• 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

  • Framework Knitters cottage Posted on 17 July 2014

    Celebrate the launch of brand new galleries at Framework Knitters Museum

    Explore two brand new galleries at Framework Knitters Museum and see the history of the knitting industry come to life!

    Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac in the pretty village of Ruddington, you’ll find an unexpected delight; The Framework Knitters Museum is a time capsule to a time when Nottingham was the lace making centre of Europe. Machine knitting was invented in Nottinghamshire in 1589 by William Lee, and the knitting frame made it possible for workers to produce knitted goods 100 times faster than when knitting by hand.

    New to 2014! The museum were fortunate to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, making it possible to make major improvements to the

  • rupert Posted on 10 July 2014

    Prince Rupert in Newark is a haven for ale fans

    With its exposed timber and over-hanging windows, The Prince Rupert pub is one of the most distinctive in Newark. Dating back to medieval times, the building was first licensed as a public house in 1580 when it was known as The Woolpack. Its current name makes reference to Prince Rupert who came to Newark during the English Civil War to lead the Royalist troops to victory against the Parliamentarians.

    Today, the beautifully-restored pub is full of cosy snugs, wooden beams and period furniture – including impressive church pews and a traditional wooden bar. Despite its age, the building is incredibly light and has been tastefully decorated with muted colours and

  • Nottm Castle exhib men and shells Posted on 09 July 2014

    WIN tickets to the Trent To Trenches Exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    The Trent to Trenches Exhibition marks one hundred years since the outbreak of the Great War and explores the experiences of the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire at home and in the trenches from 1914 – 1918.

    Nottinghamshire pilot Albert Ball before he took to the skies in WWI

    Using evocative visual images, diaries, letters and artefacts, many on loan from members of the public, the exhibition highlights the lasting impact of the conflict on the communities of Nottinghamshire.

    Organised by Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, and researched and made possible by a large team of volunteers, Trent to Trenches is part of the Imperial War Museum’s

  • bistrot Posted on 07 July 2014

    Bon Anniversaire to Nottingham’s Bistro Pierre

    Bistro Pierre, one of Nottingham’s best-loved restaurants, will be celebrating its 20 year anniversary on 27th July so I thought it was an appropriate time to shout about my recent visit to sample their mouth-watering summer menu and superb new-look premises which opened following a major refurbishment earlier this year.

    The grand looking former bank, set in the hustle and bustle of Milton Street, first opened its doors in 1994 and was proudly the first bistro of this now popular portfolio of 11 – soon to be 12 – restaurants. I visited on a buzzing Friday evening in the city, settling into a table for two on the first floor, and I

  • Fond memories of Vickeh Market's Hot Pea Man Stall Posted on 05 July 2014

    It just wasn’t to ‘pea’ in the Vicceh Market…

    Anybody from Nottingham will know of the Victoria Centre Market, most affectionately known locally as ‘Vicceh Market’.  As a small child it was a place I frequented often with my Mum, then later as a teenager when my friends and I would go to spend our pocket money on the record stall.   A sneaky lipstick or nail varnish would be a treat from the make-up stall if we had any spare change between us.

    The highlight of the Market for me though was always The ‘Hot Pea’ Man for a tub of peeled prawns or cockles, a bowl of mushy peas followed by a mug of tea.  Looking back, this probably wasn’t,

  • pippin Posted on 03 July 2014

    Get set for a scrumptious summer at Nottingham’s Park Bar

    Summer in the city of Nottingham is going to be a classy affair judging by the newly-released menu, cocktails and list of events happening at The Park Bar at Hart’s Hotel. I went over to meet the team including bar manager, Brenton to find out more.

    As I glanced through the menu, which was launched just a fortnight ago, my eye was drawn to delicious-sounding dishes such as chicken skewers served with fries and coleslaw for just £10.95 and a variety of Hart’s homemade pasta dishes at £9. And if my experience of Hart’s food is anything to go by, they’ll be scrumptious quality and locally-sourced ingredients wherever they can including

  • Civil War (172) Posted on 18 June 2014

    Update on the progress at Newark’s Civil War Museum

    The transformation on Appletongate in Newark is becoming more and more noticeable now as work on the brand new National Civil War Museum is taking shape very nicely. I paid the guys a visit towards the end of 2013, to see what was planned for the site and how it would look come its completion in early 2015. You can read up on my first visit by clicking here. I recently went back on-site, donned the hard hat and examined the progress to date. Since my previous visit, there has been a significant amount of structural work carried out and the interiors of the buildings are now at a

  • crow Posted on 14 June 2014

    Discovering a new type of beer at Nottingham’s Crafty Crow

    Having been a committed real ale fan for several years, I have seen its popularity explode. Beer festivals in Nottinghamshire seem to be getting bigger, better and more frequent each year while pubs are offering an increasingly diverse selection of ales, many of which are produced by small-scale brewers using traditional techniques.

    But now there’s a new kid in town – craft beer. Just like cask ales, craft beer is normally produced in small quantities by artisan brewers and there is an emphasis on distinctive flavours. Unlike cask, however, these beers are conditioned in the brewery and are both cold and carbonated.

    Until recently my experience of craft had been limited to Belgian

  • arnold2 Posted on 13 June 2014

    The Arnold Local History Group brings the past to life

    If you are visiting Nottinghamshire as a tourist, or perhaps returning after years of being away, there is nothing like finding out about the heritage of the local area. Whether you are researching your family tree, interested in the buildings of the past or simply want to put a name to a face in an old photograph, there are often plenty of resources at your disposal – but the question is, where do you start?

    One organisation which is helping people to delve into the history of Arnold, a market town just north of Nottingham city centre, is the Arnold Local History Group. The group, which was set up six years ago, is

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