In Notts we love to make a splash!

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Looking to keep cool this summer? In Nottinghamshire, we’re making a splash with a huge range of water-related activities and events, perfect for a short break in the holiday season.

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Whether you’re into contemporary art, adrenalin sports or family fun, we have an event to suit your aquatic style this summer.

Aquatopia at the Nottingham Contemporary brings together over 150 contemporary and historic artworks exploring the imagining of the ocean, covering everything from sea monsters to giant squid, and shipwrecks to sirens – open now to 22 September.

Experience the beach in the heart of the city, at the Nottingham Riviera in Old Market Square. Highlights include a giant swinging pirate ship, high ropes course, sandy beach area and paddling pool – open now to 2 September.

Fancy a swashbuckling outdoor theatre adventure? Treasure Island will be appearing in the beautiful grounds of Wollaton Hall on 1 & 2 August.

The Riverside Festival takes place on the banks of the River Trent at Victoria Embankment, with live entertainment, roaming performers, fair rides, dragon boat racing and a fantastic fireworks display on 2 – 4 August.

Sculpture in the Sanctuary at Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre in Southwell is an inspirational display of contemporary sculpture, set within the beautiful 9 acre Swan Sanctuary. On now to 8 September.

The National Water Sports Centre will be hosting the GP Powerboat World Championships on 31 August and 1 September. Come down to see these high speed boats make a huge splash.

See Papplewick Pumping Station in full steam on 25 & 26 August and 21 & 22 September, to appreciate this magnificent site in its full glory.

Dive into Nottinghamshire

Ready to dive in? You might be surprised at what we have to offer!

For a leisurely holiday on the water, you can’t beat a canal boat holiday. Hire a Canal Boat operate from Sawley Marina, just outside of Nottingham city centre, and their well equipped boats and expert team make planning your boating holiday a breeze.Hire a canal boat

Looking for something more short-term? Princess River Cruises can take you on a gentle cruise on the River Trent, Gunthorpe Leisure Boats and Tuggyland Boat Hire offer boat hire for the day, and at Lakeside Arts Centre you can row around the beautiful lake at your own pace – poetry recital optional.

Robin Hood Water ParkThe brand new Robin Hood’s water park at Wheelgate theme park is now open, perfect for keeping cool on a warm day. Bring your band of merry men down, and experience the largest outdoor water park in the UK, featuring five fast and furious water slides and bucket loads of fun. Afterward, dry off at the Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest, 5 – 11 August.

Visit Water Meadows to ride the wave machine and swim to your heart’s content in one of the East Midlands’ premier swimming complexes.

Experience the thrills and spills of water sport adventures at the National Water Sports Centre, where you can try white water rafting, sailing and water skiing, or experience their new segway safaris, cycle hire and e-combat zone.National Water Sports Centre

If you prefer to keep on dry ground, then a walk around one of our scenic lakes is the ideal way to relax. Visit one of our many country parks – Clumber Park, Creswell Crags, Wollaton Park and Attenborough Nature Reserve all offer beautiful waterside walks, for you to enjoy the outdoors at your own pace.

Something different?

If you’re keen to try something new, then we highly recommend a visit to Pure Land Pure Land lanternJapanese Garden, near Newark, for their lantern lit evenings, happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights throughout August and September. See the traditional lanterns as they light up the night, and relax by their reflections in the many tranquil pools at this beautiful oasis. Pure Land is the only place in Europe offering this traditional experience.

Keep it on ice

It may be warm outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cool down on the ice in Notts. We’re proud to be home to the National Ice Centre, where you can take part in public skating sessions all through the summer.

Enjoy the thrills and spills of an ice hockey game, when the Nottingham Panthers play at home in the Capital FM Arena on 30 August and 7 September.

Sumptuous Spa breaks

Eden HallDiscover the relaxation qualities of water at one of our sumptuous spas. Eden Hall, Church Spa, Thoresby Hall and Clumber Park Hotel & Spa all offer luxury spa facilities, so take the time to rejuvenate this summer. Or visit Calm Water Flotation in Nottingham to enjoy the health benefits of weightless flotation – a true escape.

Feeling peckish?

Take a break and enjoy Nottinghamshire’s best food and drink at one of our waterside restaurants and pubs. Farndon Boathouse, the Trent Navigation, Riverbank Bar & Kitchen, the Southbank Bar, Tom Brown’s Brasserie and Annie’s Burger Shack all offer waterside dining. Or visit the Canalhouse pub, which has a canal running through it and its own resident narrow boat. Tom Browns

Come and make a splash with us in Nottinghamshire this summer.





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Posted on 31 July 2013
Featured author: Erin

Australian now calling Nottingham home. Piano playing, cake making, bicycle riding lady who loves travel.

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