• Old Market Square Posted on 31 July 2012

    My Favourite Spots in Nottinghamshire by Mayah Riaz

    This week we are sharing Mayah Riaz’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.


    Mayah Riaz is a former magazine editor and now owns the MR3 Group of companies, including PR and Celebrity Management agency, Nottingham Fashion Week and Nottingham Lifestyle Awards amongst others.

    You can also follow Mayah on Twitter @Mayah_Riaz

    The Living Room – I love the Living Room, as it’s great for all different times. It’s open from 11am on weekdays, so it’s nice and quiet at that time to catch up on emails

  • Southwell Minster 3 - Low Res Posted on 27 July 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 27-29 July

    Apparently, there is quite a major sporting event starting this weekend and that means the Olympics opening ceremony is today everyone. So whether you’re a sport addict or trying to escape the intensity of it all, we have the right solutions for you.

    There are several places to see the Olympics across Nottingham. If you fancy catching up on the sport with a pint, then close to the castle is The Roebuck on St James Street or The Approach on Friar Lane. If you’re staying overnight, then you can catch the Olympics at the Park Plaza Hotel.

    For a venue with a difference, then head to Broadway Cinema and

  • Newstead Abbey Posted on 24 July 2012

    My Favourite Spots in Nottinghamshire by Sally Nightingale

    This week we are sharing Sally Nightingale’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.


    Sally Nightingale is the Heritage Services Manager at DH Lawrence Heritage. Here are her favourite places in the county.

    Newstead Abbey will always have a special place in my heart, not only did I get married there six years ago, but I also worked as a waitress in the café and restaurant (then The White Lady Restaurant) for over five years from the ages of 16 -21. It was

  • tinneys1 Posted on 23 July 2012

    Meet the Tinneys

    Experience Nottinghamshire have searched high and low for the ideal family to be our roving reporters for some of the best family fun activities in Nottinghamshire over the summer holidays.
    After a long search, and some very hard decisions, we found the Tinneys! A family of four ready to explore, discover and share.

    We caught up with them before their big adventures start this Friday.

    Tell us a little more about your family.
    We are Jamie (Dad) Jack (Mum) Molly (7years) and Maisy (5yrs)

    What are your favourite things to do as a family?
    We like trying out new things and visiting new places.  The girls love days out and are always keen to

  • Splendour - Low Res Posted on 20 July 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 20-22 July 2012

    This weekend sees the opening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises which features Wollaton Hall as Wayne Manor in the film. Experience the movie location at Splendour tomorrow or head to Broadway over the weekend to see the film for yourself.

    Headlining Splendour is Dizzee Rascal and there is another top line up this year for the event which includes The Lightning Seeds, Razorlight and Hard Fi. Look out for local lad Jake Bugg who has been heavily tipped after his recent appearance on Later with Jools Holland.

    If you have young children you’ll love the stage performance of Grandpa in my Pocket which has

  • Sherwood Forest Posted on 19 July 2012

    Have a go at… bat walks at Sherwood Forest

    The Major Oak holds a major secret. Nestled where the great Robin Hood himself is said to have once hidden, a roost of bats huddle together until nightfall; awaiting the chance to stretch their wings and enjoy a bite to eat. (Please note – not the vampire variety!)

    Once the crowds of Robin Hood hunters head for home, the forest comes alive with a new kind of noise. From the screech of a tawny owl, to the rustling of a rabbit – the evening is merely the beginning at Sherwood.

    I spent last Saturday evening on a bat walk at Sherwood Forest, an hour long tour which takes you

  • Nottingham Contemporary Posted on 17 July 2012

    My Favourite Spots in Nottingham by Jo Irvine

    This week we are sharing Jo Irvine’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.


    Jo studied a BA(hons) in Photography at Nottingham Trent University and has gone on to work all over the country and Europe using her relaxed style of photography. She specialises in film stills, fashion and portraiture and has worked for Elle Magazine, The Independent on Sunday and has photographed Noel Fielding, Robert Carlyle and Nottingham’s Vicky McClure and Shane Meadows to name a few.

    BLOG: http://joirvine.blogspot.com

    WEB: http://joirvinephotography.com (currently being updated)

    “My number one has

  • Tour of Britain cycling group Posted on 13 July 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 13-15 July 2012

    After the downpours of the last couple of weeks, the weather seems to be picking up again and the forecast for this weekend is much milder. There are plenty of things to do in Nottinghamshire this weekend and we’ll start with today, Friday 13 and some strange goings on…

    If you’re into the paranormal, you’ll find a ghost hunt in Sherwood Forest and at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. Two quite spooky locations, Ye Olde Trip displays a cursed galleon whilst the gnarled, decaying oaks in Sherwood Forest create a haunting atmosphere. 

    The 2012 Mela Fest is a celebration of the Asian community in Nottinghamshire and this weekend it will

  • kv Posted on 12 July 2012

    Speed skates into National Ice Centre

    I was lucky enough to travel to Lille, France, in May to see firsthand the amazing new show from Holiday on Ice, Speed. This exhilarating show is coming to Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena on 1 December 2012, and promises to wow audiences. 

    Stage Entertainment Touring Productions and Holiday on Ice claim Speed is more dramatic, more dangerous and faster than anything ever before staged on ice, and I have to admit they are right. The show blew me away – high intensity and full of energy, it is a kaleidoscope of colour, music and movement. 100% pure entertainment.

    World-class skaters, dancers and aerial artists from all over the world perform in Speed,

  • DH Lawrence Heritage Centre Posted on 11 July 2012

    Nottinghamshire STARS best visitor attraction – DH Lawrence Heritage

    Sally Nightingale from DH Lawrence Heritage gives an insight into what it’s like behind the scenes:

    We were absolutely delighted to have been awarded the title of ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ at the Nottinghamshire STARS awards recently. It is recognition of the dedication, passion and knowledge of our staff and the hard work that takes place front of house and behind the scenes.

    D.H. Lawrence Heritage is a twin visitor attraction, run by Broxtowe Borough Council, based in the Nottinghamshire writer D.H. Lawrence’s hometown of Eastwood. The attraction brings together the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum and the D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre along with a Bistro, art gallery, a self guided walk called The Blue

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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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As the temperature drops it seems our festive spirits get higher, so with the arrival of December we are now fully in the mood for spectacular seasonal soirees and cheery Christmas celebrations. There’s a great array of events on our What’s On calendar, so don’t forget to have a gander, but read on to check out our…