• IMAG4726 Posted on 27 August 2014

    Nottingham’s gruesome history is explained to us by Madame Parboiled

    It was an overcast, warm evening at Nottingham Castle, and several of us ventured out after work to take part in a historical show that is like nothing you will have experienced before – the Madame Parboiled Interactive Dungeon Show. Madame Parboiled is a character played by Kath George. The character of Madame Parboiled is fascinating. She is an executioner’s wife, and while her husband Arthur is away in the pub after a long day executing those who have sinned in Nottingham, Madame Parboiled takes the opportunity to show visitors the dungeons below Nottingham Castle where her beloved works. We’ve compiled a blog of our experience with input from

  • lincoln3 Posted on 23 August 2014

    Raise a glass to the Robin Hood and Little John

    An historic pub, which draws on Nottinghamshire’s brewing heritage while celebrating the micro breweries of today, opened its doors to the public this week.

    On Thursday evening, swarms of people descended on the newly-launched Robin Hood and Little John in Arnold, just north of the city, to see the transformation and sample an ale or two.

    Well-wishers leave flowers for the team.

    The Robin Hood and Little John, which is a joint venture between the Hucknall-based Lincoln Green Brewing Company and Everards, provides a showcase for Lincoln Green ales, as well as other real ales, real cider, craft beer, wine and spirits. The pub dates back to the 17th century

  • MC12 Posted on 20 August 2014

    History is revealed at the Malt Cross

    Nottingham’s Malt Cross may be familiar to many of you who have been out and about in the city centre for a light ale or a glass of wine. It’s an old music hall that’s taken on a new identity in recent times, but has still maintained its tradition of hosting live music to entertain its guests.

    As a venue, there really is nowhere like it and it’s currently undergoing some major work to re-vamp the existing ground floor and upper level that was already accessible to the public. However, below the ground floor, secrets have been lying in wait for decades and centuries – and they are now being unearthed

  • photo5 Posted on 16 August 2014

    Digging for history with Mercian Archaeological Services

    History has always interested me, not just when I was at school, but since I left as well. I can’t claim to be the most knowledgeable on the subject, but certain periods have always fascinated me and the thought that we still find artifacts buried deep underground from hundreds and even thousands of years ago really does send a shiver down my spine. It’s the thought of the history behind the object – who owned it? How did it get here? What’s it’s story?

    My fascination was pandered to in a big way when I was invited to Edwinstowe in late July for a special archaeological dig that is seeking to explain

  • GBBO Posted on 14 August 2014

    Notts Nosh: Jordan from Great British Bake Off shares his top foodie tips

    We caught up with Nottinghamshire’s very own Great British Bake Off contestant, Jordan Cox, to find out his favourite foodie places in Notts.

    Jordan Cox

    What’s your favourite thing about baking?

    For me, baking is a way to unwind at the end of a busy day or week.  I like nothing more than waking up on a Saturday morning, lying in bed thinking of what long bake I am going to attempt that day.  You will never find me ‘knocking up’ a quick sponge cake.  I only bake when I have an abundance of time to spend poring over recipes!  Like any hobby, baking should never be rushed.  The art of

  • Cast performing Equus - credit Ciaran Brown Posted on 12 August 2014

    Nottingham Playhouse Youth Theatre excel in Equus performance

    Equus – a teenage boy, caught between a religious mother and an atheist father, finds friendship and companionship in horses. Then, seemingly inexplicably, he blinds the horses with a spike.

    To say the least, the play by Peter Shaffer is very emotionally and mentally compelling. And as for the youth theatre at Nottingham Playhouse who are currently performing Equus, all aged from 15 – 19, they all deserve a massive pat on the back!

    Alan Strang (right) and horse, Nugget (left) – credit Ciaran Brown

    My friend and I studied the play during our A-levels and enjoyed both seeing it being performed during our studies, and performing it for

  • Nottingham City Council and Market Square, Nottingham Posted on 08 August 2014

    Talented duo produce song dedicated to Nottingham

    Think of Nottingham and what jumps to mind… Nottingham Castle, Goose Fair, Robin Hood?

    Talented duo, Richard Williams and Brian Lund, seem to have captured almost every iconic attraction in Nottingham within their own song, “Nottingham Take me Back”. The song has so far been well-received, with live performances during The Big Busk, a two-page spread in Nottingham Post and played on BBC Radio Nottingham.

    If you haven’t heard it yet, watch it on YouTube by clicking here.

    With fame at their fingertips, Brian Lund took time out from his busy schedule to explain the steps taken to produce the catchy Nottingham song.

    Brian said…

    “It all started by accident, but Richard Williams

  • regal Posted on 06 August 2014

    Nottingham Brewery launches it’s first craft beer

    Although I am a huge real ale fan, there are days where I hanker after a cool, refreshing lager, particularly when I’m sitting in a beer garden on a summer’s day. But given that I am a passionate supporter of Nottinghamshire’s many breweries, I tend to steer clear of commercial lagers and carry on drinking cask.

    But now the award-winning Nottingham Brewery, based just outside the city, has launched its first craft beer which is as refreshing as mainstream counterparts but much tastier and has the added bonus of being brewed locally.

    Cheers! The EN team toast the new beer.

    The new brew is called Regal and it was unveiled at Broadway Cinema

  • 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

  • anne Posted on 23 July 2014

    Help showcase the Midlands to passengers from around the world

    The beautiful sights and attractions around the Midlands, which includes Nottinghamshire, could be showcased to international visitors at London’s Heathrow Airport.

    Members of the public are being asked to vote for the region in a brand new competition in which it is competing with the North West, North East and Northern Ireland to secure £1m worth of free advertising at the airport with VisitBritain.

    The competition is being run on Heathrow’s Facebook page which features a gallery of four stunning images of each region. The image representing the Midlands in the competition is Anne Hathaway’s Cottage near Stratford-upon-Avon (pictured above) and all you have to do is ‘like’ the picture before midnight on 4th August. If the

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