• Civil War Centre blog Posted on 24 December 2015

    Civil War Centre and Palace Theatre joining forces for Newark’s tourist hotspot

    Earlier this year, Newark saw the launch of arguably one of the finest tourist attractions to grace the town over its long and illustrious history. With the opening of the National Civil War Centre, the jewel in Newark’s crown, the market town now boasts a site to proudly illustrate its role in one of the bloodiest conflicts in the nations history. However the work on the Civil War Centre is not yet complete, as work has already begun on expanding the site and merging it with another popular attraction next door.

    The Newark Palace Theatre has seen many famous faces grace its stage throughout its 80+ year history,

  • curry1 Posted on 23 December 2015

    Calcutta Club wins Best Restaurant in the UK award at the British Curry Awards!

    British Curry Awards is an annual event and this year it was held on 30th November. In its 11th year the awards have become the BAFTA’s of the curry world. The awards ceremony gives a chance for the industry as a whole, foodies, celebrities, MP’s and dignitaries to pay homage to the nation’s finest curry restaurants.

    The United Kingdom houses 10,000 Indian, Nepalese Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan restaurants (or Southern Asian) and these are filtered down to 100 of the best on the night. There are several different categories that you can be nominated for by the general public before a judging/screening process takes place to find the best of the best.

  • Harts blog image Posted on 23 December 2015

    Guest blog from our competition winner, Moyna

    Back in October, we ran a very exciting competition to win a Christmas break for two here in Nottingham with the winner scooping tickets to see Aladdin at the Theatre Royal, an evening meal and stay at Harts Hotel and a £50 gift voucher to spend at intu Victoria Centre or intu Broadmarsh. Today we’re very lucky to be able to hear from the winner of this magical prize – Moyna Sinclair. Let’s see how she got on.

    My husband and I have just spent the most enjoyable weekend in Nottingham.  I was fortunate enough to be the lucky winner of the above competition which allowed us to spend the night at the

  • cornerh Posted on 22 December 2015

    WIN a family fun day out at The Cornerhouse, Nottingham.

    With such excitement and anticipation in the build up to Christmas, the grey days after can leave us all feeling a little bit deflated, especially the children. We’ve teamed up with our friends at The Cornerhouse to help put a smile on their faces with a fabulous day out at Nottingham’s premier entertainment and leisure complex.  Situated in the heart of the city centre and set over three floors, The Cornerhouse is filled to the brim with bars, restaurants and activities for all to enjoy.

    Your fun day prize for a family of four will include:

    – A meal at Chiquito restaurant

    – Passes for The Lost City Golf Adventure

  • Clumber Snow blog image Posted on 21 December 2015

    Things to do this weekend, 25th – 27th December 2015

    It’s Christmas week and we can almost smell the turkey and hear the sound of jingle bells in the air as everyone awaits the arrival of Santa. As well as all the merriment and celebration that’s bound to take place this weekend, there’s still plenty to enjoy across the county if you want to walk off the festive fayre. Below are our top five events for the Christmas weekend so take inspiration from here or visit our Twitter and Facebook pages throughout the week for more ideas on things to do.


    Christmas Family Foam Party at the National Ice Centre

    We might not be in for a white Christmas in

  • Time for Tea cakes Posted on 19 December 2015

    Step back in Time for Tea      

    Fancy doing some time travel while in Nottinghamshire? Step back into the 1940s at the vintage themed tea room, Time for Tea, in Beeston, Nottingham.

    Housed in a cosy Victorian terrace, Time for Tea sets the scene of times gone by with 1940s music, staff in 1940s dress, and English tea room classics such as homemade soups, hearty sandwiches, cream teas and delicious cakes baked fresh daily.

    In the lead-up to Christmas, my friend Kerry and I decided to pay the tea room a visit one Saturday – we both love cake and were keen to try this new gem in the town centre of Beeston.

    The staff were very helpful and attentive,

  • NFITC Blog image Posted on 18 December 2015

    Community Day a huge success for Notts County Football Club

    Notts County Football club is, on the surface at least, about football and ultimately success on the pitch. However, something many Notts fans are unaware of – myself included until recently, is the huge amount of work that goes on off the pitch within the local community to benefit people from all different walks of life and backgrounds.

    An initiative which has now been in existence for 26 years is Notts County’s Football in the Community, a scheme which runs a wide variety of programmes with football at the heart of them in order to make a positive difference to the lives of many. Football in the community looks at

  • School Visit 2014 - Jon Eley and Farrell Treacy Posted on 16 December 2015

    GB Short Track step off the ice and into the classroom…

    With four weeks until the thrilling international short track speed skating event, Star Class, lands on our doorstep, the GB Short Track skaters have taken time out of their busy schedules to inspire Olympians of the future.

    In January over 3,000 children from 41 different Nottinghamshire schools will descend on the National Ice Centre to see some of the best talent from Western Europe compete together on the ice.

    Armed with their ice skates and skin-tight suits, footage from races and medals, the school visits formed part of the countdown to the renowned event, Starclass 2016.

    Three-time Olympian, European gold medallist and world record holder, Jon Eley told us how successful the

  • NAM 1st edition poster Posted on 10 December 2015

    Discovering Nottingham’s Art Map

    Nottingham is home to a thriving arts scene, with numerous art galleries and creative spaces scattered across the city. Today, we hear from Tom Godfrey at Nottingham Trent University, about the new Nottingham Art Map and why it was created. 

    Bonington Gallery

    The Nottingham Art Map is an initiative by Bonington Gallery at Nottingham Trent University. It is the result of 12 months of research and consultation with various independent and institutional exhibition spaces in Nottingham and beyond. The quest was to create an art map which combines high functionality with a sleek and approachable design, that ranks highly against other art maps enjoyed by major cities around the

  • Panto blog image Posted on 09 December 2015

    Panto season with prawn balls & laugh a minute blunders at Theatre Royal’s Aladdin

    Christmas would not be the same without panto season so I was delighted to be invited to this year’s thigh slapping performance of Aladdin at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. With an all-star cast including panto veteran Christopher Biggins, my expectations were high – oh yes they were!

    First of all as we made our way to our seats I was reminded just how stunning the ornate features of the theatre are. There can’t be another venue like this for miles around so it’s worth a visit to see just how beautiful this old Victorian theatre really is.

    The opening scenes saw a nod to the theatre’s 150th anniversary  with a show

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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…