• National Trust Midlands Fresh Air Posted on 29 July 2011

    The National Trust launches a photography competition in the Midlands this summer

    Visitors to the Midlands National Trust properties this summer are being given the opportunity to win a family day out as part of a photography competition.

    The competition entitled ‘Picture Yourself in the Midlands’ is aimed at encouraging children to capture themselves, the heritage or the beautiful countryside available at some of the iconic properties that the National Trust maintains.

    In Nottinghamshire, visitors can seek inspiration at both the Workhouse and Clumber Park, once part of Sherwood Forest.

    There are three age categories, 5-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13-16 years and the winner of each category will receive a canvas print of their photograph. The overall winner will receive a day out at

  • Robin Hood Festival Posted on 27 July 2011

    Councillor John Cottee urges you to make a new date with the Robin Hood Festival

    This year’s Festival, which we’ve been organising for the past 26 years, moves to the five days from Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 August rather than its traditional first week of August.

    It’s the biggest celebration in the country of Robin Hood and is held at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. It attracts fans and visitors from every corner of the globe.

    The Festival is the perfect day out for all the family, with costumed characters at every turn – from jugglers and jesters to medieval doctors and rat catchers, whilst medieval combat displays and markets stalls recreate the atmosphere of Robin’s Sherwood Forest.

    The

  • Nottingham Food and Drink Festival Posted on 25 July 2011

    FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL LEAVES A GOOD TASTE

    The Nottingham Food and Drink Festival may be over for another year, but I think it’s safe to say that it’s left a lasting impression – and not just on our waistlines!

    Things were a little bit different this year. It was extended from four to 12 days for a start, which was great for dedicated foodies like us. The celeb chef demos of previous years were replaced with a packed programme of food-themed events and masterclasses at bars and restaurants across the city and there were lots of special Festival menus on offer too. There was also a Food and Drink Market in the Square, which certainly made our lunchtimes interesting

  • Nottingham Gig Guide Posted on 21 July 2011

    Reg Enderby, Editor of the Nottingham Gig Guide talks about promoting local concerts

    I began the Nottingham Gig Guide some three years ago as there did not seem to be one specific internet site that covered all genres of music in the city.  Now at last it is recognised by local and visiting people alike to be their first port of call to find out where live music is on in town or anywhere in the NG postcode as the guide covers the whole of Nottinghamshire.

    Any venue, band or act can register and list their gigs for free with details including gig dates, photographs, biographies, weblinks and contact details.  Visitors to the site can pick any day of the week to view what’s on

  • mansfieldmus Posted on 14 July 2011

    The Curioso at Mansfield Museum Theatre show set in a curiosity shop.

    ‘The Curioso’ (McWheel & Munch Proprietors), is a quaint theatrical shop of curiosities in a time of it’s own which is opening it’s doors to your imagination and inviting you to enter the foolhardy, weird and wonderful world of artefacts from the chaotic & humorous life of harmless co-Proprietor Ian Munch. The silent partner Mr. McWheel never appears, as he travels far & wide in search of new curious objects to ‘flog off, but’ keeps check on the business and the less than competent Munch via telephonic contact. In the shop, Ninja Monkey; Mrs. T. Lady; The Cloaked One & The Curious Customer help Munch from the outset to reorganise the

  • Riviera Posted on 13 July 2011

    City Centre Beach returns to Nottingham

    As I trundled into work on the tram yesterday, I got to Old Market Square and a flicker of excitement ran through me as I saw wooden bases being carefully laid out. Maybe I am that sad to be enthusiastic about such a thing, but those wooden bases meant that Nottingham Riviera, our own city centre beach was beginning to be laid.

    Now for anyone who is totally confused by what I’ve just said or hasn’t experienced anything like it before, the beach is just that – a whole load of sand in the middle of Nottingham. Put around it a paddling pool, a beach bar, a Helter Skelter and a few

  • GameCity3 brickathon Posted on 13 July 2011

    GameCity6

    Last Thursday, we were lucky enough to attend the launch of GameCity6, Nottingham’s very own videogame culture festival. Now in its 6th year, GameCity has seen its audience increase and broaden quite spectacularly over the years.

    The launch event was hosted by the very entertaining Iain Simons, director of GameCity, and involved QR Codes cupcakes, a new edition of their ‘There’s Horace!’ game which we got quite excitingly involved in, videogames, special guests from around the world AND a lot of exciting announcements about this year’s festival.

    Our host reiterated the fact that GameCity is mostly about fun and his wish is for the 6th edition to be ‘even more fun’. The festival

  • 2014081big Posted on 13 July 2011

    Review: Simple Minds live at Sherwood Pines

    Sherwood Pines, Saturday 18th June 2011

    When I was around 15, I was heavily involved in badminton which meant a lot of travelling across the country. This meant time on the road and during those days Simple Minds was the soundtrack to early mornings and late nights at weekends. Their recent appearance at Sherwood Pines was a great opportunity to relive those days – or was it?

    Simple Minds faded into the background as I got older and discovered more bands around what would be eventually labelled the Britpop scene. The music landscape has changed again since then and I wondered whether Simple Minds

  • 2014149big Posted on 13 July 2011

    Review: Erasure live at Sherwood Pines

    Sherwood Pines Friday 17th June 2011

    Sherwood Pines has hosted some big names in music in recent years, but I doubt many of them offered as fine-tuned pop as Erasure. With a stage nestled in the heart of Sherwood Forest, you could feel the excitement of the crowd was condensed into an intimate arena, and it only heightened as the evening went on.

    Erasure’s appearance was part of their ‘Total Pop!’ summer shows, a series of gigs in woodlands and forests as part of the Forestry Commission’s annual concert series. The tour coincides with the duo’s 14th studio album due to be released this summer.

    Sophie Ellis-Bexter opened the night but it was obvious

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As we prepare ourselves for Halloween and the dark months ahead, there is a great variety of events throughout Nottinghamshire that we guarantee will get you in the spirit. Discover the dark side of the city on a spooky tour, explore museums at night, or get stuck into some atmospheric storytelling. However you like to spend your…