• Capture1 Posted on 31 August 2016

    Nottingham Mela 2016: Q & A with Manushi’s Vina Ladwa

    Manushi are a Nottingham-based dance company with an international reputation.

    2016 marks twenty years since the company began practicing Kathak – a graceful classical dance from India and they will be celebrating their anniversary with a performance at Nottingham Mela Festival this September.

    Experience Nottinghamshire and the New Art Exchange caught up with Manushi Co-founder and Artistic Director, Vina Ladwa ahead of the celebrations.

    Photographer: Bartosz Kali

    How would you describe Kathak dance?

    Kathak is a North Indian classical dance from 2,000 years ago. It was started in Hindu temples as the priest read kathas (stories) men and women listening became excited, they would respond with movement and expression. The dance evolved to be more

  • IMG_4125 Posted on 26 August 2016

    October in Nottingham

    Nottingham is the UK’s Festival City this October, hosting more festivals than any other UK city!  Here’s just a few of the highlights that we’re looking forward to!


    The Spiegeltent is a 100 year old travelling European dance hall, bar and entertainment salon. The beautiful mirrored tent has spent its life touring glamorous locations all over the world and will be landing in the Old Market Square this October.

    The Spiegeltent will be an intimate stage for Russell HowardMatt Richardson and the Glee Club Comedy Spectacular, as well as host to a carnival of cabaret, burlesque, panto, circus skills shows. The circular central stage allows the entire audience of the tent a close

  • Posted on 24 August 2016

    National Burger Day in Notts

    It’s #NationalBurgerDay tomorrow and Notts certainly knows how to celebrate the occasion. Here’s our round-up of unbeatable burgers from the city and county.

    Annie’s Burger Shack

    Annie’s all-American freehouse restaurant has been something of an Nottingham institution since opening in 2013. The original menu includes the Elvis – a peanut butter and jelly smothered burger inspired by the King himself, and the Vermonter, which comes topped with pancakes soaked in maple syrup.  What’s more, veggies and vegans are fully catered for and can choose from the same menu as meat-eaters.

    Missoula Montana

    Another taste of USA to be found in the Lace Market area of the city, the burgers at Missoula Montana

  • Bilsthorpe2 Posted on 23 August 2016

    Celebrating Nottinghamshire’s Mining Past at Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum

    Experience Nottinghamshire’s Business Development Manager Jayne on her visit to the Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum. 

    Nottinghamshire has always been a county that not only embraces its heritage but celebrates it, shouting from the rooftops at every opportunity. Whether it’s majestic stately homes or gritty stories of rebels and endurance, the good people of Nottinghamshire rise to the challenge and in a small corner of North Nottinghamshire, the Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum continues to grow and welcomes visitors from far and wide.

    In the centre of the village and adjacent to the village hall, the old village squash courts became home to the Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum in 2014. It is a treasure trove of mining and historical

  • Photo by Graham Lucas Commons Posted on 22 August 2016

    Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend, 26th – 29th August

    Hooray, it’s almost bank Bank Holiday! Whether you’ll be taking part in wordy workshops at the D. H. Lawrence Festival of Culture or watching Batman at Nottingham’s own Wayne Manor, Wollaton Hall, make the most of the sunny skies and long summer nights while they’re still here!

    Find more ideas on our What’s On page or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

    D H Lawrence Festival 

    Celebrate one of the UK’s most controversial authors with a celebration in and around his hometown of Eastwood.

    Brochure for 2016 Festival of Culture now available to download https://t.co/NzucgZ7CBC pic.twitter.com/ZLBmYf9YLH

    — D.H. Lawrence Museum (@DHLHeritage)

  • pokepoke Posted on 19 August 2016

    Pokémon hunt in Nottinghamshire

    The world is in the midst of Pokémon fever and Nottinghamshire is proving to be a hot spot for Pokémon trainers, with the little creatures being spotted at several locations in both the city and county. And as we’ve got a few avid Pokémon trainers in our office we decided to share our Poké-knowledge and top hunting tips with everyone out there who wants to go catch them all.

    There have been confirmed reports of water Pokémon sightings at the Holme Pierrepont Country Park including Psyducks, Shellders, Staryus and plenty of Magikarps with high CP to evolve into your very own Gyarados, roaming around the stunning grounds of the Country Park. While

  • Bills Nottingham 3 Posted on 18 August 2016

    Bill’s Summer Menu

    The team spent a leisurely lunchtime devouring the delicious summer set menu at Bill’s Nottingham.


    I decided to go for the roasted plum tomato and red pepper soup starter and chargrilled minute steak lightly batted out, with watercress, garlic butter and skin on fries. Both the starter and main course were delicious, although my heart was stolen by the steak. It was very tender, juicy, rich with garlic butter, and extremely tasty – one of the tastier steaks I’ve ever had.

    I was also happy to discover that there are quite a few PokeStops just outside the restaurant and someone set up lure modules on all of them! So, were sitting at

  • planet bounce 8 Posted on 18 August 2016

    Planet Bounce’s 1st Birthday Party

    Planet Bounce, the intergalactic trampoline park in Nottingham city centre celebrated its first birthday on Monday,  with an all-day party fittingly filled with face painting, cakes, a live DJ and, of course, plenty of bouncing.

    The trampoline park is first of its kind in the area and one year on is proving to be just as popular as ever, having welcomed over 195 thousand jumpers through the doors since opening.

    Here’s how Alistair and Jessie got on when they went to join in the fun.


    What better way to spring into a new week than by visiting Planet Bounce – a fantastic attraction for big and little kids. Turning one this week, the venue offers

  • Caribbean Carnival 02 - Low Res Posted on 15 August 2016

    Things to do this weekend 19th-21st August

    It’s another big weekend in the county, with festivals celebrating everything from 80’s music to the Caribbean! Take a look below or find more ideas on our What’s On listings and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest pages.

    Flashback Festival

    The 80s will be alive at kicking this weekend as Flashback Festival brings Billy Ocean, Jools Holland, Earth Wind & Fire and Bananarama to the Thoresby Estate

    Are you ready to sing along with Billy Ocean next Saturday https://t.co/4iZ84dQEcT

    — Flash Back (@flashbackto80s) August 14, 2016

    Summer Nights Hardwick Hall

    Summer Nights Outdoor Film festival reaches the beautiful Elizabethan manor house with screenings

  • 10649895_405254609685362_3485878673883556558_n Posted on 12 August 2016

    Win tickets to Lou Lou’s Vintage Carnival at Nottingham Racecourse

    The Vintage Carnival bringing all things vintage back to Nottingham Racecourse  on  Saturday 3rd September and we’ve got a pair of tickets up for grabs!

    The huge one-day event is hosted by the time-travelling team behind Lou Lou’s Vintage Fairs, the most popular vintage fair in the country and winner of the UK’s Best Vintage Fair 2013, 2014 and 2015.

    Expect to find vintage shopping, delicious street food, real ales and cocktails, classic cars, live music, hair and beauty, carnival rides, dance lessons, children’s activities and more.


    The Vintage Marketplace

    From the 1920s to the 1980s, we’ve gathered together the best vintage traders from around the country in clothing, home, jewellery, collectibles and

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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…