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My 20 favourite things to do in Nottingham!

Hi it’s Hana here, I’ve noticed recently that we’re getting more people coming to visit us from outside Nottingham. I’m not sure if it’s because there are now less bead shops in the UK or because beading and crafting are becoming more popular. Either way we often get asked what else there is to do and see in Nottingham so I thought share some of my favourite places with you.

I’ve opted for my top 20 as it’s The Bead Shops 20th birthday this week and we’re in 2020. There are however loads more places and as everyone who has ever talked to me knows I’m passionate about independent retail in Nottingham so please get in touch if you’d like more recommendations!

I’ve tried to group businesses together by area to make visiting easier.

Things to do in Nottingham - Watson Fothergill Walk Nottingham

1. Watson Fothergill Walk, I have a huge love of Victorian architecture and Nottinghams buildings (more on this in my next blog post on the history of The Bead Shops building at 7 Market Street). I discovered a few years ago that most of my favourite buildings in Nottingham are built by the same architect so I went on one of Lucy’s tours of his buildings. It’s a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours strolling around the city, in fact I’m going to go a second time with my Dad when I can pin him down to a date! watsonfothergillwalk.com

2. The Dice Cup on Mansfield Road, is a friendly board game cafe with a fully vegan (but varied enough to be enjoyed by all) food offering. They have a huge range of games suitable for all ages and abilities and are always willing to help you out with choices and instructions. Adults pay a small entry fee. facebook.com/thedicecup/

3. The Natural Food Company also on Mansfield Road is a traditional health food shop which also sells hot and cold veggie and vegan snacks. thenaturalfoodcompany.co.uk

4. Knit Nottingham on Trinity Walk is a fantastic example of everything you need in a yarn shop. Eleanor is hugely knowledgable about knitting and crochet and incredibly patient (she was a life saver when I decided to knit a lace cardigan for my wedding – not only helping me find the best yarn for it but also there when I got really stuck!). knitnottingham.co.uk

5. Tuckwells cafe are located below a hairdressers and yoga studio on Upper Parliament Street, they always greet you with a warm welcome and have a really chilled vibe and excellent artwork. facebook.com/tuckwellco.ffee/

Things to visit in Nottingham - Handmade Nottingham Gift shop
Handmade Nottingham

6. Handmade Nottingham now in larger premises on Kings Walk they stock a large range of gifts from indie designers. I’ve never failed to find a gift for even the hardest of people to buy for. From prints to t-shirts for kids to stunning jewellery Rhea stocks a perfectly curated range. My favourite items have to be the pin badges and felt cacti though! www.handmadenottingham.com

7. Tough Mary’s Bakehouse – you haven’t lived until you’ve tried a croissant from here! I’m serious though Kate at Tough Mary’s is the most talented baker I’ve ever met and all of her food is delicious. She has just expanded into the shop next door on Derby Road so now have more seating, an expanded menu and proper coffee. www.toughmarysbakehouse.co.uk

8. Windblowers also on Derby road provide quite a shopping experience, they have an incredible selection of sheet music and wind instruments. They’re also talented instrument repairers and all round lovely people.
windblowers.com

9. The Arboretum, is a beautiful Victorian park just on the edge of the city centre (but only a 5/10 minute walk from The Bead Shop!) that now benefits from a cafe in the old park keepers lodge. I take a detour through here every morning to visit the resident ducks and have been bringing my daughter here for picnics since she was little. It’s beautiful all year round but especially in the spring when tiny fluffy ducklings wander across your path. www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/1620

Book Shop in Nottingham - Orchid the lovely dog at Page 45 Nottingham
Orchid waiting to greet customers to her domain of Page 45

10. Page 45 are our lovely neighbours on Market Street and officially have the best shop dog in Nottingham as well as the best selection of comics! They also stock a great selection of kids books and are always happy to make recommendations.
www.page45.com

