• 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

  • dig Posted on 20 July 2017

    We Dig The Castle: Unearthing Nottingham’s Archaeological Secrets

    For centuries, there has existed a castle on that craggy hill overlooking Nottingham. Throughout the past 1,000 years, different structures have come and gone, from robust medieval forts with familiar motte-and-bailey designs, to the smart ducal palace we know today, each reflecting their times and telling a dramatic story of its own.

    We are quite familiar with the astonishing network of caves beneath our city, but what of the more subtle secrets that lie beneath the earth? To discover more about Nottingham’s forgotten history, each year Trent Peak & Archaeology excavate an area of Nottingham Castle grounds to add some missing pieces to the story of the castle. Through

  • Smooth-Cinema-FB-Event-Image-650x280 Posted on 10 July 2017

    Win tickets to Smooth Cinema – a drive-in movie festival

    Our friends at Smooth Radio and Robin Hood Energy are bringing you the Smooth Cinema, Nottingham’s biggest ever drive-in movie festival with 21 films to chose from. And you have the chance to win yourself a VIP experience.

    Across July and August, you can dance to films like Grease, Mamma Mia or Dirty Dancing, laugh to Four Weddings and a Funeral, Toy Story or Shrek and be mesmerized by the magic of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

    There is something for everyone, so whether you’re a family of film lovers, or you’d like to treat someone to a special night out, you can find a film for you!

    We have 5 VIP tickets to give

  • 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

  • 18_4_17_blog_post_image_template-01 Posted on 30 June 2017

    How to take breathtaking photos of Nottinghamshire

    Fancy yourself as something of a whizz with the camera? Ever look on instagram at some of the stunning photos on there and wonder how do they do it?

    We spoke to Greg Howard, an amazing local photographer and digital artist, to get some tips and tricks to help you take some memorable photographs.

    Luckily, we’re blessed with some beautiful subject matter here in Nottinghamshire – from the majestic Newstead Abbey, to the atmospheric trees of Sherwood Forest – so read on, and then grab your camera and get out and explore for yourself!
    Is Nottinghamshire a good place to take photos?

    Nottinghamshire definitely has some great scenes to photograph if you can

  • nottingham contemporary Posted on 27 June 2017

    Nottinghamshire Named One of the Top 7 Cities in the UK

    Here in Nottinghamshire we know our slice of heaven in the heart of England is nothing short of spectacular, but we’re glad others are taking notice too. The travel experts at Canada’s leading online travel agency, Flight Network, recently released their blog post titled, “The 7 Absolute Best Cities in the UK”. Nottinghamshire was named one of the best places to find history, culture, natural beauty, diversity and exciting attractions in a single travel destination.
    About the List
    Flight Network’s team of intrepid travellers and industry experts knows the UK is no stranger to tourists. However, many of those tourists aren’t venturing away from the major hubs to lesser-known but

  • splendour Posted on 16 June 2017

    Win tickets to Splendour Festival feat. Kaiser Chiefs, Busted and more

    Multiple Brit Award winning, indie-rock band, Kaiser Chiefs have been announced as headliners for Nottingham’s award-winning Splendour Festival, set in the picturesque setting of Wollaton Park, Nottingham on 22nd July and we’ve got one pair of tickets to giveaway.

    One of the biggest homegrown pop acts of the 21st century, Busted; 80s legend Tony Hadley (ex Spandau Ballet); Grammy Award winning singer, Billy Ocean; Black Grape, Buzzcocks and local singer-songwriter Georgie, plus many more will also be playing across three stages.

    With children 10 and under getting in free, Splendour promises a great family summer day out with plenty to enjoy including the free kids’ area with hands-on activities and entertainment taking place throughout

  • Forest Live 2017 Nottinghamshire Posted on 23 May 2017

    Win a pair of tickets to see Elbow at Forest Live!

    Forest Live takes place in Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Pines Forest, near Edwinstowe, and this year’s headline acts are: Olly Murs with special guest Louisa Johnson – Friday 23 June; Tom Jones plus guests – Saturday 24 June; Elbow with special guests Steve Mason and Ed Harcourt – Sunday 25 June.

    Over Forest Live’s 16 year history, more than 1.5 million music fans have attended the concerts. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife.

    We’ve teamed up with our friends at Sherwood Pines to offer one lucky person the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Elbow

  • lovenotts1-01-651x231 Posted on 19 May 2017

    Top 5 #LoveNotts Photos of the Week – May 19th

    The weekend is almost here and we’re looking forward to spending some time out and about enjoying Nottinghamshire! But before we do that we’re excited to look back at the Instagram #lovenotts activity from the past week.

     

    1. The University of Nottingham campus looks magical both in the morning and at night but this photo took our breath away. When you’re exploring Nottingham don’t forget to take a photo in front of the famous N O T T I N G H A M sign.

  • Forest Live 2017 Nottinghamshire Posted on 08 May 2017

    Win a pair of tickets to see Olly Murs at Forest Live!

    This summer sees the sixteenth season of Forest Live return to Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Pines. Every year the festival in the forest attracts some of the biggest names in music and this year is no different. Olly Murs, Tom Jones and Elbow are some of the headline acts on the list for 2017 in what promises to be a lineup of serious heavyweights from 23rd – 25th June.

    We’ve teamed up with our friends at Sherwood Pines to offer one lucky person the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Olly Murs and Louisa Johnson perform on the 23rd June.

    To win a pair of tickets for this fabulous day out, simply fill in your details in

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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…

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