If you’re stuck for something to do or need to entertain friends, family, clients, colleagues or staff during your stay in Nottingham, there is plenty on offer. Here are a few ideas:


With the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, The Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham Arts Theatre, and Lace Market Theatre, there are plenty of options to take in a bit of a culture at a live theatre performance in Nottingham. The Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall is one of the most popular venues in the UK on the touring circuit, so there are plenty of opportunities to see dramas, musical, operas, orchestras and ballet throughout the year. The Nottingham Playhouse produces all of its own performances using local talent, and their legendary pantomime is not to be missed around the Christmas period. The Nottingham Arts Theatre has a variety of both professional and amateur shows on the calendar, and the Lace Market Theatre is an independent amateur theatre that also has a varied programme, both of which are a slightly more intimate setting to enjoy outstanding live theatre performances.


See your favourite artist on their latest arena tour at Capital FM Arena, adjoining the National Ice Centre. This venue hosts some of the biggest names out there. Then there’s Rock City which hosts lots of amazing rock gigs throughout the year, plus festivals including Nottingham’s Dot-to-Dot festival each year. Along with these, there are lots of great small, independent venues where Nottingham’s local bands really have a chance to get their name out there, such as The Maze, Jam Café, the Bodega, and the Rescue Rooms.


You can also enjoy big stand-up comedy tours at the Capital FM arena, with past acts including Michael McIntyre and John Bishop. Nottingham’s Glee Club is the city’s premier comedy club; hosting comedy shows every Friday and Saturday. Big names and undiscovered talent alike perform at The Glee Club and always put on a great show. In a smaller venue, audience participation is often on the agenda, and so is a thoroughly entertaining night.


Nottingham has lots of great options for seeing something on the big screen; enjoy the latest blockbusters in 2D, 3D or IMAX either in the city centre at Cineworld, which is situated in the Cornerhouse, or slightly out of town at Showcase Nottingham. There’s also Savoy Cinema in Lenton which is a cosier alternative showing the latest big hits, and with the option of cuddling up or just spreading out on their double seats. Then they have more independent options; Broadway Cinema, which shows a variety of foreign, art house and classic films, and Screen 22, which is the smallest cinema in the world with only 22 seats!

There are also a number of other entertainment options for all including bowling, laser quest, and mini golf. For those that like activities with a bit more excitement you can try Go Karting in Nottingham, this offers 750 metres of pure adrenalin action for both adults and children.  You definitely won’t find yourself stuck for something to do on your next trip to Nottingham.

If that is not enough for you, check out all sorts of other wonderful activities at Visit Nottingham.