This Sunday, 17th April, BBC Radio Nottingham are holding their “Big Day Out”, offering free entry to loads of amazing heritage attractions across Nottinghamshire. It’s a celebration of the county’s rich history which you can discover with your family on what should be a fantastic, fun-filled day finding out more about where you live. All of the places taking part are inviting you to come down and see what they have to offer with either free or reduced entry.
Explore Notts’ mining heritage at the Bestwood Winding Engine in Bestwood Country Park. Become a “History Hunter” and dress up as both modern and Victorian miners or sample the delicious homemade cakes at the Dynamo House café. From seams of coal to seams of a different kind, The Framework Knitters Museum in Calverton allows you to dress in yet more Victorian garb. It looks like it’ll be a great day for those who like dressing up!
Get literary and discover more about the lives of some of the county’s greatest authors at both the D H Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Eastwood or Newstead Abbey, once the home of the man who was “mad, bad and dangerous to know” – Lord Byron! Perennial Nottingham favourite Nottingham Castle is free so why not go for a picnic in the grounds and nip up to the Long Gallery, making sure to see the stunning Gardener’s Daughter by Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Or hop on the number 30 bus and explore Wollaton Hall’s Natural History Museum (home of George the Gorilla) and Nottingham Industrial Museum in the hall’s grounds along with a herd of deer – make sure they don’t nab your sandwiches!
Want something a bit more Twenty-first Century? Then The National Videogame Arcade in Hockley will sort your Sonics from your Marios and there’s loads of fantastic games to try! Also in town is the Galleries of Justice and their new exhibition on the trial of Roger Casement, an Irish spy hung for treason 100 years ago! Grissly!! Or go underground and explore the caverns under the Malt Cross’ Victorian music hall that used to form part of a Carmelite Friary dating back to 1271!
If you’re willing, go milling and grind some flour at Green’s Windmill & Science Centre, where you can also find out about Nottingham mathematician George Green’s famous theorem. Also in Sneinton there’s the William Booth Birthplace Museum, detailing his role in the foundation of The Salvation Army, and, a short hop over Carlton Road is Stonebridge City Farm, where you can meet more animals than you’d see in the Old Market Square at closing time on a Saturday night! Further afield, and if hard labour’s your thing, try The Workhouse in Southwell or get aeronautical at Newark Air Museum.
It’s a fantastic day where you can see all that Nottingham and Nottinghamshire has to offer for low or no cost. So what are you waiting for? For a full list of venues, more information and terms and conditions, please click here.
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