• plates-workshop-01 Posted on 14 September 2016

    Plates Records Workshop Puts Us In a Spin

    Since setting up shop in Nottingham back in 2014, Plates Records have been leading the way in Nottingham’s vinyl revival. Two years on, and one move to the Malt Cross later, Plates are continuing to keep the city’s music scene exciting.

    In a world where Spotify and YouTube give access to practically any song in a couple of clicks, sometimes it’s nice to slow the pace a little, and enjoy the simple pleasures of listening to music the old fashioned way.

    While it was tempting to spend a few hours flicking through the great collection of rare and interesting records, the EN team arrived at Plates a couple of weeks ago for another

  • Blog lead image template-01 Posted on 27 July 2016

    The Lion at Basford Review

    There’s no shortage of amazing pubs in Nottinghamshire, and while there’s many characterful options in Nottingham city centre, it’s always worth exploring a little further afield, to find a hidden gem.

    One pub, which you could easily overlook if you were unaware of its existence, is The Lion – which is located next to an industrial estate, in New Basford. The location doesn’t sound particularly promising, but don’t be discouraged – this is a fantastic pub with a great selection of local ales, live music and fantastic food.

    What’s more, it’s incredibly easy to get to. The tram runs right along side it, so hop off at Shipstone’s Street, and you’ll see

  • Blog lead image template-01 Posted on 11 July 2016

    Things to do this Weekend 15th – 17th July

    We’ve got another busy weekend of events coming up for you, and whether you want to cheer on The Outlaws as they look to continue their five game winning streak in the t-20 Blast cricket, or enjoy poetry in Southwell library, there’s something for every taste. Don’t forget to give us a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and share your experiences with us using #LoveNotts.
    Wollaton Arts Festival
    The first ever Wollaton Arts Festival takes place this weekend, with lots of fun and free events to enjoy.

    The first #WollatonArtsFestival takes place 14 – 17 July! See what’s on – #FREEhttps://t.co/xwnB5CurnPpic.twitter.com/uLfnNWayyT

    — Wollaton Hall (@WollatonHall)

  • NSP-PIERRE0027 Posted on 30 June 2016

    Tres Bien! Bistrot Pierre Review

    Bringing a little French charm to Nottingham city centre, Bistrot Pierre is a true Nottinghamshire success story. The French bistrot has 16 restaurants across the country, but with a truly authentic feel, and fantastic food, it’s certainly no generic chain restaurant, and there’s a real independent feel to the place.

    With the flagship, original restaurant based in Nottingham, Bistrot Pierre has spread across the country, expanding without losing its philosophy of serving delicious food, offering excellent service, and providing a fantastic dining atmosphere.

    On arrival, the restaurant almost looked closed from the outside, because of the low-level lighting, which gave the walls a candle-lit flicker. The melodic French accents of the staff who

  • dd-01 Posted on 21 June 2016

    Nottinghamshire Holiday Habits

    The sun’s finally out, and with summer holiday season almost upon us, what better time to take a look at what makes us tick here in Nottinghamshire? New research has shown that people across the UK like to holiday in different ways – so let’s find out what it is that sets us apart here in Notts.
    In Notts we love the beach!
    It’s no secret that we’re pretty landlocked here in Notts – we are located slap bang in the centre of the country after all. So maybe that’s why the research revealed we’re such big fans of a little sun, sand and sea. 60% of us prefer to

  • Blog lead image template-01 Posted on 16 June 2016

    Where You Can Catch the Euro 2016 Action In Notts

    The action’s well underway in France, but don’t worry if you’re stuck on this side of the channel – there’s no shortage of places to watch the football here in Notts!

    England’s Home of Sport is filled with great pubs where you can enjoy a drink, some food and a fantastic atmosphere: here’s just a few of them:
    Southbank City and Southbank Trent Bridge

    Not long til KO #Englandvwales@dtwill wish you were here? pic.twitter.com/gFJ9KeylkJ

    — Southbank City (@SouthbankNottm) June 16, 2016
    More on Southbank here

    Bunkers hill

    If your boss is nice enough to let you clock off early today, come cheer on England with us! Food served from

  • father's day1-01 Posted on 14 June 2016

    Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

    Eek, Father’s Day is almost upon us! But don’t panic if you’ve not yet managed to sort out a gift for Dad, we’re here to save the day with some great, Nottinghamshire-themed gift ideas and inspiration!

    Whether it’s a day at the cricket, or the shiny new Nottingham Forest football shirt, read on for some great ideas to give your dad the perfect Father’s Day treat.

    Robin Hood Beer Festival Tickets

    It’s one of the biggest dates in the Notts calendar, as Nottingham Castle is taken over by barrel after barrel of ales and ciders, and the merriment commences!

    Featuring over 1,000 different ales and ciders to work your way through, the tickets sell fast,

  • Blog lead image template-01 Posted on 08 June 2016

    Something New is Brewing for Coffee Lovers in Notts

    Coffee fanatics in Nottingham will be all too familiar with the delicious aromas and smooth coffees of 200° Degrees Coffee Shop, an always busy and bustling cafe just off Old Market Square.

    Serving delicious coffee, roasted at 200°, in their relaxed and trendy coffee shop on Flying Horse Walk, it’s fair to say that their hip – but unpretentious – take on artisan coffee has taken Nottingham by storm.

    So coffee-nuts will be delighted to know that 200° are well on their way to opening up a brand new cafe! In fact, it will open its doors in just two weeks’ time.

    With the clock ticking, Experience Nottinghamshire was invited behind the scenes to take a

  • Blog lead image template-01 Posted on 31 May 2016

    Things To Do This Weekend 3rd-5th June

    Can it really be June already? With so many fantastic things happening in Nottinghamshire, it’s no surprise that 2016 is flying by – and there’s no let up this weekend, as even more top quality sport comes to Nottinghamshire. Keep up to date with everything that’s happening by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and see our What’s On guide for full listings.

    1. Aegon Open Nottingham WTA International Women’s Tournament 2016

    Following on from the European Archery Championships last weekend, it’s tennis’s turn to take over Nottingham, as the biggest names in the sport descend on Nottingham Tennis Centre. With Britain’s Heather Watson and former World No.1 Victoria

  • nottingifs-01 Posted on 26 May 2016

    Celebrating Nottingham’s Most Popular Attractions With Animated GIFs

    A series of ten fun animations, which celebrate some of Nottinghamshire’s best-loved institutions, have been spreading like wildfire across social media. Featuring references to everything from Batman’s home at Wollaton Hall to the selfie-magnet that is the famous Robin Hood statue – they celebrate all that’s great about our county.

    In this special guest post for Experience Nottinghamshire, Lydia from Skeleton – the team behind the GIFs – explains what motivated them to pay their quirky tribute to Notts:

    Wollaton Hall, with its grand Elizabethan front and rolling deer park.

    Market Square, which transforms from sweltering summer fair to glittering winter wonderland and back again.

    The statue of our favourite outlaw Robin Hood, where countless group shots and selfies are

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