Lucy’s Diary (01/08/15)

Today was the first day of our two weeks off work for my Birthday. Until this evening it was mostly sunny with a bit of cloud so an almost perfect day for getting out and about.

First off we went into town for lunch. The Hockley area in Nottingham city used to be a really dodgy place to be but over the last few years it has really developed into a brilliant place to be.

As well at decent charity shops and little boutiques there are also some really good bars and cafe’s. We decided to try the ugly bread bakery.

I had a 9 inch pizza dough bread with mushroom and garlic, my husband had the same but with spinach and ricotta. They were both very tasty. There was a selection of cakes, crisps, fruit and drinks as well.

Including a tea and a fizzy drink, our meal came to £9.45, pretty good value for money I thought.

We left the car in town and walked to Nottingham embankment along the river Trent as this weekend is the riverside festival. The riverside festival arrives once every year and is free to get in. Even though we walked (takes about 20 minutes from the city center) there are loads of buses that go past the fair to.

The festival has lots of the usual sweet stalls (fudge being my personal favorite).

They had cars for you to have a look around (almost lost husband to this, again!)

The BBC were there with various activities aimed at kids but there was also a Doctor Who tent! and an actual Dalek that was used during filming : )

There were three stages for performers, these were a folksy band. There was a gospel band on the second and an indie band on the third.

Every year people bring steam engines and music boxes to display. Both me and my husband love these and there are always tons of people taking pics (me being one, obviously!).

Naturally we made time for chips by the river…..

As you can see in the photo below there were lots of boats on the Trent for the festival. They are usually all lit up at night for the fireworks that happen Saturday evening.

In the photo below you can just see Nottingham Forest football ground on the right hand side.

From the photo below you can see how packed it is and at night it is worse. If you have kids and a buggy it is really difficult to get around.

There were also some craft stalls but I don’t think they were as good as previous years. They have rides for adults and children to.