• blue-stilton Posted on 31 May 2013

    100 Years of Cheesemaking at Colston Bassett

    In Notts we love a nice bit of local cheese, so what better excuse do you need to get out your cheese board than in celebration of local dairy Colston Bassett’s centenary year.

    Located in the Nottinghamshire village of Colston Bassett, in the ‘heartland of Stilton’, the Vale of Belvoir, the dairy has been making the famously strong-smelling blue veined cheese since 1913. The dairy was originally formed by a group of milk farmers and villagers and was a co-operative of local pastures and farms which helped the troubled workers sell their dairy goods and also improve the value of their product. The dairy has always produced Stilton, amongst

  • tenancy Posted on 30 May 2013

    Horsing around at Southwell Racecourse

    With race season in full swing, we asked Southwell Racecourse for an interview with one of their racing stars. Read on for some thoroughbred answers from Tenancy the horse.

    Where are your favorite places to horse around in Nottinghamshire?

    As you know I live next door to Clumber Park, therefore after I have finished my morning training I like nothing better than to visit the local country parks and to have a gallop around Sherwood Forest.

    Sherwood Pines is brilliant with over 3300 acres and has a wide range of activities and includes a cafe, cycle trail, cycle hire and children’s adventure playground. I am partial to a bit of music and

  • Paa-Joe-and-the-lion Posted on 29 May 2013

    Things to do this weekend, 31 May to 2 June 2013

    It’s the last weekend of the May half term and all of a sudden June arrives and the summer is in full swing. Here are our recommended things to do this weekend. A full list of events can be found via our What’s On page.

    Arts and crafts

    Visit the Harley Gallery this weekend and discover all about Edward Harley: The Great Collector. Edward was married to Henrietta Cavendish-Holles, at the time the wealthiest heiress in Britain. Edward’s lust for collecting bankrupted him but his manuscripts were sold back to the nation and formed the basis of the British Library.

    For unique gift ideas and something special, try the World Village Market

  • rabbit-wheee Posted on 27 May 2013

    Hurray – it’s May half-term in Nottinghamshire.

    Looking for more family-friendly ideas to keep little ones entertained during the half-term holidays? With a whole week to fill, visit Nottinghamshire for a wealth of activities and events which will inspire and occupy young minds in the run-up to summer.

    We’ll start with a focus on Lakeside Children’s Festival by guest blogger Mark Stretton:


    A RABBIT that has escaped from prison, an amazing inflatable structure, and two brothers fleeing home across a shadow puppet universe – it can only be Lakeside’s children’s festival.

    Returning for its 9th year, the popular Wheee! Festival returns for a whole host

  • Thaymar-ice-cream-blog Posted on 24 May 2013

    Eating Ice Cream and Celebrating 25 Years of Thaymar

    This year, Nottinghamshire favourite Thaymar Ice Cream celebrates 25 years. We thought we’d mark the anniversary by sampling their ice cream as a Friday afternoon office treat. There are over 30 flavour varieties to taste but we couldn’t get through them all, here’s what the team chose and their thoughts.

    David – Chunky Chocolate

    Velvet texture that melts in the mouth. 8/10

    Dale – Rum and Raisin

    A real clean taste and the rum definitely gives it a kick. The raisin makes it sweet too. Certainly not a bland ice cream and I’d eat this one again. 9/10

    Erin – Rocky Mountain

    I really loved the generous chunks of fudge, honeycomb and chocolate, which were nicely

  • Wheee! Lakeside International Children's Festival Posted on 22 May 2013

    Things to do this bank holiday weekend, 24-27 May 2013

    It only seems a short while since the last bank holiday, last time the sky was clear and the weather was warm so let’s hope the pattern continues. If you’re looking to get out and about over the extended weekend, then here’s our round-up of the main events, a full listing can be found on our website.

    Only in Notts…

    After a 20 year absence The Milk Race returns as a major city centre race and family festival of cycling. Including an elite men’s and women’s race offering world and Olympic champions, with London 2012 Team Pursuit champion Steven Burke. The schedule starts at 10am in Old Market Square and events

  • Southwell_Folk_Festival_2011_(12) - Gerry Molumby Posted on 21 May 2013

    Great Folk Head for Southwell

    Five thousand visitors are expected to attend this summer’s Gate to Southwell Folk Festival in Nottinghamshire. Len Brown, one of the organisers behind the festival, tells you what to expect.

    Some of the best artists from the British and International Celtic, folk and roots music scenes will be performing on the site (near Southwell’s National Trust Workhouse) between 6-9 June including multi-award-winning headline acts such as Oysterband, Show of Hands, Home Service, Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray, Roddy Woomble and, from Canada, Genticorum and Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys.

    Alongside these established acts, the Midlands’ premier music event has also attracted bright new talent like

  • IMG_0013 Posted on 20 May 2013

    Have a go… at flying an aeroplane

    In Notts we’d love to fly you to paradise and now we can! Whether it’s Biarritz, Barbados or Blidworth, SimSpot’s new state-of-the-art flight simulator can take you there.

    A team from Nottingham Tourism Centre were lucky enough to be invited to have a look around the newly-opened simulator, located on the top floor of Nottingham’s Cornerhouse. With its awesome real-life Boeing 737-800 cockpit, Simspot offers would-be pilots the chance to have a go at taking off and landing as well as negotiating some of the world’s trickiest terrain – all without leaving Nottingham. The simulator has a database of thousands of airports worldwide, so it’s simply a

  • Creswell Crags gorge spring Posted on 16 May 2013

    Have a go at… being up with the larks at Creswell Crags

    Can you hear the difference between a chiffchaff and a chaffinch? Early risers and morning larks were recently called on by Verdant Wildlife and Creswell Crags to enjoy nature’s finest orchestra; the dawn chorus.

    With alarm clocks set for 5:30am, a group of bright-eyed birders joined nature enthusiast Andrew Whitelee of Verdant Wildlife down in the gorge at Creswell Crags for a dawn chorus walk on Sunday 12 May.

    A place of scientific interest and with conservation work firmly in place, Creswell Crags provides the perfect habitat for both migratory and native songbirds. With thriving woodland and craggy crevices in which to hide, the gorge has been home to many

  • the-mousetrap Posted on 15 May 2013

    Things to do this weekend, 17-19 May 2013

    Hello everyone! Here’s our round-up of this weekend’s key events:

    Did you know that Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap made its debut in Nottingham? It’s the longest running West End play and the 60th Anniversary Tour comes back to the Theatre Royal with performances on Friday and Saturday.

    The Circus is in town over on the Goose Fair site in Forest Fields. Catch the Moscow State Circus with shows from Friday through to Sunday. You can pick up tickets at the Nottingham tourism centre, call 08444 77 5678 and quote ENMoscow2for1 when booking for 2 for 1 grand stand tickets.

    Some of the area’s finest artists will be on display at the Nottingham

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