Summer in Nottingham
English weather is finally getting better and everybody is excited. These days, we can experience nice and hot summer days here in Nottingham. But once the sunny weather is here, do you know how to use this time and enjoy the weather properly? Of course, we have many nice bars, cafes, and restaurants with gardens and terraces, where you can just relax with some fresh drinks, but if you are looking for something more, keep reading. Here we are with some tips about the best spots and areas in Nottingham and close surroundings.Outdoor swimming pools
Let’s face it – the great British weather is not normally ideal for swimming outside, thus, there are not many options to find outdoor swimming pools for enjoying those few hot days by the water. However, we have some outdoor pool spots! As a first option, you can visit Roko Health Club Nottingham with a heated outdoor swimming pool, that is open from the end of March. A second great variant is David Lloyd Club, that offers a heated outdoor pool beside much more. And of course, there are many indoor swimming pools, that you can visit throughout all year as Nottingham City Council has seven pools at leisure centres in Bilborough, Clifton, Forest Fields, Radford, Bulwell, Bestwood and Sneinton and plenty others.Nottingham Beach
Yes, it is a true, Nottingham has its own beach in summertime. And where you can find it? Closer than you think. Every summer, the Old Market Square changes into a sandy beach with sunbeds, beach bar and even with a swimming pool! This summer, the seaside will once again arrive in the city on Saturday 14 July until Sunday 2 September.Wollaton Gardens and Deer Park
Just two miles from Nottingham city center, there is a 500 acre of parkland, where you can chill with friends, play games or do some sport. This perfectly fit into your programme during hot summer days in Nottingham. Besides, this countryside is home to a herd of red deer and fallow deer and many other animals.Arboretum Park
Close to the city center, Arboretum Park was opened in 1852 and provides a quick and easy escape from Nottingham’s crowded streets and shopping centers. The grade II-listed site contains about 800 trees, an aviary, formal gardens, a bandstand (where brass band concerts take place most Sundays), and plenty of space for your blanket and picnic basket.Holme Pierrepont Country Park & National Water Sports Centre
This entertaining country park is based 20 minutes by car from Nottingham city center and it is definitely one of the best choices how to spend a summer day. This park offers many activities for individuals, families, and athletes too. You can find many adventurous activities as Climbing Wall, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Sky Trail, Lagoon Wipeout, Kayaking and Canoeing, Mini Golf and much more. And for those that prefer something more adrenalin, there are many activities too – Wakeboarding, Water Rafting, Ecombat Laser Tag, White Water Duckying, White Water Tubing etc.Relax by the Nottingham & Beeston Canal
The Nottingham & Beeston Canal takes you into the heart of the city and is a key feature of the vibrant waterfront district. This place buzzes with bars, pubs, and restaurant, where you can enjoy relaxing time with friends. Moreover, there are also green places to have a nice picnic or just to lie about on the sun and sunbath. The trail along the canal is also very favorite by athletes, it is a perfect choice for running or riding a bicycle. And if you want to experience this from another perspective, just buy a ticket for a boat cruise and explore the canal on the typical narrow boat.Sherwood Forest
Remember when you first moved to Nottingham and thought it was all Robin Hood and then completely forgot after freshers? Now’s the time to take a trip to see The Major Oak (that giant tree Robin Hood hid in). Go on a warm day to escape the city center.
Robin Hood at Sherwood Forest NNR (credit Colin Wilkinson)Outdoor cinema
Watching a film outside is definitely more fun than your standard cinema trip. This time of year the Summer Nights Film Festival is held across the Midlands, so snap up some tickets for something a little different. In Nottingham, you can experience this summer movie night outside the Wollaton Hall.