20 Unmissable Bank Holiday City Centre Experiences

Posted on: 21 August 2017

The weekend is nearly upon us folks and where better to spend it than the best value city for a short break over the August Bank Holiday weekend - the one and only… Nottingham! That’s right, we’ve been ranked/ voted/ chosen by TripAdvisor as the best value city break for your three-dayer-off-worker (official term now coined by us) coming in at a reasonable £681 for two people over three days including hotels, food, taxis and activities.

While we clean up the confetti and party streamers from the office floor, why not take a look at our recommendation of 20 places to go, things to do, offers to be had and hotels to be napped in Nottingham city centre.

Let us know what you’re doing this weekend by tagging us on our social media channels with @itsinnottingham and the hashtag #Nottmbankholiday

Great Hotels

If you’re coming from outside of Nottingham or simply need a place to recommend to a friend then our city centre has some great hotels on offer, including a touch of luxury from St James Hotel and The Lace Market hotel, and perfectly located places from Strathdon Hotel, Mercure Hotel, The Britannia Hotel, Hilton Hotel and The Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Slug & Lettuce Beach Party

We cannot guarantee good weather but we can promise a tiki-tastic time at the Slug & Lettuce beach party on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Enjoy a Havana Club and Tropical Red Bull for only £4.95 and don’t forget to come dressed in your brightest beach get up to really get the party started.

Mayweather vs McGregor Bout

Even if you’re not a boxing fan it’s hard to escape the excitement behind this fascinating match up. Are you Team Mayweather or Team McGregor, or do you simply fancy staying up late and sinking in the atmosphere? We have details of the best places to watch it in the city centre on Saturday 26th August here.  

Crime and Cocktails at The National Justice Museum

Fancy donning your detective’s hat this weekend and solving a murder most foul at The National Justice Museum? Their Crime and Cocktails evening takes place on Sunday 27th August from 7pm – 9pm and is only £16.50 including a cocktail on arrival. Find out more here.

Red Dog Saloon Bottomless Prosecco and Bloody Marys

Its bottoms up at Red Dog Saloon, where you can enjoy unlimited Bloody Marys or Prosecco for £15 per person for a 90 minute sitting on Monday 28th August. Enjoy your drinks with a delicious offering from their menu and make the most of the final day of your long weekend.

Bistrot Pierre menu

Ahhh the long weekend is tres magnifique so whisk yourself away and enjoy a taste of France at Bistrot Pierre. Their Fin De Weekend menu is only £21.50 per person and comes with two courses and a carafe of white, red or rosé Cuvée 94. Taking the kids out for food? Enjoy a main, dessert and drink for only £6.50.  

Revolucion De Cuba Notting Hill Carnival Party 

Enjoy the party atmosphere of the infamous Notting Hill Carnival right here in the city centre at Revs De Cuba! Get the party started on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening with live bands, amazing DJs, limbo, a confetti party and a 5pm – 7pm happy hour. Cocktails will also be on 2-4-1 from 3pm to 7pm on Monday too. 

Annie’s Country Brunch and Bluegrass Jamboree

Annie sure knows how to put on a celebration and Bank Holiday Monday is no exception! Head on over for their bluegrass band, pancake eating contest, guest stalls, hay rides, games, coffee talks form 200 Degrees Coffee, food and cocktail demos, plus 16 main breakfast dishes will be served all the way through until 4pm! Visit their Facebook page for more updates. 

Beauty Temple

If you’ve partied your way through the weekend or simply fancy a little pamper time then the Beauty Temple is the place to go. Take advantage of their summer deals, including Massage in the Tropics with a royal back massage, Elemis Tropical facial and scalp and shoulder massage for £49, or get beach ready with a back scrub, body brushing, body wrap and scalp and shoulder massage for the same price. 

Nottingham Beach

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for good weather folks, and if the sun has his shades on then why not grab yours too and hit the Nottingham city centre beach. There’s sand, deckchairs, fairground games, a giant chair swing and a fabulous beach bar complete with MOD pizza! Keep an eye on their Twitter for regular updates @BeachBarNottm.

Revolution Bank Holiday party

Enjoy live DJs all day long at Revolution Cornerhouse starting at 2pm and going all the way through until 3am. It’s free entry all weekend and there’ll be shot girls and guys, as well as a CO2 cannon for those true Nottingham party animals.

The Cornerhouse

Get ready to Taste the World at The Cornerhouse with flavours from Mexico and Italy being the stars of the show. Enter their competition to win group meals and much more here. Pop and see the latest blockbuster, have a flutter at Genting Casino or score a hole-in-one at The Lost City Adventure Golf – entertainment is under one roof here guys!

Rescue Rooms Beer Festival

The first ever Rescue Rooms Beer Festival takes place on Sunday 27th August and there’s a brilliant range of experts ready to quench your thirst. The main bar will be taken over by Beavertown, and there’s local takeovers from Black Iris Brewery, Blue Monkey, Castle Rock and many more! The main venue will be turned into a German Beer Hall too. Book your tickets here.

Be At One Bank Holiday weekender

Put your hands up in the air if you want a cocktail called ‘When the Crowd Say Bu’ cocktail for only £5 until 10pm; that’s exactly what Be At One are offering for their Bank Holiday Weekender event from the 27th – 29th August. Plus, it’s 2-4-1 happy hour all night on Monday.

Dinosaurs of China

Have you been to see the jurassically epic Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Wollaton Hall yet? If not then the Bank Holiday is the perfect time to grab your group of raptors and head on over. Plus, why not pop and see our very own city centre dinosaurs – if you snap a selfie you could win a city centre experience goody bag worth over £50! Find out more about our dinosaurs here.

Chino Latino – 30% off tasting menus

Looking for somewhere special to go for dinner over the Bank Holiday weekend in the city centre? Enjoy delicious Pan-Asian cuisine with 30% off the tasting menus at Chino Latino until the 30th August. With options such as steamed sea bass and sweet corn fritters you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

Krispy Kreme intu Victoria Centre

It feels like we’ve been waiting a lonnnnng time for the doughnut gods at Krispy Kreme to open a store in Nottingham city centre, and our prayers have now been answered! Head over to intu Victoria Centre lower mall for delicious flavours perfectly washed down with their signature coffee. We expect this to be pretty busy over the Bank Holiday weekend guys!

Summer Holiday ice skating at the National Ice Centre

If you’re looking for something really cool to do over the Bank Holiday then slide on over to the National Ice Centre for their summer school holiday skating sessions. Over the entire weekend you can enjoy family sessions, parent and toddler sessions and club sessions with a DJ. Find out more information here.

Little Mermaid Jnr at The Playhouse

Dive under the sea with this classic Disney title, with great songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film. Will the wicked Ursula win the day or will love triumph over evil? Come and find out and make this summer one to remember. There are shows at 3pm and 7pm – find out more and book here.  

Stand Up Saturday at The Glee Club

If you’re looking for city centre lols then The Glee Club Nottingham have an amazing line up for Stand Up Saturday on the 26th August, featuring Simon King, Mark Maier, Junior Simpson and Wes Zaharuk, plus great food and drink to match! Find out more here.


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