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.
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.
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.
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.
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.