• 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

  • cycling2 Posted on 07 January 2015

    Exploring the mountain bike trails at Sherwood Pines

    I might be a road cyclist at heart but mountain biking has always held a certain appeal for me. Perhaps it’s the fact that there are fewer cars and less pollution or, as with trail running, the challenge is more about tackling tricky terrain than pure speed. So with the weather too wintery to make biking on the road fun, I decided it was time to try out the trails at Sherwood Pines.

    Managed by the Forestry Commission, this part of Sherwood Forest is a playground for both adrenaline junkies and those who are looking for something a little more sedate. On a sunny day you will see people swinging from

  • 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),

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