• Shepherds Hut Posted on 31 January 2014

    Spotlight on Shepherds Hut

    Discover a reviewer’s experience at Shepherds Hut, situated on Manor Farm in Bleasby. The reviewer, Amanda Whittam, was writing for a Valentine’s Day Getaways feature for What’s Good To Do.

    On arrival at the Farm we were greeted by the owners, Caroline and Andrew, who couldn’t have been more welcoming and helpful. The farm is set in beautiful countryside and the buildings housing the function room and ‘Tea Shoppe’ are recently renovated whilst keeping the traditional feel of the farm.

    We stayed in the amazing Shepherds Hut, a bespoke handmade ‘Hut’ based on the original design of accommodation that shepherds traditionally used to watch their sheep overnight. It is situated in a secluded,

  • Chinese-New-Year-Lakeside-by-Gerry-Molumby Posted on 30 January 2014

    Celebrate Chinese New Year in Nottinghamshire

    Tomorrow marks the start of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse – and if you’re in Nottinghamshire you can look forward to a full programme of events including stunning fireworks displays, traditional music and dance and delicious banquets. Here is our round-up of what’s on around the county.

    Perhaps the biggest celebration takes place at Lakeside Arts Centre which is in the grounds of Nottingham University. The event, which takes place on Sunday, will be presented by BBC Radio Nottingham’s Mark Dennison and will see live performances on the outdoor stage including a Lion Dance and a Dragon Dance. It will culminate in a colourful fireworks finale

  • newlandscapeadvertsmall Posted on 30 January 2014

    Em-Con 2014 in Nottingham promises a star-studded line-up!

    Now I appreciate that Sci-Fi is a genre not loved by everyone. However it is hard not to sit up and take notice of the East Midlands Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention taking place at the Albert Hall on the 16th March 2014. The allure of the event to those who have featured on the big screen is clear for all to see, with a lineup of guests that would ‘dwarf’ many other conventions (those who do love their Sci-Fi will appreciate the reference to a very popular British TV series there).

    And on that note, the entire cast of the TV series Red Dwarf will be making an appearance,

  • Inside the Workhouse school room. Posted on 28 January 2014

    Pauper Sarah lifts the lid of the harsh conditions at Southwell Workhouse

    On the edge of Southwell stands an imposing red-brick building with an incredibly rich social history. Built in 1824, the Workhouse was once used to house the poor and the destitute who had nowhere else to go.

    Today, visitors to the National Trust property can see neatly manicured lawns and allotments – but as soon as you step into the yard you begin to imagine the harsh conditions endured by those in the institution. Everyone who came here had a story to tell; some were widows, some were too old or infirm to earn a living, while others sought temporary refuge here when the seasonal work on the farms of

  • Fanny's Grove Sherwood Forest Trust Posted on 27 January 2014

    Sherwood Forest wins second place in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards

    Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve has taken second place in the ‘Best Nature Reserve’ category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013, voted for by the public.

    The Nature Reserve is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, in partnership with Natural England and the Forestry Commission. It contains some of the oldest oak trees in Europe, most of which are over 500 years old, and is a popular visitor destination.

    Credit Les Churchman – Sherwood Forest Nature Reserve

    The 450 acre country park is part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, designated in 2002 by Natural England, in honour of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. It is maintained by the county council’s

  • Snowdrops at Hodsock Posted on 27 January 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 31st January – 2nd February 2014

    We’re a little bit excited for this weekend because there’s the slightest suggestion of spring in the air! One of the events we’re bringing to you this weekend is an annual event that is always the start of spring in our eyes, even if it’s still only the beginning of February. We also have four other events to offer to you as ideas to inspire you and your family for the weekend ahead. So sit back, have a leisurely read and take plenty of notes!


    Snowdrops 2014 at Hodsock Priory

    In the intro I touched upon the fact that we had a little taste of spring to offer you this weekend. Well here

  • CBeebies_800x600-updated Posted on 25 January 2014

    WIN tickets to see CBeebies Live in April 2014!

    Calling all CBeebies fans! CBeebies Live! returns with CBeebies Live! The Big Band – a brand new arena show stopping off for two shows at Capital FM Arena Nottingham on 12 April 2014.

    Mixing-up this fun filled musical adventure will be Justin Fletcher MBE along with Mister Maker and gardener extraordinaire, Mr Bloom! ‘Makin a bad ting good’ will be Rastamouse, along with the musical fab four, the ZingZillas. Nina from Nina and the Neurons will bring her own unique scientific style, whilst the adventurous Andy Day and the charismatic Katy Ashworth will be ensuring that everyone has fun.

    We’re delighted to announce that we have a competition for one lucky winner to

  • AdeSuperstar Posted on 24 January 2014

    Robin Hood flies the flag for Nottinghamshire

    We are delighted to announce that one of our partners and a Nottingham Ambassador, Ade Andrews, of The Robin Hood Town Tour, has made it through to the shortlist of the VisitEngland Tourism Superstar Awards 2014.

    Flying the flag for Nottinghamshire and English Tourism, Ade Andrews, who is also known by his alter ego name of Ezekial Bone, is one of 10 tourism superstars around the country to make it onto VisitEngland’s shortlist.  The award recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry, and is awarded to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have a

  • PopArt Posted on 23 January 2014

    See the work of modern masters at Lakeside’s Pop Art to Brit Art exhibition

    Art lovers have the rare opportunity to see one of the most important private collections of modern art at the Pop Art to Brit Art exhibition which is currently on at Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts Centre.

    The carefully curated exhibition features works by internationally renowned British artists such as David Hockney, Peter Blake, Francis Bacon, Mario Testino, Bridget Riley, Damien Hirst and many more and they all come from the collection of David Ross, who is the co-founder of the Carphone Warehouse and a former student at Nottingham University

    Gentle Air 1983 by Bridget Riley.

    Starting with the Pop Art era of the early 1960s, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey

  • Malt Cross, Nottingham Posted on 21 January 2014

    Nottingham’s Malt Cross secures Lottery grant to renovate building

    The Malt Cross is one of Nottingham’s most historic pubs and it was recently successful in securing a grant to carry out vital restoration work on the building. Today our guest blogger Jo Cox-Brown writes about the exciting project.

    You may well have heard the exciting news that the Malt Cross has been awarded over £1.3m in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund!

    Jo Cox-Brown & Experience Nottinghamshire’s Linda Parker chat to James Roberson from BBC East Midlands Today.

    The Malt Cross is a wonderful old Victorian music hall that is considered to be one of Nottingham’s greatest hidden historical gems. The money will be used to renovate and restore the

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