This weekend Nottingham treated us to some warm, sunny weather (warm enough to actually wear shorts).
Nottingham always looks beautiful in the sunshine and there are plenty of places you can go and enjoy the (probably fleeting) weather without needing to spend any money.
University Park Campus
When Nottingham decides to grace us with a rare bit of sunshine, University Park Campus is a beautiful place to enjoy it. With loads of greenery, a lake and some amazing gardens (such as the Millenium Garden), it’s a great choice of place to go for a wander on a sunny day.
The ice cream van down by the Lakeside Arts Centre makes this even more appealing a retreat. You can also row on the lake (I’m yet to do this but it’s definitely one for the Notts bucket list).
Around spring and summer there’s always an abundance of students taking advantage of the campus’s picturesque backgrounds for dissertation and graduation photos. With so much greenery across the massive campus, I think it’s a big selling point for a lot of prospective university students and it’s definitely one of my favourite places in Nottingham.
Lenton Recreation Ground
Just next to the very poshly-named Devonshire Promenade lies Lenton Recreation Ground. It’s a green park surrounded by beautiful blossoming trees in the spring. It can get very busy but it’s the perfect place to enjoy the weather with an ice cream and a drink.
With the weather reaching over 20°C yesterday, we decided to pay Lenton Recreation Ground a visit ourselves. We took some drinks, books and a picnic blanket and spent some time outside in the lovely weather. With lots of students gone home for the Easter break, it wasn’t very busy so it was the ideal place to spend a quiet afternoon.
This is just a housing estate located near Lenton and Nottingham City Centre, so not so much somewhere you would pay a dedicated visit. However, I would recommend taking a wander to see it (especially on a sunny day).
I’ve walked through it a few times in the sun and it’s one of those places that I think would be lovely (and probably expensive) to live in. It’s very quiet with lots of beautiful houses. It’s definitely worth a detour from your normal route to walk through The Park estate on a sunny day.
Wollaton Park is a large park just off Derby Road. Beautiful in both the snow and the sun, it’s a popular choice to take an afternoon’s wander. It’s home to Wollaton Hall which houses the Nottingham Natural History Museum and Nottingham Industrial Museum.
The grounds are quite big so there’s lots to see and if you’re lucky you might even spot a deer or two.
Attenborough Nature Reserve
A little further from the city centre than the other places I’ve mentioned, Attenborough Nature Reserve is another of the scenic places in Nottingham that you should see.
I’ve only been before when it was cold, wet and windy – and even then it was still beautiful. I would imagine it’s even better on a day with good weather. There are a few different walking routes you can take and there’s also a cafe and shop.
There are lots of green, scenic places in Nottingham that you can visit for free. I would definitely recommend going to a few of the above if you haven’t already. Even better if the warm weather stays for a while.