• central helicopters Posted on 22 July 2016

    Up, up, and away with Central Helicopters

    My other half is a tad obsessed with cars, motorbikes, tanks; basically a fan of anything with an engine that either goes like the clappers or is a military vehicle. So, when I was looking around for an experience gift that he hadn’t tried, but wouldn’t break the bank, I was amazed to find a helicopter flying experience with Central Helicopters at a great affordable price.

    He’s always wanted to have a helicopter lesson having been a passenger many times over the years in various military varieties but never thought he would get the chance to fly one, until now. Cue me scoring major wife points

  • nottinghamshire-wildflower-fields_19421315681_o Posted on 22 July 2016

    Breathe in Nottinghamshire this National Countryside Week

    It’s the official Prince’s Countryside Fund #NationalCountrysideWeek from July 18th to Sunday 24th and people across the country are celebrating the beautiful British landscape. We’re joining in the love by sharing some of the best of rural Nottinghamshire in pictures.

    From manicured country estates to wildflower meadows and the mighty Sherwood Forest, our county is the perfect picture postcard, so grab your camera, pack a picnic, bring your dog and come and breathe in Nottinghamshire!

    Kelham Hall and Country Park

    Attenborough Nature Reserve 

    By Alan Metheringham

    Lime Tree Avenue at Clumber Park

    Thoresby Hall

    By Terry Smith

    Hodsock Priory

    Welbeck Estate

    Rufford Abbey

    Rushcliffe Country Park

    Holme

  • i Posted on 22 June 2016

    Q&A with Ben Orton – new GM at Forest Holidays

    We talk to Ben Orton – new General Manager at Forest Holidays in Sherwood Forest. See the venue through his eyes, learn about his favourite things about the job, and much more.

    You’re quite new to the role – what are your first impressions of Forest Holidays?

    The company is really progressive and great to work for. We have amazing plans for expansion, but are still very much focused in the here and now and supporting each location in it’s constant development. Our team, not just here at Sherwood Forest but across the UK, are so passionate about what we do, which has made my first few months in

  • run Posted on 07 June 2016

    5 fabulous things to do with kids at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

    Those of us who live in Nottinghamshire, are lucky enough to be able to brag about our county’s legendary association with the world famous Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest. No matter who you speak to, whether they’re from America, Australia or anywhere in between, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’d never heard of Sherwood Forest. However, just when did you last pay our great forest a visit? Perhaps things have changed a bit since your last trip. Of course, the big old Major Oak will always stand proud at the centre of everything which is Sherwood Forest, but what else is there, especially for those visiting with

  • a DSC_5652 Posted on 03 June 2016

    Countdown is on for Cycle Live

    With just over three weeks to go until the annual cycling festival Cycle Live returns to Nottingham for another year, we spoke to Event Director Nik Emmonds about the event.

    What makes Cycle Live such a special/unique event?

    The fact that there is genuinely something for everyone, no matter your ability or preference for certain types of cycling. We get to see people of all ages, ranging from a few months old to over 90 years old taking part every year and having a great time and as an organiser of an event, that’s the part you get the most satisfaction from.

    Why did you introduce new routes to the Great Notts Bike Ride this

  • 11872086_951080781615903_5808503172268770318_o Posted on 29 April 2016

    Alternative Green Spaces in Nottinghamshire

    With sixteen different gardens in Lord Byron’s ancestral home, a well-manicured Arboretum in the city centre and the thousand acres of rolling countryside that make up Thoresby Park,  we certainly aren’t short of beautiful gardens and landscapes here in Nottinghamshire.

    To get into the spirit of Visit England’s celebration of the English Garden, we’ve been digging a little deeper and unearthing the green spaces hidden in Nottinghamshire locations where you might least expect to find them…

    St Ann’s Allotments

    St Ann’s Allotment’s is the oldest and largest area of detached Victorian gardens in the world and has been awarded Grade II listed status by English Heritage. Located in

  • Langar Hall Garden Room B Posted on 25 April 2016

    Dining With A View in Nottinghamshire

    In celebration of what would have been the 300th birthday of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown,  2016 has been named as the Year of the English Garden.

    The famous landscape architect changed the face of 18th century England with his picturesque designs and is still widely remembered as England’s greatest gardener.

    We can’t think of a better way to channel our green-fingered heritage than by enjoying some alfresco food, so here are a few of our favourite spots.

     Jamie’s Italian, Nottingham

    The decor in Jamie’s is so beautiful that anyone who has only ever eaten inside the old townhouse building would be forgiven for bypassing it’s outdoor seating area. Nevertheless, the outside is more

  • 8 Posted on 29 March 2016

    The spooktacular Nottingham Ghost Walk

    On the second Saturday of March, our team were invited to take part in the famous Nottingham Ghost Walk – so we promptly assembled some brave souls and ventured out into the unknown. We turned up early at the starting point to find a group of people already waiting. The Ghost Walk is a really popular event, booking is not essential, so you can just turn up on the day and pay then. The only time it’s important to book, for obvious reasons, is on Halloween, when all of the damned souls descend to join the walk too.

    During our recent walk we visited, among others, St Nicholas’ Churchyard, to listen to the story of the restless soul who

  • Crystal garden Posted on 19 February 2016

    Celebrate the year of the English Garden in 2016 – spotlight on Pureland Japanese Gardens

    We’re continuing our year-long feature on Nottinghamshire’s contributions to great English Gardens. Celebrate the splendour and majesty captured within our herbacious borders, leafy suburbs and green and pleasant lands as Nottinghamshire regularly puts on a show with its stunning outdoor displays all year round.

    For February, we’re inviting you to sit back and literally relax, as you step into the tranquil surroundings of Pureland Japanese Garden and Meditation Centre, located in North Clifton – north of Newark and to the east of rural Tuxford.

    You will literally lose any stresses and strains of life when you step over the colourful threshold of this haven of peace and serenity, bringing

  • Snowdrops blog image Posted on 27 January 2016

    Celebrate the year of the English Garden in 2016 – spotlight on Hodsock Priory

    As you may remember from one of our recent blogs, 2016 is being hailed as the year of the English Garden and VisitEngland are celebrating all that is great about the nation’s wide variety of outdoor beauty spots.

    Earlier this month we introduced the year of the English Garden and gave you a flavour of what to expect throughout the year from us on the subject, as we put the spotlight on Nottinghamshire’s contributions to this colourful celebration. Every month we will be sharing the county’s great gardens with you to offer a ‘snow-drop’ of inspiration for places to enjoy in 2016.

    For January, we’re taking a peek at Hodsock Priory with its

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