Daily Prompt: Being Local!

Daily Prompt: Write a piece about a typically “local” experience from where you come from as though it’s an entry in a travel guide.

Location: Wollaton, Nottingham

When to visit: All year

Family-friendly: That depends

Located just a comfortable bus ride away from the centre of Nottingham, Wollaton is a suburb with a lot enough to offer. With the majority of the community being middle-class and elderly, you can push your toddler’s pram around as many streets as you wish, safe in the knowledge that the only danger is the wrath of a grumpy neighbour. Looking for food? Choose between a vast array of pubs, fish and chip shops and… well, that’s about it. But the fish and chips are notoriously good. The jewel of Wollaton is, of course, Wollaton Hall, set in the picturesque grounds of Wollaton deer park. Whether you’re looking for peace and quiet by the lakeside or screaming, ice-cream covered chaos at the play park, you can be sure to find it here. Searching for something extra? The annual Splendour music festival takes place on the park in July, with previous artists including Jake Bugg, The Scissor Sisters, Foxes and many more. Spend the whole day wandering around the different stages and stalls, laughing at the many people who have already had too much cider. If you get bored of this, you can spend a few minutes being awestruck at the ridiculously high prices of food (although by then you’ll probably be too tipsy to care). A word of advice – keep your children close in the crowds and bring a picnic – it’s much cheaper. Overall, the festival is a place to meet up with a large majority of Nottingham’s population, dance, sing and have a good time. You’ll love (some of) it!

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