20 Best Things To Do In Nottingham Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Nottingham

Get your bow and arrow ready to aim for the most exciting things to do in Nottingham, home to the legendary Robin Hood!

Start your day just outside of the city at the Sherwood Forest Country Park. Imagine running around the 450 acre woods with your band of Merry Men as you take money from the rich to give to the poor and fall asleep under the stars listening to the whisper of the wind in the trees around you.

See if you can find the Sheriff in Nottingham Castle, which holds treasures and artifacts from the 17th century. Then, all heroes need to find a decent escape route, so join the tour of the castle caves. This labyrinth of secret passageways was manmade and leads to Kind David’s legendary dungeon!

Speaking of caves, Nottingham is home to the mysterious City of Caves, so put on your helmets and go deep down to explore what’s hiding in the passages.

Above ground, enjoy some good old-fashioned farmyard fun at Floralands Farm Park, go for a bounce at RedKangaroo Nottingham, or go for a round of crazy golf at The Lost City Adventure Golf. There are so many cool family attractions in Nottingham! 


Want to venture a little further? Our trusted explorer Penny Alexander, has listed her family's favourite outdoor family days out in Nottinghamshire. If that’s got your interest, then you might need this list of the Nottinghamshire school holiday dates to help you plan your next adventure.

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Cineworld Nottingham

Cineworld Nottingham

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Discover the latest hit films from around the globe at Cineworld Nottingham. Share the magic of the big screen with your whole family at this modern...

Mini golf course at The Lost City Adventure Golf in Nottingham

The Lost City Adventure Golf

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

Bring your little budding golf star for an 18 hole crazy golf adventure at the Lost City, you even get to choose from two different full courses! Wil...

MeetspaceVR

MeetspaceVR

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Time to enjoy gaming as a family! Take your young game lovers to meetspaceVR at Nottingham's intu Victoria Centre and discover the newest PC games an...

People solving clues at Si5 Spy Missions Nottingham

Si5 Spy Missions Nottingham

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor
  • Activity Centres

Si5 Spymissions is the exciting spy themed action adventure centre in Nottingham for ages 6 and above. The Mission: to infiltrate the ship and stop t...

Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

Nottingham Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Nottingham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

If you can’t get enough of country walks, and your kids love tracking down treasure, this is the day out for you! Have a crack at the Nottingham Trea...

Planet Bounce

Planet Bounce

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Launch yourself into the heights of fun at Planet Bounce inflatable park in Nottingham! Anyone from 4–65 years is welcome to enjoy a jump session, so...

Staff in costumes at Nottingham Ghost Walk

The Original Nottingham Ghost Walk

  • Nottingham
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Welcome ghost hunters and join a dark and ancient mission, seeking out the ghoulish residents of this historic city. The Original Nottingham Ghost Wa...

iLocked

iLocked

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Got a sharp mind, a keen eye for detail and a taste for adventure? Take on an escape room experience at iLocked Nottingham and feel the excitement of...

Entrance to laser tag at Quasar Nottingham

Quasar Nottingham

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Nottingham's original Laser Tag venue, Quasar Nottingham is still going strong, welcoming kids over 7 to enjoy some pain-less, bruise-less combat gam...

People zorbing at The Adrenalin Jungle in Nottingham

The Adrenalin Jungle

  • Nottingham
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Make sure you bring plenty of energy with you to The Adrenalin Jungle. This 150 acres of woodlands contains fun, action and excitement for all ages....

Kids exploring City of Caves in Nottingham

City of Caves5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

At City of Caves discover a hidden world beneath your feet underneath the streets of Nottingham. Explore original sandstone caves with the actor-led...

Bowling alleys at MFA Bowl Nottingham

Nottingham Bowl

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

With an epic 48 lanes spread over 2 floors it's also backed up by 2 bars, a separate family diner and huge amusement and arcade area! So come one, co...

Staff in costumes at Galleries of Justice in Nottingham

National Justice Museum

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Explore the fascinating history of the justice system at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham. Discover original courtrooms, dungeons and prison...

Nottingham city hall on Curious About Nottingham trail

Curious About Nottingham

  • Nottingham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Curious About Nottingham gives an enlightening view into what makes this legendary city, home to Robin Hood and Maid Marian, what it is. Take both wa...

Entrance to Nottingham Castle

Nottingham Castle

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

The Nottingham Castle is a magnificent 17th Century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, with spectacular views across th...

Ground view of Nottingham Castle Caves in Nottingham

Nottingham Castle Caves

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

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 to...

People ice skating at National Ice Centre in Nottingham

National Ice Centre

  • Nottingham
  • Outdoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

You can skate every day at The National Ice Centre, the UK's centre for ice sports excellence, with a varying range of sessions designed to suit all...

Girl weaving at Stonebridge City Farm in Nottingham

Stonebridge City Farm3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(5)

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Just outside Nottingham city centre is Stonebridge City Farm. This community project is free to visit and a perfect antidote to city living with its...

Outside view of Greens Windmill and Science Centre in Nottingham

Green's Mill and Science Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Nottingham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At Greens Windmill and Science Centre experiment with light, electricity and magnetism in the footsteps of mathematical physicist George Green (1793...

Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf Nottingham

Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf Nottingham

  • Calverton
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

Love mini golf? You’ve got to try Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf Nottingham! This 18-hole crazy golf will take you and the kids on a wild swashbuckling ad...

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