• Lace Market blog lead image Posted on 01 September 2015

    Discover Nottingham’s Lace Market on a heritage audio trail

    Nottingham is famed for many things but something that is quite literally woven into the fabric of the city’s past is of course, lace. Once the centre of lace production and enjoying growth and prosperity as a result, Nottingham supplied beautiful garments and household items to adorn the homes of the wealthy across the UK and indeed the world.

    If you’re interested in learning more about Nottingham’s lace history, then there are few better places to start than the Lace Market Heritage Audio Trail. Available from Nottingham’s Galleries of Justice Museum, this trail takes you on a walking tour around Nottingham’s Lace Market area. There’s history around every

  • IMG_1643 Posted on 26 August 2015

    Monkey Business at Go Ape!

    The night before we were due to go to Go Ape our house was a wash of excitement, you’d be hard pushed however to see just who was more excited – the two, usually responsible ‘thirty something’s’ or the nine year old of the family!

    The zip wires through the heart of Sherwood Pines

    Go Ape Tree Top Junior Adventure, set amidst the stunning backdrop of Sherwood Pines forestry commission in Nottinghamshire, is specially designed for the little monkeys but if you are expecting a tame version of the adult course then think again!

    We arrived bright and early and were harnessed up ahead of a climb up the wooden

  • aOkzPr0GWW7MAnFhqi-Wd_sj7A5S6uLhATgZsV5CwvA,ODSUVZI37P77Pyo42s6ni1xFXsg7lM0dkD0G-mqFm4Q,Q0DiA40CjitQezADy0pZgtzeTYWET0BzOWt0Ksbstxk,wmHIVWtU2mjVrcOh4dxW Posted on 30 July 2015

    WIN a ticket to visit Sculpture in the Sanctuary at Reg Taylor’s

    Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre is not just a garden centre, it’s a hidden gem that I would definitely recommend you visit when you have the time. It’s great for finding inspiration for your garden, but it’s so much more than that, especially in the month of August when Sculpture in the Sanctuary comes to its stunning grounds.

    From the 1st – 31st August, visitors can enjoy sculptures, large and small, all tucked into the grounds of Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre. Explore several sculptures that are on display from artists spanning the length and breadth of the country and if one takes your fancy, there’s always an option to purchase it so that it

  • Attenborough blog image Posted on 22 July 2015

    Enjoy the luscious greenery of Attenborough Nature Reserve this summer

    It’s a haven tucked away in the charming village of Attenborough, a stone’s throw from Beeston and close enough to Nottingham that it’s within comfortable driving distance or a short bus ride away. Despite its close proximity to well populated areas, Attenborough Nature Reserve thrives as one of the best homes to flora, fauna and animals not only in Nottinghamshire but the country as a whole. It’s an eco-friendly site that is self sufficient and kind to the surrounding environment.

    Managed by the dedicated team at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Attenborough Nature Reserve is maintained all year round and attracts all sorts of wildlife from herons to pine martins.

  • Staff members Jill and Gail. Posted on 17 June 2015

    Taking a peek behind the scenes at Rufford Tourist Information Centre

    Rufford Tourist Information Centre has now closed.

    For information on other Tourism Information Centres around the county please visit our dedicated page.

    Open around the year, the team at Rufford Tourist Information Centre, run by Newark and Sherwood District Council, deal with a host of visitor enquiries, from where to find the nearest B&B to identifying varieties of leaf found nearby. In our guest blog, centre manager Debbie Hibbert tells us what a typical day might look like.

    I thought it would be nice to share a day in the life of the Tourist Information Centre staff who work at Rufford Country Park, so I set about thinking what a typical day entailed, and

  • milk Posted on 25 May 2015

    Crowds line the streets of Nottingham for the Milk Race

    Whoosh! A split second and they were off. The elite women’s race had begun. Crowds of people lined the streets of Nottingham yesterday to watch some of the country’s best riders, including Olympian Laura Trott OBE and Katie Archibald, compete in this year’s Milk Race.

    As an avid cycling fan, the event is one of the highlights of my year. For one day, roads are closed off, with buses, trams and cars all diverted, and the city swarms with people on two wheels. This is not just an event for pro riders either; earlier in the day people of all ages and abilities, including families, club riders and groups of friends, had

  • Sherwood Posted on 21 May 2015

    Things to do around Sherwood Forest this Bank Holiday weekend

    In today’s guest blog, Debbie Hibbert from the Rufford Tourist Information Centre tells us what’s on in and around Sherwood Forest this bank holiday. 

    This weekend, there are plenty of events and activities to keep all the family amused, from Fireman Sam visiting White Post Farm on Saturday, to Open Studios where you can see crafts people demonstrating their art.  And of course, no Bank Holiday would be complete without some medieval merriment in Sherwood Forest.

    The Open Studios programme runs for six weeks through May and early June and this year there are over 200 artists taking part with many studios opening directly to the public or a group of artists joining together

  • sherwood Posted on 08 May 2015

    A day in the life of a Sherwood Forest Ranger

    In today’s guest blog, John Jacques, who is the onsite Ranger at Forest Holidays at Sherwood, describes how a typical day looks for him – if such a thing exists.

    Firstly, it is worth me saying that no two days in the life of a Forest Ranger are alike. The forest is different every day, every month and every season. However there are certain threads that run through the ever-changing landscape. Here are just some of the things I do on a regular basis.

    Preparing the ground

    Typically, I arrive onsite at about midday. The first thing I do is check who is booked on my various activities for the day, which include Bush

  • ForestHolidays Posted on 17 April 2015

    Five top archery tips from the home of Robin Hood

    Have you ever wanted to try archery but weren’t sure where to start? Well, book a stay in Sherwood Forest, the famous hide-out of Robin Hood, and you might discover that the sport is surprisingly easy to master and also very addictive. In today’s guest blog. Forest Holidays archery expert Len Worrell, pictured above, gives us his top five tips for aspiring archers.

    1. Listen Carefully
    You might be expecting five technical tips but to be honest, if you can pick up a bow the basics are easy. My lessons last one hour and in the first five to eight minutes I introduce the equipment; not too complicated – a bow, arrows and a

  • Snowdrops at Hodsock Posted on 11 February 2015

    Spotlight on . . . Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

    It was a crisp sunny day in February when we visited Hodsock Priory, a beautiful historic gem in Worksop, to see the launch of its perennially popular Snowsdrops at Hodsock event

    The Buchanan family cut the ribbon to celebrate 250 years

    The historic house is set in 800-acres of gardens and woodland, and in 2015 celebrates a very special Quarter-Millennial anniversary under the ownership of the Buchanan family. I was fascinated to discover that on 25 March 1765 (250 years ago), Hodsock Priory was handed over to the Buchannan family at a cost of £34,000 – and the original receipt can be seen on display. To mark the special occasion, a Buchanan sestercentennial garden

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