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Autumn Activities In Nottingham On A Budget

by BecSorby (follow)
Autumn brings cooler temperatures and shorter days, but that’s no reason to start an early Winter hibernation. There's still plenty of things to do in Nottingham with the kids, including lots of activities and places to visit that are free or cheap and won’t break the family budget.

Activities at Attenborough Nature Centre
Barton Lane, Attenborough, Nottingham, NG9 6DY
0115 972 1777
Website: http://www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk

The Attenborough Nature Centre has lots of activities happening throughout the year for people of all ages. In Autumn, they run the following programs:
• Wild Tots Afternoon sessions
• Wild Play Autumn – for children aged 4 years and over
• Attenborough Holiday Club – Half Term, for children aged 4 years and over
• Free monthly nature walks
• Read more about the above programs here

See the Autumn colours at Sherwood Pines Forest Park
Sherwood Forest, Edwinstowe
01623 822447
Website: www.forestry.gov.uk

Autumn is a fantastic time to visit Sherwood Pines Forest Park – the foliage is turning from green to that lovely golden colour, making it a truly spectacular site to behold. There’s also HEAPS of things for families, which are listed below.
• Robin Hood’s Hideout
• Woodland trails
• Accessible walkways
• Sand play village
• Cycle trails

Parking will cost £4 for the day, but take your own food and drinks and that’s the only thing you’ll have to shell out on all day.

Discover a new walking trail
Autumn is the perfect season for walking – it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold! Nottingham has so many flat, pushchair-friendly walks, including many that are graded according to difficulty, which is fantastic for mums trying to build up their fitness levels. There’s Rushcliffe Country Park, which along with walking tracks, has a big play area for the kids, a skateboard ramp and cycle track. You could also check out Rufford Abbey, which has pushchair and wheelchair friendly paths, a play village and a duck pond.

For more ideas, read on here.

Explore Creswell Crags
Crags Road, Welbeck, Worksop, S80 3LH
01909 720378
Website: http://www.creswell-crags.org.uk

The limestone gorge at Creswell Crags has a myriad of caves and fissues to explore, plus a lake, which are free to explore – check out the remnants of ancient civilisations. Parking will cost £3 for the day. There are lots to tours to take and places to explore, but some do incur a cost. Take a walk around the lake (pushchair friendly) or have a picnic.

Image: Creswell Crags

Mansfied Museum
Leeming Street, Mansfield
01623 463088
Website: www.mansfield.gov.uk/museum/

Just a short train ride away from Nottingham is Mansfield Museum, a FREE historical centre dedicated to preserving the history of the area. It was founded in 1903 and houses various interactive exhibitions and artefacts from days gone by. They also run school holiday activities.

Meet some new furry friends at Floralands Farm Park
Floralands, Catfoot Lane, Lambley, Nottingham, NG4 4QL
0115 926 8137

Floralands Farm Park is just £3 for adults and children over 2 years to enter. You can meet the animals at the Farm Park, join in some fun gardening activities throughout Autumn or have play on the Adventure Playground. You can read more here.

Image: Floralands Garden Centre and Farm Park

Climb Green’s Windmill
Windmill Lane, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4qb
0115 915 6878
Website: http://www.greensmill.org.uk

Green’s Windmill is a working windmill that is open to the public between Thursday and Sunday and is free to enter. Enjoy fantastic views and have a go at the interactive experiments and puzzles.

Visit Nottingham Castle
Lenton Road, Nottingham, NG1 6EL
0115 876 1400
Website: http://www.nottinghamcastle.org.uk

Take a look around this historical wonder high on the Castle Rock, then explore the caves underneath! A family pass for 2 adults and 2 children costs £20, which includes all day access and a free return visit. Children under 5 years are free.

Image: Nottingham Castle website

See the deer at Wollaton Hall
Wollaton Hall, Gardens and Deer Park, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG9 2AE
0115 876 1300
Website: http://www.wollatonhall.org.uk

Along with the deer who are free to roam the grounds, Wollaton Hall houses a range of museums and attractions, including the Nottingham Industrial Museum, Natural History Museum and Steam Engine House. While the parklands are free to enter, there are charges for parking and some of the attractions do incur a cost.

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Still need ideas for things to do? Check out the Free Nottingham website! You’ll find lots of free things to do in and around Nottingham.

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