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    Countdown is on for Cycle Live

    With just over three weeks to go until the annual cycling festival Cycle Live returns to Nottingham for another year, we spoke to Event Director Nik Emmonds about the event.

    What makes Cycle Live such a special/unique event?

    The fact that there is genuinely something for everyone, no matter your ability or preference for certain types of cycling. We get to see people of all ages, ranging from a few months old to over 90 years old taking part every year and having a great time and as an organiser of an event, that’s the part you get the most satisfaction from.

    Why did you introduce new routes to the Great Notts Bike Ride this

  • 11872086_951080781615903_5808503172268770318_o Posted on 29 April 2016

    Alternative Green Spaces in Nottinghamshire

    With sixteen different gardens in Lord Byron’s ancestral home, a well-manicured Arboretum in the city centre and the thousand acres of rolling countryside that make up Thoresby Park,  we certainly aren’t short of beautiful gardens and landscapes here in Nottinghamshire.

    To get into the spirit of Visit England’s celebration of the English Garden, we’ve been digging a little deeper and unearthing the green spaces hidden in Nottinghamshire locations where you might least expect to find them…

    St Ann’s Allotments

    St Ann’s Allotment’s is the oldest and largest area of detached Victorian gardens in the world and has been awarded Grade II listed status by English Heritage. Located in

  • Langar Hall Garden Room B Posted on 25 April 2016

    Dining With A View in Nottinghamshire

    In celebration of what would have been the 300th birthday of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown,  2016 has been named as the Year of the English Garden.

    The famous landscape architect changed the face of 18th century England with his picturesque designs and is still widely remembered as England’s greatest gardener.

    We can’t think of a better way to channel our green-fingered heritage than by enjoying some alfresco food, so here are a few of our favourite spots.

     Jamie’s Italian, Nottingham

    The decor in Jamie’s is so beautiful that anyone who has only ever eaten inside the old townhouse building would be forgiven for bypassing it’s outdoor seating area. Nevertheless, the outside is more

  • 8 Posted on 29 March 2016

    The spooktacular Nottingham Ghost Walk

    On the second Saturday of March, our team were invited to take part in the famous Nottingham Ghost Walk – so we promptly assembled some brave souls and ventured out into the unknown. We turned up early at the starting point to find a group of people already waiting. The Ghost Walk is a really popular event, booking is not essential, so you can just turn up on the day and pay then. The only time it’s important to book, for obvious reasons, is on Halloween, when all of the damned souls descend to join the walk too.

    During our recent walk we visited, among others, St Nicholas’ Churchyard, to listen to the story of the restless soul who

  • Crystal garden Posted on 19 February 2016

    Celebrate the year of the English Garden in 2016 – spotlight on Pureland Japanese Gardens

    We’re continuing our year-long feature on Nottinghamshire’s contributions to great English Gardens. Celebrate the splendour and majesty captured within our herbacious borders, leafy suburbs and green and pleasant lands as Nottinghamshire regularly puts on a show with its stunning outdoor displays all year round.

    For February, we’re inviting you to sit back and literally relax, as you step into the tranquil surroundings of Pureland Japanese Garden and Meditation Centre, located in North Clifton – north of Newark and to the east of rural Tuxford.

    You will literally lose any stresses and strains of life when you step over the colourful threshold of this haven of peace and serenity, bringing

  • 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,

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