11. Malt Cross & Shop Zero on St James’ St. The Malt Cross is in my opinion the best pub in the city. A lovingly restored Victorian music hall with a vast glass ceiling and balcony seating. They do a cracking Sunday roast as well as a selection of real ales and hot and cold soft drinks. They also offer heritage tour of the building, which is a brilliant way of seeing some of the caves Nottingham is famous for. The building is also home to Shop Zero; an innovative zero waste shop selling unpackaged ambient foods, personal care items, household goods & gifts. www.maltcross.com and www.shopzero.co.uk

12. Dukki are also located on St James’ Street and sell unique gifts with a local slant. If you’ve ever wondered what a jitty is or what “ay up me duck” means this is the place to head. www.dukkigifts.co.uk

13. Kitty Cafe on Friar Lane are a cafe/cat rescue centre/cat therapy stop! They offer a selection of hot and cold drinks and food with vegetarian, vegan & gluten free options. Most importantly though are the comfy sofas and enchanting felines that are free to wander around the cafe. www.kittycafe.co.uk

14. No.Twelve (formally 12 Houndsgate) is now located just round the corner in Eldon Chambers. They still offer their incredible veggie and vegan brunch menu now with the addition of plant based fine dining in the evening. If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy some healthy and delicious locally sourced food then look no further! www.no12houndsgate.co.uk/

15. Ugly Bread Bakery is located on Carlton Street in the Hockley area of Nottingham. They serve really good value freshly made pizzas, filled sandwiches and salads, perfect for grabbing lunch if you have limited time. They also offer great fun pizza parties! www.uglybreadbakery.co.uk

The Bead Shop Chocolate
A Studio Chocolate gift box

16. Studio Chocolate in Cobden Chambers hand make chocolate masterpieces. Their chocolate truffles are brightly coloured pieces of art that are almost too stunning to eat. If you visit make sure you pick up one of their chocolate bombs, when you add hot milk they melt into the most incredible hot chocolate you’ll ever try! www.studio-chocolate.co.uk

17. The Kitchen on Pelham Street serve fresh breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and more. They always have an impressive selection of cakes with gluten free and vegan options (the vegan chocolate cake is to die for!) www.pelhamstreetkitchen.com

The Bead Shop Vegan
Mocky D’s Big Mock Vegan Burger!

18. Mocky-D’s is a street food vender and can be found on the corner of Clinton Street East & Lincoln Street and is my Friday treat! They serve vegan fast food and it is amazing how much flavour they can pack into a burger or a kebab. I’m always spoilt for choice and end up buying more than one (my favourite is probably the no.9 burger). Ben and Clare are always happy to see you and are very passionate about their food which is all homemade www.facebook.com/mmmockyd/

19. Sneinton Market and in particular Blend cafe. The area is full of exciting designer makers and the cafe is my favourite place to sit and work; it’s bright airy and the coffee is delicious www.blendnottingham.co.uk

20. Hopkinsons is located on Station Street opposite the train station and is a cornucopia of independent businesses, there’s a bar, a café, Dash vegan; a zero waste & vegan supplies shop and a hairdressers. That’s as well as Hopkinsons themselves where you can find antique and vintage everything from clothes to furniture, even typewriters (the only thing on my daughters Christmas wish list one year!) www.hopkinson21.co.uk

Have you visited Nottingham? What were your favourite finds?

