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5 outdoor activities in and around Nottingham that are perfect for the family

today25 June 2022

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It can be difficult to think of things to do when the weather is good and the kids are on half term or summer holidays. The city has plenty of options for activities that are family-friendly that you can build a day out around.

With lots of the options, it is worth booking ahead to avoid disappointment but all of the ones we chose are very accessible from the city centre with public transport. Some of the locations offer great food and drinks options or might be the perfect location for a picnic.

Here is our guide to the top five outdoor family-friendly activities.



Boaters enjoy the warm and sunny weather at Highfields Park in Nottingham.
Boaters enjoy the warm and sunny weather at Highfields Park in Nottingham.

1 – Boating

Highfield Park

The park has a huge lake which is perfect for walking or having a nearby picnic. However, it’s worth noting that they also offer boating or canoe rentals. There are plenty of options available depending on how fast you want to race or if you prefer a leisurely row while taking in the beautiful scenery.

Prices are really reasonable with £5 per hour for adults and £4 for children with lots of different types of boats available including canoes, rowing boats and KataKanu.

2 – Archery

Sherwood Forest

Adrenalin Jungle Activity Centre offers visitors the chance to step into Robin Hood’s shoes and try archery in the middle of Sherwood Forest. If archery isn’t your thing, then the centre also offers a variety of different activities such as bubble football and axe throwing.

Some of the activities may be limited to adults only but archery offers a fun day out for families. If you fancy making it a bit more lively, there is an option to make it combat and test your hunting skills. It costs £20 per person for an hour of archery.



Colwick Park offers wild swimming sessions which are very refreshing
Colwick Park offers wild swimming sessions which are very refreshing

3 -Wild Swimming

Colwick Park

This is one of the most refreshing activities you can do on a hot summer’s day. Whole Health runs wild swimming sessions at different times during the week including a 7 am pre-work session. The session is fully supported so there are lifeguards on duty who can assist if needed.

Although it might sound cold, the water heats up quickly and can often, on a good day, be slightly below pool temperature. The water is seriously refreshing and there is a lot to be said for drying off in the sun afterwards. Sessions are £10 per person for a one-off swim with the option for beginner classes and also annual memberships.

4 – Wakeboarding

Spring Lake, Long Eaton

The Spring Lakes activity centre in Long Eaton offers visitors the chance to try wakeboarding. It’s a sport where you ride a board which is guided by a specially-designed cable allowing you to gather speed.

In case it sounds a little scary, the expert coaches are on hand for the whole experience, allowing visitors to get to grips with the fast-paced water sport. There are plenty of different options depending on what your experience level is or what you feel comfortable with. There are also women-only sessions available.

5 -Alpaca Trekking

The Alpaca Centre, Newark

Most people associated trekking with ponies but it’s just as easy to do with alpacas – surprisingly. There are a few different options when it comes to how involved you want to get with animals from watching the alpacas through the cafe window to walking them around the grounds.

There are seven different alpacas that you can choose from with experienced guides who will join you on the walk. The walk will last around an hour with some stops to feed the alpacas, take in the beautiful countryside and take plenty of Instagram-worthy snaps. An adult ticket costs £25.

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