Sustainable Tourism 101

Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and making a positive impact on the environment, society, and local economy. In an age of environmental, political and economic change, sustainable tourism is more important than ever. As a sustainable and responsible tourist you help support not just planet Earth but people, heritage and culture.

Find some of our tips on how you can be a sustainable tourist below.


Volunteer Experience: Guilio

Like a modern jules verne, I took my trip to the center of England, because if you draw a line from Manchester to Cambridge, one from London to Edinburgh and another from Liverpool to Norwich, these meet in Nottingham. There is no better place to start exploring England: with a few hours of travel you can get to the big cities like London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester or Newcastle, or discover the Peak district and Yorkshire, or even look for "lost things" in Norfolk.

And Igloo hostel is the perfect base for this kind of adventure: it's like finding a second family away from home, they all do the possible to put you at ease, starting from the managers, passing through the workers up to the volunteers like me.

As in a family, share everything: space, food, thoughts, adventures, beautiful moments (many) and ugly ones (very few). At this moment we are five volunteers, we come from different parts of the world, with different cultures and different habits, but being there together it makes you realize that we are actually more equal than you can imagine.

For all of us this is the first experience of life (even if only for a few months) away from home, and Nottingham we can say that she has adopted us and like a mother is teaching us many things that will be part of us in the future. Every evening we gather and cook together some specialties from our countries of origin (Italy, Colombia, Japan, Spain and France) and we watch some movies (strictly in English) or go to have a beer in one of the many pubs that can be found around here.

I had arrived to stay a month and a half, but immediately I decided to extend my stay: I was looking for only a new experience for learning English, but I found a lot more!

Volunteer Experience: Manuela

Hi there!

I’m a Colombian volunteer in Igloo Hostel.

You may ask why and how a Colombian girl ended up volunteering in a hostel located 8500 km away from her home city. Many people have asked me why I decided to change the lovely weather of my city, between 20 to 25⁰C all year round as there are no seasons, and a very warm culture for the English freezing and windy autumns/winters. Well, I decided to come to the UK to study my master’s degree at the University of Nottingham and after a year of new experiences, including seeing snow for the first time (just to mention one), I realised I had fell in love with this city and decided to stay a little bit longer.

I love the student/relaxed atmosphere of the city. Everybody is friendly and willing to ask you about your traditions, family and even eager to learn your language and culture.

I found out that I could volunteer in a hostel and even though I was sceptic at the beginning this place has become my new home! I have had the chance to meet so many people from different backgrounds, to experience countless cultures and to enjoy my staying in the UK even more intensely than I had in the whole previous year!

So far, the most memorable experience has been meeting my international, non-blood related family! With you: the volunteer’s team: Spain, France, Colombia, Italy and Japan.


What a mixture right? We have created such a lovely bond taking care of each other, traveling, partying and specially cooking together!


I have enjoyed every trip, event in the city, movie night or stupid pranks we do to ourselves every day.  This has become my new life and I’m sure this family will last forever without mattering how far we are from each other.

So, why would I want to leave Nottingham? this place has brought to my life good experiences, love and  valuable friends! Just have a look…


Radford Care Group

Every year we choose a local charity to support, for 2018/19 we have chosen Radford Care Group. We put aside 50p from every booking made via our website's booking button, then at the end of the year we give the funds raised to our chosen charity. We feel it really important to support what is happening in our locality, and even more so organisations without much funding or backing from major groups.


Radford Care Group is a charity with a purpose-built centre that welcomes older people in Nottingham for day-time activities refreshments and lunch with an extended specialist service for those in the community in need of extra support. Their aim is to alleviate loneliness and isolation and ensure that older citizens feel they belong within their community, and have better access to quality care, improving their health and well-being.

They are in need of a new centre urgently, as the current building in use does not enable them to expand to address a growing need in the locality. They are running a “buy-a-brick” campaign and taking donations through: 


…and don’t forget to book your stay with us directly through this website so that we can donate 50p of your booking to this great cause.

Find out more about Radford Care Group here:


We also want to give a big shout out to our last charities Arkwright Meadows Communtiy Gardens, Make to Make and City Arts!

What's on in September?

