• Nottingham Castle Posted on 10 October 2011

    A short history of Nottingham Castle

    It’s 180 years to the day since Nottingham Castle was almost destroyed by fire. With such a momentous date in mind, I thought I’d write a brief history of this famous place.

    Nottingham Castle will forever be associated with Robin Hood but there’s far more to the story that is at the heart of English history and heritage. For centuries Nottingham Castle has been a key stronghold for Kings and Queen’s in their efforts to control and rule the country.

    The first castle was built in 1067 shortly after the invasion of William the Conqueror. It was a wooden structure but just three years

  • 11. November Bittern -Harry McMahon Posted on 06 October 2011

    All change at Attenborough as birds migrate

    With recent sightings of coastal waders such as curlew sandpiper, black-tailed godwit and ruff at Attenborough Nature Reserve, it is clear to see that we are in the middle of that wonderful time of year that is the autumn migration. This is the annual movement of birds from their northern breeding territories to their southern over-wintering grounds and often involves journeys of thousands of miles.

    For most of Attenborough’s summer breeding birds including nine warbler species, swallows, sand martins and the common tern this long journey south would have started back in September. However, through early October, birds that have bred

  • Drumchasers, this weekend in Nottingham Posted on 30 September 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 30 September – 2 October

    WOW it’s hot! As we finally get some free time from work and school this weekend in Costa Del Notts, head out and about to visit events and attractions to enjoy the late summer sunshine. There are lots of things to do:

    East Markham Apple Day – now in its 19th year, this ode to the English Apple includes displays, entertainment, recipes, cider bar, fresh apple juice, hot pork rolls and more. With such a bumper crop this year, there’ll be plenty to go round.

    Osberton International Horse Trials – attracting some of the world’s leading riders, a variety of different trade stands and plenty of entertainment you’ll find world class

  • Sherwood Forest through the Ages Posted on 28 September 2011

    Sherwood Forest history through the ages

    This weekend on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October, Sherwood Forest Country Park will celebrate the history and heritage of this world famous place by hosting a ‘Sherwood through the Ages’ event.

    Forever associated with Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest has a played an important part in history, much broader than in medieval times. From Copper Age man to the Romans, Saxons and Normans, you’ll get the low down on life in the early forest. You’ll also find a strong military presence as the region was central in the English Civil War and even modern army training.

    This weekend, there’ll be re-enactors demonstrating shelter building,

  • Attenborough Nature Reserve Posted on 23 September 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 23-25 September 2011

    This weekend there’s plenty of intriguing and entertaining things to do around Nottinghamshire. We start with the bizarre and work our way out through the best of the events taking place.

    Nottingham Mushroom Festival, Carluccio’s Nottingham – Do you love mushrooms? Yes me too and until 10 October you can try a tempting selection of seasonal mushrooms. You’ll also be able to pick up truffles to cook at home for a special treat.

    Happy as Larry, Nottingham Playhouse, 23-24 September – what really makes us happy? An innovative performance by an Australian choreographer explores this theme in a funny, playful and poignant look.

    Purple Flag Week, Charity Twilight Walk, Old Market

  • Cyclists in fields - Low Res Posted on 20 September 2011

    A scenic East Midlands cycle ride for a very good cause

    Local entrepreneur James Blick is calling on residents across the East Midlands to get involved in a very special charity cycle event on 9th October, raising money for CHECT, the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust. 

    CHECT is an outstanding charity, fighting to find a cure for Retinoblastoma and other related cancers which affect approximately 1,500 children each year. In 2003, James’ seven month old son, Jacob was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma.  After a heart wrenching course of chemotherapy, numerous check-ups, hospital visits and minor operations, Jacob thankfully recovered from the disease, however many children are not as lucky.

    “It is the least I can do, as I am in belated awe of the nurses, staff

  • Purple Flag Charity Walk Posted on 19 September 2011

    Purple Flag charity walk – this Friday

    Pull on your walking shoes this Friday to celebrate the Nottingham’s Purple Flag Status and raise funds for a vital night time support service.
     
    The Twilight Charity Walk will take place on Friday 23 September and form part of Purple Flag Week (19-25 September), helping to demonstrate community support and pride for Nottingham at night.  
     
    The weeklong celebration has been planned to highlight the fact that, once again, the city’s night time offering, and efforts to continually improve cleanliness and safety, have been deemed to be amongst the best in the country.
     
    If you’d like to take part in the walk, meet by the left lion in

  • DH Lawrence Museum, home to the DH Lawrence Festival this weekend Posted on 16 September 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 16-18 September 2011

    You would think that two weeks in to a new school term there would hardly be anything on and we’d all have to mull around as the grind of school and work continues next week. This weekend in Nottinghamshire there’s more things to do than I can remember blogging about for a long while.

    With fantastic activities and events taking place get out and have some fun this weekend, there’s load of really quality stuff going on:

    DH Lawrence Festival, Durban House, Eastwood – one of history’s most controversial novelists is celebrated in his home town of Eastwood. Find

  • clumber park Posted on 15 September 2011

    Clumber Park history and events

    Clumber Park is one of the most visited country parks in the UK and plays an important role in the heritage of Nottinghamshire.

    Situated in the northern-most part of broader Sherwood Forest, just south of Worksop, it was formerly part of the 100-mile forest, before it became a park in the early 18th Century. The park boasts over 3,800 acres of glorious green land, as well as a man-made lake and the longest avenue of lime trees in Europe. If you’re into cycling, Clumber Park is a great place to go, as there are around 20 miles of cycle routes through beautiful woods,

  • Retford Town Hall - websize Posted on 06 September 2011

    Retford Heritage Day and Historic Narrowboat Gathering

    The staff at Retford Tourist Information Centre and Retford Civic Society are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the town this Saturday 10 September for the Heritage Open Day.

    This year there will also be a Historic Narrowboat Gathering around The Wharf on both Saturday and Sunday organised by The Chesterfield Canal Trust. They are expecting lots of old boats and they‘ll also be doing their usual boat trips along one of the most beautiful canals in Nottinghamshire.

    Trips on the Seth Ellis will take place from the Bay Tree Restaurant every hour on the hour from 10am to 4pm. Each trip lasts approximately 50 minutes and you’ll get to see at first

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