• Sherwood Hideaway woodland lodge hidden among the trees Posted on 25 July 2017

    My luxury Hideaway retreat in the heart of Sherwood Forest

    When I was invited to spend the weekend at Sherwood Hideaway I was naturally excited about experiencing a break there. I had briefly visited the site a few years prior and I was looking forward to spending time with the family and truly experiencing it.

    The main purpose of the stay was to participate in a Wildlife Photography Course, a new event coming to the Hideaway in the autumn. I’ve written about the course separately here but I was so overwhelmed with our stay there that I wanted to share my thoughts.

    We arrived at Sherwood Hideaway around 6pm on the Friday night and was warmly greeted by Alan at reception. I

  • Matilda, the European Eagle Owl Posted on 06 July 2017

    Birds, herds and beautiful scenery was the focus on my Wildlife Photography Course at Sherwood Hideaway

    When I was asked to spend my weekend at Sherwood Hideaway to take part in wildlife activities available there, of course I was only too happy to oblige. It sounded like a wonderful experience and I could think of much worse ways to spend my weekend.

    Wildlife walks take place each Sunday at Sherwood Hideaway where guests are guided through the Forest by falconry experts before being given the opportunity to fly Harris Hawks.

    As somewhat of a novice photographer who generally relies on iPhone filters to create mediocre shots I was a little apprehensive that main activity would be participating in a new wildlife photography course. I was of course

  • wolly Posted on 09 December 2016

    ‘Definitely Not Respectable’ at The Malt Cross

    EN’s Linda joined the Woolly Tellers for old time story telling at the Malt Cross. Here’s what she thought. 

    Step back in time to a land before television, earlier than radio and definitely a world without wi-fi, websites and social media.

    Find it hard to imagine?  ‘Definitely not Respectable’ promised a unique evening of entertainment at The Malt Cross – Nottingham’s Victorian music hall – with The Woolly Tellers and the Malt Cross’s own Dr Rebekah Wood: with no 21st century amusements in sight!

     

    It was a night that certainly lived up to its promise, and one, which succeeded in transporting us to

  • 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

  • Wollaton Hall after dark Posted on 10 November 2016

    The Woolly Tellers told no likely stories at The Haunted Cellar

    So, where is this haunted cellar? 

    Wollaton Hall & Deer Park is without a doubt my favourite place to visit in Nottingham. It’s where some of my fondest childhood memories have been made and where I still love to frequent with my family throughout the year.  I’ve often walked through the beautiful rooms inside the Elizabethan Hall, home to Nottingham’s Natural History Museum, and wondered what it must be like after dark. Despite visiting a vast amount of times,  I had only ever been during daylight and when I’d

  • Cheeky glass of Merlot while we choose Posted on 17 June 2016

    Enjoying the fruit of the Orchard’s labour at Bramleys Brasserie

    We weren’t going to pass on the opportunity to sample the new summer menu when my colleague Sarah and I were invited recently by our friends over at Bramleys Brasserie.

    Apples flourish in Orchards, so very appropriate the DeVere Venues Orchard Hotel named its restaurant after the juicy, sour and world renowned Bramley Apple, first cultivated here in Nottinghamshire. Known to many as the ‘miracle fruit’ after a young girl planted some leftover pips in her back garden, the synergies don’t stop at just the name.

    Beautifully structured with a unique design, this

  • Hart's - Wild Sea Bass Posted on 27 May 2016

    The best in fine dining and a warm welcome at Hart’s, Nottingham

    Hart’s Restaurant has been well established as the premier fine dining experience in Nottingham for many years. Just the mention of Hart’s evokes reactions among locals like ‘ooh my favourite’, ‘the best restaurant around’ or ‘what’s the special occasion?’  I have to say, for me it is the go to place for a real treat so when my colleague Sarah and I we were invited over to sample the latest lunch menu we were both more than happy to oblige.

    Hart’s entrance

    Hart’s Restaurant is located next door to the luxury boutique Hart’s

  • Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 19.53.17 Posted on 18 March 2016

    WIN an evening at the 1966 World Cup 50th Anniversary Gala

    It was the most celebrated day in the history of English football, and it’s hard to imagine it’s been a staggering 50 years since England beat West Germany at Wembley to win the 1966 World Cup.

    Undoubtedly Sir Geoff Hurst’s hat-trick was the driving force that lead the Three Lions to an unprecedented win which saw England’s 4-2 win on home soil.

    The legendary centre-forward is still the only player EVER to score a hat trick in a World Cup final and was knighted in 1998 for services to the sport.

    It seems fitting, as England’s Home of Sport, that the 50th Anniversary Gala of
    England’s triumphant win is being held in Nottinghamshire

  • Panto blog image Posted on 09 December 2015

    Panto season with prawn balls & laugh a minute blunders at Theatre Royal’s Aladdin

    Christmas would not be the same without panto season so I was delighted to be invited to this year’s thigh slapping performance of Aladdin at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. With an all-star cast including panto veteran Christopher Biggins, my expectations were high – oh yes they were!

    First of all as we made our way to our seats I was reminded just how stunning the ornate features of the theatre are. There can’t be another venue like this for miles around so it’s worth a visit to see just how beautiful this old Victorian theatre really is.

    The opening scenes saw a nod to the theatre’s 150th anniversary  with a show

  • Ex_Notts_Christmas_Prizes_Final Posted on 01 December 2015

    WIN one of FIVE breaks in Nottinghamshire!

    The festive season is upon us, and we’re feeling generous this year, so we’ve teamed up with tourism partners across the county to offer you the chance to win a stay in Nottinghamshire in the New Year.

    Just tell us which one of these fabulous prizes take your fancy, and you could be joining us here next year – as our Christmas gift to you.

    As it’s the season for sharing we’re also giving away daily gifts via social media.  Find out how to WIN here.

    1. A weekend city break for two

    Enjoy a two night stay at the Crowne Plaza hotel located in the heart of Nottingham City Centre, complete

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