• santa-and-suzanne Posted on 30 November 2012

    Five Minutes with Father Christmas…

    It looks as though Santa Claus has already settled into his grotto at Broadmarsh Shopping Centre to meet the children of Nottinghamshire, and finish his naughty and nice list.
    We asked the cheeky Broadmarsh Elves to pass on our questions to Father Christmas, who kindly answered them for us, during his busiest time of year.

    Are the boys and girls of Nottinghamshire on your nice list this year?
    Very much so – especially the polite ones. The children of Nottinghamshire are very nice indeed and some of them even draw pictures for my elves and I.

    What kind of gifts have people been asking for?
    The children who visit me

  • Christopher Nolan - Wollaton Hall Posted on 29 November 2012

    Dark Knights, Mad Men and Batman

    In December this year, Christopher Nolan’s latest Batman epic The Dark Knight Rises, is released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK. Starring Christian Bale and Gary Oldman, the film was a box office smash when it was released in cinemas earlier this year and received rave reviews. So what’s the connection with Nottinghamshire then? Well the germ of the idea for Batman can be traced to the familiar sounding small village called Gotham just south of Nottingham.

    The story goes that when King John was travelling through the county in the 13th century, he intended to travel through Gotham. The law at the time stated that if this happened, the town

  • IMG_8668 Posted on 28 November 2012

    Things to do this weekend 30th November – 2nd December.

    To ensure December starts with a bang, we’ve compiled some Christmassy capers and festive frolics for you to enjoy.

    Kenneth Alan Taylor returns to the stage as Nurse Nellie Noggins in his 29th pantomime at the Nottingham Playhouse! Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood sees the evil Sheriff of Nottingham hatching a cunning plan to ‘dispose’ of his niece and nephew in Sherwood Forest to inherit their fortune. Can our favourite outlaw Robin Hood save the day and win the heart of beautiful Maid Marian? Book now for sparkly sets, stunning costumes and great dance routines! The The pantomime starts on Friday and runs to the 19th January.

    Rufford Abbey Country Park will

  • Theatre Royal stage Posted on 27 November 2012

    My Favourite Spots in Nottinghamshire by Ezekial Bone

    This week we asked resident ghost and local tour guide Ezekial Bone to share his favourite places in Nottinghamshire with us. 

    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.


    “My favourite haunts in Nottinghamshire are places seemingly caught between times.

    A place held dear in many Nottingham hearts is the monument to the arts that is the Theatre Royal. Built and re-built by the greatest Victorian architects, it breathed life into a derelict part of old Nottingham and transformed the area in the middle of the 19th century into a

  • Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood Posted on 26 November 2012

    Five minutes with… Kenneth Alan Taylor

    Saturday sees the return of the Nottingham Playhouse‘s pantomime which this year, happens to be the one and only Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. Directed for the 29th year in a row by Kenneth Alan Taylor, this year’s production will see him take to the stage once again as the Dame, his first appearance since 2009. We caught up with this very talented director ahead of his return this weekend.

    EN: Where is your favourite place in Nottinghamshire?

    KA Taylor: Without a doubt the Playhouse must be my favourite place in Nottingham. When you have spent twenty-nine years connected to a theatre it becomes like a second home.

  • Arts Market 2011 Posted on 22 November 2012

    Find a bargain at Welbeck’s Christmas Market.

    This weekend sees the return of the Christmas Arts & Food Market & Harley Open Studios at Welbeck on 24 & 25 November 2012. Visitors can enjoy this annual event, spread generously across two days. We were delighted to speak to Lisa Gee, Director of The Harley Gallery

    Who are the makers to look out for and what are your ‘stand out’ pieces on the market?
    I’m a keen knitter so I’m excited to see Hattie Startin’s textiles. Kyra Cane’s studio is my must see for her domestic ceramics, a new range from this leading potter.

    What would be the perfect itinerary for visitors to the market?
    My perfect day would be to

  • IMG_8751 Posted on 21 November 2012

    Things to do this weekend 23-25th November

    Its the last weekend of November which means it’s almost Christmas!

    The winter wonderland that opened when the lights were switched on Wednesday, will be on until January 6th and includes a range of delicious winter food and drink, market stalls and a brand new Narnia snug for a quick tipple!

    Enjoy over 55 art and craft stalls at the Christmas Arts and Food Market, and Harley Open Studios, which is happening this weekend at the Harley Gallery. Tempt your tastebuds and buy gifts for loved ones… it’s all there and it’s all free! Don’t forget to stop off for some delicious food at the Welbeck Farm Shop,

  • Rufford Abbey Posted on 20 November 2012

    My Favourite Spots in Nottinghamshire by Daniel White

    This week we are sharing Daniel White’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.


    Local resident Daniel White works for ICS which provide call handling solutions for over 2,000 companies in the UK www.answer-4u.com

    “Having a young family I like to get out as much as possible at the weekend and so we love to visit Rufford Country Park as it has the right mix of activities for the kids, great walks, a craft centre and of course the Ford, which the kids love

  • The Living Room Posted on 16 November 2012

    ‘Dining in The Dark’ at The Living Room, Nottingham

    We were delighted when we were asked to try some of the dishes created by the inventive kitchen team at The Living Room, one of the most stylish restaurants in Nottingham, for their new autumn-winter menu. There was just one catch; we were to try them blindfolded.

    A table was set for seven plucky diners, with a blindfold at each place setting. Senses were heightened as diners were plunged into darkness and spoon fed morsels from the new menu.
    Alongside each course came a competitive element, with a challenge to decipher the flavours and ingredients for each course. The person with

  • Lakeside Pavilion low res Posted on 14 November 2012

    Things to do this weekend 16th-18th November

    This weekend it’s all about getting yourself into that festive feel, eating, drinking and being merry, so we’ve put together a great list of things that will get your eyes twinkling with Christmas magic!

    Lace:here:now will celebrate the heritage of Nottingham lace and demonstrate that lace still inspires, fascinates and excites. This weekend, you can catch it at Nottingham Trent University Lace Archive, and attend a Bobbin Lace Making Taster Workshop (suitable for beginners) at the Adams Building, New College Nottingham. On Sunday, Nottingham Castle and Newstead Abbey are also holding lace themed events.

    Foodie treats to be enjoyed over the weekend! The return of the

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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…