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Top Winter Activities In Nottingham On A Budget

by BecSorby (follow)
Winter is almost here, so it’s time to start thinking about ways and means to keep the kids from going crazy at home.

If you need to keep the kids from bouncing off the walls and repeatedly climbing on the kitchen table, there are lots of place you can get out and about to.

Getting out and about usually involves shelling out money, but winter activities don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. Here are the top winter activities in Nottingham on a budget.

Stonebridge City Farm
Stonebridge Road, St Anns, Nottingham, NG3 2FR
Website: http://www.stonebridgecityfarm.com

Entry to Stonebridge City Farm is free, although donations are welcome. The farm is open every day except Christmas day and you can visit a heap of different animals including cows, ponies, goats, sheep, tortoise, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, geese and ducks.

Find some free places to play in the snow

Get you and the kids some cheap snow gear from Aldi and head out for a snowball fight! Nottingham has some fantastic wide, open space for outdoor play, and here are some fantastic and free places to play in the snow. Parking charges may apply.

Attenborough Nature Reserve
Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
Sherwood Forest
Colwick Country Park
Bestwood Country Park

Woollaton Hall and Deer Park Facebook page

Children’s Activities At Attenborough Nature Reserve
Attenborough Nature Reserve, Barton Lane, Nottingham, NG9 6DY
Website: http://www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk

Attenborough Reserve has a heap of family activities that won’t cost a fortune – these activities are listed below.

Free Monthly nature walks
Come along and join a free guided walk around the park! Walks are held monthly on a Saturday – click here for dates in 2017 and 2018.

Attenborough Nature Centre
The Nature Centre has an Indoor Discovery Centre – perfect for those chilly winter days! There is a nature table with specimins to have a look at, puzzles and you can purchase colouring sheets for 10p. There are interactive screens with games and educational information about the centre and the wildlife living in the reserve. There is also an outdoor education area with a pond, bird feeding areas and sensory nature trail.

Wildlife Watch Group
The Wildlife Watch Group is for children aged 8 to 13 years old who are interested in nature exploration and discovery, games and practical activities and meeting other young people. The group meets at the Attenborough Nature Centre on the third Sunday of every month, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm throughout the year. Sessions are £2 per child.

Image: Attenborough Nature Centre Facebook page

Greens Windmill and Science Centre
Windmill Lane, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4QB
Website: See the Facebook page for event details

Greens Windmill and Science Centre is a unique venue for learning and education and has events and activities for families happening all round. You can attend some fantastic activities including science events and children’s baking.

Image: Greens Windmill and Science Centre Facebook page

Visit your local library

Nottingham has a large network of libraries dotted around the city and most run children’s activities such as Totstime. For more details, read on here.

Take a Treasure Trail
Website: https://nottinghammumsgroup.co.uk

A Treasure Trail is a fun and active way to not only find out more about the city and its surrounds, but also spend some time with the family. All you have to do is decide what area you want to learn more about, what sort of trail you want to do (for example a treasure hunt or mystery) download the trail from the website and off you go! There are lots of trails to choose from in Nottingham and across the UK.

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

Mansfield Museum is a child-friendly historical centre that is dedicated to preserving the history of the local area and provides a fascinating look at Mansfield’s past. Facilities include the XplorActive Hands on gallery. The Museum also runs school holiday activities.

For more great family friendly ideas, see the Nottingham Mums Group website.

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