• Christmas Comp Banner2 Posted on 04 December 2017

    Win big and live it up like an #Outlaw in Nottingham this Christmas!

    Robin Hood – noble outlaw, altruistic rebel, man of the people…

    Cheese riots, luddite frame breakers, rebel writers, civil-war-mongerers – Nottinghamshire has been home to outlaws since its early days. We’ll admit we are a bit softer nowadays, and you’re not likely to get caught in an uprising, but the spirit of rebellion still runs deep. We invite you to come and discover a city packed with riveting history, legendary sport, exhilarating outdoor attractions and curious caves.

    BE ROBIN HOOD FOR THE DAY

    Forget those dull days of work experience in a fusty office – become an outlaw for the day and shadow our very own Robin Hood. As Robin’s

  • dukki Posted on 01 December 2017

    Guest Blog: Dukki’s Christmas Ideas

    Ayup! Heidi here from Dukki – That likkle shop on St James’s Street, that sells regional dialect rammel!

    The luvleh folk at Visit Notts, have asked me to do a guest blog (bleddeh ‘ell!) So I thought I’d start off by telling you boggers a bit abaht Dukki. (Ps. I’m not spellin’ things wrong, it’s how we talk raahnd ere, me duck!)


    Dukki was founded by myself and Ian Jones in 2014. Ian is an illustrator, and I’m a graphic designer, so we’ve combined our skills to produce all the gifts that we sell. We met on a blind date, and six months later opened a

  • Christmas Baking at School of Artisan Food Posted on 22 November 2017

    Nottinghamshire Christmas Highlights 2018 – Part One

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

    And you’re sure to find something of interest in Nottinghamshire over the festive season, whether for a family, travelling solo, if you’re a foodie or just to find the perfect present.

    You can take a look at everything that’s taking place in the What’s On section but we’ve cherry-picked a few highlights below and in a second blog to come. (PS – I’ve deliberately not included the Winter Wonderland as we all know about that!)

    Christmas at Nottingham Castle | From 2 December

    Visit the Christmas shop in the gatehouse of Nottingham Castle and

  • 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

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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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As the temperature drops it seems our festive spirits get higher, so with the arrival of December we are now fully in the mood for spectacular seasonal soirees and cheery Christmas celebrations. There’s a great array of events on our What’s On calendar, so don’t forget to have a gander, but read on to check out our…