School’s out for the next two weeks and Nottingham City Council has lots of fun events for all the family to enjoy – many of them free.

The aim is to offer things that keep children and teenagers active, while representing really good value for Nottingham families.

These include activities for those eager to learn new skills, while others take place in the city’s award-winning parks and open spaces. More will be held within libraries and leisure centres.

Councillor Cheryl Barnard, Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Schools, said: “We understand how hard things are for families in the current cost-of-living crisis, which has hit Nottingham harder than some areas of the country.

“The council is committed to providing a wide variety of things to do in the school holidays and I’m pleased to see so many fun, positive, educational and good-value activities available.

“It’s so important that we offer as many opportunities as possible for families to spend quality time together, especially the chance to get out and be active. I’d encourage everyone to head to their local children’s centre, library, leisure centre or park.”

Support remains available for families with children who receive free school meals, including a number of free events, lunches and supermarket vouchers. More here with details of how to view and book sessions across the city.

Other activities open to everyone include:

  • Lego, crafts and autumn-themed picture hunts at libraries across the city;
  • Baking bread, biscuits and cup cakes at Green’s Windmill, plus mask-making and science workshops;
  • Creative sessions at Lakeside Arts;
  • ‘Chasing Shadows, Catching Sounds’ at the Nottingham Contemporary
  • The Hockley Hustle music and arts festival;
  • Stonebridge City Farm;
  • Pool parties at city leisure centres;
  • Rollerblading at Harvey Haddon Sports Village;
  • Little Treasures soft play at Clifton Leisure Centre.

More information on city events can be found here, with details on activities at leisure centres here.