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Well known to many visitors as the site of the annual Nottingham Goose Fair. In addition to hosting many other popular events, the Forest Recreation Ground also has a variety of recreation facilities 

Site Facilities 

  • Dogs Welcome (On leads in designated areas)
  • Community Garden
  • Community / Function Room - in the pavilion, available to hire 
  • Café - Homemade Café website: https://kiosk.homemadecafe.com/
  • Toilets - in pavilion (open 9am to 3:30pm)

Site Events

Parking and Access

On-site Parking

  • Main Car Park - The main car park is located off Gregory Boulevard, next to the multi-activity pitches. Mansfield Road End of Park. (This is not the large car park near Tram Stop)
  • Disabled Car Park - The car park accessed from Mansfield Road is for disabled visitors only, (a radar key is required to access this car park). This car park is also accessible for specific events and pavilion deliveries 
  • Public Transport - please visit Nottingham City Transport (nctx.co.uk)
  • The NET Trams - Trams run past Gregory Boulevard (along Noel Street) and stops close to the entrance. There is a Carpark which is for Trams users (Park and Ride) which is accessed from Gregory Boulevard. Note: The Net Car park is not to be used by park / café users but tram users. For more information on Tram times and prices please visit thetram NET Website
  • Disability Access (In some areas across the site)  

Site Activities

The Forest Sports Zone encourages more people to use the Forest Recreation Ground for sport and active recreation and is providing local communities and visitors to Nottingham access to high-quality sporting and social facilities. These include better quality artificial pitches, the creation of new 3rd generation (3G) pitches and a new multi-use games area (MUGA).

Outdoor Gyms

Each fitness area is free to use and suitable for all ages and abilities. The equipment has a mixture of cardiovascular (works your heart and lungs) and toning stations which use your body weight as the resistance to your workout, meaning you can either be gentle or push yourself that little harder.


Orienteering requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point.  Participants use a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points. We have created a map to help you combine map reading skills and physical exercise whilst being able to enjoy the natural surroundings of a park.


Parkrun is a free 5km timed run, jog or walk that takes place every Saturday morning at 9am at Forest Recreation Ground. Whether you are interested in taking part as a keen club runner or simply to improve your health and fitness, then parkrun is for you! For more information on parkrun and how to register,

Walks in Park

There are a number of walks to help you explore the park and area, and to be healthy 

The two-storey pavilion building at the centre of the Forest contains sports changing rooms and dedicated spaces for sporting clubs and the local community to meet, to learn and socialise.

The Pavilion also houses:

  • Staff Site
  • Café - Homemade Café website: https://kiosk.homemadecafe.com/
  • Disabled toilet and baby changing facility
  • Secure changing rooms 
  • Two defibrillators located in the Forest Pavilion and an additional defibrillator at the Forest Sport Zone.

The Forest Recreation Ground features children's play areas, including a pirate-themed 'Play Pathfinder' destination play area. 

The Forest Recreation Ground has an active friends group who are involved with bulb and flower plantings, collecting user data, and organising the annual Inclosure Act Walk. If you are interested in becoming a 'friend' of the Forest Recreation Ground please contact the Parks and Open Spaces Team.

Further Information and Links

If you see problems with play equipment

Forest Recreation Ground 

Contact Parks and Open Spaces