• 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

  • Newark Castle Posted on 08 April 2014

    Ten things to do in Nottinghamshire

    With a very long list of things to do in Nottinghamshire, here is my round-up of top 10 things to do on any visit to the county.

    City of Caves: A well kept secret is that Nottingham is actually built on more than 400 man-made, sandstone caves which date back to medieval times. In fact, it has more man-made caves than anywhere else in Britain and visitors to Nottingham are always keen to discover what lies beneath. Descend far below street level and discover how the caves were used as tanneries, bomb shelters and homes from the expert guides or on an audio tour at the City of Caves attraction. 

    Galleries of Justice

  • thoresbyhall Posted on 28 March 2014

    Experience Nottinghamshire hosts Tourism Forum

    This week we hosted our latest Tourism Forum which took place in the picturesque surroundings of Thoresby Hall.

    The event was an opportunity for representatives from the tourism industry to find out about the work that Experience Nottinghamshire does to promote attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels and for people to network with others from across the city and the county. We also presented our Visitor Guide which contains almost 400 suggestions of where to stay and what to see in Nottinghamshire as well as an array of inspirational itineraries.

    The falconry display was one of the highlights of the event.

    During the day guests were able to sample cups of freshly-ground coffee

  • Inside the Workhouse school room. Posted on 28 January 2014

    Pauper Sarah lifts the lid of the harsh conditions at Southwell Workhouse

    On the edge of Southwell stands an imposing red-brick building with an incredibly rich social history. Built in 1824, the Workhouse was once used to house the poor and the destitute who had nowhere else to go.

    Today, visitors to the National Trust property can see neatly manicured lawns and allotments – but as soon as you step into the yard you begin to imagine the harsh conditions endured by those in the institution. Everyone who came here had a story to tell; some were widows, some were too old or infirm to earn a living, while others sought temporary refuge here when the seasonal work on the farms of

  • ComptonHouseVintageFair9 Posted on 23 November 2013

    Vintage delights at Compton House Bed and Breakfast

    Inside Compton House Bed and Breakfast at Newark, a log fire is blazing and each one of the rooms is full of stalls selling everything from bespoke pieces of jewellery and vintage clothing to locally-brewed beer and artisan coffee from Stewarts of Trent Bridge.

    Handcrafted stationery.

    I had gone along to the Vintage Christmas Fair at Compton House, a beautiful Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse close to the centre of Newark. The event was organised by owner Lisa Holloway and her friend Nikki, who runs Lilly’s Vintage Boutique in Harrogate and who has previously stayed as a guest at Compton House. The idea was to create an afternoon full of

  • UrbanOutfitters4 Posted on 16 November 2013

    The wait is over . . . excitement as Urban Outfitters opens in Nottingham!

    Urban Outfitters, which opened its 40th shop in the city’s Victoria Centre yesterday, has legions of fans and is known for its retro-inspired clothing and quirky accessories.

    And if you go to Nottingham’s new Urban Outfitters this weekend make sure you look out for two pieces of vintage furniture which form part of the store’s distinctive décor.

    Inside the new store.

    The shop features two unique sofas from none other than Nottingham’s Danish Homestore. The firm, which is on Derby Road, specialises in classic Danish design and it has supplied the fashion store with a 1958 sofa designed by Erik Severin Hansen for Slagelse as well as a stunning Børge Mogensen-designed

  • New Leaf Spa, pool Posted on 11 November 2013

    A day of rest and relaxation at Clumber Park Hotel and Spa

    My mother’s birthday was dawning and I needed to treat her as it was a celebratory number – the big six-zero. The evening before, I revealed to her that I would be taking her to the New Leaf Spa at Clumber Park Hotel and Spa near Worksop in the north of the county for a relaxing day, chilling out round the pool, lounging in the sauna and will also receive an exquisite Kamatan Hot Poultice treatment. Needless to say, she was over the moon.

    On our arrival, we were welcomed by attentive staff who talked us through our day. We were shown around the spa and chose our lunch before being left

  • Nottm BID Independent comp winners - FINAL (3) Posted on 08 November 2013

    Celebrating Nottingham’s top independent businesses

    Nottingham is well-known for its independent businesses and every year the team at the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) runs an awards scheme to celebrate the best in the city. Here Geoff Williams, director of the Nottingham BID and owner of The Tokenhouse on Bridlesmith Gate, writes about this year’s winners.

    Hockley shop Page 45, which specialises in graphic novels, has been named Nottingham’s favourite independent business for the second year running in a competition run by the Nottingham BID.

    The first stage of the competition was a public vote, after which the top ten were visited by a panel of judges, including Jennifer Spencer, who is Chief Executive of Experience Nottinghamshire. The judges visited

  • SONY DSC Posted on 10 October 2013

    Victor cockpit moves to Newark Air Museum

    Newark Air Museum, located in the east of the county, is one of the largest volunteer run aviation museums in the country. Recently, it has taken delivery of a very special piece of history. On Saturday 5th October, a Handley Page Victor cockpit was delivered to the air base as the latest exhibit to be added to its already impressive collection. The cockpit in question was originally built as an airframe and was intended to take to the skies. However it never made it to that stage and was instead used as a simulator to train crews at RAF Marham in Norfolk.

    Victor in use as part of
  • blue at rushcliffe Posted on 17 July 2013

    Sian tells us about her family’s favourite places in Nottinghamshire

    This week we have a featured blog from Sian Kirby, a local lady telling us about her family’s favourite places to visit in Nottinghamshire.

    My children love the outdoors and some of my favourite places in Nottinghamshire are where we can go as a family and it doesn’t cost the earth.

    Bridgford Park

    Central Avenue, West Bridgford

    Bridgford Park in the centre of West Bridgford is great for my children and lets me combine shopping with entertaining the children. Since it has been refurbished it is better than ever, with so much to do for all age ranges. We can easily spend a whole morning there, then have a

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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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