Southwell has a wide choice of cafés, restaurants, traditional pubs and takeaways, from the picturesque elegance of the famous Saracen’s Head Hotel, with its oak panelled 17th Century dining room, to the live comedy and music nights at Admiral Rodney. Southwell Library presents an assortment of entertainments from touring drama and music to children’s shows, and other venues in and around the village, from local halls and churches to Southwell Racecourse, a little to the east of the village, contribute to the eclectic choice of activities.
Regency Gardens is located on the southern edge of Southwell, providing easy access to the Brackenhurst Campus of Nottingham Trent University and to Nottingham itself. Buses between Southwell and Nottingham stop close to the development, with the journey taking less than half an hour, and there are direct trains from Fiskerton, three miles away, to Nottingham and Derby.
Leisure & Recreation
Southwell provides a fascinating backdrop for walking and exploring, from heritage trails taking in the magnificent Minster and the historic Workhouse and museum to walks along the River Trent and watching the boats at Notts County Sailing Club. Southwell Leisure Centre, just yards from Regency Gardens, includes swimming pools, a fitness centre and sports facilities, and nearby golf courses include Southwell, where nine holes are inside the track of Southwell Racecourse.
The historic market town centre presents a pleasant shopping experience. In addition to butchers and greengrocers focusing on local produce, there are good off-licences, a bookshop, a post office, pharmacies, galleries, gift shops and several clothing and fashion shops, hairdressers and other specialist
services. The open air market held every Saturday is complemented by a monthly Farmers’ Market, and there is also a Co-op supermarket in the town.
Education & Health
Southwell’s schools include the Holy Trinity C of E infant school, assessed as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and the Lowe’s Wong Junior School, both within a few minutes’ walk. The Minster School, a comprehensive secondary just a few yards from the development, also gained an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating. Southwell Medical Centre is a large GP practice that in 2015 was praised for its outstanding patient care. There is also a choice of three dental surgeries in the town, the nearest being close to the Medical Centre.
There are recycling facilities for glass bottles and jars, paper and cardboard, plastics and textiles, in the car park of the Leisure Centre.