• Fountain at Old Market Square Posted on 29 July 2014

    A prize winning city made for a perfect bank holiday

    Last year we teamed up with Nottingham Contemporary to run the Aquatopia competition which gave one lucky person the chance to spend a weekend in Nottingham. In this guest blog our winner Sally writes about her stay.

    After an amazingly easy commute from the South Essex coast, we arrived in Nottingham, hot and bothered, at around lunch time Saturday. The sat-nav guided us to View of Nottingham from

  • Fireworks1 Riverside Festival Posted on 28 July 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 1st – 3rd August 2014

    We’re now rapidly approaching the month of August. The kids are off school and many of you will be getting ready for your summer holidays or family day trips. Wherever your plans take you make sure you explore what’s happening in Nottinghamshire – here is a taster of what’s in store this weekend.

    The Nottingham Building Society Riverside Festival 2014 at the Victoria Embankment

    From Friday until Sunday, enjoy the fun of the fair – with plenty more thrown in – at the annual Riverside Festival. The event, which takes place at the Victoria Embankment, is a firm favourite which is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

    The Saturday night fireworks display

  • anne Posted on 23 July 2014

    Help showcase the Midlands to passengers from around the world

    The beautiful sights and attractions around the Midlands, which includes Nottinghamshire, could be showcased to international visitors at London’s Heathrow Airport.

    Members of the public are being asked to vote for the region in a brand new competition in which it is competing with the North West, North East and Northern Ireland to secure £1m worth of free advertising at the airport with VisitBritain.

    The competition is being run on Heathrow’s Facebook page which features a gallery of four stunning images of each region. The image representing the Midlands in the competition is Anne Hathaway’s Cottage near Stratford-upon-Avon (pictured above) and all you have to do is ‘like’ the picture before midnight on 4th August. If the

  • J4356 STW Ladies Day fixture image_HR Posted on 22 July 2014

    WIN four tickets to Ladies Day at Southwell Racecourse

    This competition is now closed!

    It’s one of the classiest events in the calendar at Southwell Racecourse and is always eagerly anticipated by organisers and attendees alike. Ladies Day returns to the racecourse on the 17th August 2014 and the glamorous event is set to be another memorable occasion. Dress in your finery for a chance to win a plethora of prizes, whilst you’re entertained with some fabulous racing and live music. Performing live after racing will be the exceptional Take That Experience, entertaining guests into the evening on this fantastic race day.

    There are FOUR exclusive packages remaining on sale for Ladies Day, including; Prosecco Premier Package (Premier Enclosure

  • Frameshopinterior Posted on 21 July 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 25th – 27th July 2014

    Summer is in full swing in Nottinghamshire, so make sure you get out and about this weekend and visit some amazing attractions, attend some exciting events or wine and dine in some of the finest restaurants and cafes the county has to offer. Even better, book a short break at one of the county’s hotels, B&Bs or apartments and make it a truly Nottinghamshire weekend. Here’s a quick guide to what’s on to whet the appetite!

    Free Family Fun Day at the Framework Knitters’ Museum

    Located in the quiet village of Ruddington is a museum that offers a great glimpse into Nottinghamshire’s lace history and the Luddite movement. The Framework Knitters’

  • Shrek_1476659251 Posted on 21 July 2014

    WIN a family pass to see Shrek The Musical at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal!

    This competition has now closed

    Direct from the West End and larger than life!

    Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is this year’s must-see show for all the family and it’s coming to Nottingham from the 10th – 28th September 2014!

    Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!

    Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL

  • VIN Posted on 19 July 2014

    Heroes from the Great War to be commemorated at Nottingham Castle

    From 26 July – 16 November, visitors are invited along to explore experiences of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire people during the Great War, at home and in the trenches of Northern France. Throughout the exhibition there will be events and activities for all the family, and from 25 July – 29 August, children go FREE at Nottingham Castle!

    The major Trent to Trenches Exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery will display powerful photographs, diaries, letters and artefacts, including paintings and prints created by official war artists during the conflict, many on loan from local people. Visitors will also be able to get

  • Framework Knitters cottage Posted on 17 July 2014

    Celebrate the launch of brand new galleries at Framework Knitters Museum

    Explore two brand new galleries at Framework Knitters Museum and see the history of the knitting industry come to life!

    Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac in the pretty village of Ruddington, you’ll find an unexpected delight; The Framework Knitters Museum is a time capsule to a time when Nottingham was the lace making centre of Europe. Machine knitting was invented in Nottinghamshire in 1589 by William Lee, and the knitting frame made it possible for workers to produce knitted goods 100 times faster than when knitting by hand.

    New to 2014! The museum were fortunate to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, making it possible to make major improvements to the

  • Roundhouse Posted on 15 July 2014

    Discovering Nottingham’s rich heritage with a city tour

    I have always known that Nottingham is a place full of architectural gems – but I don’t think I realised quite how many there were until myself and a friend Anna joined tour guide Mick Ahern for a walk around the city.

    Mick is the man behind Nottingham City Tours and he is has a wealth of knowledge about the city. We began our afternoon at the Experience Nottinghamshire offices on Barker Gate and as we stood on the corner of the street we could see two landmarks which hold a place in our history – the National Ice Centre which will forever be associated with our champion figure skaters Torvill and

  • Nottingham Riviera Posted on 14 July 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 18th – 20th July 2014

    It’s been a scorcher across Nottinghamshire and the weather is set to stay hot, hot, hot this week. Of course we can’t guarantee it will be the same at the weekend, we can’t fix everything. But what we can guarantee you is a weekend full of exciting and fantastic events to keep you and your family and friends very busy indeed! Here is this weeks roundup of great events. Enjoy!


    Splendour Festival 2014 at Wollaton Park

    Splendour Festival delivered an event to remember in 2013, when Nottingham’s own Jake Bugg headlined the event and wowed the crowd with his locally produced set. And with last year’s event still fresh in the

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We Dig The Castle: Unearthing Nottingham’s Archaeological Secrets Part Two

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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    A very lucky marketeer in her dream job. Passionate about all things Nottinghamshire and firmly believes if you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen!

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Things To Do This Weekend in Nottingham: 8th – 10th December

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…