• 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

  • Sherwood Forest Hunting Posted on 24 May 2012

    Archaeology and History of Medieval Sherwood Forest

    Andy Gaunt, an archaeologist uncovering more about historic Sherwood Forest talks more about his blog http://sherwoodforesthistory.blogspot.com:

    Sherwood Forest is the most famous forest in history.

    As the home to the legendary outlaw and hero Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest is known throughout the world. 

    robin hood statue

    The antics of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, their run-ins with the Sheriff of Nottingham, Guy of Gisborne, King John and King Richard the Lionheart have been told and re-told around fire sides and to children for hundreds of years and now are known all around the world.

    But what exactly was Sherwood Forest, where was it, and when and where did

  • Sherwood Pines cycle path Posted on 23 May 2012

    My family bike ride in Sherwood Pines.

    In honour of National Bike Month, we’re sharing this wonderful blog from Helen about her family bike ride in Sherwood Pines again. With the sun shining, hope you’re feeling inspired to get out and on your bike also!

    Let’s get this straight… I’ve not been on a bicycle for about ten years. But yesterday I got back in the saddle and oh yes, I can feel it in my thighs today.

    Having had many requests from my stepson to go on a proper family bike ride, where everyone cycles (not just walks alongside), my husband and I finally caved in and agreed to an August Bank Holiday jaunt.

    Our destination, the impressively family friendly

  • Clumberkitchengardenarial Posted on 18 May 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 18-20 May 2012

    Summer seems to be heading towards us very quickly and there’s some great events to see this weekend. From cycling in Sherwood Forest, to exclusive views of paintings from the Royal Collection to Superheroes in Nottingham, there’s something for everyone.


    Clumber Park Food Fair – the fair showcases local produce within a maximum of 45 mile radius of the park and there’ll be lots of things to try and taste. There’s also the chance to Cycleabout Clumber tomorrow for a ride around this superb country park.

    The DH Lawrence Centre also opens up late this evening and you’ll have the chance to see a special exhibition celebrating 100 years since

  • Newark & Notts County Show Heay Horse Posted on 11 May 2012

    Things to do this weekend, 11-13 May 2012

    This weekend is a special weekend for Nottinghamshire. There’s the 160 Anniversary of Nottingham Arboretum and the Newark and Notts County Show. So we’ll start with these events for something to do:

    On Sunday 13 May there are celebrations for the 160th anniversary of Nottingham Arboretum with free entry and activities for everyone to enjoy.

    Starting tomorrow (Saturday 12 May) the Newark and Notts County Show takes place at Newark Showground with lots things to see and do. You’ll find an Xtreme Trails Display Team, show jumping, sheep racing, forestry area, antique village and a food hall among the attractions.

    Over the weekend there’s the chance to see a musical version

  • NDH_Logo_web_red Posted on 09 May 2012

    Sofia Hagberg tells us more about No Direction Home Festival

    For the first time this year the team behind music festival End of the Road are taking their lovely ideas outside of Dorset to set up camp in Welbeck, Nottinghamshire for sister festival No Direction Home. We asked Sofia Hagberg, Director of the festival, to tell us a bit more about their new venture.


    – Tell us a bit more about End of the Road Festival and the idea behind No Direction Home.

    End of the Road Festival was started in 2006 by my friend Simon Taffe and I.  We had no previous experience of working in the music industry and we were simply two huge fans who used to go to lots

  • Napoleonic-re-enactment Posted on 04 May 2012

    Things to do this bank holiday weekend, 4-7 May 2012

    If you were unsure what to do this May Bank Holiday weekend, then look no further; in Nottinghamshire it’s MASSIVE! There are so many great things to see and do that we’d quite like to be in two or three places at once. Here are our top things to do:

    It’s now got cheaper to visit the stunning former home of the poet Lord Byron. Newstead Abbey has recently changed its pricing and is now just £6 per car for entry. Tours of the house are available on Sunday lunchtimes at an additional £5 per person.

    Savour the sights and sounds of a Napoleonic camp at Wollaton Hall on Sunday 6

  • Meeting the animals at White Post Farm Posted on 03 May 2012

    Have a go at… meeting the animals.

    It was a warm sunny March when a friend and I decided to go for a trip around White Post Farm, and we were not alone. The car park was crammed with visitors from happy families with smiley babies, to groups of young friends looking for a fun day out.

    Victoria feeding goats in the Silver Barn

    White Post Farm is home to a variety of animals that Old Macdonald himself would be proud of.  From the more traditional farm animals to Llamas, meerkats and wallabies (my favourites) – you might even find a few newborns to fall in love with (depending on the time of year).

    There are so many

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