• Rufford Abbey Posted on 02 September 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 2-4 September 2011

    It’s back to school next week so I guess we can say that it’s the last real weekend of the summer before the autumn term kicks in. Let’s catch some fun this weekend before it starts to get too serious then:

    Nottingham Ghost Walk – as the nights start drawing in take a guided walk around Nottingham by our ghost expert David Cross. Tours start at Ye Olde Salutation Inn at 7pm.

    Beach Party, Nottingham and Mansfield – Nottingham Riviera closes with a

  • Newstead Abbey Posted on 26 August 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 26-29 August 2011

    It’s bank holiday weekend this weekend and that means we get an extra day to go out and about with family and friends.

    The first thing that leaps to mind is the Big Weekend Out promoted in Nottingham with lots of restaurants and attractions offering great discounts.

    Some of the Big Weekend Out events

    Heroes and Villains Tour, this tour takes you from Nottingham Castle to the Lace Market and the old Saxon area of the town. You’ll find out about all of Nottingham’s colourful characters, including Lord Byron, DH Lawrence, Peter Pan and of course Robin Hood. £5 per adult, £4 children

  • Russian Robin Hood camp at the Robin Hood Festival Posted on 22 August 2011

    Russian Robin Hood camp visits the Robin Hood Festival

    On behalf of Robin Hood Camp, Russia we’d like to thank Festival Team and Experience Nottinghamshire for an amazing time we all had at the Robin Hood Festival!

    We are a Robin Hood Camp in the Moscow region. We love the themes that Robin Hood embodies: the ideas of justice, humanity, support and wit. In our camp kids participate in an exciting adventure in the spirit of Middle Ages. This summer we took our first trip to Robin Hood’s homeland – Nottinghamshire.

    We brought 28 campers, mostly school age children around 10-15 years old and 6 adult counselors. From Moscow we flew into Heathrow

  • Newark Antiques Fair Posted on 18 August 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 19-21 August 2011

    We’re already beginning to think about the weekend here and given that we’re still in the throes of the summer school holidays there’s a heck of a lot going on around Nottinghamshire.

    Here’s our list of some of the things that we think you might want to do:

    On Friday 19 August, you’ll find Newark Antiques Fair at Newark Showground. This event only takes place every other month and is a big draw for antiques traders and customers alike. Find yourself something totally unique and pick up a bargain.

    Every evening over the weekend up to and including Sunday 21 August, you’ll find Purelands Japanese Garden lit up with lanterns from 7pm to 10pm.

  • Sherwood Pines Forest Park Posted on 16 August 2011

    Robin Hoods Hideout declared a top ten natural English play spot.

    Sherwood Pines, including its natural play area, Robin Hood’s Hideout, has been identified as a top ten natural play spot in England according to the Forestry Commission.

    The organisation that manages one of the key country parks that make up Sherwood Forest, has conducted a public opinion survey to find out what people thought about playing in woodland. Interestingly, 95% of people agreed that the places are fun and enjoyable but an increasing number said they were too busy to visit.

    Over a third of people quizzed said that in the last three years they have not visited a woodland or forest due to time pressure commitments. Yet 74% of people polled

  • Fun at the Robin Hood Festival Posted on 15 August 2011

    Robin Hood Festival has another hit year.

    Last Sunday proved the climax of the Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve in Edwinstowe. This year, the Festival had moved dates to the second week in August to ensure the availability of some of the main acts, and had reduced from being a full week to a 5 day event.

    For such a mainstay high profile event, the organisers we’re understandably keeping a close eye on whether these changes would alter visitor numbers. They needn’t have worried though as once again, people flocked to quite possibly the biggest festival of Robin Hood in the world.

    If you’ve never been before this is probably a good time to explain what

  • Wheelgate Posted on 08 August 2011

    My Family day out at Wheelgate

    Last week my daughter was invited to a birthday party at Wheelgate. I have to admit that I had never been before and didn’t know what to expect from this small theme park in the Sherwood Forest area. We took a picnic and headed out in the morning on what was to soon become quite a sweltering hot day.

    On arrival, all the families seemed to meet outside and it took us a little time to get through the entrance gates as children were measured according to which attractions they were allowed to ride. Once inside, we all almost immediately headed towards an adventure play area and the small roller coaster beyond

  • Nottm Arena Posted on 03 August 2011

    Concerts, Ice skating and Shopping: Nottingham from the eyes of a 17 year old

    Nottingham may be famously associated with the legend of Robin Hood and is full of historical attractions, but when my 17-year-old friends and I think about Nottingham, other things come to mind: concerts, ice skating, and, of course, shopping.

    Nottingham has just as much to offer young people as it does other age groups. The vast array of shops in the city centre can easily keep the average teenage girl entertained for hours. The Victoria and Broadmarsh shopping centres and the surrounding streets offer a great choice, and it’s hard to think of a high street name that doesn’t feature somewhere in the city.

    Aside from the well-known names, Nottingham also has

  • Cycling in Sherwood Pines Posted on 02 August 2011

    Outdoor activities in Nottinghamshire this summer

    This warm weather has got me thinking, why not spend some time outdoors in Nottinghamshire this summer?

    The area is home to Go Ape, a high wire adventure course which is one of the most popular in the country. With a number of zip wires and other crossings on a 909m course, it makes for a great family day out as well as the ideal place for some adrenalin-fuelled fun with friends.

    Now, I hear the cries of fear from those of you who consider yourselves scared of heights.  For many of you, the prospect of swinging from the treetops probably isn’t your idea of a great day out. Up until a couple

  • National Trust Midlands Fresh Air Posted on 29 July 2011

    The National Trust launches a photography competition in the Midlands this summer

    Visitors to the Midlands National Trust properties this summer are being given the opportunity to win a family day out as part of a photography competition.

    The competition entitled ‘Picture Yourself in the Midlands’ is aimed at encouraging children to capture themselves, the heritage or the beautiful countryside available at some of the iconic properties that the National Trust maintains.

    In Nottinghamshire, visitors can seek inspiration at both the Workhouse and Clumber Park, once part of Sherwood Forest.

    There are three age categories, 5-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13-16 years and the winner of each category will receive a canvas print of their photograph. The overall winner will receive a day out at

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