• Lone Tree by Sally Outram taken at Mattersey Posted on 22 December 2011

    Mattersey photo receives artistic honour

    A few weeks ago, Sally Outram submitted her photo of a wintery shot of Mattersey near Retford into Experience Nottinghamshire’s photography competition. Little did she know that this would set off a chain of events that would end up with the shot being commemorated as a top painting.

    When her photo, entitled ‘Lone Tree’ reached the top 30 finalists in the competition, it was posted on the Love Notts Facebook page and an artist picked up on the scene who asked Sally’s permission to paint it.

    With Sally’s agreement, Yorkshire watercolour artist Glenn Marshall set to work on the piece and since then things have really taken off. The final painting has received excellent reviews and

  • sherwood winter landscape Posted on 21 December 2011

    Things to do between Christmas and New Year

    If you’re anything like me, by the time Boxing Day comes around you’re already going up the walls and are ready to get out and about, either to catch some fresh air or totally detox yourself from Christmas Day’s binge.

    And if you’re still like me, the thought of going and hitting the sales is quite possibly the worst thing to do, so here’s some options for attractions that are open between Christmas and New Year.

    Boxing Day: why not take a stroll around the lake at Rufford Abbey, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve or Wollaton Park. If you fancy being entertained, you’ll find Pantos at the Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse –

  • RobinHoodProdHubNew3 Posted on 19 December 2011

    The Heart of Robin Hood

    The world-renowned hero of Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, is to be portrayed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (affectionately known as the RSC) in a new play entitled The Heart of Robin Hood.

    It follows on 2010’s blockbuster film portrayal by Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott and many other films, TV and productions before it. Can the latest production shed any new light or emphasis on the legend?

    It’s interesting to see the RSC with such a prestigious background take on the story of Robin Hood. Reading the teaser, it seems that Robin Hood is portrayed not as the romantic figure that we may expect

  • Homemade Posted on 16 December 2011

    My Homemade Christmas Dinner in Nottingham

    Last night was our Christmas party and like many other companies we set out for a meal in Nottingham. Our chosen venue this year was a cafe called Homemade.

    For most of us, we meet at the seasonal pub installed on Old Market Square as part of the city’s Winter Wonderland. Known as the Good Elf, the place was very busy with celebrations and I was lucky enough to purchase one of the last available mulled wines before the new batch had to be heated.

    This started the evening in good spirits as we overlooked a lot of the traditional rides and stalls across the square. Some of us were

  • Prisoners-Tale Posted on 14 December 2011

    A Prisoners Tale at the Galleries of Justice Museum

    This winter, take in the highly acclaimed Prisoner’s Tale performance tour at the Galleries of Justice Museum.

    Located in the Lace Market area of Nottingham city centre, the Galleries of Justice Museum is a unique visitor attraction offering an interactive take on crime and punishment through the ages.

    As an indoor attraction in Nottingham, the museum offers a great way to escape all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and the sales without having to get wet or cold. If you’re looking for options for family days out over the Christmas period, then the Galleries won’t be weather dependent and a very good option.

    The Prisoner’s Tale Tours are actor-led tours which

  • Hodsock Priory Bed and Breakfast Posted on 13 December 2011

    Bed and Breakfasts in Worksop

    In the north of Nottinghamshire, Worksop is a market town which borders on to Sherwood Forest with a variety of bed and breakfasts nearby. The country parks closely associated toSherwood Forest are known as the Dukeries given that over the years they have been variously owned by English nobility.

    People staying in bed and breakfasts in Worksop will be able to easily visit the Ducal Estates like Clumber Park, Welbeck and Thoresby together with other great attractions such as the national Trust Mr Straw’s House and Creswell Crags.

    If you’re considering staying in a bed and breakfast in Worksop here’s our quick guide to some of the best ones to choose from:

  • Retford Town Hall - Low Res Posted on 09 December 2011

    Hotels in Retford

    There are many hotels in Retford given the beautiful surrounding countryside and nearby attractions that make it a very enjoyable base for a weekend break.

    Stay at one of the many hotels in Retford and you’ll be able to visit the quaint nearby villages of Babworth and Scrooby. Famed for their links with the Pilgrim Fathers that went on to settle inAmerica, these villages hosted the first congregations of Bradford and Brewster’s separatist movement.

    Here’s our brief list of some of the available hotels in Retford that you may want to consider for a short break or a stop over on your way through the country.

    The Best Western West Retford Hotel is

  • Sherwood Forest couple with dog on path Posted on 09 December 2011

    Dave Woods Perambulation of Sherwood Forest

    Last week, we introduced a very special project that Dave Wood, Nottinghamshire poet, undertook to walk the 1662 boundary of Sherwood Forest. In this second and final part of the series, Dave talks about the special experiences during his two week walk:

     

    My partner said that only I could have come up with the idea of re-vitalising the beating of the boundarys with poetry, story and some degree (one hopes) of fun. The biggest headache is always the administration; project management by any other title.  So I won’t talk about that; though even that has had its touching and revelatory moments.

    Here’s a few of

  • 6318 Notts TN CVR.indd Posted on 07 December 2011

    Nottingham Then and Now Review

    In the latest of a series of books about Britain in Old Photographs, Douglas Whitworth has just released a book entitled, Nottingham Then & Now. The book comprises a good selection of old images of Nottingham together with their current view.

    In doing so the book is a useful almanac and pleasurable browse that brings to life the history and heritage of Nottingham in a very visual way. The front cover shows the view of Old Market Square from the far end of Long Row in 1900. The contrast between horse and carts and electric trams seem to show steady progress.

    It’s not always the case

  • Nottingham Christmas Market Posted on 05 December 2011

    Christmas shopping and gift markets in Nottinghamshire

    Delicious treats, exclusive discounts and late night openings are just some of the ways in which Nottinghamshire hopes to spoil you this Christmas.

    This year, treat your loved ones to fabulous fancies from an array of independent shops and Christmas markets. Feast your eyes on these festive retail delights available throughout Nottinghamshire. 

     

    Derby Road Rickshaw

    December sees a fantastic new way to travel in Nottingham. From 3 December (every Saturday until 17 December and Friday 23 December) visitors will be able to travel to Canning Circus from St Peter’s Square via  electric rickshaw.  The ride will lead you to enchanting independents including Le Chien et Moi and The Worm that Turned on Derby Road – perfect places to shop

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Winter Walks in Nottinghamshire

Our county is stunning at this time of year with parks, canals, the iconic Sherwood Forest and much more. There’s several places for relaxing winter walks with family and friends this season. So wrap up warm and take an afternoon stroll with a coffee stop on the way, we have plenty of inspiration for you. Rufford Abbey Country…