• 11872086_951080781615903_5808503172268770318_o Posted on 29 April 2016

    Alternative Green Spaces in Nottinghamshire

    With sixteen different gardens in Lord Byron’s ancestral home, a well-manicured Arboretum in the city centre and the thousand acres of rolling countryside that make up Thoresby Park,  we certainly aren’t short of beautiful gardens and landscapes here in Nottinghamshire.

    To get into the spirit of Visit England’s celebration of the English Garden, we’ve been digging a little deeper and unearthing the green spaces hidden in Nottinghamshire locations where you might least expect to find them…

    St Ann’s Allotments

    St Ann’s Allotment’s is the oldest and largest area of detached Victorian gardens in the world and has been awarded Grade II listed status by English Heritage. Located in

  • Arsher Ali by Faceiro Posted on 28 April 2016

    Arsher Ali shares his favourite places in Notts

    We can’t wait to watch to the series finale of BBC Two’s gripping drama Line of Duty tonight – not least because of the homegrown talent in the cast! We caught up with Basford native Arsher Ali to talk all things Notts.

    What do you and your family like to get up to in Notts when you’re not busy filming?

    I have an office in town – so I spend as much time as I can with my friend and writing partner, Hugh Dichmont.

    Other than that – my visits to Nottingham are to my Mum’s house or the other most important place in Nottingham… the City Ground.

    Do you have any favourite places to eat

  • Wollaton Things to do-01 Posted on 25 April 2016

    Things To Do This Bank Holiday Weekend 29th April – 2nd May

    Yippie! It’s May Bank Holiday this weekend, which means there’s extra time to fit in more of the great events taking place around Nottinghamshire.  These our our top 5 picks for this week but you’ll find more ideas on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and What’s On Page.

    Bluebells at Hodsock Priory

    Yes, it’s that magical time of year again when the forest floor of Hodsock Priory is transformed into a purple sea of Bluebells.

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    — George & The Team (@HodsockPriory) April 23, 2016

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    1940’s Knees Up at Brewhouse Yard

    The ever popular 1940s knees-up will be serving up some good

  • Langar Hall Garden Room B Posted on 25 April 2016

    Dining With A View in Nottinghamshire

    In celebration of what would have been the 300th birthday of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown,  2016 has been named as the Year of the English Garden.

    The famous landscape architect changed the face of 18th century England with his picturesque designs and is still widely remembered as England’s greatest gardener.

    We can’t think of a better way to channel our green-fingered heritage than by enjoying some alfresco food, so here are a few of our favourite spots.

     Jamie’s Italian, Nottingham

    The decor in Jamie’s is so beautiful that anyone who has only ever eaten inside the old townhouse building would be forgiven for bypassing it’s outdoor seating area. Nevertheless, the outside is more

  • the ram newark Posted on 22 April 2016

    Mouth-watering lunch at The Ram Bar & Brasserie

    On a beautiful sunny afternoon we visited Newark, a picturesque market town with charming streets full of character, inviting cafes and restaurants. We were excited to pay a visit to the stunning The Ram Bar and Brasserie, a hidden gem that stands close to the town’s famous castle.

    The Ram has a colourful history of offering the perfect place for people to meet and enjoy good food and wine, right back to the 15th century when a coaching inn opened on the site where the current 18th century Georgian building stands. After years of neglect, The Ram has been renovated and rejuvenated, restoring it to its former elegant Georgian glory, in

  • langar-01 Posted on 21 April 2016

    Gorgeous Garden Stays in Nottinghamshire

    Nottingham’s littered with beautiful places to stay, so we thought – as it’s the Year of the English Garden after all – we’d round up some of our favourite places to stay with beautiful gardens. So treat yourself to an overnight visit, and you can be waking up to the smell of blooming flowers, and enjoying some of Nottinghamshire’s prettiest, most picturesque accommodation options in no time.

    Langar Hall – This just happens to be Sir Paul Smith’s favourite place to stay. The charming hotel is a haven of tranquillity, and you’ll love breathing in the fresh air, while staying far away from the stresses of city life.

    Langar Hall is a genuine

  • thin gs to do st george-01 Posted on 18 April 2016

    Top 5 Things to do This Weekend – 22nd – 24th of April

    Choosing just five picks for our Top-5 things to do blog was even tougher than usual this week, because there’s simply so much going on in Nottinghamshire! Whether it’s strutting the catwalk, watching a tense Champions Cup Semi Final, or celebrating England’s Patron Saint, there truly is a feast of fun to enjoy. Here’s our top 5, but you can see plenty more of what’s going on here.

    1. St George’s Day

    All sorts of family fun is taking place in Nottingham this Saturday, as the St George’s Day celebrations get into full swing. Wave your flags, and get out and celebrate at Old Market Square.

    FREE fun day and celebration

  • Elena Baltacha, Nottingham Tennis Centre, credit Hayley Gee 8.10.201 Posted on 15 April 2016

    Aegon Open Nottingham 2016: Q & A with volunteer Mark Frettingham

    This June, Nottingham will be welcoming international tennis stars back to the city for the return of the Aegon Open Nottingham Tennis Championships. 2015’s competition was a huge success and with another lineup of world class sports men and women set to play, this year promises to bring more top quality tennis to the Home of Sport.

    Retired teacher and Nottingham local Mark Frettingham will be seeing all the action from behind the scenes as a competition volunteer. Alongside approximately 100 fellow volunteers, Mark will be the ‘face of the games’ at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. He shares some of his insider insights and top tips with us below.

    Q: Tell us a

  • u7 Posted on 14 April 2016

    Interview with British Soul Sensation – Mica Paris

    British Soul Sensation Mica Paris will perform with live band at the Riverbank Bar & Kitchen on Friday 22nd April.

    She’ll be supported by up-and-coming star Malaika Shaw, who was handpicked by Jamie Cullum to perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2015.

    The range, power, and sheer soulfulness of Mica Paris’ singing made an immediate impact on the UK music scene in 1988 when she released her debut, platinum-selling album, ‘So Good’ from which she had her first top ten hit, ‘My One Temptation’. This led to a collaboration with American soul singer Will Downing and a further smash hit with ‘Where Is The Love’.

    We caught up with Mica for a quick fire

  • RS models Posted on 13 April 2016

    Let’s meet… Lola Royle, stylist for Nottingham Fashion Week

    Nottingham Fashion Week takes place 22 – 30 April 2016, and we caught up with the official stylist for the event, Lola Royle, to find out about exciting plans for this fashion celebration, and why she rates Nottingham as a top style city…

    Tell us about your role with Nottingham Fashion Week?

    Lola Royle

    This will be my third year working with Nottingham on its fashion event. I love Nottingham and the retailers are amazing. Nottingham Fashion Week will showcase 50 retailers from across the city, with a spotlight on spring/summer collections. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before, and we’ve got lots of exciting plans including

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    A very lucky marketeer in her dream job. Passionate about all things Nottinghamshire and firmly believes if you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen!

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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…