22nd June 2021


You’ve only just started revisiting your old (or new) favourite bars, cafes, restaurants and live music events when, just like that, the term ends. But if like many students you’re opting to stay in Nottingham this summer, whether for work or because your mates are, we’ve got a whole host of places to check out over the holiday. 


Go for a dip

Not far from the city centre is Colwick Country Park – where people are shedding (most) of their clothes and taking the plunge. Colwick Lake is a popular swimming destination for those who like to keep it wild and there are dedicated groups to ensure a safe swim (it is not advisable to go alone, even if you are a strong swimmer!). And, if you’re missing your daily caffeine fix from Wired coffee shop in Hockley, you’ll be pleased to know it’s now operating as a truck, Wired on Wheels, and still sells its delicious range of coffee and cakes. 


Sneinton Market

Filled to the rafters with regular vegan and street food festivals, live music events and the excellent Nottingham Craft Beer Festival, this part of town has become a hive of creativity. Popular coffee shop Blend offers coffee and snacks, but don’t forget to try the other cafes serving old-school fried breakfasts. Luisa’s, a vegan chocolate shop, makes chocolate onsite and is a must-visit, while The Watered Garden is an epic plant shop where you can get all your succulents for your home study. You can even try out aerial circus fitness (why not?) at the Circus Hub and get a well-deserved pint at Neon Raptor.


Arboretum Sunsets

The Arboretum, or Arbo, is a favourite among students at Nottingham Trent and, over the summer, it’ll be the backdrop to a packed calendar of events – Arboretum Sunsets. With live music, quizzes, comedy and Pilates at its bandstand, there’s something for everyone. One event not to be missed is the outstanding Manchester-based collaborative Untold Orchestra which will perform an orchestral rendition of Disney songs – so get ready to sing along. 


Wollaton Park

Just a short hop from Nottingham University is Wollaton Park, home of a herd of wandering deer (if you can spot them). Not only perfect for a picnic spot, there is a lot to see here. Activities include Wollaton Hall – a major filming location for The Dark Knight Rises and currently home to a T-Rex – an open air theatre, and the popular Splendour festival with headliners such as Richard Ashcroft and Supergrass.


2021 T20 Vitality Blast

With various dates in June and July the popular T20 Blast is fun even if you’re not really a cricket fan. With plenty of food and drink on offer, it’s a relaxing place to soak in the Trent Bridge vibes and feel the sun on your face with a cold beer in hand and a fully loaded burger from one of the food trucks. Nottingham Outlaws are defending champions so expect an electric atmosphere.


Film & Food Fest

Taking place on the banks of the River Trent at Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment, the Film & Food Fest will include four days of open-air cinema, local street food and live comedy. With old classics such as Grease and Robin Hood, and more recent blockbusters such as JoJo Rabbit and Bohemian Rhapsody, there is lots to choose from. So, get your picnic blanket and popcorn ready, sit back and relax.


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