Summer Holiday Activities in Nottinghamshire

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There’s a peculiar feeling about the summer holidays – they can feel like they last forever, then blink and it’s September again! Pry that iPad from your child’s jammy hands, quell those cries of boredom and make the most of Nottinghamshire! For more fantastic events, don’t forget you can browse our What’s On listings too.

Click through the links for prices, dates, and more information!

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  • The annual Robin Hood Festival returns to Sherwood Forest for a whole week of entertainment and activities for all ages. Jousting, falconry displays, craft stalls and costumed characters are just a few of the features to entertain you and the family.
  • The Gloworm Festival is a brilliant 2 day event especially created for “humans and their little people.” Along with old school classics such as The Chuckle Brothers and stars of CBeebies to entertain the nippers, there is a great selection of bands, food stalls and interactive demonstrations for their grown ups too!
  • The banks of the Trent buzz with activity once again this August at the Nottingham Riverside Festival. Expect  live music, funfair rides and street markets, along with the return of the Dragon Boat Race and a spectacular fireworks show on the Saturday night!


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Whether you want to introduce your children to healthy eating, or just get them making your dinner for once, a cooking course can feed their understanding and interest in food and preparing meals at home.

  • The School of Artisan Food is a deluxe cooking school, deep in the magical Welbeck Estate. Not wanting to limit their excellent courses just to adults, they also run various children’s cooking sessions! Get the little ‘uns learning Baking, Dairy (including ice-cream!) or Sausage & Burger Making.
  • There will be a vast selection of goodies whipped up at Green’s Windmill cooking sessions, including cookies, cupcakes, pizza and bread!

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  • Oh no! It’s Gruffalo! And it has a child! Find out what happens next at The Gruffalo’s Child an interactive story session at Lakeside Arts.
  • He’s the UK’s favourite pup from Nick Jr, and he’s coming to Motorpoint Arena! Catch Paw Patrol come to life on stage in this musical adventure.
  • A dose of nostalgia for the parents and fun for the kids at Conkers this summer with The Sooty Show, featuring Sooty and his friends Sweep and Soo! Don’t forget to book your show – and stick around for the magic show after too!
  • Check out the great selection of Outdoor Film & Theatre happening throughout Nottinghamshire this summer – various performances and films will be suitable for children!
Posted on 27 July 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.

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