• 597x336.fitandcrop Posted on 23 February 2017

    Performance Review: Touched at Nottingham Playhouse, 22nd February 2017

    Well go to the foot of our stairs, what a performance!

    On Tuesday night we went to see Touched and what a privilege it was. One of Nottingham Playhouse’s 40th anniversary productions, written by Nottingham playwright, Stephen Lowe, we got a glimpse of 1940s life in Nottingham. Set during the end of World War II, the story revolves around the impact on those at home living in constant fear and hardship but in true to British tradition, having to keep calm and carry on.

    Without giving too much away, here are some of our favourite bits:

    Sarah

    Apart from the superb costumes, set design and brilliant Nottingham accents, my favourite scene is when lead character

  • Craft Courses Posted on 23 February 2017

    Snap, Coffee & Craft: Creative Courses in Nottingham

    You’ve settled into the new year and the winter is getting a little old. In just a few months time you’ll be shunning the comfort of your living room and soaking in the energy of balmy evenings and spring flowers. But for now, it’s time to get busy. Time to pick up a new hobby or hone an old skill, crack out the crafts and start wowing people with your creations.

    With such a wealth of independent businesses in Nottingham who are eager to share their knowledge and expertise with you, we’ve selected a few of the best workshops and classes to get you feeling inspired.

    DEBBIE BRYAN STUDIO

    We

  • Chambers 614x449 Posted on 20 February 2017

    Things To Do This Weekend: 24th – 26th February

    CHAMBERS, DIABLO FURS, & MINATORE
    Contemporary Cafe Bar
    Saturday 25th February, 8pm. Free.

    If you’re after some loud rock ‘n’ roll this Saturday night, get yourself over to Contemporary Cafe Bar for another of their excellent Saturday night gigs. This week sees Hull/Leeds sister duo Chambers, who have been making waves with their ‘sister doom’ stylings. Support come from Nottingham glam gang Diablo Furs, who never fail to impress with their trashy 70s punk performances, and 2-piece Minatore who thrash out groovy alternative rock reminiscent of 90s grunge.

     

     

    MADAME  PARBOILED’S HISTORICAL PUB TOUR
    The Pit & Pendulum Pub at 7pm
    Sunday 26th February, 7pm

    Spend a relaxed Sunday evening exploring Nottingham and

  • Capture Posted on 15 February 2017

    Exhibition Exposition: UNTITLED at New Art Exchange

    As the largest gallery in the UK to focus on culturally diverse visual arts, the New Art Exchange celebrates the rich spectrum of nationalities and culture which populate the local area. Providing high quality exhibitions, events, workshops and performances, there is a varied programme available throughout the week and at weekends, welcoming everyone from art tourists to families and young people. A fresh, engaging space which is as much connected with the visitors as it is with the artists, NAE is most definitely worth checking out. Last week we took a trip to check out their latest exhibition UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time.

    Curated in collaboration with

  • 597x336.fitandcrop Posted on 14 February 2017

    Things To Do This Weekend: 17-19th February

    Oscar Wilde Exhibition at Galleries of Justice Museum
    2-19th February

    In this brand new exhibition by local members of the LGBT community, the history of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender life and politics are explored, charting the history of their fight for equal rights and presenting personal stories and experiences. Prominently featured is the yellow door behind which writer Oscar Wilde was imprisoned between 1895-97 when he was charged with gross indecency.

    Ezekial Bone: Guts & Gore Tour
    By booking only

    The nights are slowly getting brighter, but there’s certainly still time to make use of those last atmospheric wintry evenings

  • download76 Posted on 06 February 2017

    Things To Do This Weekend – 10th – 12th February

    The first week of February has almost passed, but as 2017 gears up there are a multitude of exciting goings on in Nottingham to pique your interest! From silent ice discos and 17th century rebels and crafty workshops, jazz and more. Read on and get planning your weekend!


    Clumber Park Run

    If your new year’s resolution is to stay fit, this might just be the trick for you. Kickstart your weekend by exploring the beautiful Clumber Park in early spring as the shoots and seedlings are beginning to emerge, and gather motivation with a group run. The 5km route takes you through the park woodland, beginning at The Burrow.
    Please note: it is

  • Bramley Apple - High Res Posted on 03 February 2017

    Bramley Apple Week & The Story of the Bramley Apple

    From a forbidden temptation of biblical times to the tale of William Tell, the apple has passed through folklore and history as a humble and wholesome fruit. One of the most popular varieties of apple, The Bramley Apple, in fact has its origins in Nottinghamshire.

    The Story of the Bramley Apple

    The 200 year history began by chance when a young girl from Southwell, Mary Anne Brailsford, planted some apple pips in her garden in the early 19th century. Blossoming into a strong and fertile tree, it caught the eye of a local farmer Henry Merryweather some years later, who saw the possibility of farming the succulent apples. The land on which the tree

  • fgf Posted on 01 February 2017

    Live music at Nottingham Contemporary

    In just under a decade since it opened its doors Nottingham Contemporary has firmly established itself as an innovative and dynamic modern art gallery bringing international names to Nottingham. It’s a city haven if you want to escape the humdrum of modern life, a place to mull over thought provoking and playful art, somewhere to learn about history and culture, and best of all it’s admission free.

    Perhaps less well known is the Contemporary’s excellent music programme which has hosted diverse quality acts from the likes of The Futureheads, Polar Bear, and Sun Ra Arkestra, along with the finest Notts talent around. With regular free live music on Saturday

  • download (2) Posted on 30 January 2017

    Things to do this weekend, 3rd-5th February

    The January cobwebs have been blown away and 2017 is in full swing – its time to get out and try something new this weekend. Shopping, entertainment, workshops and thought provoking comedy are all going on in the city so there’s certainly no excuse to be bored! Here are some handpicked suggestions of some of our favourite events in Nottingham this weekend…

    Sister Act – Theatre Royal until 11th February

    After several years on Broadway and the West End, the well loved musical Sister Act comes to Nottingham. Alexandra Burke (The X Factor, The Bodyguard) stars as Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a

  • tropical Posted on 27 January 2017

    Valentine’s in Nottinghamshire – Inspiration

    Valentine’s Day traditionally divides opinion, but in truth who doesn’t like a good excuse to splash out and treat the person you love? There are a number of fabulous Valentine’s Day Dinner Offers available, but if you’re feeling a little stuck for inspiration we have pulled together a whole host of events in Nottinghamshire to give you some ideas for making the day extra special.

    Whether you prefer a classic candlelit dinner, an amorous adventure or a romantic ramble there will be something to match your tastes…

    Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at The Tropical Butterfly House

    The Tropical Butterfly House is a hidden gem of the East Midlands and perfect for animal

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