How To… Have fun in Nottingham!

Nottingham may be small, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring! Stuffed with lots of fun things to do, Nottingham is the ideal student city to experience some truly exciting days (and nights!) out.

Ice Skating at the National Ice Centre

Home to the Nottingham Panthers and the city’s infamous Varsity ice hockey matches, the National Ice Centre is the ideal place to strap on your blades and show off your ice skating skills – all for the extremely cheap student price of just £5. 


Did you know Nottingham’s Cornerhouse has its very own arcade? Full of all-time favourites like air hockey, bowling and teddy pickers, Funstation brings all the fun of the traditional British seaside to the heart of the city. Don’t forget to rack up your prize tickets, which can be exchanged for goodies such as iPads at the counter.

Photo Credit The Corner House’ by Dun.can on Flickr (view licence)

The Lost City Adventure Golf

Finish your day at Funstation by heading to the Cornerhouse’s adventure golf course. Lost City’s choice of two imaginative 18-hole courses, The Sacred Skull Pass and The Temple Trail, makes this the best place to be for having fun in Nottingham. 

Planet Bounce

Defy gravity, bond with friends, and be a kid again – all next to Nottingham’s biggest shopping mall, Victoria Centre.  Ball pits, obstacle courses, trampolines and climbing walls – Planet Bounce has it all, whatever your taste. On Saturday nights, Planet Bounce turns into a nightclub and offers free drinks. Prices start from £6.95 – how high can you jump?

Escape Rooms

Test out your logic in these real-time role playing games. You and your friends will be ‘locked’ in a room and have to solve lots of fun puzzles to burst your way out! There are lots of different escape rooms around the city, such as Escapologic, Logiclock and Cave Escape – so shop around and see what takes your fancy. 

Goose Fair

Every October, one of Europe’s biggest and oldest travelling fairs lands in Nottingham’s Forest Fields. Full of traditional fair attractions (bumper cars, anyone?) and hot food stands, Goose Fair is the highlight of Nottingham’s year. You might have missed it this year, but don’t forget to check it out in 2020.

Light Night 

Like Goose Fair, Light Night visits Nottingham once a year. As well as being decorated in different coloured lights, Nottingham opens up most of its attractions for free on this night, as well as hosting unique exhibitions in the city centre.  

Robin Hood Experience

Nottingham is known for being home to famous archer Robin Hood, and next to Nottingham Castle you can experience an interactive journey through time to Robin’s world. Experience Medieval Nottingham and test out your archery skills. 

A hooded Robin in Nottingham city centre!

Join us on the journey of making new friends at Meet and Speak every Wednesday. Look out for some fun activities. Add on to the list of fun with these exciting trips.

This post has been written by Matteo Everett:

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