• Family visitors at Speke Hall, Liverpool, at Christmas. Posted on 29 November 2016

    Celebrate Christmases Past in Nottinghamshire

    Before we start looking ahead to 2017, Nottinghamshire heritage attractions are inviting us back in time to celebrate Christmas time the good old fashioned way!

    Victorian Christmas Extravaganza at the Framework Knitters Museum

    The cosy Victorian cottages will be brought to life with lanterns, Christmas carols, a traditional barrel organ and a roaring fire for toasting crumpets and chestnuts. Children can even visit Father Christmas in his grotto and and knit their own Christmas stocking using the hand-powered knitting machines and the help of the museum’s volunteers.

    12 Days of Christmas at Hardwick Hall

    Find two 20ft Christmas trees in the grand Entrance Hall of the incredible Elizabethan Manor and catch a glimpse of a

  • competition-page-banner-01-01 Posted on 28 November 2016

    Daily Festive Nottinghamshire Giveaways – Share to WIN!

    This competition is now closed – a list of winners can be found below.

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again and Robin Hood has got a bag of swag to give-away every day in the run up to Christmas. From festive family days out to go-karting experiences to festival tickets, there’s plenty you’ll want to unwrap here in Nottinghamshire!

    All you have to do is keep an eye out for our daily announcements on Twitter and Facebook, then re-tweet or share our posts to be entered into

  • namexmassong03-01 Posted on 28 November 2016

    Win a family winter break at Sherwood Hideaway

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and escape to the heart of Sherwood Forest this January. Enjoy up to four nights in one of Sherwood Hideaway‘s luxury two bedroom, self-catering lodges and explore the magnificent woodland of Robin Hood county.
    This competition is now closed and the winner is Christine Gillespie.

    Spend your evenings cosied up around the aga woodburning stove and relax in the cedar lodge’s beautiful interior, including a state of the art kitchen and bathroom,  flat screen TV, Molton Brown toiletries and even an outside decking and hot tub area.
     
    The lucky winner will receive a stay for 4 people for either 3 nights Friday – Monday or

  • holocaust-museum__0011 Posted on 25 November 2016

    21 Years of the National Holocaust Centre

    Experience Nottinghamshire’s Jayne Nightingale visits the National Holocaust Centre and Museum

    In a corner of North Nottinghamshire, handily positioned between Ollerton and Newark, the National Holocaust Centre and Museum have just celebrated their 21st birthday. When London and the UK’s other major cities overlooked the importance of creating a memorial that informs and educates surrounded by beautiful gardens, Nottingham and the Smith family stepped up and created a national venue that we should all be very proud of.

    The team have gone out of their way to ensure that the centre is a beacon of light and hope as well as providing an engaging and educational lesson in understanding how discrimination and prejudice

  • marcos_kegworth_bar_area1 Posted on 23 November 2016

    The Italian Job was the icing on the cake at Marco’s Italian

    It was Friday night, but not just any Friday night, it was the inaugural Funky Friday at Marco’s Italian, Kegworth. Unsure what to expect and a touch nervous of the word funky I invited my 19 year old daughter to join me.

    We drove to the restaurant, which is located in the Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel in Kegworth. Kegworth is a pretty village just a few minutes’ drive from East Midlands Airport, yet seemingly situated a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of a busy

  • capture Posted on 22 November 2016

    Family fun at Gulliver’s Kingdom

    Experience Nottinghamshire’s Elisia takes the kids to the Spooky Spectacular at Gulliver’s Kingdom

    As I drove along the windy country roads on the way in to Matlock Bath the views were breathtaking. The quaint villages looked picturesque; the rich autumnal leaves dotted the countryside with their rustic colours and even the children happily gazed out of the window admiring the variety of animals we spotted on the way. I was pleasantly surprised that the journey from Nottingham took just under an hour which meant no need to stop at any expensive service stations on the way and it was a bearable journey time for the children.

    On arrival at Gulliver’s Kingdom it

  • malt-cross-3 Posted on 21 November 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 25th -27th November

    Nottinghamshire has a lot packed in to the last weekend of November, from magical Christmas light switch-ons to David Baird’s exclusive photo exhibition of gold olympic medal winner Richard Whitehead.

    Winterfest at Thoresby Courtyard

    The converted riding hall will be filled with stalls selling unique ceramics, prints, jewellery, hand crafted wooden items and children’s clothing, as well as plenty of festive treats.

    1 week till #winterfest2016 ! Are you ready?

    — Thoresby Courtyard (@ThoresbyC) November 19, 2016

    Christmas Light Switch on at The Exchange

    Christmas in the grade II listed shopping arcade will be as spectacular as ever.

    The Exchange Christmas Lights

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    Christmas Shopping in Nottinghamshire

    Come back with a sleigh-loads of Christmas goodies after a shopping trip in Notts!

    Nottinghamshire Souvenirs

    No one says it quite like Notts does and you kind find our lingo stamped all over Dukki Design‘s merchandise and in the Nottingham Tourist Information Centre.

    Independent Retailers

    In Nottingham, you’re spoilt for choice for places to find one-of-a-kind gifts. Find beautiful clothing and accessories in the award-winning Stick and Ribbon boutique or head for Derby Road to browse the stylish shops full of bespoke homewares and gifts.

    Markets

    Nottinghamshire’s Christmas markets always come out ranked as some of the best in the country, with stalls of artists crafts at Patchings

  • capture Posted on 15 November 2016

    Eight reasons why you’ll love a helicopter pleasure flight…

    Central Helicopters give you 8 good reasons to take to the skies on a helicopter experience!

    Take off in style like a celeb

    If you like the idea of flying like a celebrity or high-powered VIP, then a helicopter pleasure flight is for you. For the likes of Star Wars hero Han Solo aka Harrison Ford and Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt, this aircraft simply trumps excuse the pun any other form of transport.

    Witness the spectacular

    Sit back and relax in the comfortable Bell LongRanger helicopter as it cruises along at several thousand feet. During your helicopter tour you’ll be treated to a spectacular bird’s eye view of the constantly changing scenery that stretches out

  • winter-wonderland Posted on 14 November 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 18th – 19th November

    Love it or hate it, Christmas definitely arrives in Nottinghamshire this weekend! Whether you hit the markets or meet Santa Claus himself, it’s sure to be a ring ting tingle-ing weekend!

    Christmas at Rufford Abbey Country Park

    Rufford Abbey has had a full Xmas makeover with festive goodies in the shop and it’s very own Santa’s grotto.

    CHRISTMAS STOCK
    In the Craft Shop
    at Rufford Abbey Country Park
    Come……have a look 🙂 @NottsCCpic.twitter.com/HQtnRltnLj

    — Visit Sherwood (@HomeofRobinHood) November 10, 2016

    Sherwood Christmas Craft & Food Fair 2016

    Find original hand crafted gifts including textiles, ceramics, prints, glass, jewellery and cards at the 11th annual fair.

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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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