10 things you don’t have to leave Notts to do as lockdown eases

For many, April 12 represents a much-awaited light at the end of the tunnel.

With places such as pubs, hairdressers, gyms and non-essential shops reopening, the country will take one step closer to normality.

However, you don’t need to venture out of the county to enjoy a fun-filled day out as restrictions begin to ease.

Here are ten activities you can try out while staying put in Nottinghamshire:

1) Enjoy a takeaway from one of Nottingham’s top restaurants

Indoor dining is still prohibited from April 12, but some of best food outlets the county has to offer are still offering up their food to the masses.

You can enjoy the likes of Bar Iberico, Petit Paris, Yamas and MemSaab all from the comfort of your own home.

So, if you want to level up a home date night, there are plenty of options to choose from.

2) Go on an aqua adventure course

The lagoon at Holme Pierrepont will be open once again for visitors to book and enjoy from April 12.

The inflatable obstacle course floating on the water should offer plenty of thrills and spills – however, bookings are going fast, so be quick if you want to head there soon.

3) Channel your inner Robin Hood at Sherwood Forest

The Major Oak at Sherwood Forest Country Park attracts thousands of visitors
The Major Oak at Sherwood Forest Country Park attracts thousands of visitors
(Image: Publicity pic)

The famous forest, associated with the legendary Robin Hood, remains a fantastic place to visit.

Boasting a number of trails, along with the world-famous Major Oak tree, which has been standing for between 800 to 1,100 years.

4) Visit a nature reserve

We’re spoilt for choice here in Nottinghamshire for areas of natural beauty.

Attenborough, Skylarks and Walkeringham are just some of the countless reserves available for people in the county to enjoy.

5) Spend time where Batman was filmed

In 2012, the manor at Wollaton Hall was picked as Wayne Manor by Warner Bros for the hugely popular Dark Knight Rises film.

So, if you’re a fan of the film, a wander around Wollaton Park is a must-do.

6) Explore the city on an electric scooter

Nottingham City Council has now made it possible to zoom around the city with minimal effort.

You can find the Wind scooters all around Nottingham and they’re very easy to use. Simply sign in on the app and get moving.

7) Take a trip out to a castle

While Nottingham Castle remains closed while renovation works are being carried out, anyone who wants to visit the grounds of a castle can take a trip to Newark.

A reopening date has not yet been announced for Nottingham, however excitement is building over the £30m restoration works which began in 2018.

Newark-on-Trent castle
(Image: Andrew Price)

8) Try out an adventure course suspended in the sky

Go Ape! in Sherwood Forest is open and remains a fantastic day out for all the family.

9) Have some of the best fish and chips in the country

Not only does Nottingham boast some of the best fish and chips in the country – we also serve it out the back of a van.

Called the Mobile Chip Shop, the van was named one of the top ten in the Fry Awards 2021.

The mobile chip van visits Kinoulton in Nottinghamshire and Hose, just over the Leicestershire border, every Thursday night.

The rest of the week the van stops at Leicestershire villages Wymeswold, Willoughby and Woodhouse Eaves.

10) Visit a hidden bar in the sunshine

Nottinghamshire offers up a number of wonderful hidden gems to enjoy a pint.

Try somewhere like The Magic Garden on Low Pavement, which finally reopens on April 12.


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