• Posted on 09 June 2015

    A rare treat for visitors to Southwell this weekend

    Southwell is one of Nottinghamshire’s prettiest towns and probably most famously known as the home of the Bramley apple.  Celebrated each October at the annual Bramley Apple Festival, visitors travel from all over the world in honour of the fruit that was first cultivated here over 200 years ago.

    Southwell is also home to the Cathedral of Nottinghamshire, Southwell Minster. Filled with historical and architectural interest, The Minster is visually stunning as it stands proudly overlooking the town; its unique pepper-pot spires distinctly noticeable.

    These are just two of the reasons why Southwell is one of the jewels in Nottinghamshire’s crowns. Many simply like to meander through the pretty streets lined

  • Big October Posted on 03 October 2014

    It’s a BIG October in Nottingham!

    The nights are drawing in and there’s a chill as October has landed on our doorstep!

    Nottingham isn’t settling in for hibernation yet though- there’s so much to do this month that we’ve christened it Big October!

    October brings the biggest event of the year – the Goose Fair! It’s back at Forest Recreation Ground this weekend. The biggest travelling fair in Europe has been visiting

    Goose Fair at night

    Nottingham since 1285 and it’s an unmissable day or night out for the whole family, with thrilling white knuckle rides, fun and activities for kids, delicious foods from around the world, and a fantastic atmosphere. Look out for the leaflets in

  • Fountain at Old Market Square Posted on 29 July 2014

    A prize winning city made for a perfect bank holiday

    Last year we teamed up with Nottingham Contemporary to run the Aquatopia competition which gave one lucky person the chance to spend a weekend in Nottingham. In this guest blog our winner Sally writes about her stay.

    After an amazingly easy commute from the South Essex coast, we arrived in Nottingham, hot and bothered, at around lunch time Saturday. The sat-nav guided us to

  • Fond memories of Vickeh Market's Hot Pea Man Stall Posted on 05 July 2014

    It just wasn’t to ‘pea’ in the Vicceh Market…

    Anybody from Nottingham will know of the Victoria Centre Market, most affectionately known locally as ‘Vicceh Market’.  As a small child it was a place I frequented often with my Mum, then later as a teenager when my friends and I would go to spend our pocket money on the record stall.   A sneaky lipstick or nail varnish would be a treat from the make-up stall if we had any spare change between us.

    The highlight of the Market for me though was always The ‘Hot Pea’ Man for a tub of peeled prawns or cockles, a bowl of mushy peas followed by a mug of tea.  Looking back, this probably wasn’t,

  • Capture_1263247267 Posted on 28 June 2014

    The best funny business in Nottingham!

    Nottingham Comedy Festival’s Elliott Bower tells why it’s no joke that Nottingham is the place for a barrel of laughs this year.

    Comedy is…well quite literally a funny business!
    Hundreds of comedians at all levels entertain packed and sometimes not so packed comedy clubs up and down the country just to get the thrill of making an audience laugh and hoping one day to make enough money to do comedy for a living and progress onto top TV shows such as ‘Mock The Week’ or ‘Live at the Apollo’ or even the top prize of the best show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and launch themselves into stardom.

    As promoters in the industry we

  • DH-Lawrence-books Posted on 03 January 2014

    D. H. Lawrence: Writer, artist … hipster?

    Today’s guest blogger is Sally Nightingale, D. H Lawrence Heritage services manager, who writes that our literary legend could have been a modern day hipster.

    Apparently if William Shakespeare were alive today he’d be a daring and forward thinking hipster. This was the image presented earlier this year as part of an artistic project commissioned for the TV series Secret Life Of…. which depicted how a series of historical figures might have looked in 2013. Developed by a team of digital artists this updated edgy image represents Shakespeare as a ‘modern day playwright’ with an earring, shaggy, quiffed hair, Shoreditch shirt and waistcoat.

    My response was ‘what’s a hipster?’ proving at the age of

  • 12 Days of christmas without click here Posted on 09 December 2013

    On the fourth day of Christmas in Notts we give to you…

    Four Merry Men!

    Anybody who knows the legend of Robin Hood will have heard of his Merry Men.  The story tells of many merry men but none more famous than his companion Friar Tuck or his best friend, Little John.

    With the many Christmas and New Year celebrations taking place across the county we are sure to welcome many merry men – and women!

    If you fancy a laugh then Christmas Party Nights at the Glee Club in Nottingham is the place to be where you’ll enjoy a meal with comedy and disco.  Expect top class entertainment at the venue’s stand-up comedy nights with  four premier live comedians.

    At the Village Hotel near

  • 12 Days of christmas without click here Posted on 04 December 2013

    On the first day of Christmas in Notts we give to you…

     A Robin in a Bramley Apple tree!

    The legend most associated with Nottinghamshire is that of Robin Hood while the Bramley Apple tree was first grown in the beautiful town of Southwell in 19th Century. But there is only one legend on everybody’s mind at this time of year and that’s Santa Claus. So although your Christmas dinner may be accompanied by a Bramley Apple sauce the only tree that sparkles in December is the beloved Christmas tree.

    On Day 1 of our 12 Days of Christmas we are giving you the opportunity to win one of FIVE festive days out to see either the great man himself or some of the

  • VW exterior Posted on 20 November 2013

    A step inside the Flying Horse Walk shopping emporium

    Our blog feature on the Flying Horse Walk comes from Ellie Shouls, a musician raised in Nottingham who loves the arts, retail, and a good read!

    Having lived in Nottingham for the past fifteen years, I’m not oblivious to the city’s fantastic shopping centres and the great range of shops available. However, one of my favourite places to shop in Nottingham has to be the Flying Horse Walk. This hidden gem, tucked away between St Peter’s Gate and South Parade, still manages to delight me every time I take a peek inside.

    Firstly, there’s such a great variety of shops. From small boutique stores selling perfumes, jewellery, and lingerie,

  • imageresizerCAQM612A Posted on 18 September 2013

    Things To Do This Weekend, 20-22 September

    You are never short of things to do in and around Nottinghamshire but if you’re still to make plans for the weekend ahead then be inspired by some of our highlights.  For more events over the weekend, and all year, see our What’s On section of the website.

    Nottingham Comedy Festival

    The annual Nottingham Comedy Festival kicks off on Friday evening which starts with The Best in Live Stand up Comedy at the Glee club.  The festival, now in its fifth year, gives us eight days of one liners and wise cracks at a variety of Nottinghamshire venues both large & small.  There is something for everyone to be in

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