• 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

  • Cycling in Sherwood Pines (credit Forestry Commission) Posted on 22 January 2016

    My top cycling spots in Notts

    When we first moved to Nottingham in 2011, one of the first things we did was purchase a pair of bikes, as a means to get around and keep fit. I’ve been regularly cycling to work ever since, and we’re lucky here to have a city where cyclists are being prioritised – work on a £6m cycle network is currently underway, to further improve routes and access for cyclists.

    Cycling for me isn’t just for the commuter daily grind though, I love getting out and about exploring the county on two wheels. It may be cold outside, but that’s no reason not to get your bike out of the shed, just remember

  • Capture Posted on 19 January 2016

    Celebrate the year of the English Garden in 2016

    2016 is being labelled as the year of the English Garden, and VisitEngland is marking the occasion by celebrating all that is great about the nation’s outdoor beauty spots which have received so much love and attention over the years. From working gardens to relaxing havens, England has a proud history of horticulture and with a wide range of uses and interesting historical backgrounds to its home grown open spaces, it’s time to enjoy them in all their glory. England boasts luscious greenery that’s been featured in films and TV shows, bursting flowerbeds which have graced the presence of the rich, famous and royal throughout the centuries as well as parks and landscapes offering breath-taking

  • Karting 3 Posted on 25 November 2015

    Find your competitive side at Langar Karting and Quad Centre

    Myself and my colleague Alistair recently spent an afternoon at Langar Karting and Quad Centre to see what visitors can do, and test our own skills in a series of activities. Here’s what we both thought of it:

    Tom

    I was really excited to be visiting Langar Karting and Quad Centre to have a go at a few of the activities they offer. Go-karting and archery are two I’ve tried before, with differing success, while quad biking and power turns were completely new to me!

    I must confess I love any excuse to go go-karting – it’s great fun for a group of friends to do together. Upon arrival we were given

  • 0 Posted on 23 November 2015

    Things to do this weekend, 27th – 29th November 2015

    The lights are on, and the Christmas tree in Old Market Square is standing proud, signalling the start of the festive season for us, here in Nottinghamshire. With Christmas lights switch-ons across the county, and a feast of special seasonal markets springing up, there’s no doubt that it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. If you’re feeling festive, you’ll love some of the great events on offer this week – don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with what’s on across the county.

    Garden of Fire at Clumber Park

    See the beautiful Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park in a whole new light,

  • _WFP5044 Posted on 03 November 2015

    Unearth Nottingham’s Hidden History with New Cave App & Trail

    They’ve been used as shelter from falling bombs, housing extensions, and secret passageways over the years, now – for the first time ever – a new app gives you the chance to virtually explore Nottingham’s extraordinary man-made caves.

    Nottingham’s a city built on caves, and the carefully chiselled, sandstone excavations that sit below the city centre are filled with history and intrigue.

    For a long time, these caves have been hidden mysteries, sealed off from the public, and completely inaccessible.

    So it’s no surprise that there was a real sense of excitement in the air at Nottingham Castle on Friday – as a brand new smartphone app was launched, designed to provide users

  • 5 Posted on 22 October 2015

    2015 Bonfire Night events in Nottinghamshire

    Up and down the country people will gather to commemorate Guy Fawkes’ failed plot to blow up Parliament and here in Nottinghamshire we like nothing more than celebrating Bonfire Night by crunching on a delicious toffee apple as fireworks crackle in the sky above. Across the city and the county, there are plenty of public fireworks and Bonfire Night events for you to choose from, whether you are looking for a large-scale display or a friendly community event.

    Here’s our round-up of some of the displays taking place around the area:

    People of all ages will be able to enjoy fun fair rides, a children’s fireworks display, roaring bonfire and

  • comp Posted on 22 September 2015

    WIN one of 10 pairs of tickets to The Robin Hood Game and Country Show

    The Robin Hood Game and Country Show is coming to Newark Showground on 17 & 18 October offering something for everyone – from the serious game enthusiast to families looking for a fun day out – and we’ve got 10 pairs of tickets up for grabs.

    During the jam-packed weekend of interactive attractions, the Main Arena will feature Robin Hood and his Merry Men, along with thrilling, breath-taking displays of stunt riding and jousting by the leading Stampede Stunt Display Team – and it’ll also welcome back the newly-renamed Conquest K9 dog display team.

  • The head gardener, Christopher Margrave holding a piece of rhubarb in the garden at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire Posted on 18 September 2015

    Let’s meet… Clumber Park’s Head Gardener

    We had a chat with Chris Margrave, Head Gardener at National Trust property Clumber Park, home to the beautiful Walled Kitchen Garden… 

    How long have you been Head Gardener at the Walled Kitchen Garden in Clumber Park?

    It will be 10 years in November.  When I started, the lower walled garden was just grass.  We began bringing it back under cultivation in the winter of 2005/6, putting back some of the paths and extending the herbaceous borders to run the full length of the garden.

    Tell us a bit about the history of the Garden.

    The kitchen garden was built in the 1770s and for 150 years was the food superstore of its day, growing

  • Woodland Festival blog image Posted on 05 September 2015

    The Major Oak Woodland Festival returns to Sherwood Forest

    Today we feature a guest blog from Debbie at Rufford Abbey Tourist Information Centre on the impending Major Oak Woodland Festival at Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest, from the 12th – 13th September.

    The Robin Hood Festival is over for another year but still to come is the Major Oak Woodland Festival. If you are looking for something a bit different to do why not come along to Sherwood Forest on 12 & 13 September 2015 for this free family fun day out. This is the second year that the festival has taken place and it is hoped that it will continue to be an annual event.

    This special weekend celebrates the life

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