• IMG_9489 Posted on 29 June 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 29 June to 1 July 2012

    Phew, what another big week it’s been in Notts, with the Olympic torch travelling through the county yesterday and leaving Nottingham Castle this morning. We’ll start with more sporty things to do this weekend, seeing as we’re in an active spirit:

    Head to the National Water Sports Centre to watch the Outlaw Triathlon or maybe have a go at the Speedo Big Swim. The triathlon seems to be really gaining in popularity as a major sporting event and the big swim is a completely unique experience.

    If this year is all about celebrating Great Britain then the British Armed Forces should be celebrated too. Supporting years of service in Iraq, Afghanistan

  • Olympic Torchsmall Posted on 27 June 2012

    On the trail of the Torch

    The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be passing through Nottinghamshire on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June 2012, and will travel across the length and breadth of the county. For full details of the route through the county, visit the Sport for All website, and for the plans in Nottingham city visit Game On.

    The Torch route will start in the very North of the county in Darlton, home to the famous gliding club. In the 1930’s, gliding became an officially recognised Olympic sport, but was stopped after the ill-fated Olympic games of 1940.

    The next stop for the Torch bearers will be East Markham, whose Church Spa offers sports

  • Six weeks of summer with Experience Nottinghamshire Posted on 26 June 2012

    Win… a family ‘staycation’ in Nottinghamshire

    Looking forward to the six-week holidays?

    Six long weeks of keeping your little darlings occupied and happy, a little over 42 days to fill with things to do – and all on a budget tighter than a hug from great Aunt Ethel.
    If only there was a way to make six of those long summer days more exciting and fun. One day a week for six weeks where you were guaranteed a great time….

    Experience Nottinghamshire is searching for a family looking to ‘staycation*’ in Nottinghamshire this summer. We are offering one family the chance of six unique day visits across the county, one a week for the entire summer holidays (based on

  • Olympic Torchsmall Posted on 25 June 2012

    Nottinghamshire’s inspiring Torch Bearers

    With only three sleeps to go until the Olympic Torch arrives in Nottinghamshire, we caught up with three of the inspirational Torch Bearers who will be running with the Torch in our great county.

    John Dabell’s Olympic Torch will light Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean’s Torch just before they take to the ice on 28th June at the National Ice Centre.

    Hi John, tell us a little bit about yourself…

    I am 43 years of age and live in Wollaton with my wife Wendy and daughter Maisy, aged 5 years. I was born in Nottingham and my first home was a stone’s throw from Trent Bridge which probably explains why I have

  • Night of Festivals Key image OMS Posted on 22 June 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 22-24 June 2012

    The weather may still be a little wet but there are plenty of things to see and do this weekend if we put on a mac and go out and explore. There are some excellent opportunities to try something new as well as novel experiences to discover.

    Sherwood Forest is this month celebrating 10 years as a National Nature Reserve, with a series of guided walks. This weekend, the last of the walks takes you on a Glow Worm Hunt from 9.15pm on Saturday evening. You may well catch the odd bat too if you’re lucky.

    Over 100 potters from the UK and across mainland Europe gather for the Earth and

  • Eloise enjoying a segway tour Posted on 21 June 2012

    Have a go at.. touring the forest by segway

    Sherwood Pines Forest Park is the largest woodland open to the public in the East Midlands. The forest is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoor, with everything from watching wildlife to cycling, there is something for everyone all year round. Experience Nottinghamshire’s very own Eloise tried out the new segway tours of the forest offered by Go Ape!

    We certainly picked a beautiful afternoon to explore Sherwood Pines on two wheels. This time, however, it was not on a bicycle, but on a Segway!

    The segways used are self-balancing, electric, off-road machines which respond to the user putting pressure onto two footpads to move forwards and backwards. All you

  • Rachel Wood 1 Posted on 21 June 2012

    Five minutes with… Ceramic artist Rachel Wood

    This weekend will see the Earth & Fire International Ceramic Fair return to the beautiful setting of Rufford Abbey Country Park in Nottinghamshire. 

    Ceramicist Rachel Wood from Mansfield, has attended the fair for the last four years, and sees it as a key date in the calendar for the industry. She has missed just three annual events over the last decade.

    Rachel first attended the fair in 2000 and she says that the range of collectors who visit Rufford is extremely helpful. She said: “In the early days I was managing my ceramic work part time and working full time as an arts officer with a district council.

    “I made the decision about

  • James Toseland Posted on 19 June 2012

    My Favourite Spots in Nottinghamshire by James Toseland

    This week we are sharing James Toseland’s favourite places in Nottinghamshire. If you would like to share your ‘favourites’ with us, email us at social@experiencenottinghamshire.com or use the comment section below. You may feature on our blog and our various social media platforms.


    This week, former double World Superbike Champion James Toseland explains why he gets revved up about three of his favourite places in the area.

    Donington Park (editor’s note: Donington Park is just across the border from Nottinghamshire in Leicestershire) I’d vote for Donington Park because of my great memories from the racing and now being the official ambassador for the track, which involves promoting the circuit and attending major races. I’ve had

  • Jane Posted on 18 June 2012

    Nottinghamshire – a dog walker’s guide

    A new guide is published this week written by Jane Broomhead from Retford Tourist Information Centre.

    Retford Tourist Information Centre’s Jane Broomhead has written a new book featuring 20 dog friendly walks in the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.

    Jane, a familiar face with visitors to Retford Tourist Information Centre, has long promoted Nottinghamshire as a wonderful county for walking and she has thoroughly researched the walks, three of which are in the Bassetlaw area, and included details of distance and terrain, dog-friendly refreshment stops and the nearest veterinary practices.

    ‘I have featured walks I have particularly enjoyed with my two black Labradors Macie and Jake’ she says, ‘and I have tried to include routes which

  • patchings_festival Posted on 15 June 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 15-17 June 2012

    In amongst an appalling weather forecast, the Euro 2012 championships and Fathers’ Day on Sunday there are lots of things to experience in Nottinghamshire this weekend:

    There are over 200 exhibitors from around the world at Patchings Art Festival. With David Bellamy appearing today and Ken Howard OBE appearing tomorrow, this top festival takes in painting, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and more.

    Head to the Art Marquee at Woodthorpe Park on Saturday 16 June for the start of Sherwood Art Week for demonstrations and drop-in workshops.

    Women in the Workhouse is an exhibition at Southwell Workhouse looking at the lives of women in these institutions from archive records and oral history

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This blog is the second instalment of a two part blog. To read part one click here. Back in July I visited Nottingham Castle to find out more about the annual archaeological excavation ‘We Dig The Castle’. A partnership project between Trent & Peak Archaeology, Nottingham City Council and Historic England, this excellent scheme invites volunteers…

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