Ten Way to Be Smarter in Nottingham
Obviously, you are already amazingly smart as you choose to reside in Nottingham; the historic, arty and vibrant jewel in the crown of the East Midlands. But how can you get smarter in Nottingham? Here are ten ways which might just boost your IQ. Even if you don’t become the next Einstein overnight, at least you will have had fun and learnt a few things along the way.
1. Join a library
But not just any library. How about the beautiful subscription Bromley House Library, tucked away on Angel Row, right in the heart of Nottingham? You may not have even heard of it. It’s been described as ‘Nottingham’s best kept secret’, but let’s change that, shall we? It’s a flourishing independent library, with a walled garden, and it recently celebrated its 200 year anniversary. There are upwards of an amazing 40,000 books for your perusal and enjoyment. Joining fees apply.
For more information about Bromley House Library click here: http://www.bromleyhouse.org.
2. Attend a thought-provoking lecture or talk
Improve your brain power and learn something new by attending a thought-provoking talk or lecture. The beauty of these talks is that they are aimed at the general public, so it doesn’t matter a jot if you know zip, zero or zilch about the subjects being presented:
Science public lectures at Nottingham University
Nottingham Trent University talks
Can you explain your PhD down the pub?
3. Join a book club
Book clubs are a fantastic way of encouraging you to read books you wouldn’t ordinarily choose by yourself, keeping you up to date with contemporary literature and the satisfaction of explaining why you do or don’t like a book to an appreciative audience. If you don’t want to set one up with your friends you could always join Escabeche’s book group in West Bridgford, Nottingham: http://escabeche.co.uk/book-group/
Do you belong to a Nottingham book club which is searching for new members? Let us know and we’ll help you find recruits! Email details of your club to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Learn to draw
Unleash your creative spark (everyone has one, it may be buried but it’s in there somewhere!), pick up a pencil and learn to draw in a fun and supportive environment.
The Malt Cross runs life drawing sessions on Wednesdays. Tutored sessions are 6pm – 7.30pm, and untutored sessions are 8pm – 9.30pm. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, all are welcome on the tutored and untutored sessions. Materials provided, and it costs £5 per person. For more information, and to check dates, visit www.maltcross.com.
5. Learn to run/zumba/hula hoop etc
The many benefits of exercise have been extremely well publicised, and the message is simple: improving your body improves your mind and makes you smarter. In Nottingham and beyond, it appears that lots of people have taken note of this: you seem to see more and more people out running every day. In fact, The Independent recently claimed 2 million people in the UK run. If you would like to learn about running or do another sport but are unsure where to start, have a look at these:
* Nottingham City Council are giving you the chance for you to try running and other sports for FREE via FREEsport: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/freesport
* Nottingham City Council are also celebrating active women across Nottinghamshire and helping women get into sport: http://nottsgirlscan.co.uk
6. Attend a Pub Quiz
Show off what you know and learn new facts at one of the pub quizzes in Nottingham: http://www.pubquizzers.com/nottingham/
7. Have New Experiences
Getting out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself is bound to make you smarter and will also create memories which you will remember for the rest of your life. In Nottingham you could benefit fantastic local charities such as MySight and try something completely different such as skydiving.
About MySight Nottinghamshire
MySight, formerly Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind, promotes greater independence for visually impaired people of all ages by providing support, advice, and information. As a local charity we rely heavily on donations to ensure our essential services can continue to help people who need us. MySight’s next fundraising skydive will be at Langar Airfield, Nottinghamshire and is on Saturday, 20th August 2016. Read more about how you can get involved here: http://www.mysightnotts.org.uk/events/my-sight-skydives-2016
Whilst volunteering may not make you smarter per se, it will help you gain the warm and fuzzy feel-good factor from helping others, expand your network and improve your skill set, all within your local community. In Nottingham we are fortunate to have the excellent resource of Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service at hand: http://www.nottinghamcvs.co.uk/volunteering.
This useful Twitter list of fab Nottinghamshire charities https://twitter.com/TrentEvents/lists/fab-notts-charities will show you where you can enquire about volunteering opportunities in Nottingham and the East Midlands.
9. Drink coffee
We are very fortunate in Nottingham to have a wide variety of excellent coffee shops, including the usual national chains but also some excellent independent ones including Copper Cafe in Nottingham, West Bridgford and Mapperley, and 200 Degrees Coffee Shop and Ugly Bread Bakery in Nottingham City Centre, amongst many more.
10. Subscribe to Trent Events
Keep up to date with the latest happenings in Nottingham and prove you are living smarter in Nottingham by subscribing to:
We have lots of fab upcoming events on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TrentEvents/events