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15 rainy day places to go at the weekend in Notts

Broadway Cinema, Broad Street

Enjoy a luxury cinema experience in the heart of Hockley while the rain and wind ravages the rest of town. Is there any better spot to snuggle up and watch the brand new Bond Film, No Time To Die? The cafe bar serves up pre or post film Burritos, sarnies or burgers and drinks can be purchased and enjoyed while you watch. The Mezz bar is the perfect spot to relax and see some of the hustle and bustle go by.



Broadway cinema, in Broad Street, Nottingham

Victoria Centre Market

An Aladdin’s Cave of goodies, the market is great place to wander around on a rainy day. If you haven’t been for years, now is a great time to support independent retailers and check out the vibrant mix of sellers offering crafts, fabrics, food, flowers and jewellery. We love the Sweet Tooth Sweet Shop and the Mushy Pea stall – what’s better on a rainy day?




Laser Tag Nottingham

Laser tag isn’t just for kids. Go as a couple, a group of mates or, of course the kids can join in and a family day can be had.

Nottingham’s largest indoor laser tag arena takes bookings online and provides a full pre-game briefing if you’ve never been before, so don’t be put off.

Sessions start on the hour and half past so there’s plenty of chance to get a session over a weekend.

Ludorati Cafe, Maid Marian Way



Ludorati Cafe
Ludorati Cafe

This is a huge gaming café with a large games library situated at 72 Maid Marian Way.

It also features The Cube game and an Escape Room. Families are welcome and the café has over 1000 games from the traditional Monopoly and Cluedo to games such as Catan, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride.

Coffee, cakes, cookies and other food items are all on offer too so you can definitely enjoy a few hours here while the rain comes down.

Theatre Royal



Its’ been far too long since we could all relish in the magic of the theatre.

As the colder months arrive, now’s the time to wrap up for a trip to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal, then settle down in the warmth for a wonderful show.

The Northern Ballet’s Merlin is currently showing and Bedknobs and Broomsticks is on the way.

Penny Lane, Hockley




Fancy a day at the seaside amusements but don’t want to go to Skeggy in the rain? No problem duck!

Get yourself along to seaside-inspired Penny Lane which bills itself as ‘a place for everyone’.

Make some memories in the arcade that has grabber machines, air hockey and Nottingham’s very own Donkey Derby.

Then, relax and unwind in the gorgeous interior of the bar and grab comfort food like Pigs in Blankets, Nachos and Sticky Chicken Skewers.

Heavenly Desserts

If a sweet treat is what you’re dreaming of on a rainy afternoon then a trip to this place on Angel Row will hit the spot.

Treat your mates or your family to desserts that the restaurant says are ‘made with love’.

Customers love the Signature Milk Cake and waffles, crepes, cookie doughs and more. There are vegan and gluten free options too. You’ll be far too happy to care about the rain after a trip here.

Kitty Café



View of the Kitty Cafe in Nottingham city centre during lockdown

OK so you need to like cats for a trip to Nottingham’s famous Kitty Café, but if you’ve been meaning to go then this is a great rainy day activity.

It’s a re-homing and care facility for cats and kittens where you can enjoy a cuppa in the hope the moggies will come for a cuddle. It’s advisable to book online.

Razzle Dazzle Pots Mapperley

If the kids roll their eyes at the suggestion of an afternoon of crafts, then maybe getting them out to Mapperley for a different kind of arty experience will do the trick.

Razzle Dazzle Pots has three lovely, homely studios where you can choose a pot to paint, have a chat and lose yourself in a bit of art therapy. Book online or call ahead. It’s only open on Saturdays at the weekend.

si5 spy missions

As Daniel Craig has his last outing as James Bond, maybe you should have your first outing to this fun Spy activity centre? For kids there are two different missions. One for age 6-7 and one for ages 8 and up. There are also activities for adults and family groups. It’s open all weekend, call or go online to book.

Funstation Nottingham

If you get caught in the rain in town, the fun station at the corner house is a great place to put a smile back on everyone’s face. Packed with arcade style games, it’s a cashless system to help pass an hour or two.

Nottingham climbing centre

If you don’t want to be climbing trees in the rain, head here instead.

It’s known as one of the best places to climb in Nottingham and is a great ways to bond as a group of friends, a couple on date or just as a family.

Based in New Basford, it’s top of its game and attracts climbers from all over the East Midlands.

Climbers can do bouldering or roped climbing and the centre offers something for everyone from beginners right through to experienced climbers.

Hopkinson



Hopkinson Vintage, Antiques & Art Centre in Station Street, Nottingham.

Shoppers really can lose hours in this fascinating store just by Nottingham train station.

It’s a vintage, antique and arts centre set over multiple floors and full to the brim with fashion, collectibles, oddities and everything in between.

You can have a coffee in the Hops Bar and Coffee House or even get a tattoo if you fancy one, upstairs. Rain cloud with lightening bolt, anyone?

East Bridgford garden centre, Fosse Way, Easy Bridgford



The Blue Diamond Garden Centre, Fosse Way, East Bridgford
The Blue Diamond Garden Centre, Fosse Way, East Bridgford

Head here if you’re a lover of all things homely.

This huge site will pull you in for a good few hours. It’s got everything you’d expect from a garden centre and way more.

It smells divine and is full of stunning plants, flowers, kitchenware, beauty goods, fashion and kids toys.

Have lunch at the bustling on site Blue Diamond restaurant and take the kids to Ed and Molly’s play barn.

Arthur Johnson’s / The Nottingham Auction Centre, Meadow Lane

For something a bit different on a rainy weekend afternoon, think about checking out an auction room. You never know what you might find while you’re keeping out of the wet weather.

Head to Nottingham’s Arthur Johnson’s on Meadow Lane this weekend where Sale rom 1 and sale room 2 both have live auctions.