• debbie bryan exterior Posted on 15 November 2017

    6 Reasons You Should Explore Nottinghamshire Shopping On Small Business Saturday

    Have you ever bought something from an independent trader and experienced a small buzz of happiness? The knowledge that you are supporting someone’s business and the local economy while you shop can be a gratifying feeling, but there are many more reasons why shopping at small businesses is a great experience when compared to buying at big brand chain shops.

    Saturday 2nd December sees Small Business Saturday take over the UK, and our independents are given the stage to shout a little louder than usual. Now in its fifth year, the campaign encourages small businesses to get involved, and for the public to put their money back into the hands of regular people.

    We’ve

  • Playhouse Panto launch Posted on 15 November 2017

    Nottingham Playhouse launches its Christmas Panto

    What’s your first sign of Christmas? Adverts on the telly? Music in the shops? This year for me it was a visit to Nottingham Playhouse for the unveiling of NCT’s Panto Bus.

    This year’s panto is Cinderella and, while not a pumpkin, the NCT’s bus was suitably decked out, with Cinderella and Buttons on hand to spread a little festive cheer.

    For anyone (like me) who hasn’t seen or read the story before it’s the story of a dashing prince hosting a ball, which Cinderella would give anything to go to, but her stepmother and sisters have other plans. Can Cinderella escape their clutches and, with the help of her Fairy Godmother

  • Nottingham Comedy Festival Posted on 07 November 2017

    Fall in laugh with the Nottingham Comedy Festival

    My first official outing for Visit Notts took me to the Glee Club on Friday night to witness the opening of this year’s Nottingham Comedy Festival. For those of you unaware of the festival it was established by Helen Stead in 2009, following a visit to the Comedy Store and other comedy venues in London.

    She and a friend looked at the comedy scene in Nottingham and found exciting and different forms that they thought should be brought together to highlight all the talent that Nottingham has to offer.

    Here we are eight years later and the festival is going from strength to strength, with over 80 acts performing over nine days. Not

  • christmas fair holme Posted on 02 November 2017

    A Festive Fair at Holme Pierrepont Hall

    Finding the ideal gift for family and friends can be quite difficult.  You want the present to be thoughtful… unique… which is not always easy when one shop sells similar, if not the same, gifts as the next. A Christmas fair with individual stall holders offering everything from hand crafted jewellery to creative kids’ toys, home-made treats to funky fashions and everything in between, can offer the inspiration and individuality sadly lacking on the high street.

    I went along to the Holme Pierrepoint Christmas Fair Preview night last year and loved every minute of it.  Parking was easy – right on the doorstep and I was greeted with

  • iLocked Nottingham escape game Posted on 02 November 2017

    Lucky escape at iLocked Nottingham

    Not known for my ability to extricate myself from tricky situations, I admit I was a bit apprehensive about being locked in a room for an hour. Five of us went to iLocked as a group booking for my daughter’s 21st birthday, I thought I should include something for the youngsters’.

    Marat met us and did a fabulous job of explaining the different options and what to expect. He was right with his advice on which room to choose – very helpful if you’ve not done anything like this before.

    Once ‘locked in’ the Mummy’s tomb we quickly set about trying to work out the clues and proceed to the next chambers.

  • Darren Stevenson Art Posted on 31 October 2017

    Fletcher Gate Art Gallery presents Darren Stevenson

    Fletcher Gate Art Gallery has been providing Nottingham and the world beyond with original fine art works for the past nine years.

    The next exhibition to grace the gallery is from Southwell artist Darren Stevenson, a painter and sculptor who has been creating professional works for the past fifteen years.

    Darren has been a creative since his early days, but only began to explore a variety of mediums in more recent years. Urged to go to art college by his teachers, Darren instead served an apprenticeship in technical drawing and engineering, only to liberate himself of the trade’s precision after turning to painting during a

  • Logo for the woolly tellers Posted on 19 October 2017

    Nottingham History & Telling Tales with The Woolly Tellers

    If you caught last week’s blog, you’ll know that earlier this month we thoroughly enjoyed ‘A Very Victorian Murder’ with The Woolly Tellers – an evening of suspense which brought Victorian Nottingham to life through the time-honoured art of spoken word storytelling.

    Intrigued to hear more about these local chaps with a penchant for spinning yarn and unearthing local history, I spoke to Dave Brookes, one half of The Woolly Tellers, to talk local history, developing a performance, and keeping stories of Nottingham past alive.


    Mick & Dave – The Woolly Tellers

    VN: How did the two of you meet and begin performing as The Woolly Tellers?

    Dave: We both

  • review Posted on 10 October 2017

    Just What The Botanist Ordered

    West Bridgford was the latest UK town to welcome artisan bistro The Botanist to their streets this month. Coming from an award winning franchise, which boasts branches in London’s Sloane Square, York, and Manchester, we at Visit Nottinghamshire had been highly anticipating The Botanist’s arrival and certainly weren’t disappointed!

    Located just ten minutes from Nottingham city centre on the town’s main thoroughfare Bridgford Road, The Botanist is a complimentary addition to the existing strip of bars and restaurants, which offer a relaxed and chic night out for those seeking an alternative to the city centre bustle.

    Along with stunning cocktails and delicious food, the sumptuous

  • IMG_9481 with Arrow Posted on 04 October 2017

    Top Tips from a Nottingham Native with Hello Notts Tours

    When visiting a new city it can be easy to feel like you’re barely touching the ground. The history, the quirks, and the best hidden gems can all lurk just out of sight, unless you know the right people that is.

    If you’re spending more than a day in Nottingham, we recommend starting off your stay with a guided tour, and who better than a native who knows the city like the back of his hand.

    For Bryn Tomlin of Hello Notts, what began as a simple passion for Nottingham’s culture and history has now become a vocation. We spoke to him about how his interest developed and to pick up a few little

  • curry in nottingham Posted on 19 September 2017

    Dinner at Cosmo Nottingham

    Everyone has days when they’re not sure what we fancy for dinner and on Wednesday last week that’s exactly how I felt after I left the office. I couldn’t make up my mind whether I felt like cooking and if I did, what I wanted to cook.

    After some deliberations me and my date decided to head to Cosmo knowing that we’ll be spoilt for choice with a selection of fresh food under one roof. I’m a huge Japanese food fan and Cosmo is famous for their teppanyaki chefs, as well as a selection of delicious sushi. We were both excited to mix and match our favourite dishes from around the world.

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This blog is the second instalment of a two part blog. To read part one click here. Back in July I visited Nottingham Castle to find out more about the annual archaeological excavation ‘We Dig The Castle’. A partnership project between Trent & Peak Archaeology, Nottingham City Council and Historic England, this excellent scheme invites volunteers…

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Now the lights are on and Winter Wonderland has come to town, we are getting full on festive this weekend in Nottinghamshire. For fans of the season there are oodles of ways to get merry, from light switch-ons to seasonal shopping, and for those who like a regular November, there are Vikings, gin and lots more! Nothing…