days out in nottinghamshire

Things to do in Nottinghamshire with kids

If you’re in and around the East Midlands, then check out some of the great activities to try or family days out in Nottinghamshire. There’s something for different ages, from city centre interactive modern experiences, to the history of ruins around the county.

Here’s suggestions for things to do in Nottinghamshire with kids.

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Wollaton Hall, Nottingham – there’s plenty to do at Wollaton Hall and park for just the cost of parking with free natural history museum, lake and walks. We also paid for a behind the scenes hall tour which is worth doing for adults and older children.

City of Caves, Nottingham – Explore some of the 800 caves with a tour under the City. 

Robin Hood Experience, Nottingham – old school quaint memorabilia museum experience, set in a several story house/shop building. Don’t expect high tech modern museums, but it’s a bit of fun and reminiscing for those of us who grew up watching various Robin Hood shows and films in our youth. There’s also a room with dressing up and art activities for children.

Nottingham Castle – reopens 26th June 2023l for the price of a single adult ticket (children go free), you can return within the year for the museum and other displays and information on show.

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Clumber Park, Worksop – parkland, lake, church and cafe. Charges for cars, so it’s a nice outdoor day out for low cost.

Mr Straw’s House, Worksop – find out how a 1920s grocer and family lived 

The Workhouse and Infirmary, Southwell – visit to find out how this Victorian workhouse evolved through time through to the 1980s.


Newark Castle – 12th century castle ruins and Grade 2 listed gardens, free to explore

Newstead Abbey – historic ruins of the Abbey plus gardens and lake, open for walks and exploration. Just pay for parking

Rufford Abbey – more abbey ruins, with open parkland, woods and playparks.

Gedling Country Park  – circular walks, cycling routes, playparks and a cafe.  

Sherwood Forest, Edwinstowe – woodland to explore, with a visitor centre cafe and small play park.

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Theme parks and activities

Robin Hood’s Wheelgate Park,  – theme park with rides, farm animals, birds of prey, and a splash park so take swimwear for the kids in the summer.

The Cornerhouse – a leisure complex with chain restaurants underneath. Activities for different ages including Axed Nottingham, Fun Station, Lost City Adventure Golf and multiscreen cinema. Definitely book ahead for golf during school holidays.

Warhammer World – great for game fans  

Meetspace VR, Victoria Centre, Nottingham  – immersive VR gaming challenges which are good for groups or families. Do book ahead.

Planet Bounce, Nottingham – inflatable park with 3 different sections. Tots sessions allow younger children to avoid older more boisterous kids.

Red Kangaroo trampoline park, Nottingham – includes not only trampolining, but also Ninja Warrior courses for taller children.

What else would you add to the list for a family day out in Nottinghamshire?

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