• David Posted on 30 January 2015

    Uncovering the colourful characters from Nottingham’s past

    Historian Dr David Cross, from Tours of Nottingham, has been enthralling visitors with his tales of the city since 1989. In today’s guest blog he explains why it’s the lesser known historical facts which intrigue him the most. 

    History is fascinating – it’s like a great adventure or spy story just set in the past. But it’s also a difficult thing to be sure about and you might think you know all sorts of things until you start researching a bit, and find out that the truth is quite different.

    Lesser known things always fascinate me the most. In my ongoing research into Nottingham’s history, I keep coming across interesting stories and details that are

  • The Major Oak needs your help to be crowned European Tree of the Year 2015

Photo credit- Phil Lockwood Photography Posted on 28 January 2015

    Could the Major Oak become European Tree of the Year?

    Many of you will know that since my last blog, the Major Oak has successfully been awarded the accolade of England’s Tree of the Year. It is incredible news for our famous veteran oak, which dates back over 500-years and is inextricably linked to the legend of Robin Hood.

    Now the Major Oak needs your vote once again. The next big step in the competition sees the Major Oak challenge trees from across Europe as they battle it out to be crowned European Tree of the Year 2015.

    With fierce competition from 13 other countries in Europe, including France, Italy, Slovakia, Ireland and Belgium, voting for the European Tree of the Year 2015 takes place from

  • Hodsock Priory - snowdrops Posted on 26 January 2015

    Things to do this weekend, 30th January – 1st February 2015

    We wave goodbye to January this weekend and say hello to February. And with a new month comes exciting new events to see across Nottingham and the wider county. Here’s a quick round-up of what’s on this weekend. For more inspiration, you can visit our What’s On page or check in with us on Twitter or Facebook.

    Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

    It’s one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see when you visit Nottinghamshire and sadly it only lasts for a few weeks of the year. The bloom of beautiful snowdrops at Hodsock Priory is an event recognised not just locally but nationally as a must-see

  • Chinese Posted on 23 January 2015

    Nottinghamshire gets ready for the Chinese New Year

    All around Nottinghamshire preparations are underway for the Chinese New Year which takes place on 19th February. This year we will be welcoming the Year of the Ram with a host of celebrations – from fireworks and dragon dances to wonderful food. Here is our round-up of some of the best events taking place . . .

    Each year, Lakeside Arts Centre, on the University of Nottingham’s grounds, hosts a series of events for Chinese New Year, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over the lake. And, as the university celebrates 10 years of having a campus in China, the celebrations at Lakeside promise to be even more spectacular, with films, dancing and of course

  • matt Posted on 22 January 2015

    WIN tickets to Matt Goss’ glamorous show at Nottingham’s ALEA Casino

    Singer, songwriter and author Matt Goss made his name as one of the founding members of the legendary 1980s band Bros. In recent years he has performed his headline show, the Gossy Room, to sell-out crowds at the famous Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Now he is bringing a sprinkle of that glamour to the UK with a nationwide tour which includes a sell-out date at Nottingham’s ALEA casino on 29th January.

    We caught up with Matt to find out more about his show and to offer one lucky person the chance to experience it before meeting the man himself.

    Hi Matt. There are a lot of people who are very excited about your

  • cheese Posted on 20 January 2015

    WIN a place on the School of Artisan Food’s cheesemaking course

    If you love fine cheese then what could be better than learning to make your own? This week, the renowned School of Artisan Food is giving you the opportunity to do just that – and today we are giving one lucky person the chance to win a place on the course.

    The world of cheese making may seem a little daunting but this two-day introductory course, which takes place on Friday and Saturday, will take you through the process step by step, from the difference between raw and pasteurised milk to the maturing process. You will also have a go at producing a range of soft cheeses, including mozzarella, halloumi, paneer, feta and

  • Lace Market Theatre Posted on 19 January 2015

    Things to do this weekend, 23rd – 25th January 2015

    It’s always good to have something to look forward to during the working week. This weekend in Nottinghamshire we have stage shows, walking tours of one of the county’s most beautiful halls, singing workshops and the chance to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to live jazz. What more could you ask for?

    More information on events can be found on our What’s On page or alternatively, please visit our Facebook or Twitter pages.

    The Lion in Winter at The Lace Market Theatre

    Written by James Goldman, The Lion in Winter sets a Christmas scene, and tells the story of the Plantagenets, a modern,

  • Icicles 2014 British Synchronised Skating Championships Posted on 14 January 2015

    British Synchronised Skating Championships in Nottingham

    This weekend (Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th January 2015), Nottingham’s National Ice Centre will play host to the British Synchronised Skating Championships for the first time. The competition is organised by the National Ice Skating Association (NISA). Their Technical Director, Alistair Wilson tells us more.

    The skaters commenting are:
    Eilish Rennie – Highland Synchronised Skating Team, Inverness
    Emily Potter – NSSA Nottingham Icicles
    Emily Cheetham – Nottingham Icicles Captain

    1. How many years has the NISA British Synchronised Skating Championships been taking place?
    The British Synchronised Skating Championships has been running for over ten years, and has increased in popularity. It is expected to become a Winter Olympic event in the

  • ELO%20banner_548419493 Posted on 12 January 2015

    Things to do this weekend, 16th – 18th January 2015

    Get inspired with our latest weekend blog. There’s lots happening in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire from the 16th – 18th January so have a read and see what takes your fancy. For more updates and ideas, check in with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages and let us know what you’ve been up to using the hashtag #lovenotts.

    Behind The Scenes at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum

    Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at one of Nottinghamshire’s most iconic museums during the winter season? Well wonder no more! The team at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is offering members of the public the opportunity to see what

  • One of my favourite places in Nottingham to go for a walk, chill in summer and sledge in winter Posted on 09 January 2015

    Top ten must see in Nottinghamshire

    I have lived in Nottinghamshire all my life, and am still amazed when I discover hidden gems that I am yet to explore. For a start, I have already booked my spot for Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory – a must see in early spring.

    Here is my round-up of top ten must see attractions in Nottinghamshire (and believe me, it was a tough one to narrow down!)

    Nottingham Castle Set high upon the Castle Rock and commanding spectacular views over the city, Nottingham Castle is not to be missed. The impressive 17th century ducal mansion now stands as a municipal museum, the first of its kind outside London, housing beautiful works from

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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…