• Aurora - Tree shot Posted on 23 November 2011

    Experience Nottinghamshire’s Winter Wonderland

    Christmas is coming to Nottinghamshire. November invites the first signs of Christmas as magical wonderlands and festive grottos begin to sparkle across Nottinghamshire.

    Christmas in the City

    This year Nottingham will once again transform into a Winter Wonderland for all to enjoy. Festivities will include music, food, and the fantastic 60ft high North Star Swing Ride.
    This year’s celebrations will officially open with a Christmas light switch on event on Wednesday 23 November at 6.20pm.

    A Winter Wonderland at the NIC

    As an alternative to the chilly outdoor rink, this year you will be able to get your skates on inside the National Ice Centre. Glide along to your favourite festive Christmas songs, surrounded by

  • Best Bar None Winners The Peacock Posted on 22 November 2011

    Nottinghams Best Bar None Winners Revealed

    A number of Nottingham’s outstanding pubs and bars have been awarded for their safe practices, in the announcement of this year’s Nottingham Best Bar None Awards.

    The awards are a local take on the UK-wide scheme which aims to make areas a safer place to visit at night by encouraging the managers and operators of pubs, bars and clubs to take as many steps as they can to ensure they provide a safe environment for their customers to enjoy.

    Nottingham’s scheme presents a set of awards decided on by an independent panel of Licensing experts and another set decided on through a Public vote.

    The big winners of the night, scooping the award for

  • East Markham by Lisa Hall Posted on 21 November 2011

    Love Notts Photography Competition

    On Friday 18 November 2011, Experience Nottinghamshire finally revealed the final 30 pictures in our photography competition.  The hunt is now on to find the People’s Choice, with public voting taking place on the official Experience Nottinghamshire Facebook page, Love Notts.

    Launched last month, the competition has been open to local people to find the best images of Nottinghamshire places. The best image judged by Experience Nottinghamshire staff will appear as the front cover of our new 2012 official visitor guide for the city and county.

    Since the competition went live on our website, over 200 pictures have been sent in to the competition and the calibre of images is extremely high.

  • Newstead Abbey Japanese Garden Posted on 07 November 2011

    My favourite places, Newstead Abbey

    I’ve recently been asked to put together my favourite place in Nottinghamshire. This has been incredibly hard for me as my wife likens me to Bruce Forsyth on Strictly Come Dancing – whichever happens to be around at that moment is my favourite. If push really came to shove, Newstead Abbey would definitely be one the front runners.

    At this point I’d have to declare that Newstead and I have some minor history. My general introduction to the park has been the cricket pitch which lies to the left of the house as you approach it from the car park.

    I’ve played cricket at Newstead Abbey a few times and each time it

  • Medieval Banquet Posted on 04 November 2011

    Medieval Banquets in Nottingham

    The Galleries of Justice Museum will be the venue for a Medieval Banquet in Nottingham this Christmas with the Sheriff of Nottingham the host for your meal.

    The unique venue of the Galleries of Justice Museum is the perfect place for a medieval banquet in Nottingham. The site was the original place where the Sheriff of Nottingham distributed law and order (hence the earlier name of Shire Hall) and the atmosphere of this beautiful building makes for an enjoyable evening.

    Throughout the event you will be entertained with juggling, music from medieval minstrels, interactive comedy and the opportunity to visit

  • ET Pumpkin Art Posted on 02 November 2011

    ET wins Harts Prize for Pumpkin Art

    We all know that Monday was Halloween and there is a strong tradition of pumpkin carving that seems to be defining the holidays now. One of our hotels and restaurants in Nottingham has taken this tradition a step further with a novel and interesting take on what can be done with pumpkins.

    Hart’s, a four star hotel and highly acclaimed restaurant near Nottingham Castle in the city centre, has regularly been promoting a Prize for Pumpkin Art every Halloween for the past few years now.

    Contestants are asked to chisel away and sculpt their pumpkin into a novel or provocative form for the

  • BBN_Screen_voting_FINAL_275 Posted on 17 October 2011

    THE SEARCH IS ON TO FIND NOTTINGHAM’S BEST BAR NONE

    As you know, food and drink is one of our favourite topics, so the launch of this year’s Best Bar None Awards in Nottingham has created a bit of a talking point.

    For those not in the know, Best Bar None is a national awards scheme that’s backed by the Home Office and designed to promote responsible management of bars, pubs and clubs.  There are over 100 schemes in other UK cities and towns.

    The awards made a welcome return to our city last year, following a four-year break, thanks to We Are Nottingham Leisure, the Business Improvement District for leisure venues in the city centre.

    Nottingham’s group of experts have already been in

  • Ale Trail - Front Cover Posted on 13 October 2011

    New beer lover’s guide to Nottingham

    Whether you prefer your ale strong, dark, bitter or pale, the real ale treasures of Nottingham are now in easy reach, thanks to a new Real Ale Trail launched by Experience Nottinghamshire this week in time for the Robin Hood Beer Festival.

    The Nottingham Real Ale Trail has been designed as a walking trail for both locals and visitors to the city, highlighting 15 of the best drinking holes in Nottingham, with a focus on their real ale offer.

    The trail brings together a selection of the highlights on offer here for real ale lovers – from some of the oldest pubs in the country to features such as canals, gardens and caves.

    The

  • Goose fair 3 - High Res Posted on 05 October 2011

    Nottingham Goose Fair arrives

    Tonight starts an annual festival in Nottingham that dates back over 700 years as once again the Goose Fair comes to town.

    Starting today, Wednesday 5 October, the Goose Fair rides and attractions will be available through to Sunday 9 October 2011. After a late start tonight at 5.30pm the fair will be open from around lunchtime Thursday to Sunday.

    The fair takes its name from farmers who would drive their Geese stock to Nottingham for sale. The first recorded appearance of Goose Fair was in 1284 when it lasted a whopping 8 days. Goose Fair was held on Old Market Square right up until the early 20th century when it moved due

  • Purple Flag Twilight Walk Posted on 03 October 2011

    Nottingham’s Purple Flag Week raises the standard

    Nottingham’s Purple Flag Week has been hailed as a success, receiving praise on both a local and national level.
     
    The week-long celebration (19-25 September) was designed to highlight the city’s retained Purple Flag Status, which means Nottingham is deemed to be a safe, clean and varied place to visit at night.
     
    As well as special offers at bars and restaurants across the city centre, key buildings such as the Council House were illuminated in purple and Purple Flags were flown in the Market Square and from the Castle.
     
    The week concluded with a Twilight Walk around the city, which was started with a rousing speech about Nottingham by

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When I was asked to spend my weekend at Sherwood Hideaway to take part in wildlife activities available there, of course I was only too happy to oblige. It sounded like a wonderful experience and I could think of much worse ways to spend my weekend. Wildlife walks take place each Sunday at Sherwood Hideaway…

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Saturday 19th August sees the return of a celebration for all those selfie lovers out there – the National Photography Day – and we couldn’t miss this great opportunity to share some of our favourite snaps taken around Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and posted on Instagram using #lovenotts. Without further ado, here is our top 5 photos taken…