• 6 Posted on 23 September 2013

    WIN an experience for 2 at Calm Water Flotation!

    With the pace of life, demands of work and the stresses and strains of running a household, sometimes we all need a break from the hustle and bustle in order to switch off and relax. Nottinghamshire has its very own answer to these stresses and it’s an experience like no other!

    Calm Water Flotation, located in West Bridgford, offers you the chance to escape for an hour within one of their very unique pods, allowing you to float and let all your problems simply drift away. The process is simple: Calm Water Flotation has Flotation Tanks containing an Epsom

  • Belle & Jerome interior Posted on 17 September 2013

    Spotlight on… Rye

    Why not mix work with pleasure? That’s what my colleague and I thought when we were to attend Beeston for a work meeting. Rye was a great choice!

    Situated on the High Street in the heart of Beeston, Rye serve fabulous coffee and simple fresh food which is inspired by the European café culture. The café in the day is a lively coffee house and by night it transforms into a suave bistro.

    The visual style of the café was really stylish, both the interior and exterior portrayed class. It didn’t feel like your ordinary coffee or wine bar as the professional, attentive table service felt like a top end London café along

  • Museum cottages Posted on 16 September 2013

    Spotlight on Framework Knitters Museum

    When my colleague Erin, invited me to join her on a visit to Framework Knitters Museum, although a relatively new member of the team I’m ashamed to say I knew very little about it.

    I discovered that the museum is located in a quiet corner of the pretty village of Ruddington just south of the city.  Blink and you might just miss it.  Please don’t. This is a mesmerising journey into the birth of the knitting machine, the working & living conditions of the framework knitters, and how it all led to Nottingham’s establishment as a global centre for machine-produced lace in the 19th century. A place not to be

  • Ghost Tour at St Mary's Posted on 10 September 2013

    Frightful Friday 13th

    Dare you spend Friday 13th in one of the most haunted buildings in Britain? Friday 13th September is the launch of the brand new Ghost Tour at Galleries of Justice. Expect to experience paranormal shocks, sounds and unexplained sensations.

    Prior the launch, main character Lilith Adams answered some of our questions about the new tour. Believe me, it is not for the faint hearted! Over to you Lilith…

    My dear friends,

    Let me first introduce myself. My name is Lilith Adams, and I am the keeper of secrets, teller of tales and guardian of ghosts for the poor souls still seeking eternal rest after their earthly lives were cut short. Some by poverty and

  • Ann et Vin 3 Posted on 09 September 2013

    Win Tickets to an Ann et Vin Wine Tasting Session

    For all connoisseurs of wine, we feel there is one place in Nottinghamshire you simply have to visit: Ann et Vin. This independent wine shop in the pretty town of Newark is stocked with distinctive, affordable wines personally selected by owner Ann Hayes.

    The personable, friendly team know their stuff when it comes to wine, no matter what the occasion. Whether it requires something for a party, that special romantic evening in or for business occasions, you can rest assured that every wine stocked has been pre-tasted to ensure it fits into the criteria for Ann and her team. They take their wine seriously and want to make sure that anyone who

  • Langar Hall exterior Posted on 05 September 2013

    Langar Hall is top of the class

    Nottinghamshire has always been proud to have Langar Hall within its boundaries. The historic building boats sophistication and class as a top location for a secret getaway or wedding venue. We are now proud to announce that Langar Hall has won the Food & Travel Magazine Award for the Best Rural Hotel in the UK! To help celebrate this achievement we would like to share with you some history and background to the famous building and illustrate its journey to this amazing pinnacle.

    Many won’t know this, but Langar Hall can be traced back to when it was a Medieval ‘castle’, the original ‘castle’ sitting on a different plot of land to that

  • 1167210_568929149836894_892188055_o Posted on 03 September 2013

    Nottingham Station: Re-opened and reaping the benefits

    You may remember that several weeks ago I paid a visit to Nottingham Station when the closure was into its third week. Much has changed in the final three weeks of the work and now Nottingham’s historic site has re-opened to the public, with all services resuming. So with the re-signalling works and platform extension works completed for the foreseeable future, I headed over for an update from Darren Field-Thomas and Donna Adams from East Midlands Trains to see the six weeks of hard work finally being put into practice.

    Much has been made of the disruption caused by the six week closure. However in the grand scheme of things,

  • Escabeche daytime dining Posted on 28 August 2013

    Nottingham meets Nerja

    Friday 23rd August and I venture out into a sunny West Bridgford for a working lunch with our Business Development Manager, Rachel. She wants to meet Natalie, the manager at Escabeche, a Mediterranean tapas bar and restaurant on Bridgford Road.


    A warm welcome at the beautiful Escabeche

    As we walk around the corner from the car park my eyes light up as I realise we’re going to the pretty looking place with a stunning green living wall all over the front of the building, and a sun trap patio

  • Prisoner conditions - Galleries of Justice Posted on 08 August 2013

    The Great Escape tour

    It had been a good few years since my last visit to the City’s premier heritage visitor attraction, Galleries of Justice, so it was pleasant to return and experience the brand new actor led tour, The Great Escape. The tour group I was a part of consisted of about eight children and their parents, who had clearly decided to come along to make the most of the summer holidays.

    My journey started in the main reception room when a mysterious character, who was dressed in periodic costume, began rummaging around the gift shop and trying to take a peak in my handbag. This was in fact a former prisoner

  • Mish Mash Gallery Posted on 07 August 2013

    Spotlight on… Mish Mash Gallery

    One of the best things about Nottinghamshire is the diverse array of art galleries across the county, perfect for indulging your creative side, and finding new cultural inspiration.

    Of these, some are obvious. Nottingham Contemporary is known as one of the best contemporary art spaces in the UK, and the New Art Exchange is the largest space in the country dedicated to culturally diverse art.

    But beyond the obvious, we are lucky to be home to a number of fantastic independent art galleries, located in unexpected places across the county. One of the gems of the Nottinghamshire art world has to be Mish Mash Gallery, in Chilwell on the

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