• Calm Water Posted on 24 October 2013

    Let your troubles melt away at the Calm Water Floatation Centre

    This week, we were given the chance to try out the facilities at the Calm Water Floatation Centre in West Bridgford. The centre allows you to step into a tank of water containing an Epsom-salt solution which brings about weightlessness and total relaxation. Simon Redgate, Tourism Centre Manager, and Anna Kiorkian, Membership Account Co-ordinator at Experience Nottinghamshire write about their visit to Calm Water. 

    Simon Redgate

    As someone who is always willing to try something a little different, a trip to Calm Water Flotation was one that I looked forward to with a firm degree of intrigue. I’d done a bit of research (checked out their website) and summed up that I’d be spending roughly an

  • 6 Posted on 23 September 2013

    WIN an experience for 2 at Calm Water Flotation!

    With the pace of life, demands of work and the stresses and strains of running a household, sometimes we all need a break from the hustle and bustle in order to switch off and relax. Nottinghamshire has its very own answer to these stresses and it’s an experience like no other!

    Calm Water Flotation, located in West Bridgford, offers you the chance to escape for an hour within one of their very unique pods, allowing you to float and let all your problems simply drift away. The process is simple: Calm Water Flotation has Flotation Tanks containing an Epsom Salt Solution which aids your ability to float.

  • Escabeche daytime dining Posted on 28 August 2013

    Nottingham meets Nerja

    Friday 23rd August and I venture out into a sunny West Bridgford for a working lunch with our Business Development Manager, Rachel. She wants to meet Natalie, the manager at Escabeche, a Mediterranean tapas bar and restaurant on Bridgford Road.


    A warm welcome at the beautiful Escabeche

    As we walk around the corner from the car park my eyes light up as I realise we’re going to the pretty looking place with a stunning green living wall all over the front of the building, and a sun trap patio area underneath. A perfect spot for a lunch time escape, filled

  • 14th C Yoeman under arms. 3d a day Posted on 31 July 2013

    Fletching: A history and background

    You may remember several weeks ago we posted a blog regarding a Fletching Course which is taking place at Sherwood Pines this coming Saturday, 3rd August. For those of you who are keen to attend, Trevor Lilley has provided us with some historical background to this ancient skill so we can better grasp its incarnation. And to give you a taster of the order of play on Saturday, a lesson plan is provided so that you know how the day will pan out. Over to you Trevor…

    Arrow Making.

    The art of arrow making has been around for thousands of years, dating back at least 25,000-30,000 years, and maybe even as far back as

  • IMG_0013 Posted on 20 May 2013

    Have a go… at flying an aeroplane

    In Notts we’d love to fly you to paradise and now we can! Whether it’s Biarritz, Barbados or Blidworth, SimSpot’s new state-of-the-art flight simulator can take you there.

    A team from Nottingham Tourism Centre were lucky enough to be invited to have a look around the newly-opened simulator, located on the top floor of Nottingham’s Cornerhouse. With its awesome real-life Boeing 737-800 cockpit, Simspot offers would-be pilots the chance to have a go at taking off and landing as well as negotiating some of the world’s trickiest terrain – all without leaving Nottingham. The simulator has a database of thousands of airports worldwide, so it’s simply a

  • Creswell Crags gorge spring Posted on 16 May 2013

    Have a go at… being up with the larks at Creswell Crags

    Can you hear the difference between a chiffchaff and a chaffinch? Early risers and morning larks were recently called on by Verdant Wildlife and Creswell Crags to enjoy nature’s finest orchestra; the dawn chorus.

    With alarm clocks set for 5:30am, a group of bright-eyed birders joined nature enthusiast Andrew Whitelee of Verdant Wildlife down in the gorge at Creswell Crags for a dawn chorus walk on Sunday 12 May.

    A place of scientific interest and with conservation work firmly in place, Creswell Crags provides the perfect habitat for both migratory and native songbirds. With thriving woodland and craggy crevices in which to hide, the gorge has been home to many

  • Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory Posted on 15 February 2013

    Have a go at… seeing a glimmer of spring at Hodsock Priory

    As the snow melts, a new blanket of white is revealed to visitors at Hodsock Priory; with the annual snowdrops sweeping across the grounds of the historic country house.
    At the beginning of each year, visitors are treated to a wonderful floral display; with several varieties of snowdrop and spring flower to enjoy.

    Snowdrops grace over five acres of formal gardens, and 12 acres of woodland. Visitors are invited to stroll around at their own pace via newly accessible paths, enjoying picturesque views and discovering more about the history and species of snowdrops at Hodsock.

    Hodsock has a longstanding relationship with this delicate British flower. There are over seventy five species and

  • Saturday Night & Sunday Morning Front Cover Posted on 17 January 2013

    Follow in the footsteps of Arthur Seaton in Sillitoe’s Nottingham

    Have you taken a trip around Sillitoe’s Nottingham? We asked James Walker, Chair of the Nottingham writer’s studio and literature editor of LeftLionto talk us through the Sillitoe Trail and the author’s important relationship with the city.

    The Alan Sillitoe Committee was one of fifty-three organisations selected to produce content for The Space, an experimental multimedia platform funded by Arts Council England in collaboration with the BBC. For our commission we wanted to produce something that captured the spirit and essence of one of Nottingham’s very finest sons and one word kept popping up: maps. 

    Maps were an integral part of Sillitoe’s life during his adolescence when he joined the cadets, and

  • Making It! Discovery Centre Posted on 20 December 2012

    Have a go at… getting creative with Brewhouse Crafts

    Last night, we attended a festive garland workshop at Making it! Discovery Centre, Mansfield. Tucked away three floors up in what was once a working brewery, is the aptly named ‘Brewhouse Crafts’.

    Crafting has seen a resurgence of late, with people keen to learn new skills which they can use again and again. A new initiative from the museum sees adults invited to take part in all manner of workshops from sweet trees and bunting, to seasonal one-offs for Christmas and Easter. Classes are held both mid-morning and evening giving people the chance to pop in at a time to suit them.

    Prices vary (the festive garland cost a reasonable £15) with materials and light

  • Photo Credit: Christine Booth Posted on 13 December 2012

    Have a go at… a seasonal return visit with Verdant Wildlife

    From a rare jacksnipe hiding in the reeds to wild short eared owls playfully teasing the twitchers, we joined Verdant Wildlife once again for a seasonal snapshot of wildlife in Notts.

    Winter has swept quickly across the county this year, and the cold snap looks set to stay, but this doesn’t mean wildlife watching draws to a close. Tours with Verdant Wildlife run throughout the year, plenty of chance to capture the splendour of each season; with winter no exception.

    Winter wildlife watching offers the perfect opportunity to see migratory birds visiting Nottinghamshire from Scandinavia and Northern Europe. A Winter Wildfowl tour with Verdant Wildlife includes a round trip of both nature

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