• Wet Wet Wet Posted on 23 February 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 26th – 28th February 2016

    The sun is making a welcome reappearance this week in Nottinghamshire, and with signs that Spring might just be on the way, there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful! Despite the weather being decidedly drier than it has been in recent weeks, Wet Wet Wet will be bringing their classic hits to the Motorpoint Arena. Elsewhere, you can enjoy Last Night of the Proms at Newark, or learn how to brew the perfect coffee at 200 Degrees Coffee Shop in the heart of Nottingham. See full event listings on our What’s On page here, or head to our Facebook and Twitter pages for regular updates throughout the week.

    Basic Barista Class at 200 Degrees

  • Lace Market Hotel Head Chef, Ben Chaplin Posted on 23 February 2016

    Meet Ben Chaplin; Head Chef at the Lace Market Hotel

    Nottingham’s iconic hotel, the Lace Market Hotel, reopened its doors after extensive refurbishment in late 2015. Its aspirational restaurant Merchant’s and traditional British pub, the Cock & Hoop, are already proving popular so we caught up with Head Chef Ben Chaplin to find out about his foodie inspiration for the venues.

    You’re originally from Nottingham – what’s it like returning to the city?

    It’s been fantastic. When I came back to Nottingham from Manchester I had big ambitions, focussing on creating something new and exciting with the food offering here. I think we’ve achieved a lot in the short time we have been open and we have lots still up our sleeve.


  • Crystal garden Posted on 19 February 2016

    Celebrate the year of the English Garden in 2016 – spotlight on Pureland Japanese Gardens

    We’re continuing our year-long feature on Nottinghamshire’s contributions to great English Gardens. Celebrate the splendour and majesty captured within our herbacious borders, leafy suburbs and green and pleasant lands as Nottinghamshire regularly puts on a show with its stunning outdoor displays all year round.

    For February, we’re inviting you to sit back and literally relax, as you step into the tranquil surroundings of Pureland Japanese Garden and Meditation Centre, located in North Clifton – north of Newark and to the east of rural Tuxford.

    You will literally lose any stresses and strains of life when you step over the colourful threshold of this haven of peace and serenity, bringing

  • Cornerhouse by Night - Low Res Posted on 17 February 2016

    Exploring The Cornerhouse

    Today we hear from Nottingham bloggers ItsMuchMore, as they write about a recent visit to Nottingham’s leading entertainment complex, The Cornerhouse. 

    The Cornerhouse first opened its doors in 2002 and has since become the focal point of Nottingham’s entertainment scene. With 20 venues contained within the complex, a variety of different experiences await.

    Whether you’re a film buff drawn to the IMAX at Cineworld, a foodie looking for Caribbean cuisine at Turtle Bay or the food extravaganza that is Red Hot World Buffet, anyone will be able to find their fit. Local bloggers, ItsMuchMore were invited to experience three of The Cornerhouse’s attractions; Lost City Adventure Golf, Indian canteen

  • 88 Posted on 15 February 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 19th – 21st February 2016

    With half-term in full flow, it’s a good job there isn’t a shortage of engaging and exciting events to take the little ones to this coming weekend. With heritage attractions putting on a great lineup of fun things to do, as well as a few gigs for the adults thrown in to the mix if you need a break for an evening, Nottinghamshire throws up yet another feast of activity. For more ideas and inspiration, get social with us on Twitter and Facebook.

    Roundheads and Cavaliers at Bolsover Castle

    Re-live historic clashes from a time-gone-by, as Bolsover Castle steps back in time to when the

  • Annie's Burger Shack Posted on 10 February 2016

    Start the day right with an American breakfast at Annie’s Burger Shack

    Ordinarily, there’s only one 9 o’clock on a Saturday for me and that’s strictly of the p.m variety however, the temptation to try an Annie’s breakfast proved too great, so I found myself bleary eyed wandering through the Lace Market very early on a Saturday morning.

    Annie’s innovative and astonishing burgers almost deserve Nottingham legend status already so how might they keep the creativity going with their new breakfast offer I wondered as I was greeted by a delightfully friendly Annie’s team member and handed the menu.

    This new menu, quite frankly, sent my head spinning and my mouth watering as I navigated my way around the United States of America

  • Chinese New Year Posted on 09 February 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 12th – 14th February 2016

    With half-term starting this weekend, and the romance of Valentine’s Day taking hold on Sunday, there’s no shortage of events taking place across Nottinghamshire! So if you’re seeking a spot of romance, or you’re desperately looking for ways to keep the children occupied, we think have a few ideas to inspire even the most tired parents or lacklustre lovers. For even more ideas, visit us on Facebook and Twitter throughout the week.


    Half-term weekend inspiration…

    Chinese New Year Celebrations at Highfields Park

    We’re now in the Year of the Monkey, and what better way to celebrate the colourful tradition of Chinese New Year than by visiting Beeston Square and

  • Rev de Cuba blog image Posted on 05 February 2016

    ‘Havana great time’ with Revolución de Cuba!


    When I think of Cuba I get that warm feeling of holidays past, beautiful Havana, rum and of course the famous Cuban cigar; a few of the iconic symbols that sum it up perfectly to me!

    If you think that Cuba is a little too far to visit though think again, as Cuba has officially landed right in the heart of Nottingham city centre! Revolución de Cuba opened its doors in December 2015 and has already firmly established itself as Nottingham’s salsa loving, cocktail making, South American gem of a bar and cantina! With an extensive range of traditional white and dark rums amongst other quality spirits and a

  • Kelham House blog image Posted on 02 February 2016

    A Winter Warmer at Kelham House Hotel

    There’s nothing quite like that quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea is there? The notion to me always conjures up bone china cups and saucers, speciality teas and of course perfectly cut sandwiches and delicious sweet delights, an absolute treat and a little escapism from the real world, if only for an afternoon.

    So when the gorgeous boutique hotel Kelham House invited us to give their Winter Afternoon Tea a whirl I was excited to indulge in a little foodie heaven in the Nottinghamshire countryside myself!

    Crunching over the gravel driveway as we arrived on a cold misty afternoon, Kelham House looked so inviting and on entering was even more

  • Light Night 2016 Posted on 01 February 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 5th – 7th February 2016

    The first weekend of February sees Nottinghamshire burst into life in more ways than one – whether that be through fantastical light displays and creative city centre events, or picture postcard scenes of flowers in bloom to remind us that spring-time is just around the corner. Keep up to date with what’s happening throughout the week, and across a hectic weekend, on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and search out your own itinerary of things to do by visiting our what’s on page.


    Light Night 2016 at Various Venues in Nottingham

    It’s not every Friday night that you can explore Nottingham after dark and enjoy over 50

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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…