle Caves
Beneath the Castle a labyrinth of manmade caves and tunnels continue to tell the turbulent story of this historic site. Come along for a memorable tour and discover the secret passageways, King David's legendary dungeon, the Duke of Newcastle's Wine Cellar or Mortimer's Hole.
City of Caves (< 1 mile)
City of Caves
Discover a hidden world beneath your feet underneath the streets of Nottingham. Explore original sandstone caves with our actor led tours and meet our friendly characters Archie and Annie the Archaeologists or wander through at your own pace with our fantastic audio tour. You will be taken on an...
Creswell Crags (22 miles)
is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves full of archeological treasures, now accompanied by a £7m Ice Age Exhibition Centre! Great idea for family days out in Nottinghamshire.
is a magnificent 17th Century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, with spectacular views across the city. A vibrant museum and art gallery housing collections of silver, glass, armour and paintings, plus fifteen centuries of Nottingham history.
Galleries of Justice (< 1 mile)
Galleries of Justice
is home to the Villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and is the only Museum of its kind in Europe. Based at Nottingham's old county gaol the Museum portrays Nottingham's horrible history and crime and punishment through the ages in a fun and interactive environment. Many tours are actor led making the...
Greens Windmill and Science Centre (1 miles)
Greens Windmill and Science Centre
Fascinating displays and a few hands on experiments inspired by local mathematical physicist George Green, housed in his families' working windmill. Really interesting stuff plus lots of community and family events like seasonal crafts and cooking classes.
Papplewick Pumping Station (8 miles)
Papplewick Pumping Station
A surprisingly beautiful and fascinating Victorian Pumping Station, that is still operational on ‘steam days’. Learn how it supplied Nottingham with water during the early 1880s. Surrounded by a lovely garden with a lake.
Newstead Abbey (9 miles)
A beautiful and historic house, surrounded by a number of stunning gardens and parkland. Water features, Tree Trail to follow, plus ducks, swans and peacocks to befriend. Once home to Lord Byron. Dogs on leads welcome in the grounds.
Southwell Minster (12 miles)
with its majestic Norman nave and glorious 13th century chapter house, this is a great little stop to get the kids' imaginations going. An excellent audio tour is available.
The Holocaust Centre (19 miles)
The Holocaust Centre
A centre that allows people from all backgrounds to explore the history and implications of the Holocaust. The small but significant collection is designed to tell the stories of those affected and ensure their experiences are not lost.
National Ice Centre (< 1 mile)
National Ice Centre
Ice skating is a cool experience whatever your age or ability and where better to give it a go than at the National Ice Centre: the UK's centre for excellence for ice sports. There are a range of ice skating sessions on offer to suit all ages and abilities, from the loudest disco to quieter sessions for...
Lammas Leisure Centre (13 miles)
Sutton in Ashfield
Lammas Leisure Centre
Family friendly ice skating rink with loads of other sporting opportunities besides within the leisure centre. Great fun for all ages and good for bonding while you watch mum and dad fall over.
The Adrenalin Jungle (< 1 mile)
The Adrenalin Jungle
The largest outdoor activity centre in Nottingham, offering Junior Archery, Assault course, Laser Tag, Sumo, and Jungle Challenge. Woodland Quad Trek, Indoor and Outdoor Karting for older kids. Children’s parties available, plus special activities during school holidays.
Nottingham Climbing Centre (2 miles)
Nottingham Climbing Centre
800 square metres of climbing wall! The centre offers Bouldering, Top Roping and Leading Facilities; as well as running courses for beginners or improvers, starting from age 7.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Theme Parks near Nottingham with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Nottinghamshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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