We have Wollaton Park, the Elizabethan hunting lodge, built in the 1550's by Sir Francis Willoughby; today the house is a natural history museum with a large deer park and industrial museum in the grounds. It is a lovely place and if you are quiet you get to see some very special sights.
Less well known are the other wildlife and country parks in the City and surrounding areas. After a picnic at Wollaton we explored a new one (for us): Broxtowe Country Park.
The park is encircled by several housing estates, the main road from Bilborough to the motorway and sundry suburban buildings. It is huge, a range of shrubs, meadow like grassland, deciduous trees and a small wash-brook.
Whilst the boys collected sticks, hid in long grass, ran in and out of woodland and rolled in the mud; we walked, wandered and marvelled at this wild area.
There were shades of pink, blue and green. There were flashes of yellow and the sounds of laughter.
And when that all got too much there was this...
I hope you enjoyed this quick look around some of Nottinghams hidden gems. I have more for you in the future, if you are ever this way and like to walk in peace, solitude and enchanted places I will happily share some of ours with you.