• Wallace & Gromit visit the TIC Posted on 30 April 2013

    A Cracking day out in Nottingham for Wallace & Gromit

    Credit: Jack Barnes

    Wallace and Gromit have a cracking time in Nottingham!

    When your last holiday was spent exploring the moon in a homemade space rocket, what to do next could be a tough call.

    Step forward VisitEngland, who invited Wallace and Gromit to join them on a grand adventure, visiting cracking tourist spots across the country as part of a UK wide tour.

    Packing plenty of cheese into their trusty motorbike and sidecar, the adventurous duo began their journey across England this week, stopping in Nottingham on Saturday 27 April to visit the home of Robin Hood.

    Crowds outside the Nottingham Tourism Centre on Smithy Row gave Wallace and his faithful

  • Wollaton Park 2 Gerry Molumby low Posted on 17 October 2012

    Get Snap-Happy in Notts and bag yourself £200 cash!

    Experience Nottinghamshire is inviting amateur photographers to take part in a competition, to showcase the county of Nottinghamshire and everything that makes it great.

    The annual competition, launched first in 2011, aims to uncover beautiful photos of the county’s landscapes and attractions. This year, photographers need to enter a photo inspired by one of four themes;

    Cultural and Sporting Inspiration – Celebrating Nottinghamshire’s events, culture and sporting venues.
    Legends – from Robin Hood to literary legends and modern day heroes.
    The Great Outdoors – Nottinghamshire’s outdoor experiences and spaces, countryside and landscapes.
    Local Life – Local food, produce, markets and traditions such as industrial heritage, lace and farming days out.

    The competition will bring

  • My Pictures Posted on 03 October 2012

    Olympic Gold Medal is Coming to Newark

    The annual Robin Hood Game and County Show will take place next weekend, from the 13th-14th October, and is set to be the most fun-filled yet! Feeling lucky? Enter here to win tickets!

    This year, special guest Peter Wilson, who won the gold for Team GB in the shooting, will be attending the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday 14th October at the Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire.

    He’s available for a meet and greet, photos and a chat about his triumph at the 2012 Olympics, between 1pm & 4pm.

    The weekend event will appeal to families, dog-lovers and those partial to countryside recreation. A

  • Olympic Torchsmall Posted on 27 June 2012

    On the trail of the Torch

    The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be passing through Nottinghamshire on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June 2012, and will travel across the length and breadth of the county. For full details of the route through the county, visit the Sport for All website, and for the plans in Nottingham city visit Game On.

    The Torch route will start in the very North of the county in Darlton, home to the famous gliding club. In the 1930’s, gliding became an officially recognised Olympic sport, but was stopped after the ill-fated Olympic games of 1940.

    The next stop for the Torch bearers will be East Markham, whose Church Spa offers sports

  • Lucy McLoughin Posted on 04 April 2012

    Back to the Future at Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum

    In recent years, it appears that knitting has had something of a renaissance with knitting clubs being set up and new people taking up the pastime.

    Well it’s all beginning to play quite nicely for local attraction Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum who have been the inspiration behind a current project at Nottingham Trent University to expand on the appeal.

    Lucy McLoughlin, an undergraduate at the University has been awarded a £2,500 bursary to help explore the idea of promoting industrial knitting to primary school children. Should the concept be successful, there are broader plans to expand into secondary schools and colleges.

    The textile industry has been a central part of Nottinghamshire’s heritage – from

  • Courtyard-low-res Posted on 14 March 2012

    Volunteers help re-open Nottingham Industrial Museum

    It’s English Tourism Week and this Saturday 17 March, the Industrial Museum at Wollaton Hall will re-open to the general public.

    The museum had previously not been able to continue because of budget constraints but thanks to 70 volunteers and funding from the Skills Funding Agency and Arts Council England, Nottingham City Council has finally been able to realise its ambition of opening it once more.

    The volunteers have already put in over 5,000 collective hours since August last year to make improvements to the museum and develop their skills ready to manage and run the museum. The long term aim is for the museum to become a registered company with charitable trust

  • Robin-Hood-Trail Posted on 20 February 2012

    Robin Hood Audio Trail re-launched online

    The world famous hero of Robin Hood now has new online promotion with the re-launch of the Robin Hood Audio Trail.

    The trail, which takes in around 12-15 points in the Nottinghamshire region relating to the world famous legend, is portrayed online via an interactive map and audio at http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/robin-hood/robin-hood-trail.

    Starting at Nottingham Castle and heading out into Sherwood Forest, the core trail of twelve points were initially developed in 2008. Part of the initial trail development included the installation of audio units at the key locations giving further information and including wind-up technology audio.

    As well as taking in established sites associated with the legend, the trail also picks up on

  • The Workhouse Posted on 15 February 2012

    Celebrate 10 years with Southwell Workhouse

    On 13 March 2002, Southwell Workhouse opened its doors as a National Trust property after lengthy restoration work.

    Now widely regarded as the best preserved Workhouse in England, the heritage of the venue was under severe threat at the start of the 21 century. Developers at the time considered turning the property into flats for the area of Southwell but thanks to the intervention of the National Trust, The Workhouse has been available for everyone to experience over the past 10 years.

    The Workhouse at Southwell was originally built in 1824 for the poor and homeless of Nottinghamshire. In the early ages of the Industrial Revolution, this building was a pioneer in

  • Chequers-Inn Posted on 13 February 2012

    Funfair Brewing expansion finally takes shape

    The Funfair Brewing Company, is finally getting ready to expand from the Chequeurs Inn, in Elston near Newark. The company, which already supplies an existing base of client pubs in Derbyshire, is looking to increase production of its Real Ale to supply demand in Nottinghamshire as well.

    The co-owners David Tizard and Abigail Cutts took up the Chequers Inn in May 2010 and have been trading since June much to the relief of the local community. The pub had previously been out of use since the 1970’s and was in poor condition.

    Thanks to match funding from the LEADER project, the owners have been able

  • Newstead Abbey Posted on 09 February 2012

    Newstead Abbey Familiarisation Visits

    The former home of the great Romantic poet, Lord Byron is opening its doors to Group Travel Organisers later this month.

    Operated by Nottingham City Council, the historic house and stunning gardens will be available for key group organisers to visit on Tuesday 21 or Sunday 26 February 2012.

    Visitors will be able to take advantage of a complimentary tour of the house and see the beautiful gardens before enjoying a FREE lunch in the Cafe at the Abbey for two people. 

    Newstead Abbey Historic House and Gardens in Nottinghamshire offers a fantastic day out for groups.  There’s plenty to see and do including guided tours of the historic house, beautiful gardens and parklands to

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