My family day out in Nottingham to see Disney on Ice
Last Saturday, I was fortunate enough to see Disney on Ice at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena. A lot of people I’ve met had been raving about the performances in recent years and having two young children (one age 4 and a half, and one just over 2 years old) we booked and decided to make a family day out of it.
Firstly, I live in the far flung depths of the north of the county so popping into the city didn’t seem so easy with young children. We went for the mid afternoon show (around 2.30pm) and getting meals would be crucial to good behaviour all round.
We decided to leave early and have a pre-show lunch making it easier to grab a sandwich after the show.
We headed to Hucknall station to get the tram into the city and were extremely impressed. Firstly, the tram is free for children under 5 years of age making it an absolute bargain to get to the city centre.
Both of my children loved the experience too and found the whole thing very exciting (my youngest didn’t want to get off at the end). This is a great way to travel with little ones and I strongly recommend it. Many people hop on and off with pushchairs and it’s no hassle at all.
As we arrived late morning, we still had a little time to kill before lunchtime and headed to Nottingham Contemporary. This free contemporary art attraction was a fantastic addition to the day and really added a touch of class to the whole itinerary.
Contemporary art is full of engaging pieces and on the day we say giant wind chimes, plaster cast faces on the wall and video footage of an octopus beamed onto the floor. My two girls found this last one particularly exciting!
We only had a small time at Nottingham Contemporary and quickly moved on but we could have quite easily spent longer. It was on to the restaurant for the pre-show meal.
I did use a bit of local knowledge for this one and booked us into Pizza Savai a family Italian Restaurant only a short walk from the Arena. This has to be one of the best family friendly restaurants in the city for me. The pizzas are made in front of guests and my wife and I took our two children to see the pizzas being made.
The staff were extremely friendly and the food was excellent. Glancing around during the meal, I got the feeling there were a few regulars in the place and this is always a good sign of quality food and a reasonable price.
Finally it was off to see the show. The Arena itself is a terrific venue and some of the great Disney films were involved – Toy Story, Little Mermaid, Tinkerbell and Cars. Again, both children loved the show and for me it seemed quite an American experience, with walking vendors in the crowd offering ice cream and treats.
As family days out go, this certainly wasn’t a cheap experience by a long way when everything is taken into consideration. I went home feeling thoroughly spoilt but at the same time determined to return one day soon with the family.
The city was easy to get to and get around with my two young children, and with such quality attractions like Nottingham Contemporary to visit, there’s lots of ways to add a valuable cultural experience to your day.