March 8, 2019

Everyone loves a good holiday or break away but with Christmas still fresh in our minds, many people are looking sadly into their wallets or at their bank accounts wondering if they can really afford to book a getaway. However, with Best Western Nottingham Derby, you don’t have to break the bank to get a good night's stay and with a selection of fantastic facilities on site, you’ll want for nothing during your time with us.

Planning for Easter

Did you make a New Year’s resolution for the year ahead? Maybe trying to lose weight, eat healthily, give up vices, or did you want to travel more before the year is out?

New Year’s resolutions are some of the hardest promises to keep, with statistics showing that up to 80% of us make resolutions then fail them by the second week of February. While it’s definitely a good effort, humans are prone to frustration when there is no immediate reward which leads to early failures. In order to do well and stay consistent with your resolution, set one for each month instead of expecting to keep them throughout the year. Wanting to lose weight? Set a target weight for the end of each month with a reward if you hit your goal. Wanting to save money? Set a target savings amount by the end of the month or even each week – this way you can better see your efforts and reward yourself accordingly.

If travel was top of your New Year’s list, there are plenty of ways to get around cost-effectively, while still enjoying yourself and getting out to see some interesting experiences and attractions.

Cost-Effective Travel

If you are wanting to book a city break, choose a UK location that you can reach by coach or train. Coach prices are much more reasonable than the train but they take a bit longer so consider your comfort levels if you are planning to travel some distance. Of course, with a bit of pre-planning, you can book train tickets in advance and save some money, although the travel times for your outward and return journey will be fixed. The same applies to the countryside, although getting to certain locations may require extra journey time in a taxi so consider how much you want to budget on travel before starting to put your plans together.

Save Money, Pack Smart

Packing, especially with children, can be a stressful affair. How many outfits will they need? One a day sounds self-explanatory but young children are prone to finding the muddiest patch of ground to fall into! Plan ahead for longer trips to make sure you bring everything you will need for your getaway.

If the weather isn’t going to be overly warm, favour dark colours as part of your packing list as marks and dirt aren’t as noticeable when compared to lighter clothing and you can get away with wearing something a few times. If you do need to pack a lot, consider investing in a lightweight vacuum system for removing air from luggage and give yourself a bit of extra space. Don’t forget to utilise all available space too! You can bundle socks and slide them into shoes and roll clothing tight, which takes up less space than folding.

Travelling to Best Western Nottingham Derby

Best Western Nottingham Derby is ideally located between the cities of Nottingham and Derby, just off junction 25 of the M1, under 10 minutes away from Nottingham train station and only 6 minutes away from East Midlands Airport. The location is central to the UK road and train network, making it easy to get to us and start your well-earned break.

Family Friendly Things to Do Around Best Western Nottingham Derby

Worried about keeping the kids busy during your stay at Best Western Nottingham Derby? Worry no more! We’ve got a list of the best must-see attractions that are perfect for a range of age groups in the Nottingham area.


Home to the legendary Robin Hood, Nottingham is full of interesting cultural attractions. From striking castles and their meticulously kept grounds to the sandstone caves that lay beneath the city, there is plenty to visit. Explore the City of Caves, previously home to air-raid shelters and Britain’s only underground tannery, or spend a day wandering the many beautiful gardens in the area. Nottingham has a wealth of history and there are plenty of wonderful tales to uncover!

Getting Outdoors

If you love nature, getting outdoors to explore is a fantastic way to relax. Visit the wonderful Sherwood Forest, also known as the Forest of Dean or Epping Forest, and see some of the oldest trees in the UK, including the 1,000-year-old Major Oak.

Don’t miss out on Poole's Caverns, located outside the spa town of Buxton. The two-million-year-old limestone cavern is a natural marvel to behold.


When looking for something to keep little hands busy, Nottingham and Derby both have attractions aplenty. Choose from captivating soft play centres or busy farms with plenty of happy animals to see and learn about! A favourite in the area is Green’s Windmill and Science Centre, located just outside Nottingham. The science centre has plenty of things to touch, move and fiddle with, making it the perfect place for littlies under the age of 5. Plus, with a working windmill onsite, you can even pick up some organic flour made during your visit!


Travelling with teens or young adults? Nottingham’s shopping streets have something to please everyone. Check out the vintage wares and local hand-crafted goods in the Lace Market or grab some big-name bargains in the city's two big shopping malls. If Nottingham gets too busy for you, save some time for Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, home to a number of independent boutiques and a selection of quaint cafes - the perfect place to stop for a coffee.

Book Today

Are you feeling excited about the prospect of an Easter holiday? Get in touch today and book your stay with us at Best Western Nottingham Derby hotel. We’ve got standard, deluxe and family rooms available to make your stay as comfortable as possible - not to mention our fantastic onsite restaurant, The Grill at Twenty-Five. Get in touch today on 0115 946 0000 for more information or book online for the best available rates.

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