• two-little-boys Posted on 24 December 2012

    Find magic in a tale of Two Little Boys this Christmas at Lakeside Arts Centre

    Looking for something different to the usual beanstalks and glass slippers this year? Perhaps you’d like to hear the story of Two Little Boys?
    Award winning playwright Mike Kenny, has adapted the song made famous by Rolf Harris into heart-warming story of courage and friendship, currently showing at Lakeside Arts Centre.

    The enchanting tale follows two unlikely friends, Joe and Jack, as they reminisce about their friendship over the years. Join them as they return to a time when they were just two little boys playing with their wooden horses, right through to serving in the war during adulthood and finally as dear old friends.

    The play is suitable for all

  • Advent-24 Posted on 24 December 2012

    Christmas Eve: Experience Nottinghamshire Advent Calendar

    On the final day of Christmas, Experience Nottinghamshire and SACO Apartments,  give to you
    1 night stay for two in a self-catered SACO apartment in Nottingham City.

    Situated on the Ropewalk, these stylish and contemporary one and two bedroom apartments have commanding views over The Park, and are conveniently located for the city centre. Each beautifully furnished apartment has a large living and dining area, fully equipped kitchen, master bedroom with 5 foot bed and separate bathroom. Two bedroom apartments have 5 foot size beds and additional en-suite shower rooms. Reception is by arrangement. 

    Conveniently located for access to city centre and only fifteen minutes walk from the Midland Mainline station,

  • Advent-23 Posted on 23 December 2012

    DAY 23: Experience Nottinghamshire Advent Calendar


    On the 23rd day of Christmas, Experience Nottinghamshire,  give to you
    4 x tickets for a for a performance led Robin Hood Town Tour of Nottingham 

    Based on 20 years experience as the ‘Official Outlaw’ and 7 years as the Heritage Ranger for Sherwood Forest, Ezekial Bone has created a dynamic and interactive experience. This tour uses the best sights of Nottingham town as a theatrical backdrop as you embark on a fact finding trail to discover the true spirit of Robin Hood and the essence of his great City.

    See Nottingham’s key sites of interest, hear the stories

  • Advent day 22 Posted on 22 December 2012

    DAY 22: Experience Nottinghamshire Advent Calendar


    On the 22nd day of Christmas, Experience Nottinghamshire and Wheelgate Family Theme Park ,  give to you
    1 x family entry ticket for four persons to use at Wheelgate Park before 31 March 2013.

    Set in 30 acres of parkland Wheelgate Theme Park makes the perfect day out for all the family. Full of exciting rides and attractions the park provides a safe and secure environment for Adventure, Play and Education.

    From the exhilarating Runaway Mine Train roller coaster and construction site Bobcat Mini Diggers to the challenging Jumicars, complete with road network and traffic lights, the fun is endless and

  • sherwood winter landscape Posted on 21 December 2012

    Christmas Opening Times 2012

    Spend the Christmas holidays with a visit to one of Nottinghamshire’s many attractions. Walk off the Christmas dinner with a bracing woodland stroll or take the children for a family day out somewhere special. If you prefer to stay away from the January sales, there are havens to escape the hustle and bustle in the city and towns.

    For those of you looking to meet up with friends and relatives, there are some useful places to catch up too.

    Christmas Opening for Attractions

    Newstead Abbey Gardens will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. For all other days, the gardens will be open from 9am until 4pm with the cafe

  • Advent day 21 Posted on 21 December 2012

    DAY 21: Experience Nottinghamshire Advent Calendar


    On the 21st day of Christmas, Experience Nottinghamshire and Verdant Wildlife ,  give to you
    1 x half day wildlife taster tour for two in the wilds of North Nottinghamshire!

     At Verdant Wildlife we are passionate about wildlife and love sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm with others through our wide range of tours, events and courses. We are based on the Nottinghamshire/Yorkshire border and have an extensive knowledge of the region gained over several decades of watching and enjoying the local wildlife. We operate regular tours across Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire but visit our website for special single and

  • Making It! Discovery Centre Posted on 20 December 2012

    Have a go at… getting creative with Brewhouse Crafts

    Last night, we attended a festive garland workshop at Making it! Discovery Centre, Mansfield. Tucked away three floors up in what was once a working brewery, is the aptly named ‘Brewhouse Crafts’.

    Crafting has seen a resurgence of late, with people keen to learn new skills which they can use again and again. A new initiative from the museum sees adults invited to take part in all manner of workshops from sweet trees and bunting, to seasonal one-offs for Christmas and Easter. Classes are held both mid-morning and evening giving people the chance to pop in at a time to suit them.

    Prices vary (the festive garland cost a reasonable £15) with materials and light

  • Advent Day 20 Posted on 20 December 2012

    DAY 20: Experience Nottinghamshire Advent Calendar


    On the 20th day of Christmas, Experience Nottinghamshire and Le Bistrot Pierre,  give to you
    A three course meal for two with wine at Le Bistrot Pierre, Nottingham, to be enjoyed in January/February 2013.

    “We’re a family of individual restaurants and our aim is to make everyday dining feel special.
    That’s why we create delicious French bistrot dishes that are affordably priced and use only the finest quality ingredients.” 

    To book a table at Le Bistrot Pierre, Milton St, Nottingham call 0115 941 2850 

    To Enter this competition, answer this simple question:

    What type of cuisine is tradtionally served

  • Newstead Abbey PN 24-04 Posted on 18 December 2012

    My Favourite Places in Nottinghamshire by Hattie Startin and Jane Middlebrook

    This week, we are sharing Hattie Startin and Jane Middlebrook’s favourite places in Nottinghamshire. Hattie and Jane are local makers who both specialise in textiles, and recently exhibited at The Harley Gallery Christmas Market.

    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.

    Hattie Startin is a textile maker based in Nottinghamshire.

    “Having grown up in the Lakes and loving the countryside, I’d have to say my favourite places in Nottingham are Sherwood Forest and Newstead Abbey, along with all the fields and woods in between!

  • Wollaton Park, Lake by Alan MetheringhamMED Posted on 18 December 2012

    Things to do in Nottinghamshire: Christmas special!

    With only a few days to go until Christmas, the magical festive air has left us full of anticipation for big log fires, the delicious smell of turkey,  the whimsical sound of sleigh bells and above all, spending time with our loved ones.
    Nottinghamshire has plenty on offer to keep you in the festive spirit right through to New Year.

    There’s nothing like hearing some wonderful festive choral music in the lead up to Christmas. The Eastwood Male Voice Choir offer some truly spectacular harmonies with their Christmas Musical Extravaganza. Complete with mince pies and a sherry. Find this at the Nottingham Mechanics on the 21st at 11am.

    Just the Tonic’s

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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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