So, your landlord has said ‘No’ to Mr Fuzzypaws. It’s a sad situation, yes, but we’ve got the purrrfect solution. Get some much needed cat-loving action – not in a weird way – at The Kitty Cafe. They’ve got abundant cats playing silly boggers and wandering around for your petting pleasure. Plus, you can grab a cracking slice of cake while you’re there.
35-37 Friar Lane, NG1 6DD. 0115 924 2214
In the heights of the forest, you can climb trees, tiptoe over tightropes, and even swing through the air like the cheeky monkey you are. But don’t worry, you’re all connected up to safety harnesses, zip lines, the lot. Situated in Sherwood Pines, you can kill two birds with one stone by renting a bike or cruising about the place on a Segway. You know you want to..
Sherwood Pines Forest Park, NG21 9JH. 0333 433 0805
Lateral thinkers and games masters, get ready to unleash your inner Sherlock. Get a crew together and see if you can solve the puzzles to escape the room in the hour time limit. Each of the five rooms have different themes, including a proper scary one – if you fancy wetting your knickers – and an apocalypse-themed one, complete with yellow boiler suits.
21-23 Castle Gate, NG1 7AQ. 0115 837 4840
The days of solely moving forwards and backwards are gone, my friend. We live in a three-dimensional world, and you’ll know about it at this venue. The floor is covered in trampolines, the walls are covered in trampolines, you can play dodgeball on trampolines… and it’s a lot of fun. Head down on a Sunday night for two hours of top tunes blasting while you bounce like a good’un. A gravity-defying great.
153-155 Huntington Street, NG1 3NL. 0115 988 1745
The Dice Cup
If you’re in need of something a bit more chill, get down to Mansfield Road for a healthy session of board gaming. It’s dead close to the city centre, and they have every single board game you could imagine, plus the special tables to play ‘em on. Whether you’re a diehard Dungeons and Dragons fanatic, or a chilled-out game of Yahtzee is more your style, they’ve got your Sunday afternoons sorted.
68-70 Mansfield Road, NG1 3GY. 0115 947 6116
The Racing Room
Remember when your mam’s dining room table was taken over by your Scalextric and you’d spend weeks racing tiny cars around your homemade track? Well, you can relive all those fond memories again over at the Racing Room, with an extra layer of Nottingham’s skyline added to the mix. Fingers on triggers, get down to The Dragon on Tuesday nights for race night and show ‘em what you’re made of.
67 Long Row, NG1 6JE. 07505 954398
Nottingham Climbing Centre
After a session, you’ll feel like Bear Grylls – not when he’s drinking his own wee, obviously. Nottingham Climbing Centre have got over 800 square metres worth of stuff for you to climb on, as well as fully qualified tutors who’ll make sure you’re safe. It’s a great way to keep fit, and chances are you’ll meet some interesting characters while you’re at it. Have a gander at their website to find the best session for you.
The Old Pool, 212 Noel Street, NG7 7FR. 0115 9988233
This one’s off the wall, in the air, and swinging on a suspended hoop. An incredible concoction of aerial, circus, theatre and yoga, the circus hub offers classes in all the most necessary of circus skills. Hatha yoga, aerial hoop and silk ropes are just some of the tricks you can impress your mates with after a day at the ‘Hub. Clowning around at its most graceful.
Unit 2, Nelson Street, NG1 1DR. 07980 609991