With the urban beach back in Old Market Square summer really is well and truly here (even if the dreary weather may suggest otherwise).
Scores of mums, dads, grandparents, teenagers and little ‘uns headed into the heart of the city this afternoon for the official opening of Nottingham By The Sea – and a little bit of rain wasn’t going to put them off from settling into a deck chair.
The beach will remain in the city throughout the summer until Sunday, September 3.
The main new attraction for this year is a brand new Caribbean style Beach Bar where visitors can relax with beach themed cocktails and beers. There is also a private gin garden area which is available for bookings. The bar is open daily between 10am – 11pm Sunday – Thursday and 10am – 11.30pm Fridays and Saturdays.
Families don’t just have to watch the cricket either. To celebrate England’s Test Match against South Africa being played in Nottingham there will be a free Beach Cricket training session from 12-2pm on Sunday, July 16 hosted by Trent Bridge Community.
Alongside the golden sands, and paddling pools, the Water Balls, Bungee Trampolines, and Hook a duck, there is also the Crazy Wave and Sky Swing rides.
Other new rides and attractions for this year include the Wave Rider, barbecue burger and jerk chicken beach shack and Mod Pizza order point.
“Everybody you ask knows the beach in the Old Market Square,” says Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and culture. “For parents, it often brings back memories of childhood holidays, and the kids have a great time with lots of activities on offer and fun rides to try.
“I really think that having the big screen this year will enhance the experience and get a real community atmosphere going as people cheer on the England cricket team and Wimbledon champions or come to watch our movie screenings.
“Nothing is impossible in this city, we can bring the sea inland and we can offer a holiday experience right through the summer.”
James Mellors Snr, of Mellors Group adds: “We are delighted to be bringing the UK’s first urban beach back again to the city of Nottingham.
“We are a Nottingham based company and take great pride in delivering a free to enter public event that is enjoyed by so many people from the East Midlands. We are continually striving to make this event fresh and exciting every year and we hope the public enjoy the brand new bar and other attractions coming to this year’s event.”
Thanks to the Nottingham Post for this story – Original story
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