6 things to do in Nottingham this bank holiday if you want to avoid the coronation

The King’s coronation on 6 May is a huge event which is taking over a lot of the city. With live screenings, street parties and workshops, there are plenty of ways to get involved.
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But for those who are less interested in taking part, there are still several options for ways to enjoy the bank holiday weekend without getting caught up in the royal celebrations. We have put together a list of seven activities to enjoy this long weekend.

1. Play adventure golf

There are some great crazy golf venues in Nottingham with Lost City Adventure Golf and Glory Holes being the most popular.

With a jungle theme and atmospheric music, Lost City is a great, family-friendly venue with two courses to choose from. For a more adult experience, Glory Holes, in Hockley, puts a comedic and grown-up spin on the classic game.

2. Visit Nottingham’s pre-war cinema

Nottingham has some excellent cinemas showing a range of great films. Savoy Cinema, on Derby Road, is Nottingham’s only pre-second world war cinema.

Showing screenings of the latest films, including the Super Mario Bros movie and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, at reasonable prices, it is a great day out for the family or just by yourself.

3. Visit The Haunted Museum at Hopkinson

If you are looking for something a little bit scarier this bank holiday, the Haunted Museum is home to thousands of haunted objects, spirits and possessed dolls.

Based in Hopkinson, the museum is perfectly situated to grab a coffee and browse the many floors of vintage shopping to relax after coming face to face with the ghostly.

4. Play some classic arcade games

There’s no better way to spend a bank holiday than feeling like a kid again and playing some arcade games. Nottingham is home to two arcades, Penny Lane and Funstation.

Penny Lane, a bar in Lace Market, filled with classic arcade games, including 2p penny pushers, Skee Ball, Basketball, Grabber Machines, and a ‘Donkey Derby’.

Funstation, in the Corner House, is a more traditional arcade, more suited to a family day out. With a ticket based system to claim prizes, cashless cards to play and a variety of games from the classics to more modern video games.

5. Explore Nottingham’s underground caves

Underneath Nottingham is a labyrinth of caves, including WW2 air raid shelters and a medieval tannery. The city of caves is a partner of the National Justice Museum, allowing you to visit both and gain a deeper understanding of the city’s history.

There are over 800 caves to explore that allow you to witness the lives of the people who found themselves living and working shrouded in a damp, dark but reassuringly safe world.

6. Go for a walk

Nottingham is home to some beautiful walks and the bank holiday weekend is the perfect excuse to explore.

With places like Sherwood Pines on Nottingham’s doorstep, there are some beautiful places to explore. Slightly further afield, with a 45-90 minute drive, is the beauty of the Peak District.

If you want a shorter walk closer to home, Wollaton Park and even areas like the Beeston Canal are pleasant walks on a warm day.

7. Have a relaxing day in

If you want to make sure you don’t get caught up in the celebrations at all, the extra bank holiday makes a great time to rest, relax and catch up on the activities it’s hard to make time for.

Pick up the book you’ve been waiting to start, binge a TV show, do some crafts or play a video game. It’s easy to get so caught up in being busy and not focus on the activities that make you happy.