Grab your bow and arrow (tights optional).
Think of Nottingham and images of men in silly hats roving the forests are probably the first things to come to mind. But there’s more to Nottingham than Robin Hood; whilst it’s true that the residents are very proud of their local hero, this is a city that is alive with buzzing nightlife, cultural attractions and a thriving music scene.
Nottingham is an ancient city, founded in the 800s, and certainly has plenty to show for it. You and your group could stop for a couple of jars at England’s (alleged) oldest watering hole, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. Supposedly a favoured haunt of crusading knights, this pub is carved into the living stone at the foot of Castle Rock. It contains within its ancient walls, amongst other things, a cursed model galleon and a chair that makes women fall pregnant...
If you’re feeling a bit more ‘party animal’ than ‘quiet pint’, then there are plenty more modern nightlife options to be found all around the city. From the swanky Lace Market, with its swathes of upmarket bars and restaurants, to the recently refurbished mega-club, Pryzm, and everything in between – you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Nottingham’s thriving nightlife scene. Fans of live music or slightly more alternative nights can head to Rock City, Nottingham’s legendary independent music venue and nightclub.
My last lads' weekend was in Nottingham. The assault course and quad biking in Sherwood Forrest were quality.
By day, explore the city’s historic monuments, or perhaps get out into the mythical Sherwood Forest for some adventure activities including, you guessed it, archery. You could even get a bit gruesome with the ghoulish Ghost Walk or the grisly Galleries of Justice, as well as check out the city’s extensive network of underground caves.
If you fancy something a little more light-hearted, be sure to see whether there are any festivals happening during your visit. Throughout the year, you could catch, amongst others, Splendour Festival, the Goose Fair, the Caribbean Carnival and the Robin Hood Beer Festival.
So, whether you're swapping anecdotes across a crowded eatery, trying to convince your mate that you could definitely shoot an apple off his head with an arrow or having it large in the Lace Market, Nottingham is the perfect place to do it. Don’t worry – we won’t tell the Sheriff.