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May 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm #5192
Hi, I posted on here last year about moving to Nottingham / Newark area and places to live. We were originally looking to be near Newark or Grantham so my husband could commute by train to London. He has since got a job in the West Midlands and we are moving to our new house in 2 weeks. We are moving to a lovely large village just outside Nottingham, Radcliffe on Trent. The reason for my post is to ask if anyone has got any suggestions of things to do with a 4 year old in the mornings in and around the area or clubs happening over the summer and any information on the local area that might help us all settle in. Thank you for any help and thank you to those that helped us with our original question last year.May 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm #5215
I live very close to ROT. You are right, it is a nice village. My children are older so I am not best placed to talk about things to do with a 4 year old in the area but I will have a try. There is a swimming pool at the South Nottingham Academy school, and it is walkable/cycleable to Holme Pierrepont, which is the National Watersports Centre, with a huge canoeing course. Radcliffe has a village fair on July 15th based around The Grange and Grange Hall.
Nearby, Bingham was recently voted one of the nicest places to live in the UK, and there is a Ballet school there, The Shan Jones School of Dance. It is also the home of La Jolie Ronde, french classes for children. And there is a very busy Leisure centre there, Bingham Leisure Centre, which usually has a full programme of events during the school holidays for all age groups. There is also an open market in Bingham Market Place every thursday.
ROT has a few nice coffee shops and is just due to get the second ‘Picture Cafe’, the first one being a roaring success in Bingham. There is a nursery school in ROT but I can’t help with any inside knowledge on that.
I lived in East Bridgford when my girls were little, and it is a great place for families. There are all kinds of activities going on there, Brownies, Guides, drama groups, a very active tennis club. The Village Show is being held there on June 29th. It is a fantastic day out, with everything from Dog Shows, entertainment, BBQ, Hog Roast, Beer Tent and a Pimms Tent. The previous night, the 28th, there is a Sports competition, anyone can enter a team.
One place I would recommend for a four year old is a childrens theme park called Sundown Adventure Land. It is north of Nottingham , but is brilliant for little ones. There is so much to do, and the owners seem to invest in better things every year. Give that a go. There is also a Farm Park at Hoveringham we used to go to alot, called Ferry Farm Park, it has adventure play equipment, and various animals. There is also a nice coffee shop. And at Melton Mowbray there is Twin Lakes which is another theme park. Haven’t been so can’t rate it, but I believe it is good.
Food wise, Morrisons is your local supermarket at Gamston. There is a Co-op and a Spar in ROT, and a Waitrose in Newark. There is also the well regarded farm shop at Gonalston, which is over the river at Gunthorpe. They have a butchery department, Deli, cheese counter and fish counter as well as fresh fruit and veg, and other deli type things, plus I think they sell bread from Hambleton Hall Bakery.
As the A52 now connects to the newly dualled A46, it takes no time to get anywhere nowadays so you can move between the villages quite quickly.
Sorry this is all a bit random. Hope it helps. Good luck with the move.May 29, 2013 at 6:42 am #5304
Thank you so much for your reply, we hopefully pick up the keys for our new house today. Really looking forward to exploring our new neighbourhood and your comments will really help us with that. Kate
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