• _WFP5044 Posted on 03 November 2015

    Unearth Nottingham’s Hidden History with New Cave App & Trail

    They’ve been used as shelter from falling bombs, housing extensions, and secret passageways over the years, now – for the first time ever – a new app gives you the chance to virtually explore Nottingham’s extraordinary man-made caves.

    Nottingham’s a city built on caves, and the carefully chiselled, sandstone excavations that sit below the city centre are filled with history and intrigue.

    For a long time, these caves have been hidden mysteries, sealed off from the public, and completely inaccessible.

    So it’s no surprise that there was a real sense of excitement in the air at Nottingham Castle on Friday – as a brand new smartphone app was launched, designed to provide users

  • 5 Posted on 22 October 2015

    2015 Bonfire Night events in Nottinghamshire

    Up and down the country people will gather to commemorate Guy Fawkes’ failed plot to blow up Parliament and here in Nottinghamshire we like nothing more than celebrating Bonfire Night by crunching on a delicious toffee apple as fireworks crackle in the sky above. Across the city and the county, there are plenty of public fireworks and Bonfire Night events for you to choose from, whether you are looking for a large-scale display or a friendly community event.

    Here’s our round-up of some of the displays taking place around the area:

    People of all ages will be able to enjoy fun fair rides, a children’s fireworks display, roaring bonfire and

  • comp Posted on 22 September 2015

    WIN one of 10 pairs of tickets to The Robin Hood Game and Country Show

    The Robin Hood Game and Country Show is coming to Newark Showground on 17 & 18 October offering something for everyone – from the serious game enthusiast to families looking for a fun day out – and we’ve got 10 pairs of tickets up for grabs.

    During the jam-packed weekend of interactive attractions, the Main Arena will feature Robin Hood and his Merry Men, along with thrilling, breath-taking displays of stunt riding and jousting by the leading Stampede Stunt Display Team – and it’ll also welcome back the newly-renamed Conquest K9 dog display team.

  • 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

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As we prepare ourselves for Halloween and the dark months ahead, there is a great variety of events throughout Nottinghamshire that we guarantee will get you in the spirit. Discover the dark side of the city on a spooky tour, explore museums at night, or get stuck into some atmospheric storytelling. However you like to spend your…