11 best places to enjoy the sun after exams in NottinghamNow the Nottingham Uni and Trent exams are over, some may be celebrating by hitting up the best happy hours in Nottingham.
But many others will just want to get outside, soak up some rays and enjoy the great outdoors.
For those students, here are the 11 best places to enjoy the sun after exams in Nottingham.
1. Clifton Skate Park
If you like your relaxing with a side of danger, then head to Clifton Skate Park. There you will be able to see some of the best bikers and skaters risk grazed knees and broken bones in their bid to perfect the extreme sports. You don’t have to take part to enjoy the show!
2. Highfields Park
If you’re a Nottingham University student, you may be sick of the sight of the uni and want to give Highfields Park a big ole swerve. But for those of you who can still stomach it, the beautiful green space is a wonderful place to relax after exams. If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a vessel and head out on the Boating Lake, which was completed only this year.
3. Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
Stroll around the beautiful Wollaton Hall and its surrounding park for an afternoon of sheer bliss. The Grade I-listed building (which was featured in Batman film The Dark Knight Rises) is an absolute beauty, plus there’s the bonus of the free natural history museum within its chambers. Outside you will find around 90 red and 120 fallow deer roaming the grounds. Be extra careful of the stags during rutting season, which runs from September to October and calving season from June to July.
4. Playhouse Bar & Kitchen
If you really want to indulge, head to the Playhouse Bar & Kitchen. The eatery attached to Nottingham Playhouse is a celebration of the finer things in life, in which you can enjoy an exquisite menu of snacks and meals while sitting next to Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror sculpture. Plus, if you’re into a drink or two, you can get your hands on some cracking, locally-brewed, real ale.
5. Secret Garden
There are many hidden gems in Nottingham, but Secret Garden has got to be one of our favs. The inner city wonder offers al fresco dining, great drinks and a chance to escape the madness of it all. Imagine a Hatter’s Tea Party but with less tea, more prosecco.
6. Bestwood Country Park
After being contained in the library for so long, you will probably want to stretch you legs a bit. Head out to Bestwood Country Park where you will be able to get on the old fixed-gear and explore the Nottingham section of National Cycle Network’s route 6.
7. National Water Sports Centre
There may be only one or two weeks a year when most of us are foolhardy enough to jump into outdoor waters, so make the most of it while you can. The National Water Sports Centre houses a canoe slalom course, rowing facilities and a water ski lagoon among many other things.
8. Victoria Embankment
If you’d prefer somewhere a bit more gentle to enjoy the sun, then there aren’t many better places than Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment. Stroll alongside the famous river Trent as you watch the narrowboats glide by and the ducks gently drift along. Bliss.
9. The Organ Grinder
The Organ Grinder is a winner all-year-round. During the winter you can enjoy its log fire and homely-feel, but during the summer its time to get yourself outside. The pub boasts a quaint roof garden, on which you can enjoy one of the finest selections of beers in Nottingham.
10. Nottingham Arboretum
Nottingham’s oldest public park is also one of its finest. The Arboretum is home to more than 800 trees of 65 species, the perfect place to sit back and reflect on the tough exam period. They say the natural layout of the park has remained relatively unchanged since its beginnings in the 1850s, giving you the chance to step back in time.
11. Holme Pierrepont Hall
Ten minutes from Nottingham city centre lies an architechtural gem, a relic of a by-gone age. Holme Pierrepont Hall was built in 1500, by Sir William Pierrepont (presumably not all himself), and has been lived in by his decendents ever since. We all love to poke around other people’s houses and it doesn’t get much more interesting than this.