School’s out for summer! If, like many of us in the Castle team, you’re looking for ways to keep the kids happy during the holidays, we’ve got just the thing. 

Read our latest blog to find out more about family activities taking place this summer at Nottingham Castle.

Become King for the day in Hood’s Hideout

two children run through Hood's Hideout

Set within the dry moat of the Castle, Hood’s Hideout is Nottingham’s newest outdoor adventure playground, providing hours of fun and discovery.

Journey up ‘The King’s Road’ toward the Castle but be wary of those in tree walkways above! Will your little rebels storm the Castle, or will they uphold the law of the land with the Sheriff of Nottingham? Whoever’s side you’re on, we’re sure your children will love to swing, slide, climb and jump through history on our amazing creative timber play structures.

Discover outdoor family trails and explore the Castle’s amazing grounds

Girl enjoying a tree trail

Looking for exciting new ways to experience the Castle? Grab a family trail from the Visitor Centre and go exploring! From ‘Hero in the Green Hat’, where you’ll fill in the missing words in Robin Hood’s ballad and then create an awesome origami hat just like Robin’s, to ‘Up Close with Nature’, which allows you to investigate the Castle’s creepy-crawlies, there’s lots to discover in the historic grounds.

Enjoy lunch with a view at the Terrace Café

a selection of meals at the Terrace Cafe

Take time out from exploring the Castle and its grounds to enjoy a delicious homemade meal, or traditional afternoon tea, surrounded by spectacular views of the city.

Fancy a picnic? The Terrace Café also offers healthy children’s lunch boxes and takeaway options, so you can refuel in the Castle’s green spaces. Read more about the delicious food on offer here. 

Sunbathe in style on the Castle’s medieval Baileys

exterior image of the Ducal Palace

If you want to soak up the sun whilst you explore, you’re in luck! We’ve introduced lots of fab deckchairs across the Middle and Lower Baileys, so you can top up your tan during your visit. We’ve even strategically placed them near the historic bandstand so you can keep an eye on your little ones as they enjoy Hood’s Hideout.

Watch the legend of Robin Hood come alive with Black Knight Historical

Come face to face with Nottingham’s best-loved outlaw on 7-8 August! Meet Robin Hood and his Merry Men as they pit their wits against the infamous Sheriff of Nottingham. With archery, combat, cookery and more, it’s set to be a great weekend for the whole family!

This event is included in the general admission ticket to Nottingham Castle. Find out more here.

Living History demonstrations in the Castle grounds

an actor performs a living history demonstration

Who said learning had to be done in a classroom? If you’re looking to get a head start on the term ahead, Black Knight Historical will be onsite throughout August with living history demonstrations. From the War of the Roses to the infamous Civil War, there’s lots to discover. Battles and weaponry demonstrations included!

This event is included in the general admission ticket to Nottingham Castle. Find out more here.

Medieval Weekend with the Wolfshead Bowmen

a medieval cook out in a field

End the school holidays on a high with the Wolfshead Bowmen! Join us for their ‘Dangerous to Delicious’ event and discover how archery helped to put food on the medieval table. You’ll also hear about hunting methods for various types of game and see authentic medieval recipes being prepared. With archery demonstrations, talks and more, it’s set to be a sell out!

This event is included in the general admission ticket to Nottingham Castle. Find out more here.

Summer events and exhibitions at the Castle

a family explore the Art Gallery collection

The British weather is notoriously changeable. Luckily, we have state-of-the-art exhibitions and fantastic new galleries to explore inside our magnificent Ducal Palace on rainy days. Not only that, our fantastic team of Explainers are on hand with object handling and craft activities suitable for the whole family. Whether you want to see if you can handle the weight of a musket or make your very own pumpkin inspired by collections in the Art Gallery, there’s something to delight all ages even if the weather turns!

Explainer activities can be enjoyed as part of your general admission ticket to Nottingham Castle. Find out more here.

With all this and loads more to see and do, Nottingham Castle is an unforgettable day out for the whole family. Plan your visit today.