Mansfield is a town centred firmly around its market square, with opportunities for culture, shopping and fun spreading out from this point. With the brand new £9 million bus station, it’s never been easier or more appealing to head into Mansfield on the bus. Take the nines from Derby, pronto from Chesterfield and the threes from Nottingham – just some of the really good bus services into the town centre.
At the Mansfield Palace Theatre you can see both amateur and professional productions. The building is an interesting mesh of tudor-style and contemporary, and provides a home for exciting performance activity including drama, dance and music.
Mansfield Museum is a really good cultural attraction with permanent and temporary exhibitions that all ages can enjoy. Look out for free family craft sessions held in the school holidays for a low cost way to keep the kids busy
If you fancy a night out, away from the crowds of Derby or Nottingham, Mansfield has a good choice of bars, pubs and clubs to make a top night out for trentbarton land revellers.
Anywhynot is one of the best ‘all under one roof’ venues in the heart of Mansfield, combining a restaurant, bar and late lounge, whereas Illusions, Mansfield’s only superclub, is the place for hardcore party people.
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Mansfield plays second fiddle in Nottinghamshire only to Nottingham city centre, when it comes to shopping. Indulge in retail therapy at the Four Seasons Shopping Centre, or wander the shopping streets which surround the market square, for a Mansfield shopping experience to suit you. Some of your favourite high street names are waiting for you, including Debenhams, Primark and Beales.
Of course, you can’t shop in Mansfield without at least having a browse of the markets, with the main market on every day apart from Tuesdays, when a flea market offers an exciting alternative for thrifty bargain hunters.
Those who love their designer labels should head out of town to the East Midlands Designer Outlet. Catch the nines from Mansfield or Derby for a day of really posh shopping at discount prices. Remember to buy a zigzag or have your MANGO ready to avoid having to pay again on the bus.
Those heading into Mansfield for a special meal won’t be disappointed by The Redgate Inn restaurant on Westfield Lane, which serves up quality homemade fare using local suppliers. If you’re after family friendly dining then you’ll be made to feel welcome at BB’s Italian on Bridge Street.
Of course, if you’re not overly hungry, you’ll also find plenty of places to stop for coffee and a quick bite. Ten Green Bottles on Market Place comes highly recommended by locals and visitors alike. Don’t forget to show your MANGO to get money off the bill with another great MANGO Moments deal.
While it may be a market town, Mansfield has ample opportunities for fun, to rival bigger cities. Water Meadows on Bath Street is the only town/city centre fun pool with flumes and a wave pool across trentbarton land, and makes a really good day out with the kids.
The adjacent Making It Discovery Centre is something of a hidden gem in the city. Because it’s typically only open during the school holidays, you might not have realised that it’s there, but this interactive fun museum is an easy way to fill an afternoon with restless kids – and it’s educational too! Check the website for details of holiday workshops.
Kids of all ages, including grown up ones, will love the Mansfield SuperBowl. When the last pin’s fallen, grab a burger at Wimpy or go retro on the classic arcade games – go on a Monday and you’ll get two for one games when you show your MANGO.
Mansfield boasts over 600 acres of parks and green spaces, making it easy to find a sunny spot when the weather is fine. Carr Bank Park in the centre is ideal for active types, with tennis courts, a multi-sports area and an interactive children’s play area. Similarly, Titchfield Park, next to the Water Meadows Swimming Centre, has outdoor gym equipment and a playground.
At Fisher Lane Park you’ll find the first skate plaza in Nottinghamshire, with facilities for skateboarding, BMX, scootering and rollerblading. It’s a fantastic addition to the town for restless teens. Why not get under 16’s their own MANGO so you don’t have to worry about them losing (or spending!) bus fares? They’ll also get a further 25 per cent off the child’s single fare, plus loads of great discounts across trentbarton land.