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 Friday 24th - Monday 27th May 2024, which include spa days 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 Urban Escape Spa (pictured), which 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 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 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, trails and attractions 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. We are celebrating 200 years since the death of Lord Byron in 2024. Click here to find out about how you can get closer to the infamous poet and to dicover events celebrating his life and work througout the year. 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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Unmissable Events

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

Dot to Dot Festival takes place on Sunday 26th May at various venues round Nottingham. Since starting in Nottingham in 2005 Dot To Dot Festival has established itself as the UK’s premier festival for unearthing the hottest new talent around, alongside established acts from all over the globe. The festival takes place in Manchester, Bristol, and Nottingham and has put acts such as The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran and The XX on the map.

Catch the stunning Luminarium: LuminiMax at Lakeside Arts from 25th May - 2nd June. LuminiMax combines smaller luminarium structures (Lumini) to create one magical experience. Explore the beautiful colours and patterns of each inflatable dome in the enormous structure captivating the senses through natural light. Luminaria are hugely popular all over the world, and the Nottingham-based company has delivered amazing experiences for local families for over 30 years. LuminiMax is designed to allow the Lumini to be enjoyed within the community, connecting with local people for years to come.

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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. 

Take your little ones to Kids Rule! at Bolsover Castle from Saturday 25th May - Sunday 2nd June and get ready for a right royal knees-up, with hands-on activities and fresh-air family fun. This event is included in the standard entry price of the castle, which you can also enjoy exploring. Book online to get guaranteed entry and save 15%.

It's Dino Week at White Post Farm from 27th - 31st May. Meet the dinosaurs, learn about fossils, partake in a dino dig and so much more! All of this on top of our usual farm fun, with a full timetable of activities - it is going to be ROARSOME! Get ready for lots of dino selfies and a fully themed week.

The National Ice Centre are hosting a Fairies, Pixies & Elves Themed Parent & Tots Skating Session on Monday 27th May. This whimsical themed session brings fairy tales to life as children will experience a captivating story time with beloved fairy tale characters, followed by a fun ice skating session. The rink will be transformed into a magical fairy tale land with enchanting music, creating lasting memories as your tot makes new friends and glides across the ice with skating aids.

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
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Eden Hall

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

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
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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.

Ezekial Bone's Robin Hood Tours of Nottingham
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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.’

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 Museum

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.

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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.

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Ruddington Village Market

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

Dot To Dot Festival 2024
Dot To Dot Festival

Dot To Dot Festival has continued to showcase the best new acts from around the world since starting in Nottingham in 2005.

Luminarium: LuminiMax
School Holiday Activities

Architects of Air are back with an amazing new luminarium!

Kids Rule! at Bolsover Castle
School Holiday Activities
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Visit Bolsover Castle for hands-on activities and fresh-air family fun.

Dino Week 2024
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Dinosaurs at White Post Farm
Fairies, Pixies & Elves Themed Parent & Tots Skating Session
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Calling all little adventurers! Get ready for an exciting Fairies, Pixies and Elves themed parent & tot ice skating session this May Half Term!



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