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Debbie Bryan
Debbie Bryan
07:50 30 Apr 20
I've been a customer at this creative haven since my days as a textile student 20 years ago! The staff are always so helpful and the online customer service is excellent too. Always an inspiring visit, reasonable prices too.
Cate Jones
Cate Jones
12:01 17 Jan 20
This shop and the people who work there are absolutely amazing! I order both online and via phone when I have a bigger order and they are so helpful. Recently I placed an order and it meant that they had to order some bits in because it was a big order and one or two items weren't normally stocked... by them. Rather than send me to another bead shop to get the non stock items, they put in a special order for me and went out of their way to make sure that all was done in one stop. They ship things quickly and securely and the packages are always well wrapped without being wasteful. In all, The Bead Shop (Nottingham) is one of the best bead shops around and I wish I lived closer so I could spend more time browsing the actual shop!read more
Jackie Harrison
Jackie Harrison
15:29 24 Dec 19
I contacted The Bead Shop for some advice and now wish we lived nearer! The advice I was given was fantastic and the parcel even arrived with a little extra something for my daughter and a lovely hand written note. The delivery was quick and the package well packed. Looking forward to many more... purchases.read more
Siobhan Somers
Siobhan Somers
20:23 17 Dec 19
I recently attended a beginners jewellery workshop at The Bead Shop in Nottingham, after being given a voucher for my birthday last year. I have fancied picking up a little creative hobby for a while, but what I hadn’t anticipated was just how relaxing it would be. I completely switched off to... everything else for 3 hours and it was so refreshing. Honestly think these workshops should be offered to big companies as a way to reduce stress and get their staff feeling creative. Can’t wait to come back for another!read more
Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson
12:26 12 Dec 19
I have had great service from this shop. I only needed a few beads to complete a project. Their delivery price was by far the best for a small order. They were dispatched quickly and were exactly as described. Would highly recommend.
Janice Arnold
Janice Arnold
06:56 21 Nov 19
Really pleased with my purchase, excellent service and the price was great I hunted everywhere for letter beads to put on my handmade wreaths Just placed another little order.
Joanne Johnson
Joanne Johnson
16:14 18 Nov 19
I recently visited the Bead Shop in Nottingham and was very pleased to be served by extremely helpful young lady. I am very much a beginner at Jewellery making and she identified everything I needed to make some earrings. She was also courteous and cheerful. I later tried to order some more... items using the mail order website but due to my lack of technological skills, I soon ran into difficulties. I telephoned the shop and a very pleasant gentleman talked me through the whole process (which incidently was very straightforward). I am grateful to the Bead Shop not only for the professionalism, patience and courtesy of their staff but also for the quality of their merchandise. Thank you and I look forward to my next visit.read more
Sam Self
Sam Self
10:23 17 Nov 19
Absolutely brilliant service! I ordered a few things and they arrived very quickly. The items were packaged exexcellently too. I have since contacted the shop about future workshops and nothing is too much trouble for these lovely peeps! Will definitely use them again.
Joe Ling
Joe Ling
16:08 13 Nov 19
They had the most amazing beads! Every shape and size you could imagine! They even had vibrating ones! Those made me feel the best !
Alyson Larholm
Alyson Larholm
09:54 10 Nov 19
I have used this company a few times and they have always been helpful, accommodating and really lovely too! When I've needed advice, they've also been very quick to look at photo's to help me work out what I need etc. Can't recommend them enough.
Kim Mitchell
Kim Mitchell
09:39 04 Nov 19
Keep returning to this company. Best value for money, quality of items and fast delivery. Highly recommended.
David Austen
David Austen
11:56 28 Oct 19
When I ordered the breakaway beads for the lanyard I have been making I got confirmation of the order in minutes less than 24hrs had notification that my order had been packed and sent and I received it in 2 days absolutely brilliant thank you so much for speed and good packaging no worries I... will be back again.read more
Alison Chase
Alison Chase
20:21 27 Oct 19
Beautiful products, excellent service, speedy delivery. .still loving The Bead Shop (Nottingham)! Great job everyone - Thank you!
Steve Wisker
Steve Wisker
