• IMG_9489 Posted on 29 June 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 29 June to 1 July 2012

    Phew, what another big week it’s been in Notts, with the Olympic torch travelling through the county yesterday and leaving Nottingham Castle this morning. We’ll start with more sporty things to do this weekend, seeing as we’re in an active spirit:

    Head to the National Water Sports Centre to watch the Outlaw Triathlon or maybe have a go at the Speedo Big Swim. The triathlon seems to be really gaining in popularity as a major sporting event and the big swim is a completely unique experience.

    If this year is all about celebrating Great Britain then the British Armed Forces should be celebrated too. Supporting years of service in Iraq, Afghanistan

  • Six weeks of summer with Experience Nottinghamshire Posted on 26 June 2012

    Win… a family ‘staycation’ in Nottinghamshire

    Looking forward to the six-week holidays?

    Six long weeks of keeping your little darlings occupied and happy, a little over 42 days to fill with things to do – and all on a budget tighter than a hug from great Aunt Ethel.
    If only there was a way to make six of those long summer days more exciting and fun. One day a week for six weeks where you were guaranteed a great time….

    Experience Nottinghamshire is searching for a family looking to ‘staycation*’ in Nottinghamshire this summer. We are offering one family the chance of six unique day visits across the county, one a week for the entire summer holidays (based on

  • Night of Festivals Key image OMS Posted on 22 June 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 22-24 June 2012

    The weather may still be a little wet but there are plenty of things to see and do this weekend if we put on a mac and go out and explore. There are some excellent opportunities to try something new as well as novel experiences to discover.

    Sherwood Forest is this month celebrating 10 years as a National Nature Reserve, with a series of guided walks. This weekend, the last of the walks takes you on a Glow Worm Hunt from 9.15pm on Saturday evening. You may well catch the odd bat too if you’re lucky.

    Over 100 potters from the UK and across mainland Europe gather for the Earth and

  • Eloise enjoying a segway tour Posted on 21 June 2012

    Have a go at.. touring the forest by segway

    Sherwood Pines Forest Park is the largest woodland open to the public in the East Midlands. The forest is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoor, with everything from watching wildlife to cycling, there is something for everyone all year round. Experience Nottinghamshire’s very own Eloise tried out the new segway tours of the forest offered by Go Ape!

    We certainly picked a beautiful afternoon to explore Sherwood Pines on two wheels. This time, however, it was not on a bicycle, but on a Segway!

    The segways used are self-balancing, electric, off-road machines which respond to the user putting pressure onto two footpads to move forwards and backwards. All you

  • Jane Posted on 18 June 2012

    Nottinghamshire – a dog walker’s guide

    A new guide is published this week written by Jane Broomhead from Retford Tourist Information Centre.

    Retford Tourist Information Centre’s Jane Broomhead has written a new book featuring 20 dog friendly walks in the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.

    Jane, a familiar face with visitors to Retford Tourist Information Centre, has long promoted Nottinghamshire as a wonderful county for walking and she has thoroughly researched the walks, three of which are in the Bassetlaw area, and included details of distance and terrain, dog-friendly refreshment stops and the nearest veterinary practices.

    ‘I have featured walks I have particularly enjoyed with my two black Labradors Macie and Jake’ she says, ‘and I have tried to include routes which

  • patchings_festival Posted on 15 June 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 15-17 June 2012

    In amongst an appalling weather forecast, the Euro 2012 championships and Fathers’ Day on Sunday there are lots of things to experience in Nottinghamshire this weekend:

    There are over 200 exhibitors from around the world at Patchings Art Festival. With David Bellamy appearing today and Ken Howard OBE appearing tomorrow, this top festival takes in painting, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and more.

    Head to the Art Marquee at Woodthorpe Park on Saturday 16 June for the start of Sherwood Art Week for demonstrations and drop-in workshops.

    Women in the Workhouse is an exhibition at Southwell Workhouse looking at the lives of women in these institutions from archive records and oral history

  • EXXOPOLIS 2012 4 Posted on 08 June 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 9 – 10 June

    Phew – it’s the weekend already! We could get used to a three-day week. Come rain or shine, there’s plenty to do in Nottinghamshire…

    For families, the Wheee! International Children’s Festival is on at Lakeside all weekend on the University of Nottingham campus. Explore the glowing colourful world inside the giant Luminarium onsite, or check out world-class children’s theatre with performances including The Incredible Book Eating Boy and Kindur – The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep.

    Also perfect for the whole family is the special Diamond Jubilee themed tour, A Right Royal Rumpus, at the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham all weekend. Based on funny and

  • Clumber_Bunting Posted on 01 June 2012

    Things to do this Diamond Jubilee Weekend, 1-5 June 2012

    This weekend is a big bank holiday weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We have two days holiday in addition to our usual Saturday and Sunday to enjoy Nottinghamshire and get out and about. There’s lots to see and do.

    A Beacon Spectacular will take place at the National Water Sports Centre on Monday 4 June. The event is free and includes entertainment and fireworks display. You’ll also find a fantastic display at Wollaton Deer Park on Monday night, with a celebratory beacon and live performances of music and street theatre.

    More Jubilee Beacons and Bonfires take place across the county including Calverton Village, Papplewick and Linby Village, Ravenshead, Mellish

  • Hodsock Priory Gate House Posted on 31 May 2012

    Have a go at… sharing a secret at Hodsock Priory

    Want to know a secret? With stories of scandal, secret passageways and royal visitors, Hodsock Priory invites you to an evening of curious tales and tea.

    Famed for the blanket of snowdrops which captivate thousands of visitors at the start of each year, and a popular wedding venue choice for blushing brides, Hodsock Priory is offering up increasingly unique events to attract the visitor.

    This spring, the public were invited to the live-in home of the Buchanan family (Sir Andrew Buchanan is lord lieutenant – the Queen’s personal representative for Nottinghamshire) , to share with them an intimate evening of secrets from Hodsock alongside a tour of the house and light refreshments.

    We were greeted

  • International Cricket at Trent Bridge Posted on 25 May 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 25-27 May 2012

    The West Indies arrive to play at Trent Bridge this weekend and the weather is almost positively Caribbean too. If you’ve got tickets to see the West Indies Test Match then you should be in for a real treat.

    Not got your tickets for the cricket this weekend? Don’t get yourself in a sticky wicket, just ring the Trent Bridge hotline on 0844 811 8711.Or feeling lucky? Head to our Twitter account for a chance to win two tickets for Sunday! www.twitter.com/experiencenotts.

    Also taking place this weekend, Carl Froch takes on Canadian Lucien Bute in the IBF World Super Middleweight bout at Capital FM Arena tomorrow night.

    Staying on a sporting

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