• Barn Owl Posted on 31 October 2012

    Wildlife Wednesdays: The Barn Owl.

    Of the five owl species regularly spotted in Britain, the one that most people readily recognise would be the barn owl. However, there are many superstitions surrounding this mysterious bird and there is more to owls than just Harry Potter.

    Did you know that the barn owl is often referred to as the ghost owl? Or that a natural phenomena makes them glow in the dark?

    As the nights draw darker and halloween is celebrated across the county, we asked our resident wildlife expert, Andrew Whitelee of Verdant Wildlife tours, all about this mysterious bird of prey, and where you might be able to spot one in Nottinghamshire.

    Myths and Beliefs

  • Terror-ToursMed Posted on 29 October 2012

    A spooktacular evening at the Galleries of Justice

    The Galleries of Justice was voted the most haunted building in the UK by Paranormal group Fright Nights, and it’s clear to see why. This historic, beautiful building was the heart of the justice system in times gone past- with some of the most cruel sentencing and ruthless judges in Britain.

    The stories you will hear on one of the fantastic performance-led Terror Tours will make you see why the Galleries of Justice has been the centre of gruesome stories and morbid curiosity for centuries. This tour in particular allows you to access areas not normally open to the public.

    I’d been to the Galleries of Justice before, during the day, with

  • Robin Hood Pageant Posted on 26 October 2012

    Catching up with Robin Hood

    We had a chat with Robin Hood, to find out about his role at this weekend’s very popular Robin Hood Pageant at Nottingham Castle. The pageant is on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October.

    What are you most looking forward to about this year’s pageant?

    The new and the old; we’ve got some great new shows in the arena (including one I’m in) but we’ve still got the majesty and spectacle of the jousting – and of course the same great atmosphere of excitement and fun! It’s always great to meet all of the families from grandparents to children, all of whom have different stories and ideas about the Robin Hood

  • Creswell Crags Posted on 25 October 2012

    Have a go at.. star gazing with Creswell Crags

    From ‘fuzzy blobs’ to globular clusters, learn more about the night sky with an evening of astronomy at Creswell Crags.

    Did you know? You have the potential to spot Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune from your own back garden in Notts, and the Aurora Borealis is more local than perhaps you’d imagined.
    I recently joined a group of keen star gazers on the most dismal of evenings at Creswell crags for an astronomy evening to find out more, and luckily the weather proved to be the only dull aspect.

    Tucked away in the education room of Creswell Crags on a dark October evening, professional freelance astronomer Paul L Money was on hand

  • FrightNight_LoRes-0639 Posted on 24 October 2012

    Things to do This weekend 26th-28th October

    “It’s not Friday yet!” I hear you cry. Well no, we’ve decided to give you more of a chance to plan your weekend around our suggestions rather than spring it on you last minute. From now on, you can plan your weekend from Wednesday (which makes the midweek that little bit more exciting).

    Robin Hood month is coming to a close with the ever popular Robin Hood Pageant at Nottingham Castle this weekend, a great family event which will leave the little ones happy yet exhausted by bedtime. The perfect ending to half term will include jousting and a lovely medieval village with treats and activities all day.

    Unless you harbour the

  • Rufford Abbey Posted on 23 October 2012

    My Favourite Spots in Nottinghamshire by Jo Atkinson

    This week we are sharing Jo Atkinson’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.


    We asked Jo Atkinson from the Forestry Commission for her favourite places in the county. Jo works to promote and preserve Nottinghamshire’s great forests and is passionate about our natural heritage.

    “- The footpath leading out of Retford towards Grove across the fields …. fantastic hedgerows that in spring are bursting with blackthorn blossom, swallows soaring and swooping across the fields in summer, blackberries and sloes in autumn and glorious sunsets

  • cityofcaves_t_4 Posted on 22 October 2012

    Family Fun in Nottinghamshire with The Tinneys

    It was a summer of fun for one lucky family as our competition winners, The Tinneys enjoyed a host of family activities across some of Nottinghamshire’s greatest venues. From walking with meerkats, to dressing as Victorian paupers – there’s plenty to do for families in Nottinghamshire.

    Here is a quick round up of the best venues and events which get the big thumbs up from the Tinneys. Perhaps you could visit some of these venues during Half term?

    Best family friendly attraction
    We found all the venues to be very family friendly and welcoming, it’s just too hard to choose one above all the others. 

  • Apples at The Workhouse in Southwell Posted on 18 October 2012

    Things To Do This Weekend 19th-21st October

    This weekend, we’ve found an absolute GOLDMINE of activities for you to enjoy.

    First up… Game City! It’s back and it’s better than ever. Game City 7 can be found from the 20th to the 27th this month and there are so many activities that you can get involved in.  It’s Nottingham’s very own video game culture festival with yet more fun and surprises than ever before. This mostly FREE to attend festival brings people of all ages together to celebrate video games and their influence on culture worldwide. The festival encourages conversation about video games, what they are, what they mean and why they are interesting, as well as showcasing the

  • Science Experiement Record Attempt Posted on 17 October 2012

    Slime! Rockets! Lab coats! World Records!

    GameCity, the world’s best-loved videogame culture festival powered by Nottingham Trent University, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Practical Science Lesson as part of GameCity in Nottingham on Saturday 27 October at 2pm.

    GameCity wants members of the public to help the festival go out with a bang as they spend the day making history/science experiments/a big mess. Participants will be led through a series of fun experiments for 30 minutes, involving slime, pop rockets and more. We spoke with GameCity Festival Director Iain Simons, about what to expect at this record breaking event…

    How did you come up with the idea to hold the world’s

  • Wollaton Park 2 Gerry Molumby low Posted on 17 October 2012

    Get Snap-Happy in Notts and bag yourself £200 cash!

    Experience Nottinghamshire is inviting amateur photographers to take part in a competition, to showcase the county of Nottinghamshire and everything that makes it great.

    The annual competition, launched first in 2011, aims to uncover beautiful photos of the county’s landscapes and attractions. This year, photographers need to enter a photo inspired by one of four themes;

    Cultural and Sporting Inspiration – Celebrating Nottinghamshire’s events, culture and sporting venues.
    Legends – from Robin Hood to literary legends and modern day heroes.
    The Great Outdoors – Nottinghamshire’s outdoor experiences and spaces, countryside and landscapes.
    Local Life – Local food, produce, markets and traditions such as industrial heritage, lace and farming days out.

    The competition will bring

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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…