Concerts, Ice skating and Shopping: Nottingham from the eyes of a 17 year old

Nottm Arena

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.

Posted on 03 August 2011
Featured author: Dale Web Marketing Officer

A Mansfield lad who likes reading, running and red wine.

Comments (0)

Post a comment

Our monthly pick

Nottingham We Dig The Castle

We Dig The Castle: Unearthing Nottingham’s Archaeological Secrets Part Two

This blog is the second instalment of a two part blog. To read part one click here. Back in July I visited Nottingham Castle to find out more about the annual archaeological excavation ‘We Dig The Castle’. A partnership project between Trent & Peak Archaeology, Nottingham City Council and Historic England, this excellent scheme invites volunteers…

Your favourite places

Featured authors

  • Sarah Louise

    A very lucky marketeer in her dream job. Passionate about all things Nottinghamshire and firmly believes if you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen!

  • Kinga

    Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

  • Alistair

    Originally from Preston – but now calling Nottingham home – Alistair’s a St Helens rugby league fan who loves travel and music.

  • Natalie

    Proud to represent the county I grew up in. Travel loving devoted mum of two who carries a torch for the city’s unsung hero, Captain Albert Ball VC.

  • Sophie

    Writer and amateur local historian with an affection for English eccentrics. Returned to Nottingham in 2013, only to fall in love with the creative and cultural goings of the city.

Have a go...

unesco city of literature nottingham

Speak In Nottingham To Me – A Beginner’s Guide To Nottingham’s Dialect

Language is certainly one of our best creations. Without it, it would be difficult for us to coexist, establish communities and share feelings. Language makes it all easier and helps us work together and understand one another. Throughout history people always felt the need to find one universal language for all. Several attempts were made to popularise different languages…