• capture Posted on 31 October 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 4th – 6th November

    The clocks have gone back and November arrives this week! From the Beauty and the Beast ballet and Bonfire Night to craft fairs and comedy in cosy clubs, there’s all kinds of wintery ways to enjoy your weekend in the city and county.

    Bonfire Night

    The skies above Nottinghamshire will be lit up in all colours this weekend!

    Have a spectacular bonfire night in Notts! #lovenotts https://t.co/o8L2kT29cG pic.twitter.com/RfQWEL8uXU

    — Experience Notts (@ExperienceNotts) October 30, 2016

    Nottingham Comedy Festival

    The 8th ever Nottingham Comedy Festival kicks off this Friday.

    Only 1 week to go until The Nottingham Comedy Festival. We have lots

  • robin-hood-by-colin-gray Posted on 28 October 2016

    International Robin Hood Day

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood has been spread far and wide around the globe. From hosting world class archery tournaments to a medieval pageant in his honour, the spirit of Nottinghamshire’s very own outlaw is still very much alive in the county today. It’s officially International Robin Hood Day on 29th October – discover the how you can retrace the footsteps of Nottinghamshire’s greatest hero.

    Sherwood Forest

    The stomping ground of Robin Hood, the forest has over 900 veteran oak trees including England’s Tree of the Year 2014, The Major Oak

    Major Oak

    Still standing in Sherwood Forest, the ancient English oak is between 800 and 1,000 years old and is

  • capture Posted on 26 October 2016

    Season of Protest and Activism at New Art Exchange

    From the legend of Robin Hood to the Luddites to our thriving independent districts, Nottingham has long been established as a rebel city. It’s the season of protest and activism at the New Art Exchange this Autumn and the gallery is hosting a series of exhibitions to celebrate the city’s rebellious spirit and political defiance around the world.

    Fighting Walls: Street Art in Egypt and Iran & A Rebel Scene 

    The New Art Exchange has brought together Egypt and Iran over their shared response to each country’s political struggles. In the absence of free speech, the two distinct nations have taken to the walls of their cities to open a dialogue

  • dav Posted on 25 October 2016

    Lunch at the Crafty Crow

    On a typical Sunday, the cobbled street that runs alongside the steep rise up to Nottingham Castle is always bustling with visitors posing for snaps with the Robin Hood Statue, or heading into the castle to admire the gardens, delve into the caves, or browse the art exhibitions contained inside.

    There’s a lot to do in this part of town, so it’s useful that there are plenty of spots to stop for a relaxing drink or a bite to eat. On this particular Sunday – which was particularly bustling as it was also a Heritage Open Day – we went along to sample the menu at the Crafty Crow.

    The first impressions are

  • Robin Hood Pageant 2010 Posted on 24 October 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 28th – 30th October

    It’s the final few days of October in Nottingham, Museums at Night is back and it’s Halloween – there’s all kinds of after-dark fun to be had across the city and county this weekend. You’ll find more ideas on our What’s On page or by following us onFacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

    Game City Festival

    Nottingham’s world-renowned video game festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

    For all you gamers out there, Game City in Nottingham is holding it's 11th festival on the 26th – 29th Oct @gamecity https://t.co/tMfaoDkD8c pic.twitter.com/AUxbFGDElc

    — H22 Web + Digital (@h22solutions) October 11, 2016


    Bavaria comes to

  • Print Posted on 20 October 2016

    Nottingham Comedy Festival Q & A

    The Nottingham Comedy Festival is back for it’s 8th year next month, featuring over 100 shows in 23 venues across the city from Friday 4th – Saturday 12 November 2016.

    Performers Kate Smurthwaite, George Zach, Liam Webber, Fran Jenking, Josh Howie, and Doug Segal fill us in on their festival highlights.
    Since it began back in 2009, Nottingham Comedy Festival has grown from strength to strength, attracting some of nation’s favourite names to Nottingham’s best known venues. There is still a big focus on supporting up and coming acts in smaller venues. Are these grassroots shows still a big part of what keep things exciting and draws in visitors?
    George: Unfortunately nowadays I find people are just

  • panto2 Posted on 19 October 2016

    It’s Panto time in Nottingham!

    Oh yes it is! This Christmas, Widow Twankey, aka John Elkington will be taking us on one very entertaining magic carpet ride with with a performance of Aladdin at Nottingham Playhouse

    How has the run up to the show been going? How long does it take to plan?

    Rehearsals! We haven’t started yet! The scripts are written, the costumes are being fitted but we don’t begin rehearsing until just three weeks before the first performance.

    Though, that’s not to say that preparations aren’t already underway – the Panto is months in the making and planning begins around January and February time, ready for the end of the year. One of the biggest jobs

  • fireworks-2015-2 Posted on 19 October 2016

    Win a family ticket to the Conkers Fireworks Extravaganza!

    Conkers are giving away one family ticket (two adults, two children) to their spectacular fireworks evening in the heart of the National Forest on Saturday 5th November.

    The annual display is one of the largest fireworks events in the East Midlands. As well as dazzling fireworks, there are rides and amusements, face painting, balloon modelling and a fully licensed bar.

    To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is visit the Conkers website to find the answer to the simple question below.

    This competition is now closed. Terms and conditions apply.




  • tour-very-low-res Posted on 18 October 2016

    Nottingham Caves Festival

    If you’re in Nottingham city centre, chances are you’re stood directly above a cave. There’s an intricate network over 700 of underground tunnels and caverns, carved into the sandstone rock beneath the city streets.

    The caves date back to medieval times and have been used as homes, bomb shelters and even jail cells over the years.

    The first ever Festival of Caves is well underway in Nottingham, with special tours, storytelling events and interactive activities taking place all week until Sunday across the city to bring Nottingham’s underground history to life.

    We’ve gathered some little known facts to shed some light on the hidden world the beneath our feet.

    The first reference to caves in Nottingham dates to

  • malt-cross-birthday-music-festival Posted on 17 October 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 21st – 23rd October

    It’s week three of Nottingham’s month of festivals and rural Notts is just as busy with Apple Day in home of the Bramley Apple Southwell and bonfire night celebrations kicking off at Clumber Park. Or if it’s a quiet cultural weekend you’re after, Delilah and Hardwick Hall are hosting wine tasting and a heritage tour. You’ll find more ideas on our What’s On page or by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.


    Rock out at Rockingham Festival, take the kids to the Family Arts Festival, discover the history of underground Nottingham at the Caves Festival, hear industry professionals at the Microfilm Festival and enjoy an arty party at the Malt

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