Favorite thing: The Caves of Nottingham are one of the cities biggest tourist attractions. These hand-carved sandstone caves date from the 13th Century and can be visited through the Broadmarsh shopping centre. The Caves most recent use was as air-raid shelters during WW2.
Nottingham, if memory serves me correctly, has more sports facilities per head than any other place in Europe. There are two local football teams - Notts. County and Nottingham Forest. Neither team plays in the Premiership nowadaws but Nottingham Forest were two time winners of the European Cup back in th elate seventies/early eighties.
Nottingham also hosts a grass court tennis tournament each year before Wimbledon. As Greg Rusedski is a recent winner the standard can't be too high.
Favorite thing: Go into town and enjoy the atmosphere. Nottingham is a very nice English town with a mixture of buildings and people. You can easily make friends here and have a great time with them in their town. Don't forget to go out the English way. To a pub to drink a few beers (well, okay, you may drink also something else) and throw darts. This game can be done in practically all the pubs and is everywhere a local 'sport'.
Favorite thing: If you feel very tired, suffering from stiff shoulders or back pain, try acupuncture, a Chinese therapy using disposable needles. It gives you no pain at all. Instead, you feel very relaxed. Located on the 2nd floor of Victoria shopping centre.
Visit Nottingham Castle. It's not so much the castle that's of interest though (because it's not the original and doesn't even look like a castle now). No, it's the underground tunnels under and around the castle grounds that have a story to tell (see picture below).
Fondest memory: Scary rides at the Goose Fair in October!
Find a nice quiet place to unwind and there are plenty of places away from the normal tourist traps to do this.
This is a scene from the top of Ambergate Woods in Derbyshire where I visit often with my hubby and our dog.
You might be forgiven for thinking Windmills are unique to Holland but they are not and we still have a few of them around our countryside. Here is one in the little village of Heage in Derbyshire. Most of the mills have now been converted into homes but they are classed as listed buildings and cannot be altered in many ways or even improved without special permission.
Most towns have a leisure centre run by the Local Authority and are there to be used by all. You don't have to be a member or pay high fees to take advantage of the facilities. All sports usually catered for from Badminton, Keep Fit, Judo, Step Aerobics, Trampolining, Tennis, Cricket, Swimming to Volleyball plus many more besides.
The picture here is of Carsington Reservoir which is owned by the Severn Trent Water Authority one of the largest companies providing our household and business tap water. There is a visitors centre explaining how the water is collected and purified prior to use and much more besides, quite informative for children and adults alike. You can take the 9 mile walk around the Reservoir or cycle around it, take a picnic on it's surrounding banks or just relax, the choice is yours! (But no swimming, sorry.)
Go shopping!!! Nottingham offers some of the best shopping in the UK. In a recent survey, Nottingham was placed second in the league table of retail centres outside London's West End. The city really is a shopper's paradise with over 1,200 shops to choose from. There are six major department stores and four covered shopping centres. Summer is a special treat with pavement cafes bringing a truly continental feel and the floral displays of Nottingham in Bloom brings lots of colour to city.
Fondest memory: Nottingham has four covered shopping centres. The two largest are the award winning Victoria Centre with over 150 shops and, across the city, the Broadmarsh Centre with around 80 shops. I remember being in the Victoria Centre with my aunt. It was absolutely massive!!
Favorite thing: Go to the Goose Fair. Nottingham has had an annual fair since 1294. The original fair was for the sale of livestock (particularly Geese- hence the name!!) during the first week of October. This would enable the folk of outlying villages to buy meat for the winter and have a goose fattening up in time for the Christmas Feast. During the early part of this century the fair was moved to a site North of the City approximately 1 mile from the Market Square. LOCATION: Forest Recreation Ground. For more info, click here or here
Favorite thing: Learn about Robin Hood. Robin is famous for his gallantry, robbing the rich to feed the poor and fighting against injustice and tyranny. Anyone who knows of Robin has also heard the stories of his outlaw band. The names of Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marion, Allan a Dale, Will Scarlet, Much the Miller and the evil Sheriff of Nottingham are as much a part of the legend as Robin Hood himself. (Picture of Disney's version of Robin Hood)
GO TO DONINGTON PARK FOR THE WORLD SUPERBIKE RACING.
IT IS VERY POPULAR NOW AND THE CROWDS FLOCK IN TO SEE IT.
CAMP THERE FOR THE WEEKEND AND ENJOY THE GREAT ATMOSPHERE THAT IS GENERATED BY THE BIG CROWDS.
Fondest memory: THIS IS NEIL HODGSON IN ACTION....MET HIM IN AUSTRIA AND GOT HIS PICTURE....REALLY NICE GUY....ALTHOUGH HE NOW SAYS......NO MORE MR NICE GUY .....AND IS WINNING
Fondest memory: Notingham castle isn't that old, it looks like a building from the last two centuries, so it's unlikely that Robin Hood had seen it in the same way. However, Robin Hood statues does stand in the castle's gardens :) Parks around the castle are really great, especially when all the plants that can bloom do it. There is also a clothes museum inside the castle - very enlightning exposition!
Fondest memory: Nottingham is a great place to shop. This arcade, near the council house, had some interesting shops.
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