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. Many attractions for all ages plus Cbeebies Land opening soon! 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.
Drayton Manor also has Europeâs only Thomas Landâ¢, which features wonderful themed rides and attractions based on characters, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Cranky the Crane and...
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)
is choc loads of fun, in Bournville. Come and experience the magic, making and history of Cadbury chocolate. With the world's largest Cadbury shop, Cadabra ride and much more, you couldn't ask for a more scrumptious day out.
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.
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!
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 standard lane swim facilities. Also home to a great indoor play zone.
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!
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 11 years to enjoy.
Denz Indoor Playcentre (3 miles)
Denz Indoor Playcentre
A large kids play area and a smaller one for the toddlers. A good indoor playcentre in Nottinghamshire.
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)
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
A large main frame for the 5 to 11 years and a separate area with frame and soft play for the 4’s and under.
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.
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...
Bridlesmithgate Caves (< 1 mile)
Man-made caves used as a butcher's, a salting chamber and an apothecary's shop with a domed store cave and an ice house.
Creswell Crags (22 miles)
is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists provide evidence for a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. 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
- 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
Test your brain power with the hands-on experiments in the Science Centre which explore electricity, magnetism and light, ideal for young children - attached to a working windmill which produces great flour?!
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.
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...
Sutton Leisure Centre (13 miles)
Sutton in Ashfield
Sutton Leisure Centre
Now known as Lammas Leisure Centre, they offer Ice skating, suqash and other sports courts and a swimming pool, plus Under 5s activity program and more activities for older too.
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.
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.
Quasar Nottingham (< 1 mile)
Painless bruise-less laser tag, the gentler way to get the thrills of shoot 'em ups in a live action role play setting.
The Asylum Skatepark (13 miles)
The Asylum Skatepark
- is a clean, family friendly indoor skate park (14,000sq ft) catering for all sports, ages and abilities. Cafe available on site providing fresh home cooked meals.
Go Ape Sherwood Pines (15 miles)
Go Ape Sherwood Pines
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Kidsquadz (23 miles)
Quad biking fun for all the family, quad parties, family sessions, quad ramble adventures and inflatable quad track hire. Bike sizes to suit from 6 years and up.
1st Bowl Nottingham (< 1 mile)
1st Bowl Nottingham
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Tenpin Nottingham (1 miles)
is a bowling centre located in Clifton Boulevard. We have 26 modern fully computerised lanes, American and English Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids and Sector 7 Quasar. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options.
Mansfield Superbowl (14 miles)
Classic family friendly tenpin bowling with kiddie assists like gutter guards, lighter balls and bowling ramps. It's not just bowling: It's Superbowling.
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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