13:33 24 Oct 19
as always very impressed with delivery. Will be ordering again soon, plus hoping to call in at the shop for a good browse. Thank you and keep up the good work
Hollie Cranham
Hollie Cranham
06:39 15 Oct 19
Really quick service and great prices! Really low postage costs too. My usual bead order shop closed, this was a light amongst many pricier alternatives!
Mo Beach-Morris
Mo Beach-Morris
14:42 01 Sep 19
I was recently trying to find a specific Beadalon item and discovered one version of it at the Bead Shop, one of the few places to sell these components at a competitive price. I mentioned on the site feedback that I would have liked this item in another colour, and much to my surprise, I... received a phone call regarding this item. The Bead Shop have now ordered this item for me, and I am beyond grateful. What superb customer service, certainly going above and beyond. Thank you Bead Shop.read more
Mairi McInerney
Mairi McInerney
14:17 30 Aug 19
First time I've ordered from them, and will definitely order from them again. They had the book I was looking for, and at a great price. Really speedy service too. It arrived the day after I ordered it, and I live in the Highlands.
Susan Horsman
Susan Horsman
18:44 27 Aug 19
They stock some unusual items, brooch to pendant converters, as well as a good range of beads and accessories. Service is always quick. A good place to shop.
Justyna Lewandowska
Justyna Lewandowska
06:27 09 Aug 19
Love this place! Such a nice atmosphere I love browsing through hundreds of beads. Great selection of jewellery making tools and findings.
Sue E
Sue E
14:24 06 Aug 19
Enjoyed an introduction to Jewelry making workshop this morning. Made a pair of earrings and a bracelet! Thank you Emma for a great workshop and your patience
sue truesdale
sue truesdale
14:11 18 Jul 19
Lovely bead shop that I miss now that I'm back in Devon. Great selection of beads and findings and great online service too. Thank you :)
yogicaspi
yogicaspi
21:21 20 Jun 19
Lovely quality flower beads. I’ve shopped here online a few times & I always find the process very easy, the service is very efficient too. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Frances McCarthy
Frances McCarthy
12:04 13 Jun 19
Great local shop with products for a wide range of skills. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Kits, beads, equipment and findings all easy to browse, lots of examples, and even workshops.
Nicole C
Nicole C
06:19 10 Jun 19
Stumbled across this wonderful site while I was shopping for some new delica beads and I was thrilled by the choice of colours and the different types of beads they offer at very reasonable prices. Their site is super easy to navigate and they have a very handy quick-add of various amounts of the... beads you want which makes it very quick to fill up your basket (much to the dismay of my bank balance!) Once I placed my order I chose 1st class post and they arrived within 2 days of placing it, I will DEFINITELY be buying from here againread more
Wendy Booth
Wendy Booth
23:26 01 Jun 19
I recently attended an 'Introduction to jewellery making' class here and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a nice,small group, which meant help was at hand when needed, and the instructor was really patient and knowledgeable. We left with a bracelet and a pair of earrings each that we had made... ourselves, which I am wearing with pride. Great value for money and a brilliant way to spend a Saturday morning -thank you.read more
Glenys Newton
Glenys Newton
06:01 24 May 19
Only ordered by post so far and have ditched the Amazon link now. Excellent service, price and quality. I had to phone in to amend some details, it was all done quickly and followed up.
CAROL REID
CAROL REID
13:57 12 Apr 19
I am new to bead weaving and having bought seed beads ,needles and a book to start I realised storage was an issue. I bought bead tubes and a needle case to protect my tools. I then saw the beginners kit so that went in my basket. The delivery was quick and by Royal mail, wooden needle case take... my new beading needles(can't find them anywhere else). The kit is beautifully presented and has what appears to be comprehensive instructions.looking forward to starting it. Will certainly be back.read more
Rosamund Bowler
Rosamund Bowler
09:05 12 Mar 18
Great little shop packed with everything you need to make gorgeous bead creations. We attended one of the bead jewellery workshops upstairs. There were 10 of us on a hen party day of celebrations. Our tutor, Emma was brilliant and we all made a pair of earrings and a bracelet to take home. With it... being a hen party she also allowed us to have cupcakes and champagne whilst we worked. It made for a very enjoyable afternoon.read more
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