Concerts, Ice skating and Shopping: Nottingham from the eyes of a 17 year old
Nottingham may be famously associated with the legend of Robin Hood and is full of historical attractions, but when my 17-year-old friends and I think about Nottingham, other things come to mind: concerts, ice skating, and, of course, shopping.
Nottingham has just as much to offer young people as it does other age groups. The vast array of shops in the city centre can easily keep the average teenage girl entertained for hours. The Victoria and Broadmarsh shopping centres and the surrounding streets offer a great choice, and it’s hard to think of a high street name that doesn’t feature somewhere in the city.
Aside from the well-known names, Nottingham also has a great selection of independent retailers, making it an ideal place to come in search of unique items of clothing and accessories.
Of course, Nottingham offers far more for young people than good shopping. The National Ice Centre offers public skating sessions every day during which beginners can take their first wobbly steps on the ice and more experienced skaters can show off their moves. The sessions are a great way to meet up with friends and have a laugh, particularly with the great price of £5 including skate hire which the centre offers NUS card holders.
What’s more, the Ice Arena offers more than just skating. The Capital FM Arena frequently hosts concerts from some of the biggest names in music, from Rhianna and Katy Perry to Bruno Mars and Kasabian. My friends and I went the Arctic Monkeys concert at the arena last year and had a great time – the concert had a great atmosphere and the band themselves were fantastic. The Arctic Monkeys are set to return to Nottingham this October – if this concert is as good as the last then fans of the band are in for a treat.
All in all, Nottingham has a lot to offer young people in search of a good time, be it the best shops, good value for money or some of the biggest bands. There’s far more of Nottingham which I’ve yet to explore, but one thing is certain – Nottingham definitely isn’t a boring place to be.