Inspiration for Embracing Autumn In Nottinghamshire.


The end of the summer is a love it or hate it kinda thing. While some pine for endless warm days under the sun, others are perfectly ready for woolly jumpers and crunchy leaves. As the seasons change make the most of the beautiful colours, daylight hours, and cosy treats, and have a gander at our top tips for embracing autumn in Nottinghamshire.

Search for the best hot chocolate in town…


With the cooler weather we welcome the chance to indulge in mugs of creamy, delicious hot chocolate. The recent trend for dessert only cafes has not passed Nottingham by and we have some great places to satisfy your sweet tooth. Dolcino Premium Cioccolata features classic whipped cream and marshmallows, and they have a selection of special winter treats to accompany it, while The Pudding Pantry offers hot chocolate with Baileys or salted caramel!

Go for a walk in the country…

Lime Tree Avenue - copyright - Waldren Effingham - CLUMBER PARK med

Lime Tree Avenue – Clumber Park (Copyright – Waldren Effingham)

Crunchy leaves, changing colours, exhilarating fresh air, and a chance to enjoy nature before it takes its winter sleep. Of course, we all know autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons, but where to make the most of it? Attenborough Nature Reserve has some great walks for those who are in the south of the county, while you are really spoilt for choice in the north with Newstead Abbey, Sherwood Forest and The Dukeries all perfect for atmospheric walks.

Stock up on local goodies for the festive season…

Welbeck Farm Shop

Welbeck Farm Shop Hamper

Don’t leave stocking up on Christmas treats to a last-minute whizz around a supermarket. Instead, why not visit one of Nottinghamshire’s excellent farm shops to get something special, full of flavour and locally sourced? We can guarantee a delicious Christmas with some local Stilton cheese, Castle Rock ale or free-range turkey from Harker’s Farm Shop. If you’re a whizz in the kitchen and prefer to go DIY, stock up on locally milled flour from Green’s Windmill or book on a School of Artisan Food Christmas Feast course for a real treat!

Book a treat to beat the January blues…

Bluebell Cottage, Nottinghamshire

Bluebell Cottage, Nottinghamshire

After the fun final months of the year full of seasonal events, January can be a bit of a blow so now is a good time to start thinking about booking some serious hibernation time to break up the monotony. What could be a better than a weekend retreat in a cosy, quaint cottage? Nottingham has plenty of scenic and peaceful places to stay, such as Bluebell Cottage in the heart of Sherwood Forest. Gather the remnants of your festive feasts, board games, books and perhaps an extra bottle of Baileys, and organise a weekend in front of the fire. You’re future self will thank you.

Click here for other ideas on where to stay

Go on an atmospheric tour of the city…

Next to Robin Hood's statue

The Original Nottingham Ghost Walk

With the nights drawing in and Halloween on the horizon this is the best time of year to embrace the uncanny with one of Nottingham’s excellent tours. Learn about the gory history of the Lace Market with Ezekial Bone’s Guts & Gore tour, or discover what dark relics of the past still linger on The Original Nottingham Ghost Walk. (Check back next week for a blog featuring our favourite Halloween themed events coming up!)

Have a cultural rainy day…

The Lost City Adventure Golf, Nottingham

The Lost City Adventure Golf

If the weather is bothersome, (and let’s face it, English weather is capricious!) there’s no need to stay at home. Take a reflective wander around Nottingham Contemporary to take in some fantastic international art, challenge a friend to a game of adventure golf at The Lost City Adventure Golf, try to beat the top scores at The National Videogame Arcade or check out our list of things to do on rainy days for more ideas!

Curl up with a book…

Bromley House Library

Bromley House Library

For bookworms, the sound of a blustery day can make one’s heart flutter – the perfect opportunity to curl up with a hot drink and get lost in a good book! Despite the threat of kindles there are still some cracking bookshops around. If you’re in the city centre check out Bookwise in Hockley, a charity shop specialising purely in books (and classical music CDs!) who also have branches in Southwell and Newark. For true bibliophiles who want to invest in their book habit, why not become a member of Bromley House Library, the 200 year old secret subscription library that exudes olde-world charm.

Posted on 06 October 2017
Featured author: 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.

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…