• 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

  • 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

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