• 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

  • Credit Itchy City Posted on 02 August 2013

    Itchy City’s search for Robin Hood

    On a recent visit to Nottingham, in search of Robin Hood, Itchy was delighted to instead find Blondie, segways, tapas, hot tubs, art galleries, caves, picnics and much more…

    On the first night of our adventure we stayed at the idyllic Sherwood Hideaway, located on Thoresby Estate in the legendary Sherwood Forest, a drive from Nottingham town centre. Here we found rows of perfect, secluded wooden cabins, filled with wood burning fires, luxury bedrooms and the best showers we’ve ever experienced. Itchy was also lucky enough to stay in one of the Rustic cabins, which meant that we could luxuriate in our own personal hot tub as soon

  • 14th C Yoeman under arms. 3d a day Posted on 31 July 2013

    Fletching: A history and background

    You may remember several weeks ago we posted a blog regarding a Fletching Course which is taking place at Sherwood Pines this coming Saturday, 3rd August. For those of you who are keen to attend, Trevor Lilley has provided us with some historical background to this ancient skill so we can better grasp its incarnation. And to give you a taster of the order of play on Saturday, a lesson plan is provided so that you know how the day will pan out. Over to you Trevor…

    Arrow Making.

    The art of arrow making has been around for thousands of years, dating back at least 25,000-30,000 years, and maybe even as far back as

  • Kate's winning entry Posted on 29 July 2013

    A winning look at Nottingham’s underground offering!

    Did you see our posters on the London Underground? Kate Holderness did, and she sent us a fabulous picture of herself posing next to the Brian Clough Statue for a competition. 

    Kate’s winning entryIn return for this great snap, we sent her to experience Nottingham’s very own underground. Kate swapped the tube network of London to an underground network of over 400 sandstone caves deep beneath Nottingham City. Here is a quick review of her time in Notts.

    “It’s been over a week since I got back from Nottingham and I’m already planning my next visit! I was treated to a couple of days in Robin Hood’s Land courtesy of Experience

  • 86YF4GxXCWFA_3pJIFJoXlYzLMj1jcb-_obMAJI-VOQ Posted on 24 July 2013

    Spotlight on: Thrumpton Hall

    With a mesmerizing history dating back to the 16th century, Thrumpton Hall is simply brimming with character and charm. Beginning as a medieval house belonging to the Powdrill family who were friends with Anthony Babington from the closely located village of Kingston. He became the instigator of the Babington Plot to put Mary on the throne instead of Elizabeth I. Anthony Babington was hanged, drawn and quartered and the Powdrills escaped with only the loss of the property.

    Thrumpton Hall then fell into the hands of the Pigotts who lived there from 1605 to 1685 for many happy years before being forced to hand it over to their lawyer

  • blue at rushcliffe Posted on 17 July 2013

    Sian tells us about her family’s favourite places in Nottinghamshire

    This week we have a featured blog from Sian Kirby, a local lady telling us about her family’s favourite places to visit in Nottinghamshire.

    My children love the outdoors and some of my favourite places in Nottinghamshire are where we can go as a family and it doesn’t cost the earth.

    Bridgford Park

    Central Avenue, West Bridgford

    Bridgford Park in the centre of West Bridgford is great for my children and lets me combine shopping with entertaining the children. Since it has been refurbished it is better than ever, with so much to do for all age ranges. We can easily spend a whole morning there, then have a

  • 10RKNKIeuntvGNsauGIzn1n6R3i954fds0iixGB28-c Posted on 16 July 2013

    Spotlight on… Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre, Southwell

    Located in Normanton, on the outskirts of Southwell, is a garden centre with a difference. Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre is truly a destination of its own, and for well over 60 years has been renowned as an incredible place to find beautiful things for your garden, no matter what the time of year. Not only this, onsite you can enjoy a visit to the very special Swan Sanctuary, and amazing homemade treats in the popular tea room on site.

    Reg Taylor’s is where family matters – a family business which has a focus on supplying quality to customers and making every visit to the centre special, no matter what the

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