• nottingham-david-baird-6900 Posted on 27 September 2016

    Nottingham – The Perfect Tourist City

    This World Tourism Day, Christopher Harrison, general manager at St James Hotel tells us why Nottingham makes the perfect tourist city.

    Take a walk around Nottingham and you’ll soon come to realise that this is a city with a perfect mix of old and new, which is why I always suggest to guests that they get out and about and enjoy everything that Nottingham has to offer. When I ask if they enjoyed their stay at the end, I often hear stories of the things that they’ve seen, the restaurants they’ve enjoyed and the theatre they’ve been to watch, and 9 times out of 10 they tell me that they’d love to come back.

    Envelop in

  • img_9939 Posted on 09 September 2016

    Walking D H Lawrence’s Nottinghamshire

    Eastwood, which lies around eight miles away from Nottingham, is bustling with events and activities over the next few weeks to celebrate the life and legacy of the town’s most famous son – D.H. Lawrence.

    Nottingham was recently named a UNESCO City of Literature, and the county’s lyrical landscapes have shaped and inspired the writing of everyone from Lord Byron to J.M Barrie and Alan Stilitoe over the years.

    D.H. Lawrence often wrote of his love of the Notts’ countryside, and in 1929, penned of the woodlands around Eastwood: ‘To me it seemed, and still seems an extremely beautiful countryside, just between the red sandstone and oak trees of Nottingham and the

  • Arsher Ali by Faceiro Posted on 28 April 2016

    Arsher Ali shares his favourite places in Notts

    We can’t wait to watch to the series finale of BBC Two’s gripping drama Line of Duty tonight – not least because of the homegrown talent in the cast! We caught up with Basford native Arsher Ali to talk all things Notts.

    What do you and your family like to get up to in Notts when you’re not busy filming?

    I have an office in town – so I spend as much time as I can with my friend and writing partner, Hugh Dichmont.

    Other than that – my visits to Nottingham are to my Mum’s house or the other most important place in Nottingham… the City Ground.

    Do you have any favourite places to eat

  • Untitled-1-01 Posted on 12 April 2016

    The Secret Gardens of Nottinghamshire

    Not only is this week National Gardening Week, it’s also VisitEngland’s Year of the English Garden. So what better time for us to get digging, and reveal some of the best hidden gardens in Nottinghamshire, which you may have missed?

    Bromley House Library                     

    While exploring a city like Nottingham, it’s always wise to look up now and again. Do so on one of the city’s busiest streets, and you’ll spot the aged timberwork of one of the city’s best kept secrets – Bromley House Library. This charming subscription library turned 200 this month, and it contains a treasure-trove of dusty volumes, which date right back to the 16th century. Read a BBC article on the library here.

    This secret library

  • Karting 3 Posted on 25 November 2015

    Find your competitive side at Langar Karting and Quad Centre

    Myself and my colleague Alistair recently spent an afternoon at Langar Karting and Quad Centre to see what visitors can do, and test our own skills in a series of activities. Here’s what we both thought of it:

    Tom

    I was really excited to be visiting Langar Karting and Quad Centre to have a go at a few of the activities they offer. Go-karting and archery are two I’ve tried before, with differing success, while quad biking and power turns were completely new to me!

    I must confess I love any excuse to go go-karting – it’s great fun for a group of friends to do together. Upon arrival we were given

  • One of my favourite places in Nottingham to go for a walk, chill in summer and sledge in winter Posted on 09 January 2015

    Top ten must see in Nottinghamshire

    I have lived in Nottinghamshire all my life, and am still amazed when I discover hidden gems that I am yet to explore. For a start, I have already booked my spot for Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory – a must see in early spring.

    Here is my round-up of top ten must see attractions in Nottinghamshire (and believe me, it was a tough one to narrow down!)

    Nottingham Castle Set high upon the Castle Rock and commanding spectacular views over the city, Nottingham Castle is not to be missed. The impressive 17th century ducal mansion now stands as a municipal museum, the first of its kind outside London, housing beautiful works from

  • city Posted on 23 December 2014

    Take your date on an adventure at Lost City

    Every month it’s imperative that my better half and I escape family life and head out into the bright lights of Nottingham for our date night. Over the years all the usual haunts have been exhausted and, not really wanting to have a meal or go to the cinema, we decided on something a little less traditional so we headed to The Lost City Adventure Golf at The Cornerhouse.

    A bit of crazy golf was surely what we needed on this cold and blustery winter evening, plus if it involved sport I stood just a chance of holding his attention! I was slightly apprehensive that we might encounter lots of kids

  • Fountain at Old Market Square Posted on 29 July 2014

    A prize winning city made for a perfect bank holiday

    Last year we teamed up with Nottingham Contemporary to run the Aquatopia competition which gave one lucky person the chance to spend a weekend in Nottingham. In this guest blog our winner Sally writes about her stay.

    After an amazingly easy commute from the South Essex coast, we arrived in Nottingham, hot and bothered, at around lunch time Saturday. The sat-nav guided us to

  • exchange Posted on 14 May 2014

    The Exchange is paving the way for legions of shoppers

    With its elegant shops and ornate interior, which includes frescoes and a magnificent dome, it’s not surprising that The Exchange is one of Nottingham’s most popular places to for anyone who want to indulge in a spot of retail therapy.

    During its 85-year history, millions of shoppers have walked through the arcade – but now work has got underway to replace the stone floor in the main arcade of the Grade II* listed building for the first time. After finding a quarry to supply a stone which is as close as possible to the mellow honey-coloured original, the new floor will be laid in sections over a period of six weeks.

    The ornate
  • spa1 Posted on 09 May 2014

    Step into the luxurious surroundings of the Crowne Plaza’s new spa

    Working in the city, I often find that there are just not enough hours in the day for a bit of rest and relaxation. So when I was invited to go and look round the new Urban Escape spa at Nottingham’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, I jumped at the chance.

    Urban Escape, which is the only one of its kind in the city, is the result of a £1.3m refurbishment programme which took 11 months to complete. Inside, the elegantly-decorated spa is a real oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The mural of a white, sandy beach immediately whisked me away to a desert island, while the aqua-blue

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Nottingham’s New Independent Shopping Trail

More often than not the best things in life take a bit longer to discover, and it is certainly something to keep in mind when getting to know a city. While Nottingham is splendidly compact to get around, if you roam a little beyond the bustle of the main city streets you’ll find a true…

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    A very lucky marketeer in her dream job. Passionate about all things Nottinghamshire and firmly believes if you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen!

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Things to do this May bank holiday weekend : 28th April – 1st May

Another long weekend looms on the horizon and Nottingham is set to be buzzing with excellent events and that breezy bank holiday spirit this weekend. Our favourites give you some sweet escapism, with craft-athons, cosplay and the chance to travel through time to the civil war, the industrial revolution, or WWII. Have a look at our top picks…