Whether you’re a long-serving Ashes fan or completely new to the tournament, it’s always nice to have a helping hand when it comes to negotiating your way around one of the five venues for this year’s series.
The first test in The Ashes this year kicks off at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. So here are just a few apps that could help make your stay in the East Midlands as pleasant as possible- whether it’s helping you find where to eat and drink or just getting you to the grounds and back…
Love Notts is the official app from the Nottinghamshire Tourist Centre, and offers visitors to the county an insight into all the best places to eat and drink, stay, shop and visit during their trip.
With detailed descriptions and user reviews of all hotels, restaurants and entertainment hotspots, you can ensure that you don’t just follow the crowds when it comes to relaxing once the day’s play is all over.
The app is free to download, but unfortunately is only available for iPhone and iPad users.
Another great app for planning your downtime during the first test of The Ashes series is Trip Advisor. As you’ll probably be aware, Trip Advisor is the perfect app for getting to know a new place, whether it’s in the UK or anywhere around the world.
Find the best places to eat and drink by searching by food type or price range, or flit through users’ own images of places of interest, cafes, bars and hotels before you visit.
The ‘Near Me’ mode on the app allows you to make use of your smartphone’s in-built GPS to discover the best eateries, shops or pit stops wherever you are; whether it’s at the cricket grounds or at your hotel, you’ll find something to see, eat and do that suits your every need.
Getting around is also another huge consideration when it comes to visiting Trent Bridge for this year’s Ashes. And if you’re planning on getting there by bus, why not download the Nottingham City Transport (NCT) Buses app to make sure you don’t get lost or stressed whilst finding your way to the cricket grounds.
The NCT Buses app is free to download for both iOS and Android devices, and helps you discover the right bus route needed to get you from A to B. Plan a journey from your current or a preferred location and the app will work out the quickest route for you to take, notifying you of the nearest bus stop.
Also, the app uses its buses’ GPS so you can track the bus’ route and predict departure and arrival times to ensure that you don’t miss a second of the cricketing action! And with the NCT offering a special Ashes discount for all visitors to Trent Bridge, you can enjoy a great day out for just £2!
If you’re planning on travelling to Trent Bridge via train, the Traveline South & East is a great app for getting you there.
Though the app isn’t specific to Nottingham, it does cover the county’s train lines, allowing visitors to plan their journey to and from the cricket grounds without hassle. Simply plan your journey using your current location, and the app will tell you all you need to know about how to get there, including train and bus times and walking distances between stops.
Another point worth noting is that all journey plans are saved in your history, meaning you can glance at all your routes even when you’ve not connected to the internet.
Last but not least, why not follow @TrentBridge on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest scores, venue information and cricket news while you’re on the go?
With over 12,000 followers, the official Nottinghamshire Country Cricket Club is likely to be your first port of call when it comes to getting the latest from the first text of The Ashes 2013.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel