Friday, June 3, 2011

Unusual things to do in Nottingham

Nottingham is my home town and a great place to visit, and there are plenty of choices for those searching for unusual things to do in Nottingham.


In the city centre you can explore Nottingham’s vast underground caves, visit the local ghosts with a Nottingham Ghost Tour, enjoy indoor climbing, have a night out drinking in a huge spectacular converted church at the Pitcher and Piano or drink in the world’s oldest pub at the Trip to Jerusalem.


On the outskirts of Nottingham you have more active choices such as paintballing, karting, quad biking, sphering, trike tours or learning to wheelie motorbikes.


For those looking for something unusual but less active how about being a train driver for the day, a day learning digital photgraphy at great Nottingham locations, spending the day driving a collection of classic cars, hot air balloon flights over Nottinghamshire or a day trekking in the National Forest with Llamas.


And for kids what could be better than being able to drive a Ferrari, Bentley or Aston Martin!


All great things to enjoy in the great county of Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham has a very vibrant and lively nightlife and as such is a popular destination for Student, Stag and Hen nights, and weekends. It’s city centre has various lively regions, the top of Mansfield Road is the area for real ale fans, the old Lace Market in the Hockley area is full of trendy bars and clubs, famous Nottingham Bars like the Old Bell Inn, the Salutation, the Trip to Jerusalem (possibly the world’s oldest bar) and Yates’ Wine Lodge are located around the Old Market Square in the centre of town. The stunning Pitcher and Piano bar is housed in a huge old church which makes it a stunning venue on a night.


Things to do in Nottingham and the surrounding areas include the large parks such as Wollaton Park, Rufford Abbey Country Park, Clumber Park and a little further afield Chatsworth House – great for a fine sunny day out any time of the year. And we must not forget the opportunity to visit the Major Oak, an ancient old oak tree with a huge girth and opening in the centre – the hiding place for Robin Hood according to local legend!


Here’s a bit of background information. Nottingham is famous for Robin Hood, the ice skaters Torvill and Dean (I believe Christopher Torvill lived in my home village Calverton at some time) and Football - Nottingham Forest (Nottingham Forest had a great team which won the European Football Championships twice in the 70’s) and Notts County are the oldest team in the Football League (although as the first team I have always wondered who they played!). Industry wise Nottingham is, or was in some cases, home to Boots the Chemist, Raleigh Bikes and John Players Cigarettes.


And don’t forget to learn the lingo before you visit - Here’s a few samples!


Eyup mi duck – Hello


Oo wari wi – Who was he with


Wari wi imsen – Was he alone


Gizarfonit – Can we share it


Tara Duck - Goodbye


Its lookin black over bills mothers – It looks like it may rain



Have fun ducks! Tara!



Paul

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