The Woodland Trust's Nature Detectives website offers lots of ideas for pulling on your trainers, rolling up your sleeves and getting outside. You can have fun with boredom-busting summer holiday activities, find out about nature's signs of summer, make the most of local woods, look for animal tracks, explore, smell and splash around your local park.
Let's get Active!
Our leisure centres run special activities to keep children happy and healthy during school holidays.
The seaside will once again arrive in the city as the Nottingham Beach lands in the Old Market Square once more. Enjoy a trip to the seaside in the Old Market Square. Lounge on the sandy beach, paddle in the pool or go on a ride. Plus, try delicious food and drink at the Beach bar. With a padding pool, funfair rides, the ever popular beach bar and special events planned throughout the summer, this year's beach is set to be bigger than ever.
The Gloworm festival is aimed at families with children of all ages. It’s a festival that will inspire your imaginations and invite you to play in a warm, friendly and creative environment. There are a host of activities, games and workshops along with a miniature petting farm. There are a host of activities, games and workshops along with a miniature petting farm.
1940’s weekend, Newark Air Museum, 12th – 13th August
Throughout the two days there will be a host of World War II related activities and entertainment taking place around the museum. Activites include:
Offers great food, the fabulous producers behind the brands, award winners, special guests, exciting traders, delicious dishes to try from fantastic Street Food, Pop Up’s, cafés, bars, cocktails and much more! Our Clumber Park Festival attracts mouthwatering fayre from amazing food hubs from around the UK and Europe.
Palace Theatre Summer 2017
Summer Camp 2017 - Wicked, July 30 to August 4, 10am - 4pm - A great opportunity for young performers aged between 6 and 14 years to work towards a mini-production in 5 days.
Milkshake! Live, September 16, 12pm and 4pm - Starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer and Shine and Pip from Pip Ahoy!
Uncover a wealth of weird and wonderful stories at Ingenious Inventions, the National Civil War Centre’s summer of 17th century science! From 29th July to 3rd September join in our enormously fun craft sessions making your own telescope, creating a pocket watch or even launching a rocket!
Meet a couple of strange scientists: Prince Rupert of the Rhine, who’ll tell you how he turned Windsor Castle into a laboratory, and the eccentric Mad Madge, one of England’s first science fiction writers.
Enjoy your family trip to the 17th century even more with our new all-inclusive family discount; any group with a paying child receives 20% off admission!
Newark and Sherwood Festival of Cycling
We are so excited that the OVO Energy Tour of Britain is coming to the district on Wednesday 6 September. In support of the tour we are hosting a festival of cycling at the end of the summer which includes a packed programme of events across the district.
Kid's Crafts at Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre, Edwinstowe
Join in some Wednesday fun at Sherwood Forest Arts and Crafts Centre during the school holidays. There is a small charge for each activity and not all activities will be available every session. Combine a trip with a walk around Sherwood Forest. Cafe available.
10.30am to 3pm
Bath bomb making
9, 16, 23 and 30 August
Vicar Water Fun Day
Sunday 3 September from lunchtime
Our annual fun day in the park with music, stalls, refreshments and free activities for children.
Join Newark and Sherwood Play Support team for children's play and craft activities and have fun with Lynn and Max for circus skills. Not forgetting Rumbles Cafe for the best scones in the district!