July 11, 2016, by Emily Howard

Spending the summer in Notts? Be a tourist!

It’s rather an English tradition that, come summer, students flock back to the nest for a few months instead of sticking around their university town. A Dutch friend of mine found this bizarre and confusing – why would you want to go back to your parents’ place? (Aside from cheaper living costs, of course…) For those that can’t or don’t want to leave Nottingham this summer, here are some top tips for things to do to get the most out of the summer hols! Being a tourist in your own town is the BEST.

1. Ride on rollercoasters


This looks pretty boring… *cough*


Ride. Of. Your. Life. Alton Towers is especially good if you manage to go on a week day outside of regular school holidays, and with a bus from Nottingham centre it couldn’t be easier to get there!

2. Visit the legendary Sherwood Forest

It’d be a shame to leave the city without going to its legend’s abode! Not to mention all the walking, cycling, horse-riding and camping around – it’s the perfect spot for a mini-break to get away for a few days.

3. Walk in the Peak District


The Peak District has pretty rubbish views…

The rolling hills of Derbyshire are just next door, and they’re truly stunning! As well as quaint little towns like Bakewell on the doorstep, the Peak district is quintessentially “English” and a great way to escape city life.

4. Go to the beach

Although we’re in the middle of the country, Skegness is not tooooooo far away by train! Admittedly, it’s hardly the Cote d’Azure, but the waves soon get you into the holiday spirit.

5. Dance your socks off at a festival


I mean, this totally doesn’t look like fun, right?

Splendour, Southwell, Gloworm, Riverside, Robin Hood… these aren’t just random words, they’re names of just a few of the awesome music festivals happening around the city this summer!

6. Watch a classic

Be like the movies and watch classic and cult films while reclining on a picnic blanket under the sunset… there are outdoor screenings at loads of different country homes around the county.

7. Talk to the animals

…Okay, it’s a bit of a curveball, but the city farm is a great place for a free day out and Kitty Cafe is the best way to while away the afternoon playing with kittens!

Wait, did we somehow end up in Holland?

Wait, did we somehow end up in Holland?

If this list hasn’t got your next few weeks planned already, why not wander around the beautiful outoors with a picnic such as the Arboretum, Attenborough nature reserve and various parks across the city? The George Green windmill will transport you to Amsterdam! There are heaps of fascinating museums and art galleries too, including Galleries of Justice, the caves, and Nottingham Contemporary. Sorted!

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