February 1, 2016, by Kirsty McKeown

So many different reasons to love Beeston!

Each year a number of University of Nottingham students chose to live in Beeston, either at Broadgate Park or in private housing.  We wanted to shine the spotlight on this lovely town in our latest blog to tell you some of the many reasons why.

Beeston is a lovely bustling market town situated just beyond the West Entrance of University Park, past Broadgate Park. Beeston town centre prides itself on its mixture of independent shops, pubs and cafes in addition to the well-known retail outlets.  Many students and staff choose to make the town their home while they study or work at the University, and non-residents will often make a special journey to Beeston to visit the unique shops and events.  Last year one Beeston resident was so inspired by all the things you can do in Beeston, he created this London-Underground style map to show all the venues it has to offer.

Beeston underground map

Things to do in Beeston

There are so many things you can do in Beeston that we couldn’t possibly mention them all here or this blog would be pages long!  We will highlight just a few of our favourites to get you started on your Beeston adventure.

Many Markets

If markets are your thing then Beeston really is the place for you, host to a range of different markets in the Square:

Monday Market has a fantastic range of stalls. A quality mix of local businesses offering delights from pies, pastries and fruit and veg to jewellery, paintings and bedding.

Beeston Farmers Market is a lovely farmers market held on the 3rd Saturday of every month


Beeston Wednesday Market is an arts and crafts fair starting on 17th February.  This exciting new market will feature a range of artists, crafters and home-made tasty produce https://www.facebook.com/Beeston-Wednesday-Market-1104187839603503

Entertaining Events

There are events going on in Beeston all the time, so we would encourage you to keep your eye out as there is such a range, and always something new to see or do.  Here are a few that we wanted to mention:

Chinese New Year 2016 is taking place on Saturday 13th February between 4pm and 6pm in Beeston Square. The celebrations will include a crafts market and street performances plus a fantastic firework display.

cny poster 2016 A3-01

Vintage Tea Parlour takes place every Friday, 10.00am – 4.00pm at Oban House.  Offering such delights as homemade cake and a pot of tea or coffee for £2, tea and toast for £1.50, freshly made sandwiches for £1.50, a toasted sandwich for £2 or a toasted tea cake for just 50p.  They even have free WiFi!  The tea parlour is run by a local charity, knowing that your money is going to a good cause makes it even nicer  www.vabroxtowe.org.uk

Oxjam is a huge annual event well worth a visit, held in October.  Over 100 local bands descend on Beeston, performing live in a number of venues. ‘Local Music. Global Impact’ is the strapline, and last year they made a huge impact by raising an incredible £17,020.

There are lots of websites and pages that will help you find out what else is happening in Beeston and keep you up to date with local events, try this one www.facebook.com/LetsGoToBeeston/

Terrific Travel

As well as being located adjacent to University Park, Beeston boasts fantastic travel links to the city centre and other destinations.  In addition to having its own train station the brand new NET interchange is a transport hub boasting two tram stops and six bus bays.   The Interchange was modelled on Strasbourg’s bus and tram interchange which is considered a model of excellence for transport integration.

Love Where You Live

It wouldn’t be an off campus blog if we didn’t sign off with a message about being a good neighbour, especially for those who live in Beeston:

  • Say hello to your neighbours! A friendly smile goes a long way.
  • You may want to show Beeston your appreciation by volunteering for one of its many charitable or community organisations. Find out more through the Student Volunteer Centre or approach organisations directly to see if they would like your help.
  • Remember good waste management keeps your neighbours happy.  You can find out when your bin collection day is on www.broxtowe.gov.uk/recycling
  • Keep your property secure, especially when you are out or away for the holidays. For crime prevention information and details about crimes and appeals you can ‘like’ the local Police Facebook page www.facebook.com/BroxtoweSouthPolice/
  • Remember that your neighbours may have a different lifestyle to you so if you are having a party, keep it to a Friday or Saturday night and always make sure you inform your neighbours first.

If there is anything you would like to highlight that is happening soon in or around Beeston, send us a comment so we can share the knowledge!




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