• The Textile Emporium at the Framework Knitters Museum Posted on 28 January 2016

    Find the perfect Valentine’s gift in an unusual place

    Looking for a unique and unusual gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? The Textile Emporium at the Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington specialises in handmade gift items, many of which are produced by local makers.

    Everything for sale is textile-themed and includes a wide range of items such as original jewellery, distinctive purses, quirky cards and extraordinary stationery.  Popular local makers featured include Rachel Ainley Designs, Modflowers, Knitted Swimsuit, Molly’s Mum, Hattie Startin Cards and Love Lottie Knits.

    Paul Baker, Museum Manager, said “We’re proud to offer something very different, and of such high quality, in our Textile Emporium. It’s a hidden gem for shoppers looking for the perfect gift

  • Snowdrops blog image Posted on 27 January 2016

    Celebrate the year of the English Garden in 2016 – spotlight on Hodsock Priory

    As you may remember from one of our recent blogs, 2016 is being hailed as the year of the English Garden and VisitEngland are celebrating all that is great about the nation’s wide variety of outdoor beauty spots.

    Earlier this month we introduced the year of the English Garden and gave you a flavour of what to expect throughout the year from us on the subject, as we put the spotlight on Nottinghamshire’s contributions to this colourful celebration. Every month we will be sharing the county’s great gardens with you to offer a ‘snow-drop’ of inspiration for places to enjoy in 2016.

    For January, we’re taking a peek at Hodsock Priory with its

  • Industrial Museum Posted on 25 January 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 29th – 31st January 2016

    End the month on a high and enjoy what Nottingham and the wider county has to offer this weekend. Whether you’re in search of some light entertainment, or keen to experience a few cultural delights, January continues to deliver interest and intrigue for people of all ages. Read on for some of our highlights from 29th – 31st January, and make sure you’re in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook for even more great Nottinghamshire ideas this weekend.


    The Snowman at the Theatre Royal

    Based on the book by Raymond Briggs and the film directed by Dianne Jackson, the stage production of the children’s classic The

  • Cycling in Sherwood Pines (credit Forestry Commission) Posted on 22 January 2016

    My top cycling spots in Notts

    When we first moved to Nottingham in 2011, one of the first things we did was purchase a pair of bikes, as a means to get around and keep fit. I’ve been regularly cycling to work ever since, and we’re lucky here to have a city where cyclists are being prioritised – work on a £6m cycle network is currently underway, to further improve routes and access for cyclists.

    Cycling for me isn’t just for the commuter daily grind though, I love getting out and about exploring the county on two wheels. It may be cold outside, but that’s no reason not to get your bike out of the shed, just remember

  • Capture Posted on 19 January 2016

    Celebrate the year of the English Garden in 2016

    2016 is being labelled as the year of the English Garden, and VisitEngland is marking the occasion by celebrating all that is great about the nation’s outdoor beauty spots which have received so much love and attention over the years. From working gardens to relaxing havens, England has a proud history of horticulture and with a wide range of uses and interesting historical backgrounds to its home grown open spaces, it’s time to enjoy them in all their glory. England boasts luscious greenery that’s been featured in films and TV shows, bursting flowerbeds which have graced the presence of the rich, famous and royal throughout the centuries as well as parks and landscapes offering breath-taking

  • Rufford ruins Posted on 18 January 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 22nd – 24th January 2016

    We’ve had our first sprinkling of snow this winter and with it, we continue to see a sprinkling of great reasons to get out and enjoy Nottinghamshire, no matter what the weather brings! Entertainment, the great outdoors, family events and attractions and much more will dominate the coming weekend so be sure to read on and discover ways to keep everyone happy even when the temperature plummets. Join us on Facebook and Twitter to see daily inspiration of things to do or do your own search on our what’s on.


    The Mousetrap at the Theatre Royal

    Having enjoyed a long stint in London’s theatres, breaking records and

  • 2016 highlights Posted on 15 January 2016

    2016 Nottinghamshire highlights

    We thought 2015 was a year to remember, but 2016 is set to eclipse it with the plethora of great events and activities happening across Nottinghamshire. Whether you fancy staying the night in Byron’s back yard, watching international cricket or celebrating 200 years of Nottingham’s hidden gem, you’re bound to discover something exciting to do this year.

    In early 2016 you will be able to check-in to the Gardener’s Cottage, situated in the stunning grounds of Newstead Abbey. Byron once called Newstead home and now you will too. Re-kindle the romance and explore the county from this period house, crammed with original period features.

    The Nottingham night sky will illuminate this February

  • baresca_10 Posted on 14 January 2016

    A taste of Southern Spain in the heart of Nottingham

    With more than 20 new openings in the last 12 months alone, Nottingham’s food scene is booming, and in particular we’re very lucky to have many fantastic independent bars, cafes and restaurants, which bring a range of flavours and styles to the city. In June 2015, Nottingham welcomed baresca on Byard Lane in the heart of the city, a sister restaurant to the already popular escabeche in West Bridgford.

    Inspired by the flavours of Barcelona, baresca is already proving popular, set over three floors it offers a mix of deli, bar and eatery, open for breakfast through to evening meals, and also offering live music on weekends for a relaxed and

  • Icicles 2014 British Synchro Skating Champs (2) Posted on 12 January 2016

    Synchronised skaters return to Nottingham this weekend

    This weekend the National Ice Centre will play host to the annual British Synchronised Skating Championships, with over 700 skaters from all corners of the UK descending on Nottingham.

    With 58 teams competing for national glory, among those will be Nottingham based Junior Icicles, who claimed the national title at the 2015 event in January last year.

    Fresh off the ice, we caught up with 13-year-old Alex Lewsey and 15-year-old Aimie Copson ahead of this weekend’s synchronised spectacle…

    How big are the British Figure Skating Championships within the synchronised calendar?

    Alex: The British Championships is the biggest synchronised competition of the year in the UK, with each team competing to gain the title ‘British Champions’.


  • Blog image Posted on 11 January 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 15th – 17th January 2016

    If you’re struggling to fill up your weekend with plenty of exciting things to do, then do not fear, we’re bursting with ideas to keep everyone busy across Nottinghamshire. Whether you’re here for the day or you’ve booked a short break for the weekend in the city or county, make sure you don’t have a free second this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more ideas on things to do, head over to the what’s on page of our website or check out Twitter and Facebook pages.


    Inspiring Beauty: NO.7 at Nottingham Lakeside Arts

    NO.7 is one of the most iconic brands within the beauty market, with a

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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…