Whether you’re visiting for New Year’s Eve in Nottingham or are looking for a place to visit during the summer, Nottingham offers fun and excitement for the whole family.
But while the famous heroic outlaw is certainly one of the most popular reasons people visit the Midlands city of Nottingham, once you get there you’ll find there’s plenty more to do and see. A family day trip can easily turn into a weekend break or even a holiday as there’s so much to see and do!
But before you start making plans to explore Sherwood Forest and take a trip to Nottingham Castle, let me share some of my favourite things to do and see. One of the bonuses of home education is the ability to learn ‘hands-on’ is why historic cities like Nottingham are so helpful.
By exploring these cities or even just visiting for a day, children can learn so much! Below I’ve put together a list of some of Nottingham’s seasonal events for the rest of the year and some for next year as well. There’s always something going on in Nottingham. So, whatever time of year your family decides to visit you’ll be sure to find something both fun and educational on offer.
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Your Seasonal Events Calendar
The Robin Hood Festival – Traditionally held on the last day of July and then continuing on for around 7 days, the Robin Hood festival is fun for the whole family! Every year is different and there’s plenty of fun and educational activities for both adults and children. Professional, costumed entertainers host the festival and there’s jousting, horse riding, falconry and much more.
The Riverside Festival – Again taking place in early August, the Riverside Festival is held on the banks of the river Trent and offers up three days of fun for the whole family! There’s live musical performances, a charity boat race, a firework show, and old-fashioned steam engines are on display. Best of all the Riverside Festival is also free of charge, so why not stop by next year?
The Goose Fair – Sometimes you can’t beat a good old-fashioned fun fair, can you? The Goose Fair is usually held in the first week of October, this year was on the 4th – 8th October and it plays host to all the classic fairground rides. It’s the traditional carnival experience and sure to make a great family day out.
The Nottingham Festival of Literature – If you love books and literature then you have to stop by and visit the Nottingham Festival of Literature. Formerly known as the Festival of Words this annual event is fun for everyone including children.
It’s never too early to introduce children to the joys of reading and this festival will make a great introduction. This year the festival is being held from the 8th to the 13th of November and it features talks, events, poetry readings, author interviews and much more.
The Nottingham Winter Wonderland
Held from mid-November to New Year’s Eve, the Nottingham Winter Wonderland is held and it’s fun for the whole family. Found in central Nottingham this family-friendly event offers something for everyone – there’s ice skating, crafts, beautiful pop-up cabin cafes and much more.
What’s more with Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to spend New Year’s Eve, Nottingham style (whether a family meal our or something just for the parents!).
So, that’s just some of the seasonal events in Nottingham, there’s plenty of great ways to spend to spend a fun family day out in the city and children and adults will probably learn a thing or two along the way.