It’s the last bank holiday of the year so what are your plans? Young or old, spending time with your family or some quality time alone you won’t want to spend your last days of the summer at home. The Cinema, bowling and shopping might be your typical things to do on a bank holiday but we have also found some unusual places to add to your list this time. Of course you can still enjoy some shopping, we would never take that away from you! Eat Sleep Live is available all year round online but remember you might need to book an appointment to visit our showroom. If you are looking for ideas that are not your norm, we have found 10 Unusual places to spend the bank holiday weekend. The Nottingham Beach [caption id="attachment_6011" align="aligncenter" width="620"] The Nottingham Beach[/caption] Spending your bank holiday weekend at the beach may not seem unusual but it is if you live in Nottingham. Who would have thought you could find yourself building sand castles at the beach in the middle of Nottingham but its true! It may be 70 miles to the nearest sea but that won’t stop you from setting up your deck chair and picnic and enjoying the last few days of August imagining yourself in Aruba or the Maldives. With 250 tonnes of golden sands, a fully licensed beach bar, giant paddling pool, fun family rides and games, there is something for everyone at the Nottingham Beach. The Grand Tour [caption id="attachment_6012" align="aligncenter" width="620"]The Grand Tour[/caption] If you are looking to stay away from the crowds of people and enjoy a relaxing and more cultural day then you may want to visit the Chatsworth Museum. The Grand Tour invites you to view the treasures of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire through the eyes of today’s leading artists. Rich in history and landscapes your day will be filled with both privately-owned works that have not been seen in public before and specially commissioned exhibitions. The Nottingham Building Society Archery GB National Series Finals [caption id="attachment_6013" align="aligncenter" width="620"] The Nottingham Building Society Archery GB National Series Finals[/caption] Your local Wollaton Hall has been transformed for the weekend into a competition venue and festival of archery with something for everyone. This free event allows you and your family to even have a go after you have been inspired by watching the professionals in action. Archery activities for both children and adults are available as well as children's play areas and plenty of music and food. Sculpture in the Sanctuary [caption id="attachment_6014" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Sculpture in the Sanctuary[/caption] Set in Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre you may pop in just for some potted plants but you will be tempted by their stunning collection of carefully selected works by many well-known artists from all over the country. Spread over nine acres of their well-maintained grounds each sculpture is shown off in a natural and beautiful environment. All of the pieces that you will see are available for purchase with prices ranging from £20 to thousands, this trip to your local garden centre will definitely be different! Sherwood Hideaway [caption id="attachment_6015" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Sherwood Hideaway[/caption] If you’re thinking of getting away for the whole weekend look no further than your own Sherwood hideaway. Nestled deep within Sherwood Forest on the magnificent Thoresby Estate you will find a woodland retreat of luxury lodges. Before you discover the variety of activities for you to enjoy you must decide upon a rustic, contemporary or traditional log cabin. I know what I would choose but are you planning a romantic escape, family holiday, active getaway or restful break? Go Ape [caption id="attachment_6016" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Go Ape[/caption] Our team would be right at home amongst the trees with the smell of wood as they struggle to conquer the tree top adventure. Set in the heart of Robin Hood country this Go Ape adventure features a tree to tree zip wire which is one of the only ones in the country. Scared or excited? Add some adrenaline to your weekend and soak up nature’s greatest creation, the trees. Medieval Mayhem [caption id="attachment_6017" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Medieval Mayhem[/caption] This might be unusual for you for your kids would jump straight in to this medieval adventure with a twist. Add to your normal zoo visit a splash of imagination and you will be transported to the medieval times complete with archery, costumes and a pantomime style bird show. The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre loves a good themed event and so do Balloon Ride [caption id="attachment_6018" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Balloon Ride[/caption] This may be run as a small family business but they offer the most amazing experience to every customer. There doesn’t have to be a reason to take a ride in a hot air balloon, you may wish to add your own special memory with a proposal or a surprise ride as a gift but mark my words this might be the unusual activity that becomes your most favourite thing to do whenever you get the chance. Coloured Cob [caption id="attachment_6019" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Coloured Cob[/caption] I remember my first time horse riding, we went as a family and my horse was called Cornflake. It seems strange now but even though we didn’t go often I still remember how much fun we had. The Coloured Cob equestrian centre not only offers amazing horse rides for you and your family you can now also book your own Pony Party. Yes this is real and as a little girl (and still to this day) I would love to have a pony party! Eat Sleep Live [caption id="attachment_6020" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Eat Sleep Live Workshop[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6021" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Eat Sleep Live Showroom[/caption] By now I have probably filled up your next 3 weekends with unusual places around Nottingham for you to visit but luckily our showrooms and workshops are both available for private viewings whenever suits you. You will find our basic opening hours on our website but don’t forget that we are always available via our online chat, email or phone to personally book your next visit around your new busy schedule. It’s not only your bank holidays that are precious but every weekend is yours to spend how you wish. Next time you fancy doing something a little different remember our tips and make any extra days off extraordinary.