Set in the very pleasant West Bridgford district of Lady Bay, which is an active and friendly community with its own distinct identity. Lady Bay offers its own pharmacy, post office (with atm), zero waste store, cafés and takeaways as well as a good range of corner stores selling fresh fruit and veg and the general basics as well as a local Co-op. Best of all is Lady Bay’s hidden gem, the Poppy and Pint pub! (See also Fran’s Favourite Eateries).
We are lucky enough to live within a few minutes of some lovely walks, some beginning just five minutes on foot from our door. Bordered by the River Trent, the Grantham canal and open fields which were once part of the Trent’s regular flood plain, some say that Lady Bay was known in the past as Bread and Lard island, although it seems that wider West Bridgford also lays claim to that soubriquet!
The thriving centre of West Bridgford is a pleasant 15-20 minute stroll away with a number of superb independent shops still just about holding their own (although more survive if you are willing to walk a little further to the Melton Road area than in the centre of West Bridgford), a plethora of restaurants, café-bars and pubs and a fortnightly farmers’ market.
The river Trent is 5 minutes on foot from our front door and offers lovely walks as well as access to a wide range of water sports, including the Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre which is less than a 10 minute cycle ride away by road.
Nottingham is aiming to be Britain’s first carbon neutral city and as well as the trams and the best bus service in the country it also boasts its own City Bike bicycle hire scheme.
Local sporting attractions include Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Notts County FC, Nottingham Forest FC, Nottingham Race Course, Nottingham Panthers, the National Water Sports Centre, the Nottingham Tennis Centre
Nottingham’s cultural attractions include Nottingham’s splendid Arena, Playhouse Theatre, Royal Centre, Castle Museum, Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange, the Lakeside Arts Centre, The Surface Gallery, Museum of Nottingham Life, Wollaton Hall, Goose Fair, Galleries of Justice, Broadway Cinema, Corner House, City of Caves, Debbie Bryan, Sneinton Market, Green’s Mill and Science Centre, and of course the art activities offered here at Seymour Road Studios! A great new addition to Nottingham culture is also the great hidden gem that is Five Leaves independent bookshop and publishing house.
Attractions in the wider county include the nearby fascinating little Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum, the Attenborough Nature Reserve, Rushcliffe Country Park, as well as the more widely known Sherwood Forest , Sherwood Pines, Go Ape, Centre Parks, Newstead Abbey, Rufford Country Park and Gallery, White Post Farm Park, Patchings Art Centre, Clumber Park, Thoresby Park, Southwell Minster and Workhouse
Eateries: for my very personal selection of favourites, click here
For more information about what our great city and county have to offer, visit Nottingham Tourist Information.