Another Bank-holiday is on the horizon and there are some truly brilliant things happening across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to enjoy. Including fun for the whole family, staycation ideas and date night plans, keep reading to see our top picks of things to do to from Thursday 2nd through to Sunday 5th June, which include spa days, special Jubilee events and something to keep the little ones entertained.

If you’ll be using the long weekend to spend more time in the great outdoors we’ve got recommendations for perfect picnic spots below, or our website has loads of info on walking and cycling routes.

Browse our What’s On calendar for tons more events, check out our Things To Do section for Nottingham's top attractions, and remember we also have some suggested itineraries to help you see and do as much as possible.

Don’t forget - if you are out having a great time in the city or out in the county, you can use #LoveNotts to share the love, or tag us using @visitnotts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Spa Days

Unwind this Bank Holiday in the beautiful backdrop of Nottinghamshire. We boast some of the best Spas in the UK, including some based in the stunning scenery of Sherwood Forest. Spa Days are also the perfect treat to enjoy with a friend, relative or loved one, so why not spend a day in a calm, comfortable spa with that special someone and forget all the worries of the world!

Nottinghamshire offers a range of spas from the super modern and state of the art, to the more traditional and chic. Some of our top picks include Eden Hall Spa, set within the grounds of a beautiful listed mansion and the MGM Muthu New Leaf Spa nestled amongst the trees of Clumber Park.

The Urban Escape Spa (pictured) is based in a convenient City Centre location in the 4 star Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Spa at Ye Olde Bell is located just off the A1! It has a thermal area that offers a collection of experiences like no other.

These experiences will invigorate, restore and liven your senses or simply help you relax and find your sense of place.

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Explore the Outdoors

It’s a beautiful time to get outside and explore Nottinghamshire’s natural surroundings, and the area is full of outdoor spaces to exercise and relax in. From rural walks out in the countryside to pretty city centre parks, you’ll find lots of places to enjoy spending time outdoors. If you’ll be exploring on two wheels there are plenty of cycle paths to choose from, from gentle canalside routes to challenging mountain bike paths through ancient woodland.

Or maybe you want to try a walking tour and see Nottingham on foot. We have a range of unique and fun tours, including free self-led trails or guided tours. We recommend the Nutty Nottingham Comedy Tour and the award winning Ezekial Bone's Robin Hood Tours of Nottingham. This is a fantastic way to learn about the history of Nottingham while getting active and enjoying the outdoors.

For more ideas and inspiration to enjoy Nottinghamshire’s great outdoors, click here.

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Best of British

Enjoy the best of British this Bank Holiday weekend and explore the unique history and culture of Nottinghamshire and the UK.

Starting with everyone’s favourite outlaw, why not walk in the footsteps of Robin Hood and pay a visit to Nottingham Castle, Sherwood Forest (pictured) or wander around Edwinstowe? You can discover more about the legend here, or discover more rebels and pioneers of Nottinghamshire here.

We also have dedicated literary tours and trails for all of the bookworms out there. Explore the ancestral home of Lord Byron, the D.H. Lawrence birthplace museum and Nottingham Castle just to name a few. Did you know Nottingham Castle is mentioned in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel Thunderball? And finally, no trip to Nottingham would be complete without a tour of Bromley House Library - one of the few remaining subscription libraries in the country which houses nearly 50,000 books.

Of course, Nottinghamshire has some stunning and famous market towns. Explore Southwell and learn about its history (which includes the English Civil War and the Bramley Apple), stop off at the Ruddington Village Market, visit the grave of Lord Byron and Ada Lovelace in Hucknall or take in the beautiful views of Eastwood, which has inspired countless visitors and residents such as D.H. Lawrence.

For more surprising UK destinations and attractions that you can visit around Nottinghamshire, see our hidden gems blog and see how many you already know about!

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Big Events

Nottinghamshire is hosting some big events this Spring Bank Holiday weekend, which are perfect for planning a UK Staycation or holiday around.

Detonate Festival returns for 2022 on Saturday 4th June with an incredible line-up of more than 60 live artists and DJs. Set amongst the woodland, lakes and clearings of Colwick Country Park you can expect floating stages and woodland hideaways, global street food, cocktails, boat parties, fireworks, VIP Island, live street art and more!

 Meadowlands Festival is taking over Victoria Embankment on Friday 3rd June! Nottingham will play host to some of the nation’s much loved and established live acts alongside some of the hottest bands to emerge over the last year. The line-up includes indie favourites The Kooks, Liverpool’s The Mysterines, Yorkshire’s breakout band The Reytons and festival favourites Black Honey. The incredible Gerry Cinnamon will be headlining the festival; one of only a handful of outdoor shows he is doing in the UK this Summer.

Rothesay Open Nottingham also starts this Spring Bank Holiday, running from Saturday 4th - Sunday 12th June 2022. Big-time tennis returns to Nottingham with this Nottingham Open event - one of the key grass court events as top male and female stars warm up for Wimbledon, and tickets are on sale now. In 2021, the UK’s Johanna Konta won the Women’s Singles event with Frances Tiafoe from the USA winning the Men’s Singles. They even enjoyed a performance by Emma Raducanu before her amazing victory at the USA Open only a few weeks later.

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Family Fun

There are tons of fun and family-friendly events to keep your little ones entertained this Spring Bank Holiday, including the Tutus T-Rex is King exhibition at Wollaton Hall & Deer Park, which on display until 31st August 2022. This is perfect for any dinosaur lover because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come face to face with a real T. rex up-close and personal in the UK. The Deer Park is also the perfect spot for a family picnic or walk!

