• Troops Gathered Posted on 31 August 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 31 August to 2 September 2012

    It’s the last weekend before the schools go back in Nottinghamshire and the forecast is for fine weather. There are lots of things to do and events taking place in the region, so get out and about and enjoy the sunshine.

    The first of two major events this weekend is the 1940’s Weekend at Rufford Abbey. A hugely popular theme and event, step back in time and experience the sights and sounds of wartime Britain. There’s fun for all the family with music shows, swing dancing, military demonstrations and much, much more.

    From Twitter: @TempoPromotes: “It’s Rufford Abbey WW2 weekend! Looking forward to some nostalgic fun!”

    The next of our two major events

  • The Tinney girls meet Robin Hood Posted on 30 August 2012

    Week four: The Tinneys visit the Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest.

    Day Four of our amazing prize from Experience Nottinghamshire was a trip up to Sherwood Forest to the Robin Hood Festival – the biggest celebration in the world of the legendary outlaw.And what better way to start our visit, than with a photo of Robin Hood himself!

    The Major Oak is linked throughout the world to Sherwood’s legendary hero Robin Hood, and Robin and his merry Men are rumoured to have slept in its branches. Throughout the day there was music and performances in the Visitor Centre and around the Major Oak from festival folk.

    Performers at the Robin Hood Festival

    After our lunch in the Forest Table Restaurant, we walked down to the main arena to watch the Falconry Display. All the children were invited

  • Theatre Royal stage Posted on 28 August 2012

    My Favourite Spots in Nottinghamshire by Adrian Lloyd-James

    This week we are sharing Adrian Lloyd-James’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.


    Adrian Lloyd-James is co-producer of the Theatre Royal’s annual summer Classic Thriller Season.  He has been coming to Nottingham with the Thriller company, on and off, for the past 24 years.  Alongside his acting and directing, he also runs Tabs Productions with fellow ‘Thriller’ regular Karen Henson.

    The Classic Thriller Season continues at the Theatre Royal Nottingham until Saturday 1 September with Shock!. For more information please visit www.trch.co.uk

    “Theatre Royal

  • Papplewick-25600-10-low-res Posted on 24 August 2012

    Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend, 24-27 August 2012

    How quickly time flies and it’s already the last of the summer bank holidays. The schools will start again soon and we’ll be back to the autumn routine. In the last throws of summer there’s still chance to get out and about with lots of things to do and events in Nottinghamshire this weekend.

    Today is your last chance to vote for the shortlists of the Culture Cloud Award over at New Art Exchange. The winner will be announced at 12 noon tomorrow, good luck to all those involved.

    Newstead Abbey is celebrating Victorian Week with a themed quiz around the gardens for children 4 years and above. Activity costs £1

  • Pure Land Japanese Garden & Meditation Centre Posted on 23 August 2012

    Have a go at… finding inner peace at Pure Land.

    In an unassuming cul-de-sac you will find one of Nottinghamshire’s hidden gems.
    Award winning and internationally acclaimed, this once flat-land has been transformed into a hilly Japanese haven, with an open invitation for those wanting to experience ‘peace and harmony with nature’.

    Buddha Maitreya welcomes you with open arms to his Meditation centre and Japanese Garden, lovingly created over thirty-four years. Step straight out of rural Nottinghamshire and into this secret garden, where peace and tranquillity (and a rather delicious scone) await you.

    During the weekends of August and September, Pure Land offers lantern-lit evenings, where you can experience the gardens in a whole new light (literally). I arrived at Pure Land

  • a_golden_envelope_tinneys Posted on 21 August 2012

    Week Three: The Tinneys visit Wollaton Hall & Deer Park

    This week’s day out led us across the city to Wollaton Hall and Deer Park.

    Tours of Wollaton Hall run at 11.30am and 2.30pm daily. We joined the morning tour and our guide Dave led us on tour of the Hall, Tudor Kitchens, Prospect Room and caves. There are lots and lots of hidden staircases in Wollaton Hall, and our tour began with a climb up the spiral staircase to the recently refurbished Prospect Room.

    The recent restoration work has made the Prospect Room safe for public visits. The original purpose of this room was probably to enable people to watch hunting in the grounds below. It is unlikely to have been

  • Ben Hatch Posted on 21 August 2012

    My Favourite Spots in Nottinghamshire by Ben Hatch

    This week we are sharing Ben Hatch’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.

    Author Ben Hatch’s latest book, Are We Nearly There Yet?, tells of a family’s 8,000-mile journey around Britain. While stopping in Nottinghamshire, he told us about one of his new-found favourite places here.

    “My favourite place in Nottinghamshire, possibly the world, is the Vina Cooke Museum of Dolls and Bygone Childhood. Based in an old rectory this museum is a collection of more than 3,000 dolls and 5,000 other exhibits

  • Caribbean Carnival 03 - Low Res Posted on 17 August 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 17 to 19 August 2012

    The Olympics may be over but there are plenty more events on offer around Nottinghamshire for you to explore this weekend. As we’re still in the throes of the school holidays, there are plenty of activities for children.

    This weekend there’s still chance to catch the Robin Hood Festival with jousting and pageantry on both days in the main arena. Head on over to catch the atmosphere with medieval stalls, music and entertainment at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.

    Over at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwel) the 86th R&A Boys Amateur Championships will come to an exciting finale. See some of the best junior golfers in the world compete for this prestigious

  • Creswell Crags Posted on 14 August 2012

    My Favourite Spots in Nottinghamshire by Penny Reeve

    This week we are sharing Penny Reeve’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.


    Penny Reeve is the PR & Marketing Co-ordinator for Notts-based renewable energy company Living Fuels  and is also LeftLion‘s Community Editor.

    “There are so many places that I love in Nottingham, which is why I’m still happy to call this city home even after a good few years. Some places I’ll keep to myself for now, such as the magical car park (more fun than it sounds) and the

  • Russian Visitors enjoy the Festival Posted on 13 August 2012

    A quick guide to The Robin Hood Festival

    The 28th Annual Robin Hood Festival opens today, so here’s our guide on what to expect if you head to Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve this week.

    The biggest celebration of the world famous outlaw is a must see for families during the school summer holidays and if you haven’t yet been, you need to go. Entry to the event is free, although there is a car parking charge of £5 per day and small fees for archery and outdoor theatre.
    1. Medieval stalls, music and merry men.
    One of the best parts of the festival is the whole atmosphere that greets you at Sherwood Forest. There are medieval

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