• IMG_0918 Posted on 29 December 2014

    Take a relaxing break at Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest

    I recently visited Center Parcs in Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest for a week-long relaxing break with my girlfriend. I had never stayed at Center Parcs before, however my girlfriend and a few friends have recommended it to me before as a fantastic place to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of life and unwind.

    Our Executive Lodge

    We arrived on a dry, crisp winter morning with the site decorated for Christmas. Our base for the week was an Executive Lodge, nestled right in the heart of Sherwood Forest’s towering pine trees. The lodge was cosy and beautifully appointed; perfect for two people to share. It had

  • Winter Wonderland fudge Posted on 03 December 2014

    Walk in a Nottingham Winter Wonderland this Christmas

    After returning to Nottingham after several years of travelling, Gwen from Eat Travel Love visited Nottingham over the weekend and enjoyed walking in our Winter Wonderland . . . here she visits the festive Christmas Market in Old Market Square, and takes to the ice on the outdoor ice rink. 

    Helter Skelter at Winter Wonderland in Old Market Square, Nottingham

    Starting off on the walk down from my apartment, I was greeted by a giant helter skelter that had a bar at the bottom of it. Located next to this was a series of little wooden huts with snow topped roofs. From arts and crafts to yummy cupcakes – I spotted one of my

  • WKG Blog image-01 Posted on 20 November 2014

    The Walled Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park sprouts a new face lift

    It’s one of the few remaining aspects of Clumber Park that reminds us how it once looked 100 years ago. Steeped in history, the Walled Kitchen Garden is maintained using traditional gardening techniques and is one of only a handful of its kind still in existence.

    Clumber was once a huge estate belonging to the Newcastle family who occupied a grand mansion on the site. Previously known as the Newcastle estate, the Kitchen Garden was used to grow fruit and vegetables and the family helped in the original build of the glass house that we see today.

    The glass house has suffered damage over its lifetime and in the 1970s became

  • Nottingham Winter Wonderland Christmas Lights Switch-On 2013 Posted on 13 November 2014

    A magical Christmas in Nottinghamshire

    A trip to Nottinghamshire this Christmas will definitely leave you feeling merry! Here is my round-up of magical must-do Christmas events. There are also plenty of events taking place around Sherwood Forest, including visits from Santa Claus, festive markets and much more. Further details of what’s coming up are available here. And don’t forget you can find plenty more inspiration on our Christmas page.

    Christmas at Nottingham Castle

    Nottingham Castle will come alive and host some fantastic Christmas events for all the family. Visit Santa in the Castle’s beautifully decorated Bastion (13, 14, 20 & 21 December), enjoy a delightful high tea with a festive twist (13 & 14 December),

  • gift Posted on 12 November 2014

    Get into the Christmas spirit at Rufford and Sherwood country parks

    As the festive season gets underway, Nottinghamshire’s famous woodland and country parks take on a magical quality. In this guest blog Debbie Hibbert from the Rufford Tourist Information Centre writes about some of the upcoming seasonal events around Sherwood Forest.

    With only a few weeks until the Big Day, there are lots of events taking place in Rufford and Sherwood country parks to get you into the festive spirit.

    Santa will be in residence in his Victorian style grotto at Rufford Country Park every weekend from the 15th November until 21st December and also 22nd and 23rd December. Children can also take part in Santa’s Christmas Trail by buying a trail leaflet

  • Wollaton Hall at night Posted on 24 October 2014

    Explore some of Nottinghamshire’s haunted buildings

    I have recently been delving into the past of some of Nottinghamshire’s most haunted buildings to find out more about its ghostly residents.  As Halloween approaches, here’s my pick of spine tingling must visits so read on . . . if you dare!

    Nottingham’s old Courthouse and Gaol – recently voted as one of the most haunted venues in the world by the Most Haunted.
    The Galleries of Justice Museum is said to be home to the most active poltergeist in the UK. In fact, just recently, paranormal enthusiast, James Pykett, captured an image of what he believes is a guard. If you’re looking for a fright, the Museum’s popular Ghost Tours and Terror Tours are

  • Gecko Posted on 21 October 2014

    Creepy Critters at Galleries of Justice Museum

    Do tarantulas set your teeth on edge? Cockroaches make your skin crawl? Rats send you running? Then perhaps it’s time to face your fears with a creepy critter encounter at the Galleries of Justice.

    Madagascan hissing cockroach

    The Galleries of Justice Museum has teamed up with the friendly crew from White Post Farm, to offer visitors something decidedly different this Halloween.

    The Creepy Critters encounters will be taking place again on Monday 27 October, 11am – 3pm, at Galleries of Justice Museum, and are a free additional experience to everyone taking part in a museum tour during that time.

    A whole range of critters will be there waiting to meet you.

  • apple Posted on 09 October 2014

    Enjoy fungi forays and apple days in Nottinghamshire this autumn

    With autumn now upon us there is no better time to get out and explore nature’s pantry. In today’s guest blog, Debbie Hibbert from the Tourist Information Centre at Rufford Abbey writes about what’s on offer around Sherwood Forest. 

    October is the month for foraging in the woods looking for fungi, and unless you are an expert, it is best to do so in the company of a forest ranger. On Saturday 18th October, the Rangers at Sherwood Forest will be going in search of the common and not so common fungi which are found lurking within the ancient woodlands. The walk will begin at 10.30am and pre-booking is essential on (01623)

  • Geoff2 Posted on 26 September 2014

    Uncovering treasures of the past at King John’s Palace

    History lover Geoff Allen fulfilled a life-long ambition when he joined Mercian Archaeological Services on a recent excavation at King John’s Palace in Clipstone. In this guest article, Geoff, from Derbyshire, writes about his experience.

    I recently completed a week’s course at King John’s Palace with Mercian Archaeological Services – and as an introduction to the practice and theory of archaeology it would be hard to beat.

    From the outset we were made very welcome with the archaeologists giving us a history of the palace (which was visited by all eight English kings from Henry II to Richard II) and showing us numerous finds from the site to help us identify new artefacts

  • helicopter Posted on 19 September 2014

    Flying high with Central Helicopters

    My dad turned the ripe age of 70 recently and being the man that has everything, myself and the family were frantically racking our brains for the perfect present for him. Then out the blue he mentioned that he would love to go up in a helicopter ‘just once more’. Having served in the military, this apparently had been one of the more memorable things which he’d missed. So with this in mind I set to looking for a helicopter experience and found the brilliant Central Helicopters based in Nottingham.

    As we wanted to make sure that this was an unforgettable experience, the family decamped to Derbyshire for the weekend of

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