• Wallace & Gromit visit the TIC Posted on 30 April 2013

    A Cracking day out in Nottingham for Wallace & Gromit

    Credit: Jack Barnes

    Wallace and Gromit have a cracking time in Nottingham!

    When your last holiday was spent exploring the moon in a homemade space rocket, what to do next could be a tough call.

    Step forward VisitEngland, who invited Wallace and Gromit to join them on a grand adventure, visiting cracking tourist spots across the country as part of a UK wide tour.

    Packing plenty of cheese into their trusty motorbike and sidecar, the adventurous duo began their journey across England this week, stopping in Nottingham on Saturday 27 April to visit the home of Robin Hood.

    Crowds outside the Nottingham Tourism Centre on Smithy Row gave Wallace and his faithful

  • M-A-W Posted on 30 April 2013

    Don’t Miss! Made at Welbeck 11 May 2013

    In Notts, we love our local makers and producers, and this May the Welbeck Estate are inviting visitors to come out in support of all things local and join the estate for a full day’s event based entirely around produce Made at Welbeck.

    On 11 May, visitors to Welbeck can enjoy a variety of activities as producers, attractions and friends of the Welbeck Estate come together to share their passion for local produce and artisan skills.

    As well as being able to visit the usual attractions such as Welbeck Farm Shop, The Harley Gallery and Lime House Café, visitors can expect to enjoy additional treats including live demos, exhibitions

  • Southwell Minster, credit Marie Bunting, 19.11.2012 Posted on 30 April 2013

    My favourite spots in Nottinghamshire by Mike Kirrage

    This week we are sharing Mike’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.

    Mike Kirrage established the Gate to Southwell Folk Festival in 2007 which takes place from the 6-9 June this year.  He was formerly licensee of the Cross Keys at Upton and comes from a long line of respected Nottinghamshire publicans.

    The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, Newark
    Having been born and brought up in the Olde White Harte in the Market Place, I have a long and recurring connection with the neighbouring

  • Jazz-et-vin-performance1 Posted on 26 April 2013

    Jazz et Vin! at Ann et Vin Newark, 18-19th May 2013

    Jazz et Vin! returns to Newark in May 2013 with a programme of live jazz over the weekend of May 18th and 19th. It will be held for the seventh year running at Ann et Vin wine shop on Castlegate, Newark.

    The event — a mix of ticketed and free-to-enter gigs — offers something to suit a wide variety of musical tastes. Tickets can be bought for individual events, or a weekend pass, priced at just £30, will allow unlimited access to both days and all the musical events.

    Ann Hayes, founder of Ann et Vin, said: “The busy line-up is another heady blend of well-loved faces back by popular demand. This time

  • kite-runner2 Posted on 24 April 2013

    Things to do this weekend, 26-28 April 2013

    Here are some great ideas for things to do this weekend in Nottinghamshire. We’re delighted to welcome Wallace and Gromit to Old Market Square at 3pm on Saturday as part of the VisitEngland Great Adventure campaign.

    Cultural Inspiration

    Opening this week, The Kite Runner has its European Premiere at Nottingham Playhouse. It is accompanied by a free exhibition called Freedom in Air in the theatre foyer looking at the inspiration behind the book.

    Opening this week, The First Cut explores how contemporary artists work with paper, displaying work by established artists and emerging talent from around the globe.

    Opening Saturday at the Nottingham Contemporary is the Universal Addressability of Dumb

  • Naturescape Posted on 23 April 2013

    Spotlight on… Naturescape

    As the weather warms up and the flowers start blooming, now is the perfect time to plan a visit to Naturescape Wild Flower Farm in Nottinghamshire.

    Located in Langar, just south of Nottingham, the wild flower farm and visitor centre is the only attraction of its kind in the UK.

    English Bluebell

    Since it opened in 1990, the centre has been focused on providing a site open for demonstration, information and personal advice on wild flowers, with wild flower seeds and plants also available for sale to the public.

    According to the team at Naturescape:

    “The objective of our centre is to provide a pleasant relaxing visit, where people can learn the benefits

  • forest live Posted on 18 April 2013

    Spotlight on… the Forest Live concerts at Sherwood Pines by Laura Freer

    What brings a 70s pop icon from the new wave underground of New York all the way to Sherwood Forest? The Forest Live outdoor concerts at Sherwood Pines, that’s what!

    On the  14th and 15th June, Sherwood Pines – the East Midlands’ largest public forest – is opening its gates for thousands of music lovers to come and enjoy live music from Brit nominee Paloma Faith and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members, Blondie.

    But most people will know Sherwood Pines as a great place to come for a thrash about on a mountain bike, a run around with the dog, a place for the kids to let off steam

  • The Workhouse Southwell Posted on 17 April 2013

    Things to do this weekend 19-21 April

    With the Easter holidays all but a memory, and back to school and work routines in full swing, look  forward to the weekend with a look at of some of the best things to do this weekend in Notts. 

    Newark Showground will be host to two not-to-be-missed annual shows this weekend. Starting on Friday 29 April and running until Sunday, the Newark & Notts Garden Show has a host of garden-themed demonstrations, stalls and exhibits to entice gardeners from novice to expert.

    On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April, the All About Dogs show will be treating dogs and their owners to dog showing classes, agility and pet accessories to get

  • Virtual Tour Posted on 12 April 2013

    New technology makes Nottingham’s past accessible for all

    A new interactive feature is now available at the Galleries of Justice Museum to allow physically disabled visitors to explore the museum’s undergrounds and discover its rich history.

    Nottingham’s former law court and county gaol, the Galleries of Justice offers a popular Crime and Punishment Tour exploring the history of the building. Until now, many physically disabled visitors have been unable to access the entire tour. The design and age of the building meant that a lift could not be incorporated for the lower levels, preventing full access.

    Funded by NHS Aim Higher, Deborah Tuck and Roma Patel, researchers at Nottingham Trent University, have created an alternative tour to provide

  • Langar Hall exterior Posted on 10 April 2013

    Things to do this weekend, 12-14 April 2013

    Maybe spring is finally upon us and with this last weekend of the Easter holidays, it’s a good opportunity to get out and about to explore outdoors, and enjoy the milder weather. We have excellent entertainment lined up for the weekend as well as fun activities and top sporting fixtures.

    Warm up for the ashes by popping down to support Nottinghamshire in their opening game of the LV= Division One Championships against Middlesex.
    Also on a sporting theme, Nottingham Rugby take on Cornish Pirates at Meadow Lane on Sunday 14 April 2013. Cornish Pirates have strong support so the atmosphere for this game should be good.

    Newark Air Museum celebrates 40

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