Summer fun in the Nottingham sun

Deadlines are fast approaching, with the academic year almost over. But with this in mind, summer is nearly here too.

When you think of summer, you think of warm weather, delicious food and beer gardens with friends and family. However, while a cool drink in your local Wetherspoons is a perfect way to spend the summer days, it’s a bit predictable. Nottingham has lots to offer over the upcoming months, with opportunities for everyone to indulge in.

The typical nights out can be expected, with Rock City and Pom Pom being popular choices for those last days of term, although if you’re looking for something more memorable this summer, Nottingham proposes many great festivals.

Image Credit: Splendour Festival

A popular event in the even more popular venue of Wollaton Hall and Deer Park is Splendour. This one-day event on July 20 explores a range of music, from new talents to legendary regulars, with headlining acts such as Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and All Saints. Tickets start at £56.65 for adults, with a discounted price of £45.65 for Nottingham residents.

Another music festival that tends to be more popular with students is Detonate. Beginning around 20 years ago in Nottingham, Detonate has welcomed thousands of people each year to enjoy acts such as Wiley and Chase and Status. This year the festival intends to live up to expectations with stunning acts such as Shy FX and SaSaSaS. On June 8th, Colwick Country Park is going to be buzzing with a feel-good atmosphere and, hopefully, there’ll be some sun! Tickets are now on final release, starting at £58.55.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly music event, try Newark Festival. Taking place over two days, June 14 to June 16, people can enjoy headline acts like Sigma, with added local bands and tribute acts. Adult tickets are £17.25, child tickets are £11.50 and wheelchair area tickets are £17.25, with other tickets available, such as VIP, which are a little pricier.

Sometimes, even though a music festival and friends can be the perfect way to spend a summers day, you may just want a quiet day to enjoy some more cherished parts of the city. Park Garden Trail, June 23, is the seamless event to try if you’d like a quiet time by yourself. Spectacular gardens and landscapes can be relished, as well as plant stalls, a farmer’s market and art. The event is taking place at Nottingham Park Estate with tickets being £7.50 and proceeds going to charity.

Image Credit: Hawkins/Brown Architects

For those who are awaiting pay day, or are simply running low on cash, try visiting some of Nottingham’s prestigious venues – New Art Exchange in Hyson Green is a free art gallery offering different exhibitions and activities, including film screenings and workshops. Go alone or take a friend, it’s a different take on what to do in summer.

Nottingham holds many events for all tastes, especially for food. Nottingham Food and Drink Festival, August 10 and 11 at Wollaton Park is not to be missed. The days involve lots to admire, including live cookery demonstrations, celebrity chef appearances, live music, food halls and wine tasting. Ticket prices aren’t too harsh on the bank either, with adult tickets costing only £8, children (5-15 years-old) costing £3 and a family ticket is £22.

The Gin Society Festival at St Mary’s Church, Nottingham, taking place over June 28 and 29 is also set to be an exciting few days with around 120 listed gins being showcased, three gin bars and a free gin and tonic for everyone who attends. Tickets are £12, with a strictly 18s-only policy – meaning you can relax and enjoy a drink or cocktail. What else could you ask for during summer?

Nottingham flaunts many events and attractions all year round, not just in summer time, but it must be admitted that once you spend one summer in the city, you’ll want to come back for the next.

By Jasmin Bodman

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