• backlit Posted on 30 May 2014

    Backlit exhibition draws inspiration from the life of Samuel Morley

    The name Samuel Morley may not be instantly recognisable to many people but he is one of Nottingham’s most influential sons. Born in the city suburb of Sneinton in 1809, Morley was a textiles manufacturer whose family firm, I. & R. Morley, helped to establish the region as a world leader in the industry. Not only that but he was also an MP and philanthropist who campaigned to abolish the slave trade and put on ‘penny lectures’ to make education accessible to all.

    Now Backlit, an independent gallery on the edge of Nottingham, is planning to revive public interest in Morley with a new exhibition called House of the Flying Wheel.  The gallery

  • folk Posted on 28 May 2014

    Superb line-up at this year’s Gate to Southwell Folk Festival

    The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival is one of the highlights of the musical year in Nottinghamshire. We caught up with festival director Mike Kirrage ahead of the four-day event which starts on 5th June. 

    For people who have never been to the Gate to Southwell Folk Festival what can they expect from the event?
    The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival is one of the best and most eclectic music festivals in the Midlands attracting over 5,000 visitors over four days in June. Whilst English and Celtic music remain at the core we have now expanded to embrace international artists and other roots music forms. Southwell has built a reputation for seeking

  • Fake Festivals Posted on 27 May 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 30th May – 1st June 2014

    Our run of spring bank holidays is now over for another year but that does not mean you can’t make the most of your weekend in Nottinghamshire. As spring turns to summer, our programme of festivals begins and this weekend we are celebrating everything from music and the arts to sport and English wine. Take a look at our festival round-up to see what’s in store – and don’t forget to check out the What’s On section of our website for more inspiration. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates.

    Ruddfest in Ruddington
    The idyllic village of Ruddington will once again play host to

  • graham Posted on 23 May 2014

    We’re giving away tickets to see 10cc star Graham Gouldman

    Nottingham’s Glee Club is getting ready to welcome celebrated songwriter Graham Gouldman next week.

    Graham, who was a member of the 1970s/80s band 10cc, will be bringing his latest show, Heart Full of Songs to the Nottingham venue on Tuesday evening and today we are giving FIVE lucky readers the chance to get their hands on a pair of tickets.

    Music fans can look forward to a night full of hit songs, including I’m Not In Love and The Things We do For Love, along with the 1987 piece Bridge To Your Heart which Graham recorded with the late Andrew Gold when they were in Wax. Graham, who is set to be inducted into the Rock

  • bolero Posted on 22 May 2014

    WIN tickets to see Bolero and a Bramley Apple Martini

    The NEAT Festival starts tomorrow – and we have a pair of tickets to give away to Bolero which is showing at Nottingham Playhouse on 31st May and 1st June.

    Not only that  but the winner can also enjoy a delicious Bramley Apple Martini Cocktail before the show courtesy of the Ned Ludd. The cocktail was created for Experience Nottinghamshire and Visit England as part of English Tourism Week and it was inspired by the Bramley Apple, which originates in Southwell.

    A Bramley Apple Martini Cocktail.

    Bolero, which is written by Nottingham playwright Michael Pinchbeck, stars six performers from the UK, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Germany, along with a community cast of

  • mary Posted on 22 May 2014

    Chris Slade, from The Nottingham Experience, takes us on a grand tour of the city

    Having lived in Nottingham for all of my adult life, I like to think that there is not much I don’t know about the city. I have walked through its streets while out shopping, socialising or on my way to work – and I have even stopped to admire the impressive buildings from time to time. But after taking a walking tour with historian and guide Chris Slade, who runs the Nottingham Experience, my eyes were opened to some truly fascinating facts about our city.

    One evening, myself and three colleagues met Chris, who has recently celebrated 25 years of the Nottingham Experience, in the Lace Market. The area

  • Nottingham Riviera Posted on 20 May 2014

    Explore outdoors in Nottinghamshire this summer

    With the weather set to warm up, Nottinghamshire will come alive again this summer thanks to a number of major festivals and events across the county. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy fun in the sun – and in the rain too!

    Try your hand at archery in Wollaton Park at the Archery GB National Championships, sing along to your favourite pop stars at Forest Live in Sherwood Forest and watch world-class sport at Trent Bridge, as England take on India at the First Investec Test Match.

    Visit www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/whats-on for more news of what’s on.


    No Tomorrow Festival (7 June 2014) – Wollaton Hall and Deer Park –  www.notomorrowfestival.co.uk

  • Levity III - the blue dome Posted on 19 May 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 23rd – 26th May 2014

    After the scorching weekend we’ve just experienced across Nottinghamshire, it is safe to say we have well and truly had a taster of the beautiful weather we can expect to come in the summer. In fact, and whisper this quietly, you might say summer has already arrived… We’re hoping the coming weekend is just as gorgeous, as we have another packed programme of events to take your fancy including a spot of cycling, some dance themed fun as well as the start of half-term activities across many Nottinghamshire attractions. And of course, let’s not forget it’s bank holiday again, so for many of us, it’s a three day weekend! So sit

  • Stunning Eden Hall Posted on 16 May 2014

    Spring time escape to the beautiful Eden Hall Day Spa

    Any fellow beauty fanatic will agree, a luxurious escape to a spa can turn any day, come rain or shine, from drab to fab and let’s just say my day got drastically more fabulous after a visit to Nottinghamshire’s very own slice of heaven – Eden Hall Day Spa. The spa is located in Elston Village, near historic Newark, on the A46 Newark-to-Leicester, seven miles from the A1 and 25 miles from the M1. Whether you are looking for the escapism of a day spa retreat whilst in Nottinghamshire, a special gift, hen do, or some alternative therapy restoration, look no further, Eden Hall has you covered.

    After passing by

  • ed Posted on 15 May 2014

    Experience an evening of fine dining at The Clockhouse Café and Tearoom

    Tucked away in the grounds of the British Horological Society in Upton near Southwell, the aptly-named Clockhouse Café and Tearoom is a real gem of a place. By day it is a laid-back café which has built its enviable reputation around serving mouth-watering patisserie and light meals made using seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.

    But each month The Clockhouse transforms into a fine dining restaurant where food lovers can indulge in a range of dishes created and cooked by owner and chef Edward Halls.

    Fizz and canapes to start the meal.

    A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were given the chance to experience one of the fine dining evenings. We walked into

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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…