• A Pint of Castle Rock Ale Posted on 04 August 2017

    Ales & Trails: 10 of Nottingham’s Greatest Beer & Ale Attractions

    Nottingham has had a longstanding love affair with ale and beer. When the sandstone caves which lay beneath the city were first dug in the medieval era, they were quickly discovered to be the perfect temperature for brewing and storing ale, and so began a dedicated passion for folk of Nottingham.

    Mash Tun at Castle Rock Brewery

    Known throughout the country for its excellent brews, even in the 17th century word got around. Cecilia Fiennes, a traveller whose expeditions are well noted in her published journals, spoke of visiting the cellars at the Crown Inn (now thought to be one of Nottingham’s oldest pubs The Salutation Inn).

    She wrote,

  • Jerico farm collage Posted on 04 August 2017

    Explore | Stay | Eat | Play | South Nottinghamshire (Part One)

    Just a short trip out of the city centre, South Nottinghamshire has some wonderful attractions to explore and a great selection of bed and breakfasts, holiday cottages and campsites. With brilliant connections to our diverse neighbouring counties of Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, and Derbyshire, the area has the wild greenery of the countryside whilst being close to the urban cool of the city.

    We’ve put the spotlight on south Nottinghamshire and rounded up some of our favourite spots to sleep, eat and drink. Watch out for part two next week, looking at shopping and attractions in the area!

    S T A Y

    Canbyfield Holiday Cottages

    Canbyfield Cottage

    This one bedroom self-catering cottage is modern

  • unesco city of literature nottingham Posted on 19 July 2017

    Speak In Nottingham To Me – A Beginner’s Guide To Nottingham’s Dialect

    Language is certainly one of our best creations. Without it, it would be difficult for us to coexist, establish communities and share feelings. Language makes it all easier and helps us work together and understand one another.

    Throughout history people always felt the need to find one universal language for all. Several attempts were made to popularise different languages and make them used globally, with Latin being one of the first languages widely-spread across Europe. Back then Latin was a language of science, literature, law, and administration. It was also used in churches, and most books were written in Latin as well. Then there was time for French and Spanish, during the colonisation period. French then took over and it became

  • forest live nottingham Posted on 14 July 2017

    Review: The Spectacular Forest Live

    Last month saw the return of the hugely popular Forest Live to the spectacular setting of Sherwood Pines in Nottinghamshire, with artists such as Olly Murs, Tom Jones, Elbow, Louise Johnson and more performing live for their fans.

    Visit Nottinghamshire had to be represented at those great gigs and two of my colleagues – Elisia and Simon – got a chance to go and experience Forest Live for themselves. Elisia went to see Olly Murs, Simon on the other hand chose to see Elbow. Read on to find out what they thought of this celebration of music in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

    Simon –  Anyone who listens to Guy Garvey’s show on 6

  • Capture Posted on 05 July 2017

    Summer Preserves and Pickling Course at The School of Artisan Food

    The School of Artisan Food is a deluxe culinary school hidden away in the depths of The Welbeck Estate in North Nottinghamshire. Since the school was founded in 2006 by two dedicated bakers, it has grown to cover a vast range of courses for all abilities, stretching from one day courses to ten month Advanced Diplomas, each under the tutelage of top national and international cooks.

    I was absolutely delighted to be given the chance to try a course recently and a truly fabulous day was had by all. Exploring the courses online is really simple, and the range on offer is quite spectacular, each covering something you probably wouldn’t learn yourself

  • gingingin Posted on 23 June 2017

    Williams GB Gin Tasting at George’s Great British Kitchen

    Cocktails are truly the most opulent of beverages. Copious and delicious ingredients, exotic garnishes, precise measures and methods of mixing all add to the feeling you’re being treated to something savour rather than devour.

    When the lovely folks at George’s Great British Kitchen told us they were hosting a Williams GB Gin cocktail making and tasting night, I was seriously rather excited. Despite having never eaten at George’s I have heard some great things about the menu, and I was looking forward to experimenting with a delicious gin, rather than my usual simplistic formula of: Gin + Tonic + Ice.

    On

  • madame parboiled nottingham Posted on 20 June 2017

    Madame Parboiled’s Historical Pub Tour

    Nottingham is a city steeped in history and its pubs are a living proof of that, they’re a tangible representation of England’s past, and celebration of life before us. To learn how to grow our appreciation for Nottingham’s historic pubs we ventured into a world of Madame Parboiled – the executioner’s wife who knows Nottingham and its pubs like a back of her hand.  Read on to find out what we thought about our experience at Madame’s Parboiled’s Historical Pub Tour.

    Sophie

    The idea of spending the evening with a medieval executioner’s wife may seem a little daunting to begin with, but Madame Parboiled certainly isn’t as dark

  • Canal House Beer Garden Nottingham Posted on 14 June 2017

    Top Beer Gardens in Nottingham

    Discovering a good beer garden can be a saving grace of summer fun, and luckily for us Nottingham has a great selection in it’s midst. Tucked behind our bars and pubs there are yards, rooftops, canal banks and terraces which have been cleverly transformed into lovely spaces, perfect for whiling away summer days, meeting friends, and of course enjoying a pint with the sun on your skin. Have a look at some of our favourites below….

    The Hand & Heart – Derby Road

    While this delightful establishment first appears to be another classic pub, peer behind the bar and you’ll notice a stretch

  • castle_rock_banner_v2 Posted on 25 May 2017

    Raising a Glass to Castle Rock – Nottinghamshire Brewer Turns 40!

    Whether you’ve been for a long walk through Nottinghamshire’s countryside, are catching up with friends, or celebrating a special occasion, nothing’s quite like a sip of refreshing Castle Rock beer. Brewed with local pride and expert knowledge, every pint offers a delicious taste of Nottinghamshire.

    We have a proud brewing heritage here, and at the forefront of this is Castle Rock, who brew award-winning ales, which are distributed across the county and beyond.

    Ahead of their 40th birthday bash, we caught up with Head of Marketing, Lewis Townsend to discuss what makes Castle Rock beers special and to find out more about the plans for their birthday celebrations.

    What makes Castle Rock beers different?

    I

  • Vegetarian Nottingham-01 Posted on 17 May 2017

    National Vegetarian Week in Nottingham

    Compared to many countries the UK is rather impressive when it comes to understanding different diets and cuisines. Nottingham is no exception, and whether you’re vegetarian, a once in a while carnivore or interested in limiting your meaty meals you’ll find creative choices in cool settings throughout the city.

    With it being National Vegetarian Week we thought we’d give you a run down of some of our favourite places in Hockley and the Lace Market to have a meat free meal. You’ll find everything from quick cafe bites to luxurious classy dining, with creative and colourful dishes that might just turn you!

    Annie’s Burger Shack

    A great place

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We Dig The Castle: Unearthing Nottingham’s Archaeological Secrets Part Two

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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    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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    Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

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    Originally from Preston – but now calling Nottingham home – Alistair’s a St Helens rugby league fan who loves travel and music.

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Things To Do This Weekend in Nottingham: 27th – 29th October

As we prepare ourselves for Halloween and the dark months ahead, there is a great variety of events throughout Nottinghamshire that we guarantee will get you in the spirit. Discover the dark side of the city on a spooky tour, explore museums at night, or get stuck into some atmospheric storytelling. However you like to spend your…