Family trips out near Carlton, Nottingham
By Patrick__ | Thursday, March 10, 2011, 18:21
With the weather finally turning warmer and drier, here are
Green's Windmill, Sneinton, near Carlton in Nottingham, Picture Courtesy Nottingham Post
Colwick Woods, near Carlton in Nottingham, Picture Courtesy Nottingham Post
Ferry Farm, near Carlton in Nottingham, Picture Courtesy Nottingham Post
some ideas for a family trip out close to Carlton this spring.
They’re all close at hand and easily reached by car or bus.
The 50-hectare site was designated a geological Site of
Special Scientific Interest in 1995 and listed as a Local Nature Reserve in
The rich grassland and ancient woodland provides an oasis of
tranquillity just a mile from the bustle of Nottingham – and even closer to Carlton.
Attractions there include birdwatching, bowling and cycling.
Dogs are also welcome and there's a programme of regular events.
Historians believe the woods have been there since the early
1600s, while points of interest include the Foundation for the Study of Infant
Deaths Memorial Plantation, Saville Spinney, (the site of an 1844 murder), the
Ice House and Pond and a keeper's hut.
Colwick Woods also offers some panoramic views of the city,
Trent Valley and you can see as far as Belvoir Castle
Friends of Colwick Woods can tell you more.
Ferry Farm park and restaurant is another
perfect place for visits or a family day out.
There’s a range of activities from an indoor activity centre
to feeding the animals.
Fun things include an adventure playground, pedal go-karts,
tractors to play on and an indoor play centre.
It’s entertaining as well as educational, and you finish off
a great family day out at the farm’s restaurant, which is well known for its
home made food, and is set in an old milking parlour.
Ferry Farm is off the A612, Nottingham to Southwell road
between Lowdham and Thurgarton. The
post code for sat nav is NG14 7JP. Call 0115 966 4512 to find out more.
Green's Windmill in Sneinton was built by the father of
notable scientist and mathematician George Green in 1807.
Today it is a working Mill and home to a popular free museum
and science centre, which teaches new generations of children about the
valuable work of George Green.
George Green was a mathematical genius who developed new
ways of doing mathematics, which have helped scientists to understand the world
The mill was badly damaged by a fire in 1947, but was later
restored by Nottingham City Council in the 1980s.
The windmill began milling again in December 1986 and the
giant sails can still be seen working to this day.
At the Science Centre in the mill yard, you can yest your
brain power with the hands-on experiments which explore electricity, magnetism
and light, and it’s ideal for young children.
There are a variety of hands-on family sessions run
throughout the year, which you can check out at the city council's website.
Green's Mill is open daily, Wednesday to Sunday plus most
Bank Holidays, 10am - 4pm. Admission to the museum is FREE. For more about special events call 0115 915 6878.
Stonebridge City Farm in St Ann’s has two main functions.
It gives city children who don’t get into the countryside the chance see
some wonderful farm animals, and it also gives work experience to people who
are excluded from paid work due to a learning or physical disability or
The social centre for the wide area has pigs, sheep and lambs,
goats, cattle, chickens, ducks and geese, rabbits and poultry, a donkey and
It’s completely free to visit and children can pet some of
the small animals, or buy feed to meet the bigger ones.
It is open from 10am - 4pm every day. (Except Fridays, when
it’s open 12 - 4pm)
The thinking behind the project is to offer real work
experience. By opening up opportunities to work on the farm, volunteers and
clients learn how to get on with others in a group situation, take on tasks for
themselves and to support or be supported by others depending on ability.
Visitors can also buy plants, vegetables, and seeds – and there’s
a superb refreshments café there too.
We hope that's given you a few ideas for a day out!
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