The Gingerbread Man returns to Lakeside Arts from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. Stuff and Nonsense return with their brilliant mix of puppetry, live action, great music, humour and stunning staging in this fast-paced retelling of the much-loved classic tale, where Gingerbread Man must use his wits to escape anyone who finds him tasty.

Your little ones will love The Superworm Trail at Sherwood Pines, where they can discover the small but mighty creatures in a much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest. The self-led trail features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask. This is the perfect excuse to get the whole family out and about and active in nature and you can even make a day of it. Bring a picnic or stop by the Sherwood Pines Café for a bite to eat.

For more family events and things to do, browse our What’s On calendar.

This blog was written by Katherine Taylor, Marketing Executive at Visit Nottinghamshire.


Eden Hall Day Spa
Spa and Relaxation
Eden Hall Day Spa | Visit Nottinghamshire

Whatever your pampering needs, Eden Hall in Elston Village, Nottinghamshire is the perfect, peaceful getaway.

MGM Muthu New Leaf Spa
Spa and Relaxation
MGM Muthu Clumber Park Hotel & Spa

Nestled amongst the trees you will find yourself naturally at peace in our New Leaf Spa… take time out to relax and enjoy the surroundings and facilities.

Urban Escape
Urban Escape | Nottingham

​​​​​​​Located in Nottingham's four-star Crowne Plaza Hotel, Urban Escape provides a bit of much-needed relaxation in the heart of the city. The luxury spa, which opened in 2014 following a £1.3million refurbishment, gives both hotel residents and non-residents the chance to unwind in the indoor heated swimming pool, steam room, ice station, gymnasium, relaxation room.

Spa at Ye Olde Bell
Spa and Relaxation
Spa at Ye Olde Bell

Luxury Spa located just off the A1 on the border of 3 counties, Spa at Ye Olde Bell is easily accessible, yet feels a world away from everyday life.

Nutty Nottingham Comedy Tour
Tours & Tour Guides
Nutty Nottingham Comedy Tour

If you were wondering what happens when a Nottingham-raised stand up comedian takes a walk around the city, join ‘The Sheriff’ on the Nutty Nottingham Comedy Tour!

Ezekial Bone's Robin Hood Tours of Nottingham
Tours & Tour Guides
Ezekial Bone Robin Hood | Visit Nottinghamshire

Ezekial Bone’s character-led heritage tours capture the spirit of Nottingham. Entertaining, educational and inspirational, Bone’s theatrical tours are based on historical fact and explore the best places to see in Nottingham. Ezekial Bone also leads the top tourist attraction ‘Robin Hood Town Tour.’

Nottingham Castle
Castle / Fort
Nottingham Castle - Visit Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham Castle promises the best day out for all, from history seekers to families wanting an action-packed adventure. Discover more and plan your perfect visit today.

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre & National Nature Reserve
Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre & National Nature Reserve

Home of Robin Hood and once part of a royal hunting forest, Sherwood Forest Country Park covers 450 acres and incorporates some truly ancient areas of native woodland.

D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum
D.H.Lawrence Birthplace | Visit Nottinghamshire

D.H. Lawrence was born here, at 8a Victoria Street in 1885, the first of the Lawrence family’s four Eastwood homes. Today you can visit this authentically recreated miner’s cottage, birthplace of world renowned Nottinghamshire author, then explore the surrounding countryside, which inspired his work.

Bromley House Library
Historic Site
Bromley House Library

Bromley House Library, founded 1816, is a flourishing independent lending library situated in the centre of Nottingham, one of the few remaining subscription libraries in the country.

Ruddington Village Market
Fete / Fair
Ruddington Village Market

Award winning outdoor market with 70+ stall holders offering quality crafts, produce and provisions to take away.

Detonate Festival 2022
Detonate Festival 2022

Nottingham's favourite underground and electronic music festival returns this summer to the idyllic surroundings of Colwick Country Park.

Meadowlands Festival
Gerry Cinnamon playing guitar and singing.

Brand-new for 2022, Meadowlands promises to bring some of the very best international, national and local indie artists to Nottingham's Victoria Embankment.

Victoria Embankment
Victoria Embankment

A short walk from Nottingham city centre, you will find Victoria Embankment.

Rothesay Open Nottingham
Summer Events
Rothesay Open Nottingham

The Nottingham Open returns in 2022 as men’s and women’s tennis combine once again for an explosive week of on-court action.

Titus T. rex is King
Titus T. rex is King

Titus: T. rex is King is an extraordinary exhibition, showcasing the first real Tyrannosaurus rex to be displayed in England for over a century.

Natural History Museum at Wollaton Hall
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Natural History Museum at Wollaton Hall

Since Wollaton Hall opened to the public in 1926, it has been home to the city’s natural history museum. On display are some of the best items from the three quarters of a million specimens that make up its zoology, geology, and botany collections.

The Gingerbread Man
Family Fun
The Gingerbread Man | Lakeside Arts | Visit Nottinghamshire

Stuff and Nonsense return with their brilliant mix of puppetry, live action, great music, humour and stunning staging in this fast-paced retelling of the much-loved classic tale.

Lakeside Arts
Arts Centre
Lakeside Arts

Nottingham Lakeside Arts is The University of Nottingham's unique public arts centre and museum presenting an eclectic programme of music, dance, theatre, visual art, special collections and family events all year round.

Superworm Trail at Sherwood Pines
Family Fun
Superworm Trail at Sherwood Pines

Join Superworm and friends on their brand-new adventure at Sherwood Pines. Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest.



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