• Tea2 Posted on 31 March 2015

    Treating mum to a scrumptious afternoon tea at Tom Brown’s Brasserie

    Ahead of the Mother’s Day madness, I escaped with my mum to Tom Brown’s Brasserie at Gunthorpe to treat her to afternoon tea and a good girly catch up. An easy drive or bus ride out of the city heading in the direction of Southwell, Gunthorpe is a small village by the River Trent which ‘us locals’ love to journey out to and enjoy at the weekends.

    It wasn’t quiet warm enough to sit outside for our garden themed afternoon tea, which was fine as the converted Victorian school house by the river is as stunning inside as it is out. As we were greeted and seated by the smiley staff,

  • Bus Posted on 30 March 2015

    Things to do this weekend, 3rd – 5th April 2015

    Whether you enjoy trying new beers, catching some live motorsport or you fancy taking a tour of the county to discover more about the legendary Sherwood Forest and the surrounding area, we have a real feast of events happening this coming weekend in Nottinghamshire. Read more below on our top five choices and for even more ideas, visit our what’s on page. And to find out more about what’s on this Easter, please visit our Easter Holidays page. You can also hear more from us on Twitter and Facebook.

    Springhead Brewery’s Spring Beer Festival 2015 at Springhead Brewery

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  • theatre Posted on 28 March 2015

    Theatre Royal’s 150th anniversary season is unveiled

    Two Nottingham chorus girls, who trod the boards together at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal in the 1940s and ’50s, were among those who celebrated the launch of the theatre’s 150th birthday celebrations.

    The two friends, Cherise Crewe (née Hutton) and Gillian Haywood (née Widdowson), joined local dignitaries, theatre representatives and actor Christopher Biggins, who plays Widow Twankey in this year’s pantomime Aladdin, to remember the theatre’s rich history – and to look forward to a new programme of shows.

    Cherise and Gillian, who are both 82, first performed together in 1948. As chorus girls they appeared alongside stars such as Julie Andrews, Tony Hancock, Dame Vera Lynn and Laurel and Hardy – and described all of them as

  • Capture_1024626838 Posted on 27 March 2015

    Win tickets to the All About Dogs Show and the Newark Garden Show

    Every year, Newark Showground opens its gates for two major events on the calendar at the same time. Both attract huge numbers and both are equally as important to those who attend. The subject matter might be different, but they’re both fantastic days out at one of the largest event spaces in the county.

    The All About Dogs Show arrives in Nottinghamshire on the 25th & 26th April and you would be ‘barking mad’ to miss it! It’s not just about taking dogs along to compete, it’s also a great day out for the family and you’re of course welcome to take your own canine companion along with

  • dimitri450 Posted on 25 March 2015

    Win tickets to see DJ Dimitri from Paris

    Dimitri, star of the French DJ scene is playing in Nottingham on bank holiday Sunday 5th April, and you could be going along to see him. Enter our competition to win a pair of tickets to see Dimitri live at Riverbank Bar and Kitchen.

    It was DJing that gave 36-year-old Dimitri his start more than a decade ago, when the European radio station CFM hired him to mix records on the air. Because of what he describes as a lack of dance remixers in France, his career in radio led to his being asked to rework tracks for various artists, among them Björk, New Order, and the Brand New Heavies. Along

  • Untitled Posted on 24 March 2015

    History’s forgotten princess is remembered at Hardwick Hall

    History is a subject I’ve always taken a real interest in, from the Tudors, right the way up to the events of the early 20th century. The best history for me is history that’s not been explored before; when we learn new and exciting discoveries about periods we thought we knew really well.

    The team at Hardwick Hall have been busy installing a brand new exhibition at a site that has seen its fair share of historical drama over the years. I was blissfully unaware of the story I was about to discover when I made the pleasant journey to the Nottinghamshire border last week, bathed in glorious spring sunshine. If I

  • thoresby_courtyard_02 Posted on 23 March 2015

    Things to do this weekend, 27th – 29th March 2015

    Getting excited for the weekend can sometimes help you to get through the week. Luckily, we have our weekly roundup for you again today so that you can better plan the weekend ahead and decide what you want to do for your next big Nottinghamshire day out. You can always keep up to date with things to do around Nottingham and Nottinghamshire on our Twitter and Facebook pages as well.

    Spring Food Fest at Thoresby Courtyard

    This Saturday and Sunday, indulge in the delights of local food and drink as local artisan producers set up their stalls in front of the stunning backdrop of Thoresby Courtyard at the

  • McBusted Posted on 20 March 2015

    Enter our competition for a chance to WIN McBusted tickets

    Pop supergroup McBusted will be performing at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena next month – and we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky person.

    Earlier this year, we caught up with the boys before they embarked on their Most Excellent Adventure tour, when they told us they would be treating fans to favourites from the both Busted and McFly eras, as well as new material. They also revealed that they were looking forward to returning to Nottingham because the crowd at Capital FM Arena are always so welcoming.

    McBusted call in at the arena on 18th and 19th April and tickets are available via the website. Please note this competition

  • Mermaid Posted on 18 March 2015

    Review: Stunning performances in Mermaid at Nottingham Playhouse

    Yesterday evening we were treated to a performance of Mermaid at Nottingham Playhouse. Knowing Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of Little Mermaid we had high expectations and we were certainly not disappointed as the actors gave a stunning performance, especially Polly Frame who played several roles throughout including mother of the prince and grandmother of Little Mermaid. The Prince himself (played by Finn Hanlon) also put on a wonderful performance and an admirable mention goes also to Sarah Twomey in her professional debut as the Little Mermaid.

    We were enthralled by the music and dance throughout the play. Composer and sound designer Jon Nicholls used a choir of local young women to create a magical musical experience, taking the audience to the mystical world of Mermaids.

  • pump Posted on 17 March 2015

    Castle Rock unveils its range of spring brews

    Nottingham’s Castle Rock Brewery is a favourite among ale lovers – not least because of its ever-changing selection of beers which celebrate everything from Nottinghamshire heroes to our beautiful natural landscape. In today’s guest blog Olivia Auckland from Castle Rock tells us about some of the new brews for spring.

    Protecting the wildlife reserves of Nottinghamshire  . . . Back in 2001, Castle Rock began producing a range of beers called the ‘Natural Selection’, with donations from each pint made to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Over 13 years, Castle Rock has brewed monthly beers highlighting flora and fauna under threat, working to raise awareness with various launches and events. For 2015, the brewery

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Guest blog by Carl Gibson – Gallery Co-ordinator at The Harley Gallery. In 2015 The Harley Gallery welcomed Warren Elsmore’s LEGO® based exhibition ‘Brick City’, an exhibition of famous architecture from around the world, created entirely from LEGO® bricks. This was a break from the norm for The Harley Gallery, used to showing the likes of…

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“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar; I love not man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron The snowdrops have emerged, lambing season has begun and the daffodils are slowly waking…