• Treat-Kitchen Posted on 10 December 2014

    Feeling like a child in a sweet shop at The Treat Kitchen

    Everyone has fond memories of buying sweets as a child. For me it was when I was eventually allowed to go to the shops on my own where I would come back with bags of penny sweets, including flying saucers, jelly strawberries, pear drops, cola bottles and whatever else I could carry.

    Now a Nottingham sweet shop is delighting visitors to the city with its modern take on the traditional sweet shop. The Treat Kitchen, on Wheeler Gate, opened in September and since then it has found fans in the local area as well as far-flung places such as Canada. Alongside traditional sweets you will also find delicate handmade chocolates, locally-made

  • IMG_7099-30 Posted on 09 December 2014

    Introducing Yoga I Am . . .

    I’ve recently been to meet the newest member of Experience Nottinghamshire, Shakti Shira Bassi, at her new wellness retreat centre called Yoga I Am in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter.

    Warmth surrounds you the minute you walk through a somewhat hidden door at Yoga I Am, a lovely surprise in a fairly commercial area of the city. The studio is the first room of the cottage where our yoga session is to take place, however the cottage is also home to three bedrooms where Shira and team run wellness retreat breaks. Guests will definitely feel comfortable at this ‘home from home’ sanctuary in the city.

    Mews Cottage in Nottingham.

    Although they offer many

  • chien Posted on 05 December 2014

    Celebrating our independents as part of Small Business Saturday

    Tomorrow we will be celebrating our independent businesses as part of the nationwide Small Business Saturday. From boutiques to bakeries, Nottinghamshire is brimming with small businesses which offer artisan products and a friendly service. There will also be a number of markets taking place over the weekend, including the Tom Brown’s Christmas Market in Gunthorpe and the Winter Wonderland in Nottingham. Both will be an opportunity for small designers and makers to showcase their talents.

    Here are just a few of the places we love – for more inspiration visit the Shopping and Eat and Drink pages on our website.


    Stroll around Nottingham and you will discover plenty of

  • WINE-1 Posted on 04 December 2014

    Notts Derby Wine School is the pick of the bunch

    Do you know your Pinot Grigio from your Pinot Noirs, or your Rioja from your Bordeaux? What makes a good wine and how can you tell its quality from its look, smell and taste? All was explained in just one evening under the expert tuition of Debbie Ault of the Notts Derby Wine School who took us on a journey exploring the wines of Italy, Spain and Portugal.

    The course took place at Nottingham’s Jury’s Inn Hotel and on arrival we met our ‘course mates’ for the evening, a group with one thing in common: a love of wine. Once introductions were done we were ready to begin tasting the wines.

    I admit to having

  • roof Posted on 02 December 2014

    Indulge in a spot of late night Christmas shopping in Southwell

    December is possibly the busiest month but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to buying all your gifts online. Instead visit the elegant town of Southwell this Thursday when independent shops will be throwing open their doors for a late night shopping evening. In today’s guest blog, Sarah Payne from the Tourist Information Centre in Southwell explains what’s in store. 

    This Thursday evening Southwell will be filled with the festive spirit as shops and restaurants throughout the town open for their annual Late Night Shopping Evening.

    Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday and instead escape the frenzy of frantic shopping in the city and frustrating online crashes by browsing at your leisure

  • Station-Opening Posted on 01 December 2014

    A fanfare signals the opening of Nottingham’s new £66million railway station

    Nottingham’s much-anticipated new railway station has been officially opened following a £60million improvement scheme, creating a world-class transport hub in the city centre.

    There was a fanfare of music by the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra – and a very fitting station whistle – as Sir William McAlpine, chairman of the Railway Heritage Trust, unveiled a plaque alongside 13-year-old Elly Bracknell, a local school student who hopes to become a Paralympic swimmer.

    We have been following the progress of the station with a series of visits and blogs – and there was an air of excitement as flag-waving school children, dignitaries and staff from East Midlands Trains gathered to see the result of three

  • Santa Posted on 27 November 2014

    Visit Santa’s magical 5D Grotto this Christmas

    It’s an exceptionally busy time of the year for Mr Santa Claus and his elves so my little family and I were delighted to have the opportunity to meet with the man himself in his exclusive 5D grotto at Intu Broadmarsh last weekend.

    Upon our arrival we were greeted by two of Santa’s special elves who booked us into what would be for all of us our first 5D experience. As the excitement grew my two boys, aged three and six, were entertained and fascinated by the animatronics elves especially the very cheeky one who kept popping out of his hiding place inside a barrel.

    We were soon ushered into the 5D

  • IMG_0874 Posted on 18 November 2014

    Nottingham’s Malt Cross re-opens to give the city more than just a great drinking experience

    Nottingham’s old music hall, the Malt Cross has been closed for the past few months while an exciting refurbishment of the building has taken place. A firm favourite with locals, the Malt Cross isn’t simply a place to purchase a pint, this place has culture and history in abundance. The refurbishment taps into this – and when I went to see it recently I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

    My guide was Matt Buck. Matt runs the Malt Cross and has been close to the work throughout. We started at the entrance to the old music hall and the changes in here are subtle but striking. It’s been given a lick of paint to

  • Behind the Red Door Posted on 07 November 2014

    Step Behind the Red Door in Nottingham

    In a beautiful Victorian building at Weekday Cross, opposite Nottingham Contemporary, you’ll find Behind the Red Door, a veritable treasure trove of gifts and the ideal place for Christmas shopping.

    Today marks the first birthday of this boutique retailer, which was established by owner Karen as an extension of her existing business The Art File, which creates beautifully designed greeting cards, stationery and gift wrap.   

    With a focus on bespoke and handmade products, the shop sources gifts from all over the world, including France, Italy, the US and Australia, as well as stocking products by Nottinghamshire makers such as Baska Designs.

    Karen says Behind the Red Door aims to

  • anna Posted on 31 October 2014

    Turning up the heat at Carluccio’s cookery evening

    Cookery is a real passion of mine, and while I don’t profess to be any kind of masterchef, I do like to experiment and try out new things on my ever-willing family!  And as a particular favourite of mine is Italian food, I was the first to put my name down when Carluccio’s in West Bridgford let us know about their cookery school evenings.

    Normally when I announce I’m turning my hand to a brand new recipe, I’m met with a certain amount of trepidation and cold sweats from my other half, but as he rightly pointed out, Carluccio’s would be holding my hand every step of the way – so

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