Countyfile: Nottinghamshire - Sherwood Forest comes alive for summer 2012
Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Sunday 29 July 2012
There's plenty new to do at Sherwood Forest this summer. Go Ape! Sherwood Pines (0845 643 9215; goape.co.uk) has just launched a new Forest Segway adventure, where visitors can follow an hour-long trail through the trees on the fun two-wheeled electric vehicles. Sherwood Forest Cabins (0845 130 8223; forestholidays.co.uk) now offers new luxury log cabins to hire, from £564 for a three-night weekend break. And local storyteller Ezekial Bone, aka Ade Andrews, will be leading new Robin Hood tours through the forest on 10, 20 and 28 August (07941 210986; bonecorpora tion.co.uk; £5), revealing the legends of these ancient woods.
Get down to the beach at Nottingham's Old Market Square, which has been transformed for summer into the Nottingham Riviera (mynottingham.gov.uk/seaside; free), with sand, a giant paddling pool, fairground rides and special events including a touch rugby tournament.
Nottingham has two new, indulgent venues. The Navigation Brewery (0115-986 9877; navigationbrewery.com; tours £20) occupies a Victorian stable block on the banks of the Trent. Tours are available, and brews ready for tasting, at the neighbouring pub, the Trent Navigation Inn (0115 9865 658; trentnavigation.com).
Meanwhile, Marco Pierre White has opened his latest Steakhouse Bar & Grill (0115-8720 602; mpwnottingham.com) at the Alea Casino.
The Elizabethan mansion of Wollaton Hall (0115-915 3900; wollatonhall.org.uk; free) doubles as Wayne Manor in the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Wollaton Hall is also the site of the Nottingham Industrial Museum (bit.ly/NIndustrial; £2; open Saturdays, Sundays and most bank holidays), which has reopened after a two-year closure.
More local heritage can be found at the new "Women in the Workhouse" exhibition, which runs until 20 September at the Workhouse, Southwell (01636 817260; nationaltrust.org.uk; £6.35), this year celebrating its 10th anniversary .
Creswell Crags (01909 720378; creswell-crags.org.uk; free) is picking up the sporting baton with its Ice Age Olympics, 8-12 August. Spear throwing and horn hoopla will be among the fun activities at these 50,000-year-old limestone caves. A new free exhibition about the Bolsover Dragonflies is also on show until 10 September. It tells the extraordinary tale of the discovery of two fossilised 300-million-year-old insects, with a wingspan of nearly half a metre, which were found by miners in a seam at Bolsover colliery in 1978.
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