• SimSpot Posted on 02 October 2014

    Take to the skies: Your chance to WIN a flight experience with SimSpot

    SimSpot’s 737 Simulator is a fixed based training device based on the 737-800NG. It is located in the centre of Nottingham at The Cornerhouse, just a few miles from Nottingham East Midlands Airport.

    The simulator is a complete replica of the inside of the Boeing 737 cockpit and every dial, button, switch and instrument is fully functional, just like in a real aircraft. The Simulator is controlled from their instructor station where variations can be made to factors such as the weather, position, time of day, fuel loads, re-positioning, recording approaches, and simulating faults such as engine failures at all speeds, avionic and hydraulic failures.

    This competition has now closed.

  • IMG_0803 Posted on 24 September 2014

    Exciting new beers on the way at Navigation Brewery

    Perhaps best known for its cask ales, the Navigation Brewery is a fundamental part of many people’s drinking repertoire when it comes to enjoying a fine pint in Nottinghamshire. Located just off Meadow Lane in Nottingham, the brewery is a relatively new business – but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the finest our county has to offer.

    With Sales Director Chris Cocking and Head Brewer Dom Flynn working hard behind the scenes, the Navigation Brewery has experience in abundance and a team that is committed to delivering the next great refreshing taste to beer lovers. The brewery, located to the rear of the Trent Navigation

  • southwell Posted on 18 September 2014

    Southwell Minster takes a starring role in TV show Flog it!

    In today’s guest blog, Sarah Payne from the Tourist Information Centre in Southwell writes about the excitement caused when TV crews descended on the town to film a new episode of Flog it! which will be aired on Friday afternoon. 

    Earlier this year BBC’s antique shop Flog It visited Southwell to film for its forthcoming series. The interest and range of items brought to the experts was of such interest and high quality that not one but five programmes were made. The first of these will be shown on BBC1 this Friday (26th September) at 4.30pm.

    Filming took place in Southwell Minster in January when 1,320 people queued with everything from paintings to

  • School holidays fun time Posted on 17 September 2014

    Be a farmer for the day at White Post Farm

    Notts residents Ralph, Jackie and four-year-old Leo Thursfield paid a visit to White Post Farm. Find out what they thought in this guest blog written by Ralph . . . 

    Having received a personal recommendation and with a discerning, demanding four-year-old in our care, we set of for a day at White Post Farm.

    Situated north of the city of Nottingham, just off the A614 at Farnsfield, the journey was easy. There is ample free parking and the sign posting is really good, I wondered why we had never visited here before.

    Go-karting at White Post Farm.

    This truly was a great day out. From an enthusiastic welcome to the kind attitude of

  • portland Posted on 09 September 2014

    Tapestries, Treasures and Thoroughbreds: Welbeck Abbey State Room Tours

    Having never visited the Welbeck Estate I wasn’t quite sure what awaited me as I stepped aboard a coach outside the Harley Gallery to embark on one of Welbeck Abbey’s exclusive State Rooms Tours.

    Nested within the Welbeck Estate, which spans an area of nearly 15,000 acres in north Nottinghamshire, Welbeck Abbey has been home to the Cavendish-Bentinck family since 1607. Today the Abbey remains a private family home apart from a period of 30 days during August and September when the historical architecture and treasures of the building’s State Rooms are opened up to the public.

    Part of the Gobelin Tapestries in the Red Drawing Room (credit: The
  • piglet Posted on 02 September 2014

    A feast of delights on offer at the Taste of the Great Notts Show

    Food fans will be in for a treat this week when the Taste of the Great Notts Show comes to Nottingham. In today’s guest blog, Lizzy Freeman from All About Tourism, which organises the event, writes about what you can expect. 

    Exciting news for all your foodies out there – this year’s first installment of Taste of the Great Notts Show will be taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Nottingham’s Smithy Row. There will also be a second event at the end of the month so don’t worry if you don’t get to try everything the first time round.

    These events are a ‘taste’ of the Great Notts Show which

  • 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

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