Nottingham Mela @ The Arboretum 02/09

A cultural feast of family activtiies, workshops, delicious street food, games, markets, live performances, exhibitions, art films, poetry and literature. South Asian street food, mehndi, dance workshops, craft stalls, creative activities for all ages as well as live music and dance performances.


Heritage Open Days @ Various Locations 06-09/09 + 13-16/09

A chance to discover hidden treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture - and it's all FREE. WIth free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission, there are various events across Nottinghamshire. For a full list of sites go to

I'm Not From London present Blamalama Sing Song @ Rescue Rooms 14/09

Live band playing great songs that everyong knows. There's no singer. The crowd sings the songs!

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The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule: A Retrospective @ Nottingham Contemporary (all month)

Nottingham Contemporary presents the first UK retrospective of Trix & Robert Haussmann - one of the most significant and intriguing Swiss architects and designers of the 20th Century. The exhibition celebrates the duo's playful innovations.

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Thank You!


We are delighted that Igloo Hybrid has been awarded a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018. A big thank you to all our lovely guests over the years! You can also leave a review of your stay with us on Tripadvisor, Facebook, Google, or through and Hostelworld. 

Hoodwinked 2018

There is a new interactive art trail based around Nottingham this summer! Hoodwinked 2018 is a unique world-class sculpture trail displaying loads of quirky Robin Hood (robins!) sculptures all over the city until September 2018.

We've taken a look at some of the Robins ourselves and they are really beautiful. The trail is well worth taking, especially on a nice sunny afternoon! Hoodwinked 2018 will be running until September when the art pieces will be auctioned off to raise funds for Nottinghamshire Hospice. So make the most of them whilst you can!

Our favourite so far is the Royal Robin Redbreast by Julie Vernon outside Nottingham Train Station! Check it out:

You can download a free map of the full trail to follow here:

There is also a hard copy free map you can pick up from the tourist information centre, any Boots store, or a Nottingham City library. Or for 99p there is an interactive app that you can follow and unlock rewards and track all the robins you've seen!

You can find out more about the trail here:

P.S check out this video below of one of the robins getting made by!

What's on in July?

The Beach @ Old Market Square 14/07 until 02/09

Head down to Old Market Square this summer and you'll find Nottingham Beach... complete with a sandy beach, palm trees, a large paddling pool, rides, food and a 'beach bar' - you may even spot people snorkelling in the fountain!


Community Summer Event - AMC Gardens 14/07

Annual summer event with food, stalls, activities, music and a wonderful chance to explore the gardens and find out about what’s going on locally. All welcome, free entry.


Splendour Festival @ Wollaton Hall 21/07

Paloma Faith will be headlining Splendour’s 10 year anniversary party alongside other epic acts including The Charlatans, Marc Almond, The Stranglers and many more!


Nottingham PRIDE @ City Centre and various locations 28/07

The pride march starts just around the corner from Igloo Hybrid at Castle Gate, around 7000 usually walk through the city in support of LGBQT+ rights. There is live music and events celebrating Pride all over the city from 11am until all night long!



Straight Outta Sneinton Vol. 3 @ Sneinton Market 28/07

Nottingham's first collaborative hip-hop festival. Connecting local creatives, brands and organisations to celebrate and showcase hip hop culture. What to expect: Traders, crafts, live performances, live art, food stalls, children's entertainment, open mic, music!  FREE EVENT.

Volunteer Experience: Alexandra

Hey everyone!

My name is Alexandra, I’m 20 and I’m French. I came in England to improve my English. I chose this option to be in touch with lots of people and of course because the concept is very nice: you have to work just 4hours/day and you’re accommodated. It’s funny and sporting, you clean bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens… you have to garden also. All tasks are very diversified. The rest of the time, you’re free, so you can visit, practise sports (Formula One, best gym ever), discover a new culture and new people.

I didn’t choose Nottingham, the opportunity presented itself, but if I had to go back it’s obvious. The city isn’t big but it’s really cute and you have lots of good places to eat (all type of food: vegan, Korean, typical English…), to do shopping (charity markets, famous brands…). The life here isn’t expensive and I was really surprise to see how the city is safe. You can hanging out later and nobody troubles you.

