• Kate's winning entry Posted on 29 July 2013

    A winning look at Nottingham’s underground offering!

    Did you see our posters on the London Underground? Kate Holderness did, and she sent us a fabulous picture of herself posing next to the Brian Clough Statue for a competition. 

    Kate’s winning entryIn return for this great snap, we sent her to experience Nottingham’s very own underground. Kate swapped the tube network of London to an underground network of over 400 sandstone caves deep beneath Nottingham City. Here is a quick review of her time in Notts.

    “It’s been over a week since I got back from Nottingham and I’m already planning my next visit! I was treated to a couple of days in Robin Hood’s Land courtesy of Experience

  • barry chuckle with lemur Posted on 11 July 2013

    Chuckle-tastic Grand Opening of Lemur Heights a Great Success

    Star of Chucklevision, Barry Elliott (better known as Barry Chuckle) officially opened Lemur Heights, a state of the art walk-through Lemur exhibit, at Sheffield’s Tropical Butterfly House on Saturday 6th July.

    Crowds of visitors, members of the press and staff at the zoo gathered to see the popular television and stage personality cut the red ribbon at the doors of the enclosure and unveil a commemorative plaque, before exploring the new attraction.

    The exhibit incorporates a spacious, glass-fronted, indoor courtyard, leading to an attractive outdoor area where the lemurs are free to wander amongst guests and leap around the trees. Zoo Curator and Manager, Andrew Reeve, is very proud

  • Skating Posted on 04 July 2013

    WIN! A pair of tickets to a Rock Themed Skating Party at National Ice Centre

    The National Ice Centre will be rockin’ and rollin’ on Friday 26 July in a Rock Night themed Skating Party! We’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the event by answering a simple question, and filling out a form below. You have until 5pm on 19 July to enter the competition to win. Terms and conditions apply.

    Keep a look out for  the National Ice Centre photographer on the night! He’ll be there to take some snaps of you rocking out, which we’ll upload to our official Facebook page.  Plus, there’s also the chance to win tickets to

  • Red Ruffed Lemurs at the Tropical Butterfly House Posted on 02 July 2013

    Lemur Heights ready for business

    Lemur Heights, a new Lemur walk-through exhibit, will be opening on 6th July 2013 at the Tropical Butterfly House. This much anticipated attraction will be unveiled by none other than Barry Chuckle, one half of the famous double act The Chuckle brothers. The Lemurs in question consist of  ten Ring-tailed Lemurs and three Red-Ruffed Lemurs and will have the pleasure of occupying this brand new, state of the art facility. Barry will reveal the exhibit at 2pm, with animal keepers on hand to introduce the public to the Madagascan primates.

    The Tropical Butterfly House has gained in popularity year on year since its creation in 1996 and has recently won a

  • Nottingham Riviera 2012 Beach Posted on 01 July 2013

    What’s hot in Notts: July

    What’s Hot in Notts: July
    July brings with it the promise of lazy summer holidays, family-fun time and plentiful ice cream. If you’re dreaming of a faraway paradise, stop and take a  look a little closer to home. You’ll be spoilt for choice in Nottinghamshire this July, from inspiring outdoor theatre, to sporting celebrations and even a pop-up beach!
    Read on to find inviting events and reasons to spend your summer with us. You’ll soon realise that one day in Notts is never enough.

    Amazing Art
    Be amazed by water-themed art as part of a brand new exhibition ‘Aquatopia‘ at Nottingham Contemporary which sets out to explore “the imaginary of the ocean

  • Posted on 27 June 2013

    Outdoor Theatre Season brings drama to Nottinghamshire

    Summer has arrived almost out of nowhere, and typically, the British weather has followed. But rain will not stop play, or plays in this case, as Outdoor Theatre Season takes hold across Nottinghamshire.

    Visit the county throughout the summer and be wowed by inspiring theatrical performances in the great outdoors. With castles, historic houses and country parks all getting involved, as well as more unusual venues including Creswell Crags, visitors will be spoilt for choice.

    Set amidst beautiful gardens, and against stunning backdrops which really set the scene, visitors will feel at the heart of the action, and can enjoy live performance without the restriction of rows of seats.

    From well-loved

  • Posted on 27 June 2013

    Onesie Skating Party at the National Ice Centre

    Who can say they’ve ice skated in their onesie before?

    The National Ice Centre’s Onesie Skating Party takes place this Friday (28 June).

    The party is a chance to do something different and enjoy a cosy skate with friends in your favourite onesie. An NIC photographer will be in attendance to get some pictures of customers in their onesies. Photos will be uploaded to the NIC’s official Facebook page.

    There’s also the chance to win a pair of tickets to see JLS Capital FM Arena Nottingham this December.

    Tickets for the Onesie Skating Party are priced at £6 per person (plus skate hire).  The party starts at 7:30pm and will

  • Skating Posted on 20 June 2013

    WIN! A pair of tickets to a Onesie Party at National Ice Centre!

     

    Following a recent Facebook poll where the National Ice Centre asked YOU what you would like to enjoy on the ice this summer, the centre invite you to a Onesie Party on Friday 28 June 2013.

    Wear your favourite onesie, take to the ice for some fun with your friends, and be sure to look out for the NIC photographer to  capture the moment! Doors open at 7:00pm and the party will come to a close at 10:30pm.

    To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets, simply fill in the form below. T&Cs apply. This competition closes at 5pm on Sunday 23 June, so you need to get

  • Photo0140 Posted on 11 June 2013

    A walk in Byron country

    In the last bank holiday weekend in May, I was itching to get out for a good long walk. I’d recently posted a set of 6-8 mile walks to our website, and really fancied the route through Newstead Abbey.

    Famed for its association with Lord Byron, Newstead is a very picturesque country park and the walk went out into the nearby villages of Papplewick and Linby. The forecast was good so off we trotted for a planned 3 hour walk.

    Papplewick Church

    Whilst I’ve always thought Papplewick was an attractive village I didn’t fully

  • Creswell Crags gorge spring Posted on 16 May 2013

    Have a go at… being up with the larks at Creswell Crags

    Can you hear the difference between a chiffchaff and a chaffinch? Early risers and morning larks were recently called on by Verdant Wildlife and Creswell Crags to enjoy nature’s finest orchestra; the dawn chorus.

    With alarm clocks set for 5:30am, a group of bright-eyed birders joined nature enthusiast Andrew Whitelee of Verdant Wildlife down in the gorge at Creswell Crags for a dawn chorus walk on Sunday 12 May.

    A place of scientific interest and with conservation work firmly in place, Creswell Crags provides the perfect habitat for both migratory and native songbirds. With thriving woodland and craggy crevices in which to hide, the gorge has been home to many

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