The summer holidays are here again; doesn’t the time go by fast? It is that part of the year that all young people look forward to because it means no school for over a month and no responsibilities.
While young people usually entertain themselves with the internet, video games, or hanging out with their friends; 6 weeks is a long time for any person and it is only natural that they will start to get a little bored.
You as a parent probably don’t want your kids to be stuck at home all day playing on computer games. Whether they are teenagers getting ready for university, or little ones who have just finished their first year at school, they will need to be kept entertained.
At Nottingham Cars we have built a general guide on the different activities to do in our wonderful city, here’s what we have come up with:
Making It! Discovery Centre, NG8 2AE
If you have young children who are particularly inquisitive then this is the place for you! Your kids can find out how everyday things are made and even have fun making inventions of their own.
There are all sorts of activities including designing your own fizzy drink, using light-box techniques to create new things, testing different materials, and even Computer Aided Design!
The aim of the centre is to be “fun, entertaining, engaging, and educational” so if you want your kids to have a great time learning in a truly creative environment then the Making It! Discovery Centre is a terrific day out this summer!
Galleries of Justice, The Lace Market, High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN
The Galleries of Justice Museum is based where Nottingham’s old courthouse and prison once were. The museum always has various children’s activities to keep youngsters entertained as well as lots of interesting stories to hear for teenagers or adults who are interested in historical crime and punishment.
You and your family can explore how crime was dealt with centuries ago. The museum features free exhibitions, audio tours, guided tours, and a themed cafe. If you have younger children then they might be interested in the Robin Hood exhibition– particularly relevant as the museum is situated where Nottingham’s Sheriff was once stationed. Intriguingly the museum was voted “Most Haunted Building in the UK”, something you can explore more about on the Ghost Tour or Terror Tour.
Wollaton Hall, Nottingham NG82AE
Wollaton Hall was designed by Robert Smythson in 1588- the year of the Spanish Armada. Its colourful design has been celebrated as a striking example of English Renaissance style. Inside visitors can explore Tudor kitchens, a Regency dining room, and the “Prospect Room” which is located on top of the Great Hall where you can enjoy a stunning view of the city and beyond.
If your family are fascinated by history, then book a taxi to this beautiful home to learn about how people lived centuries ago. Wollaton also contains the city’s natural history museum where more than 750,000 different specimens are housed. There are various galleries including a bird gallery, mineral gallery, and Africa gallery so you won’t run out of things to do. If the weather is kind then there are plenty of grounds to explore and you can even try a segway tour!
Nottingham Industrial Museum, Nottingham, NG8 2AE
Right near Wollaton Hall, situated near the 17th Century stables, is the Nottingham Industrial Museum. Here you can learn about the development of various industries in the city such as mining, railways, motorcycles, tobacco, telecommunications, printing, and more.
As well as pedagogical purposes, the museum has been built to celebrate Nottingham and its surrounding areas. As you walk round the galleries you will learn the names of people and companies that made Nottingham an important city for the rest of the world.
Ice Skating, Lace Market, Stoney St, Nottingham NG1 1LA
There are a lot of things to learn about in Nottingham but if you fancy taking the kids out to do something a bit more active then Nottingham’s ice skating arena is always a popular choice. Ice skating is a really fun new skill for young people to try.
Whether your kids are in primary school or entering sixth form, ice skating really does have something to offer for everybody. It is terrific exercise as well as hugely entertaining!
Nottingham Castle, Casple Place, Nottingham, NG1 6EL
Nottingham Castle offers stunning views of the city and holds all sorts of fascinating history from sieges to murder. In 1212 King John held the sons of Welsh noble families hostage at the castle. 28 in total, some of the boys were as young as 12. After being held captive for some time, King John eventually ordered for all of them to be executed.
Over the centuries the castle has gathered evermore mystery. Your family can learn about the various ghosts associated with the castle as well as explore the stunning galleries that exhibit costumes, textiles, silverware, and jewellery from previous centuries.
Start planning your summer holidays now, and remember to book your taxi with Nottingham Cars by calling (0115) 9700 700. Our taxi drivers are friendly, professional drivers who look forward to assisting you on your fun day out.