I stay here for 6 weeks. I share my room with 3 roommates. They aren’t French so it’s really interesting because I’m obliged to speak English with them. Igloo Hostel is the coolest place to stay, rooms are lovely and you have a kitchen, you can meet people and be more autonomous. It is situated 5min from the biggest shopping centre, the streets have lots of markets too and they close later. 

So, when would you like to come ?!

Alexandra x

What's on in May

The summer is (finally!) upon us. The weather in Notts has been bloomin' lovely recently and festival season is about to get into full swing. If you're visiting us in the next few weeks check out what's going on in the city and surrounding areas below:

Castle Rock Brewery Yard Party @ Castle Rock Brewery and Vat and Fiddle 18+19/05

"The two-day beer festival will showcase some of the best beers from across the globe. The biggest beer brains of Castle Rock are combining their knowledge and contacts to bring you guys an impressive array of keg and cask beers, with 20 available at any one time. There’ll be street food featuring a classic British barbecue from the Vat & Fiddle and the most glorious meats from Smoqued – served from their bespoke 1973 Citroen H van. Plus, there will be events taking place in the Vat & Fiddle (our beloved brewery tap) throughout the festival, and Saturday includes a family-friendly afternoon with a section of the yard dedicated to entertainment for the sproglets!" For all the important info and to buy tickets head over to

Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens Spring Event @ AMC Gardens 26/05

AMC Garden's annual spring event with food, stalls, activities, music and a wonderful chance to explore the gardens and find out about what’s going on locally. All welcome, free entry!

Photo by Xanthea Heynes

Photo by Xanthea Heynes

Deeper than Roots presents DJ SS and Sinai Sound @ The Maze, 26/05

One for all the ravers out there! Just up the road from Igloo Annexe and Pods at The Maze. Line-up is:

DJ SS ( Formation Records )
BIZZY B ( Suburban Bass )
SUPA APE ( UK Jungle Records )
DJIMM ( UK Jungle Records )




Tickets - £8/10 Advanced M.O.T.D


The May Park Market @ The Park Newcastle Circus, 27/05

Local food and independent businesses in a beautiful setting! To get a taste of what to expect take a look at their Facebook page

Dot to Dot Festival @ Various Locations, 27/05

Since starting in Nottingham in 2005 Dot To Dot Festival has established itself as the UK’s premier festival for unearthing the hottest new talent around, alongside established acts from all over the globe. This years venues are: Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham Trent University Student Union, Stealth, The Bodega, Rough Trade, Black Cherry Lounge, The Orange Tree (BBC Music Introducing in the East Midlands), Alt. Gaming, Broadway, The Chameleon, Contemporary, Jam Cafe, Junkyard, The Herbert Kilpin, Suede, The Angel. For more info and tickets go to

Wheeee! International Children's Theatre and Dance Festival @ Lakeside Arts 28/05 - 03/06

The Wheee! family weekend is always special and this year is no exception. There will be lots of arts and craft activities plus outdoor theatre and dance performances to entertain family members of all ages. The fun will start at mid-day (although the luminarium will be open from 11am with the usual ticketed entry).

*all events free with the exception of Daedalude Luminarium and indoor theatre performances.



Events throughout the weekend include:

  • Fantastic Spiders – facts and fiction with Sarah Goodacre from the University of Nottingham’s School of Life Sciences
  • Camera Obscura workshops with Jon Legge
  • The Curious Perambulator and its inventive Spider Trails
  • A climbing wall, pop-up tennis, football skills and futsal with membersfrom the David Ross Sports Village and Nottingham Tennis Centre
  • Paper Spiders and Giant Web-making workshops
  • Heritage stories from Highfields Park with Nicky Rafferty
  • Summer-watch with Highfields Park Ranger, Steve Clarke and BioBlitz
  • Traditional Chinese Crafts with the Nottingham Confucius Institute

    Here at the Igloo we highly recommend the amazing Architects of Air 'Luminarium' for adults and kids alike! For more info go to

Nottingham Community Market @ Sneinton Market, 01/06

Save the Earth Cooperative are putting on their first Community Market in Sneinton, The event will highlight the importance of food education, tackling food waste, Social Chefs, Ethical Products & Crafts, Supporting local businesses, Artisans and crafts people.