• wan_light_night_live_1 Posted on 31 January 2012

    Light Night Nottingham Goes Live

    Following the recent success stories of Nottingham Light Night over the past five years, events for this year have got even bigger via an innovative partnership thanks to We Are Nottingham.

    The organisation, which is the Business Improvement District for Nottingham and represents the licensed premises across the city, has helped bring together a live music and entertainment festival at some 23 venues across the city.

    Anticipated highlights of this year’s festival will be at The Bodega Social Club for live music from rock, soul and folk artists. If you’d prefer to steer clear of live music then you could try DJ’s and a special light show

  • Snowdrops at Hodsock 1 Posted on 30 January 2012

    Hodsock Snowdrops Celebrates 21 Years

    Hodsock Priory celebrates its 21 Anniversary Snowdrops in 2012 with a whole host of special events.

    The priory opens its doors for just four weeks through February as the grounds are filled with a white bed of Snowdrops. This year the festival opens on Saturday 4 February, when visitors will be able to taste free cake and try a specially commissioned local ale called The Drop.

    On the 7 February, there will be a commemorative planting of the first tree of Hodsock Priory’s Diamond Jubilee Wood, one of a special set of woodland areas planted across the country in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

    Visitors to the annual event will also be able

  • art-and-craft Posted on 27 January 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 27-29 January 2012

    We’re already nearly a month into the New Year and there’s already been plenty of things going on. Last weekend, we had a whole section dedicated to Chinese New Year and celebration activities are still continuing. Here’s our round up of things to do this weekend.

    If you’re at a loss at what to do tonight, there may still be time to catch the New Swing All Stars perform at Clumber Park Hotel. You can still book for a special evening dinner at Merchants Restaurant with Mr Rob Whittaker of Jacquart Champagne.

    Arts and Crafts

    Nottingham Contemporary presents the opening of its two new exhibitions

  • Robin-Hood-Castle-Rock Posted on 26 January 2012

    Robin Hood Celebrated in New Beer

    Castle Rock Brewery has added a new Robin Hood Ale as part of its 35th anniversary celebrations.

    The new beer from Nottingham’s largest full mash independent brewery is the first of four celebratory ales designed for 2012 and is the sixth in a series of Nottinghamian Beers celebrating local heroes.

    Robin Hood now joins a select few of people honoured by Castle Rock. Included in the list are Alan Sillitoe, the famous writer of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; George Green, the mathematician who lived at Green’s Windmill; and Frederick Gibson Garton, inventor of HP sauce.

    Castle Rock Brewery, located at the Vat and Fiddle pub in Nottingham, became famous last year

  • Lamma2011 Posted on 24 January 2012

    Tractors and Combine Harvesters at LAMMA 2012

    Last week over 40,000 visitors and 4,000 exhibitors were at Newark Showground for the Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers’ Association Show (LAMMA).

    The event started out at the showground near Newark back in 1998 with a fledgling offer of 105 stands, and since it moved to the venue, has since grown seven fold in the last 14 years.

    This year there were 750 stands across the 65 acres of Newark Showground with 66 stands taken up from overseas countries including France, Belgium, USA, Canada, Holland, Germany, Austria, Eire, Poland and Spain.

    The show offers the industry the chance to get together and see leading farm machinery equipment and gives businesses the opportunity to seek

  • Watermedows Posted on 23 January 2012

    A trip to Water Meadows

    I think we’re very lucky to have Water Meadows in Nottinghamshire. Located in Mansfield, Water Meadows is both a family orientated swimming centre as well as a place for the more serious swimmer with a 25 meter competition pool.

    It’s the fun pool that tends to draw the crowds and last Sunday I took my youngest daughter to experience swimming there. Sophie is only two and a half and I’m beginning to introduce her to swimming to help build her confidence before we consider lessons in around a year.

    The first thing to bear in mind when arriving at Water Meadows is that car parking comes at a cost given the

  • Taste-of-China Posted on 20 January 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 20-22 January 2012

    Despite it being in the deepest depths of January, the forecast for the weekend is quite mild so let’s not waste it and get out and about with friends or family. There’s plenty going on including celebrations for the Chinese New Year.

    Here’s our quick summary of what to do this weekend:


    Try out binoculars at Attenborough Nature Centre, or head along to Star Night (suitable for children aged 6 and over).

    Tonight The Halle are joined by Argentinean pianist Nelson Goerner and perform at the Theatre Royal Concert Hall.

    Broadway Cinema present the MET Opera Live performing a take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest by satellite in their Cinema screenings.

    The outstanding

  • Vicar Water Country Park View Posted on 18 January 2012

    Family walks, Vicar Water Country Park

    One of my favourite short walks in Nottinghamshire is around Vicar Water Country Park. If you’re not familiar with Vicar Water then I’d definitely recommend taking a look. It’s situated just off the main high street that runs through Clipstone and backs onto Sherwood Pines.

    Given its location, it’s not surprising that the Spirit of Sherwood visitor information and welcome point is found on the main entry car park. This is a crucial piece of woodland that helps knit together broader Sherwood Forest around some of the main visitor attractions.

    Car parking until recently has been free although now a preferred donation of £1 is requested when you arrive. The main visitor

  • Nottingham Castle Posted on 16 January 2012

    World War I Centenary Exhibition plans underway

    It may seem like a long way away but plans are already underway for a Nottinghamshire Great War Centenary Exhibition at Nottingham Castle in 2014.

    On Sunday 22 January 2012, 10:30am, Major John Cotterill will be looking to meet willing volunteers at Nottingham Castle to help in the delivery of the exhibition, currently entitled ‘The Trent to the Trenches’.

    A planning meeting will also take place at the Millgate Museum in Newark on Wednesday 29 February 2012 at 7pm.

    The emphasis of the exhibition will be to look at how the Great War changed Nottinghamshire socially, economically, politically and educationally together with commemorating the people who made the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict.


  • Gold plated acorn from Sherwood Forest Posted on 13 January 2012

    Oakdale Studios Golden Acorns

    Vik Filep from Oakdale Studios talks about how he came to use the natural resources of Sherwood Forest creatively:

    As a child I was always told “money doesn’t grow on trees”, what a shame I thought, as we used to go on our regular Sunday “holiday” to the Sherwood Forest and we were surrounded by them, especially in the long hot summers we had way back then. There had to be a way for me to utilise this commodity and make some money from it. That was fifty or so years ago, and now I think I have found a way?

    I was born in 1957 in Market

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