• prop Posted on 29 September 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 3rd – 5th October 2014

    With summer now a distant memory it’s time to look ahead to October which is one of the busiest months in our calendar. Over the coming four weeks, we have so much to look forward to, including the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival, GameCity9, the Robin Hood Game and Country Show and much, much more. This weekend is full of events to get the month off with a bang – here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store.

    Goose Fair – Nottingham

    This week, the Forest recreation Ground will come alive with the sight of thousands of twinkling lights as the annual Goose Fair comes to town. Affectionately known by locals as ‘Gooseh’

  • Geoff2 Posted on 26 September 2014

    Uncovering treasures of the past at King John’s Palace

    History lover Geoff Allen fulfilled a life-long ambition when he joined Mercian Archaeological Services on a recent excavation at King John’s Palace in Clipstone. In this guest article, Geoff, from Derbyshire, writes about his experience.

    I recently completed a week’s course at King John’s Palace with Mercian Archaeological Services – and as an introduction to the practice and theory of archaeology it would be hard to beat.

    From the outset we were made very welcome with the archaeologists giving us a history of the palace (which was visited by all eight English kings from Henry II to Richard II) and showing us numerous finds from the site to help us identify new artefacts

  • IMG_0803 Posted on 24 September 2014

    Exciting new beers on the way at Navigation Brewery

    Perhaps best known for its cask ales, the Navigation Brewery is a fundamental part of many people’s drinking repertoire when it comes to enjoying a fine pint in Nottinghamshire. Located just off Meadow Lane in Nottingham, the brewery is a relatively new business – but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the finest our county has to offer.

    With Sales Director Chris Cocking and Head Brewer Dom Flynn working hard behind the scenes, the Navigation Brewery has experience in abundance and a team that is committed to delivering the next great refreshing taste to beer lovers. The brewery, located to the rear of the Trent Navigation

  • robin Posted on 22 September 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 26th – 28th September 2014

    It’s the last weekend in September and with the forecast of at least some warm weather to come, we are looking forward to getting outdoors and exploring what the county has to offer. From the Ikano Robin Hood Half Marathon to an agricultural show which celebrates rural life, there is so much to enjoy. We have even more inspiration in the What’s On section of our website but for now take a look at the highlights.

    Lincoln Green Brewery Beer Festival – Hucknall

    Following the success of its first beer festival earlier this year, Lincoln Green is hosting another which starts on Friday and runs until Saturday. The event has been

  • helicopter Posted on 19 September 2014

    Flying high with Central Helicopters

    My dad turned the ripe age of 70 recently and being the man that has everything, myself and the family were frantically racking our brains for the perfect present for him. Then out the blue he mentioned that he would love to go up in a helicopter ‘just once more’. Having served in the military, this apparently had been one of the more memorable things which he’d missed. So with this in mind I set to looking for a helicopter experience and found the brilliant Central Helicopters based in Nottingham.

    As we wanted to make sure that this was an unforgettable experience, the family decamped to Derbyshire for the weekend of

  • southwell Posted on 18 September 2014

    Southwell Minster takes a starring role in TV show Flog it!

    In today’s guest blog, Sarah Payne from the Tourist Information Centre in Southwell writes about the excitement caused when TV crews descended on the town to film a new episode of Flog it! which will be aired on Friday afternoon. 

    Earlier this year BBC’s antique shop Flog It visited Southwell to film for its forthcoming series. The interest and range of items brought to the experts was of such interest and high quality that not one but five programmes were made. The first of these will be shown on BBC1 this Friday (26th September) at 4.30pm.

    Filming took place in Southwell Minster in January when 1,320 people queued with everything from paintings to

  • School holidays fun time Posted on 17 September 2014

    Be a farmer for the day at White Post Farm

    Notts residents Ralph, Jackie and four-year-old Leo Thursfield paid a visit to White Post Farm. Find out what they thought in this guest blog written by Ralph . . . 

    Having received a personal recommendation and with a discerning, demanding four-year-old in our care, we set of for a day at White Post Farm.

    Situated north of the city of Nottingham, just off the A614 at Farnsfield, the journey was easy. There is ample free parking and the sign posting is really good, I wondered why we had never visited here before.

    Go-karting at White Post Farm.

    This truly was a great day out. From an enthusiastic welcome to the kind attitude of

  • bus Posted on 16 September 2014

    Sherwood Forest Bus Tours: All aboard The Robin Hood Express!

    One Thursday last month I was all set, excited and ready for the inaugural Robin Hood Express Sherwood Forest Bus Tour. I knew that this tour would be right up my street, so to speak, taking in Nottinghamshire’s great historic sites and exploring our county’s rich heritage and legendary status along the way and driven in an iconic vintage RouteMaster bus!

    It’s not every tour that will show you where Will Scarlett is buried and the place where Robin Hood and Maid Marian married – a ‘fact’ which our knowledgeable guide laughingly told us! And that was the order of the day on this tour: amazing knowledge of the areas we

  • food Posted on 15 September 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 19th – 21st September

    Nottinghamshire loves a good festival – and this weekend we will be celebrating everything from comedy and live music to food and drink. There will also be an opportunity to join legions of bike lovers for a one-of-a-kind ride through the city or explore one of our best-loved heritage attractions. These are just a few of our highlights so make sure you check out the What’s On section of our website for more inspiration.

    Nottingham Comedy Festival – various venues

    Since it began five years ago, the Nottingham Comedy Festival has welcomed both big name comedians such as Bill Bailey, Reginald D. Hunter as well as a host of new acts

  • comedy Posted on 13 September 2014

    There’s something funny HAppening in NottingHAm

    The Nottingham Comedy Festival returns to the city on Friday. In today’s guest blog Elliott Bower, who has helped to organise the event, writes about some of the acts you can see this year. 

    Everyone likes to laugh. Statistics show that little kids laugh 400 times a day. But one study showed that grownups laugh only eleven and another said only four.

    Well we would like to change this stat in Nottingham for one week only.

    From Friday 19th September to Saturday 27th September the Nottingham Comedy Festival rolls back into town for its sixth year and it is better than ever.

    We have over 60 shows in 18 venues across Nottingham and Mansfield from

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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…