As the largest town in Nottinghamshire (due to the fact that Nottingham is considered a city and not a town), Mansfield certainly carries a lot of clout in the local area. The town is home to over seventy thousand people but it never quite feels crowded. Perhaps this has to do with the scenery. To be sure, Mansfield offers its residents some downright gorgeous locales to stare at including the pristine River Maun and the beautiful Maun Valley. The high, steep hills that create the valley are a sight to behold and at nearly all turns these bold mounds of earth reach up to the sky and dare any viewer not to gaze longingly at their noble stature.
Though the scenery is to die for, there is more to do in Mansfield than simply sit around staring off at the horizon (which of course is a very rewarding activity in Mansfield). The town is filled to the brim with fun and exciting diversions of the man made variety and these include one of the most entertaining market squares in all of England. Just outside the square is a plethora of fun for visitors and residents which includes several of the most beloved pubs and bars in the area. There is also a large indoor market as well as a thriving commercial center that serves as the epicenter for the vast amount of shopping available in Mansfield. Many people in Nottinghamshire reward themselves after a long week of work by hitting the shops and boutiques in Mansfield and purchasing the latest fashion must-haves. The Palace Theatre is a similarly popular destination and some of the finest productions in England are staged there on a regular basis. The building itself is rather historic and as such it is beloved not just by fans of the Arts but by history buffs as well. Built in 1910, the Palace Theatre seats over five hundred people and is dutifully loyal to the amateur actors and playwrights in town, allowing amateur productions to go on in one of the most beautiful theaters in Nottinghamshire.
For those who like music a bit more than drama, there is no better destination than the Intake Club. Aside from the fully stocked and popular bar within the club, the Intake is home to some of the most exciting concerts in all of Nottinghamshire. The stage pans out to a room that can hold over four hundred and fifty eager concert-goers and, like the Palace Theatre, the Intake is more than happy to give struggling local artists a leg up by allowing them to perform at this most esteemed venue. This is what makes Mansfield so lovable: The town is more than accommodating to tourists and visitors and it also strives to make the people who call it home happy. Few towns are so friendly to both outsiders and insiders and it is truly a shame that more towns aren't as gregarious as the little slice of heaven in Nottinghamshire known as Mansfield.