Tennis fans dusted off their racquets and headed down to Market Square for a day that was good enough to put Wimbledon to shame.

Nottingham people enjoyed the May sunshine for a day packed with activities including face painting, free giveaways and an appearance from Robin Hood and Maid Marian mascots, as well as the tennis.

Both adults and children were given a chance to show off their skills across the makeshift five-court arena with the help of trained professionals from the Lawn Tennis Association.

The professionals put the crowds through their paces in a series of tennis taster sessions held throughout the day.

Organiser Susie Garnett said the day could not have gone any better after months of intense preparation.

The 29-year-old said: “This is the fifth year I’ve organised the event in Nottingham and I’m always overwhelmed by how successful it is.

“We’ve pulled out all the stops this year and got some of the best instructors in to make sure everyone’s having fun and learning a bit about tennis at the same time. The weather has really pulled through for us this year and I’ve had the best time seeing everyone enjoying the day in the sunshine.”

The event was hosted by Nottingham Building Society, official partner of the Aegon Open tennis tournament which makes its return to Nottingham on June 4.

Some locals were lucky enough to win tickets to the event in a prize giveaway announced on the steps of the Council House at midday.

Pauline Carter, 58, from Beeston, said: “Me and my family are really into tennis, both watching it and playing it.

“I think the event is a great way to get the kids out. My sons, Lucas and Daniel, have had a great day and think it’s a really fun way of getting them away from their play stations and out in the sun exercising.

“It’s made us all excited for the Aegon Open and although I didn’t win tickets today, I will still be attending.”

With the likes of British number one Johanna Konta returning for the highly anticipated event all eyes are set on the Nottingham Tennis Centre in the leading months.

Davis Cup hero James Ward has also been confirmed to compete in the Open and looks set to thrill the Nottingham crowd once again.

Ed Jackson, founder of Tennis Evolution, said the free event was a “good way of promoting the sport”.

The 21-year-old said: “Nottingham is home to the Aegon Open which is a really big deal. People need to be more aware of the sport, its health benefits and social benefits.

“Events like today really emphasise how fun tennis can be. When the suns shining it’s a really great way to hang out with friends and you can make it as competitive as you like.”