• anna Posted on 31 October 2014

    Turning up the heat at Carluccio’s cookery evening

    Cookery is a real passion of mine, and while I don’t profess to be any kind of masterchef, I do like to experiment and try out new things on my ever-willing family!  And as a particular favourite of mine is Italian food, I was the first to put my name down when Carluccio’s in West Bridgford let us know about their cookery school evenings.

    Normally when I announce I’m turning my hand to a brand new recipe, I’m met with a certain amount of trepidation and cold sweats from my other half, but as he rightly pointed out, Carluccio’s would be holding my hand every step of the way – so

  • Patchings - HaideeJo Summers2 Posted on 30 October 2014

    Discover the vivid landscapes of Haidee-Jo Summers at Patchings Art Centre

    It is a sunny day in late autumn and the red-brick former farm buildings at Patchings Art Centre near Calverton are bathed in a warm light. The golden, freshly-harvested fields surrounding it seem to stretch for miles and it’s difficult to believe that this peaceful retreat is just a short drive away from the centre of Nottingham.

    When I meet artist Haidee-Jo Summers, whose exhibition A Breath of Fresh Air recently opened at Patchings, she is taking a break from teaching a group of painters at the workshop in the converted barn. We make our way to the gallery where the exhibition is housed – and I am immediately greeted with

  • 32408 Stonegate Pub Posted on 28 October 2014

    A taste of America hits Nottingham as Missoula opens its doors

    When we found out in the office that The Living Room in Nottingham city centre was to close we wondered just what might replace it? We were told to expect something casual but classy, vibrant and very unique.

    So when Missoula Montana Bar & Grill proudly opened its doors at the end of September we couldn’t wait to give this new bar and restaurant a whirl.

    Our first glimpse of the new Missoula Montana was at the launch party – and we certainly were not disappointed! Fitted out in a ranch style, Missoula Montana most definitely brings a little bit of America to down town Nottingham.

    The party was a great showcase

  • Major Oak at Sherwood Forest (credit Les Churchman) Posted on 28 October 2014

    The Major Oak needs your vote

    Think of Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood and what springs to mind? For most of you it is likely to be the Major Oak. Estimated to be 800 to 1,000 years old, weighing in at 23 tonnes and supposedly the hiding place for Robin Hood and his Merry Men, this is one impressive tree.

    Now, the Major Oak needs your help! It is in the running to be named England’s Tree of the Year, a national competition ran by the Woodland Trust. The charity has received over 200 nominations, which has now been shortlisted down to only ten – and the Major Oak is one of them.

    To cast your vote, visit the

  • sky2 Posted on 27 October 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 31st October – 2nd November 2014

    Spooktacular events will be occurring this weekend as Nottinghamshire falls under the shroud of Halloween. Creepy critters, haunted happenings and spine tingling tours make up just a small portion of the offering at the end of half-term week. There’s not just Halloween on the agenda however, with plenty more lined up for those who might not wish to spend the weekend surrounded by ghosts and ghouls. So read on and see what there is to take part in across our county this weekend . . .

    Fright Post Farm at White Post Farm

    Nottinghamshire’s White Post Farm will be transformed this Halloween to offer visitors a few frights as part of

  • Wollaton Hall at night Posted on 24 October 2014

    Explore some of Nottinghamshire’s haunted buildings

    I have recently been delving into the past of some of Nottinghamshire’s most haunted buildings to find out more about its ghostly residents.  As Halloween approaches, here’s my pick of spine tingling must visits so read on . . . if you dare!

    Nottingham’s old Courthouse and Gaol – recently voted as one of the most haunted venues in the world by the Most Haunted.
    The Galleries of Justice Museum is said to be home to the most active poltergeist in the UK. In fact, just recently, paranormal enthusiast, James Pykett, captured an image of what he believes is a guard. If you’re looking for a fright, the Museum’s popular Ghost Tours and Terror Tours are

  • Gecko Posted on 21 October 2014

    Creepy Critters at Galleries of Justice Museum

    Do tarantulas set your teeth on edge? Cockroaches make your skin crawl? Rats send you running? Then perhaps it’s time to face your fears with a creepy critter encounter at the Galleries of Justice.

    Madagascan hissing cockroach

    The Galleries of Justice Museum has teamed up with the friendly crew from White Post Farm, to offer visitors something decidedly different this Halloween.

    The Creepy Critters encounters will be taking place again on Monday 27 October, 11am – 3pm, at Galleries of Justice Museum, and are a free additional experience to everyone taking part in a museum tour during that time.

    A whole range of critters will be there waiting to meet you.

  • Sheriff's Gauntlet GameCity9 Posted on 20 October 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 24th – 26th October 2014

    We’re very excited for this weekend, not that we’re not usually excited for the weekend of course! But with outlaw celebrations at a famous landmark, a festival dedicated to a well-loved fruit, a celebration of all things horror as well as the largest cultural video game festival in Europe, Nottinghamshire really is the place to be this weekend. Keep reading to see exactly what you can look forward to if you’re visiting us this weekend or indeed if you’re a local looking for something to do. We have it all in one county.

    The Robin Hood Pageant at Nottingham Castle

    The legend of Robin Hood is one that is woven into the history

  • GameCity8 - last year Posted on 17 October 2014

    What to expect at GameCity9 and The Sheriff’s Gauntlet

    GameCity – Europe’s biggest and best-loved cultural video games festival – is just around the corner and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Top of the programme of events is The Sheriff’s Gauntlet, an action-packed FREE family event.

    Just ahead the festival, which runs in Nottingham from 25 October to 1 November, director of GameCity Iain Simons, reveals what to expect from this year’s event, how to get involved in The Sheriff’s Gauntlet and plans for its tenth anniversary next year.

    What can people who have never been to GameCity before expect? 

    GameCity is about everyone being able to make games AND everyone being able to play them! So, if

  • Senior British Rowing Championships Posted on 16 October 2014

    Stars of Team GB set to compete to become national champion in Nottinghamshire

    One of the sports that Great Britain has excelled in in recent years is rowing. Our athletes have captured the imagination of the public on many occasions recently, claiming great medal hauls and casting aside opposition from all over the world.

    This weekend, Nottinghamshire is privileged to welcome the Team GB stars to Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home of the National Water Sports Centre for the 2014 British Rowing Senior Championships. Many well known faces will be making an appearance including gold medalists Helen Glover MBE, Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE and Pete Reed MBE. And unlike any other occasion, this is an event where we see GB stars going

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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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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…