Dig out your flip flops, pop on your shades and get ready for a summer of fun. Nottingham’s favourite beach will be back at Old Market Square this summer from Tuesday 25 July – Sunday 3 September 2023.

The country’s best beach attraction returns for 2023 to provide Nottingham folk and visitors to the city with a splash of the seaside in the heart of the city centre.

The Giant 55m Slip ‘n Slide is the best way to cool off and escape the summer heatwave. Race your friends down The Arrow, or enjoy Little John, a huge 6 lane waterpark.

Entry to the Giant Slip ‘n Slide can be booked in advance to avoid disappointment on the day. Tickets for hourly slots are priced at £12.50 per person, and £10.50 for Nottingham city residents (tickets must be booked online to obtain the resident discount code) – book tickets here.

Other rides and attractions will include:

Bungee trampolines
Hook a duck and darts
Seaside penny pusher machines

Feeling peckish? There will be a variety of stalls offering food, drinks and sweet treats including the Beach Bar. Visitors with a sweet-tooth can enjoy Nutella-filled crepes or, for something more substantial, Greek gyros will feed hungry sun-seekers.

Fancy a nice cold beer or a crisp glass of wine? Then the Beach Bar is your summer hotspot, with the table service app making it easy for beachgoers to have their ice-cold drinks brought right to them.

Entry is still FREE for visitors wanting to enjoy the beach and paddling area.

Cllr Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “We are very pleased that Nottingham Beach will return to Old Market Square for the summer holidays. It’s a fun and affordable summertime destination for families who can enjoy a free day out. People can also experience the thrilling rides and attractions or relax with a drink in the sun at the Beach Bar.”

Event organisers Mellors Group are once again bringing the beach to Nottingham this summer.

Edward Mellors said, “We’re delighted to be bringing the beach back to Old Market Square. Along with Winter Wonderland it’s one of two events that shows our ongoing commitment to providing the best of entertainment for local people, even while our business grows well beyond Nottingham. I think the beach is particularly important because it’s where we’re best able to offer free fun for children and families that might not be able to afford to get away, especially in a cost-of-living crisis. See you on the sand.”

Further information

Nottingham Beach also offers party packages from ages 5 and up, whether it’s a birthday party, celebration or just for the fun of getting together.

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday from 10am to 11pm (children’s rides close at 9pm)
Sunday from 10am to 10pm (children’s rides close at 9pm)

Catering Stalls
10am to 9pm every day

Pool and Beach Area
Pool: 10am to 7pm every day
Beach: 10am to 8pm every day
Free entry
150 capacity

Giant Slip ‘n Slide
Sunday to Friday from 12pm to 6pm (last session)
Saturday from 11am to 7pm (last session)

Beach Bar
Monday to Friday from 12pm to 11pm
Saturday from 10am to 11pm
Sunday from 10am to 10pm

On Sunday 3 September the site will close at 6pm. The last slide session is 5pm.