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Outdoor activities in Nottingham: These facilities starting to reopen with safety measures in place

Highfields Park crazy golf, Colwick Park fishing and Nottingham Tennis are among those opening with ticket systems and restrictions in place for public safety.


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Outdoor activities in Nottingham – The weekend’s sunny weather saw an increase in visitor numbers to Nottingham’s parks.

Nottingham City Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Sally Longford said:

‘Although the parks were busy on the whole, Nottingham once again showed that we are determined to do the right thing with social distancing and small family groups being evident.

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‘Sunny weather is forecast for the few next weeks and I would ask that while we are enjoying all this good weather we do not become complacent; coronavirus remains a threat to this city.

‘If we all continue to follow social distancing then our parks and open spaces will be able to remain open for all to enjoy.

‘Find out what is happening in your nearest park and what social distancing measures they have in place by following our Nottingham Parks social media channels on Twitter and Facebook’

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‘The lockdown restrictions have meant that many of us have not been able to take part in our usual sports and outdoor activities. As the Government has announced its phased step -down of restrictions, we’ve been working really hard to open up Nottingham’s numerous outdoor activities in a safe way to protect both employees and our customers.


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Wollaton Park – photo Robin Macey

‘Our world-class tennis facility, Nottingham Tennis Centre, now has some outdoor courts open and a number of tennis courts in our parks are being made available across the city.

‘Over the road from the tennis centre at Highfields Park, the outdoor Adventure Golf is now also open.

‘Fishing at Colwick Country Park has re-opened and a new online ticketing system has been launched.

‘Government guidelines state that people should only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practising social distancing. You should take particular care if you need to use any indoor facilities next to these outdoor courts, such as toilets. Please note that most of our outdoor activities can only be accessed via advanced booking.’

Nottingham’s food banks report significant increases in demand

‘The coronavirus outbreak has made it much more difficult for many Nottingham people on low or no incomes to access food, pushing up demand for our local food banks.  Unfortunately at the same time, social distancing measures have made it difficult for many people to donate to food banks in their usual way which is proving to be a big challenge for the city’s food banks.’

‘You can now go online, Food Banks and Community Based Social Eating Projects, to find your nearest foodbank and find out how you can help or donate. You can also donate to the Robin Hood Fund, which supports local organisations, including food banks, who are supporting local people most affected by the crisis.

‘Coronavirus has shown just how generous and community-spirited people in Nottingham are and I want to thank those who have already donated or provided help and support.’

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As one of only eight sports given the green light by Government to re-start this week, croquet players in Nottingham are overjoyed to be back on the lawns in Highfields Park, which are looking resplendent with the rhododendrons in bloom. A croquet court is twice the size of a tennis court so ‘social distancing’ is fairly simple and more than half the country’s croquet clubs have now re-opened.

Beatrice McGlen, Chairman of the club, said:
“Croquet is such a good game to blow away those lockdown blues. Gentle exercise, sunshine,
fresh air, some tactics and strategy, and a bit of competition gives us all a boost to our mental
and physical well-being.”

There is national evidence of a large increase of interest in croquet during the lockdown, with garden
croquet sets selling well and clubs getting increased enquiries.
Find out more at www.nottinghamcroquet.org.uk – A summer of fun awaits.

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