• Robin-Hood-Castle-Rock Posted on 26 January 2012

    Robin Hood Celebrated in New Beer

    Castle Rock Brewery has added a new Robin Hood Ale as part of its 35th anniversary celebrations.

    The new beer from Nottingham’s largest full mash independent brewery is the first of four celebratory ales designed for 2012 and is the sixth in a series of Nottinghamian Beers celebrating local heroes.

    Robin Hood now joins a select few of people honoured by Castle Rock. Included in the list are Alan Sillitoe, the famous writer of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; George Green, the mathematician who lived at Green’s Windmill; and Frederick Gibson Garton, inventor of HP sauce.

    Castle Rock Brewery, located at the Vat and Fiddle pub in Nottingham, became famous last year

  • Lamma2011 Posted on 24 January 2012

    Tractors and Combine Harvesters at LAMMA 2012

    Last week over 40,000 visitors and 4,000 exhibitors were at Newark Showground for the Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers’ Association Show (LAMMA).

    The event started out at the showground near Newark back in 1998 with a fledgling offer of 105 stands, and since it moved to the venue, has since grown seven fold in the last 14 years.

    This year there were 750 stands across the 65 acres of Newark Showground with 66 stands taken up from overseas countries including France, Belgium, USA, Canada, Holland, Germany, Austria, Eire, Poland and Spain.

    The show offers the industry the chance to get together and see leading farm machinery equipment and gives businesses the opportunity to seek

  • Watermedows Posted on 23 January 2012

    A trip to Water Meadows

    I think we’re very lucky to have Water Meadows in Nottinghamshire. Located in Mansfield, Water Meadows is both a family orientated swimming centre as well as a place for the more serious swimmer with a 25 meter competition pool.

    It’s the fun pool that tends to draw the crowds and last Sunday I took my youngest daughter to experience swimming there. Sophie is only two and a half and I’m beginning to introduce her to swimming to help build her confidence before we consider lessons in around a year.

    The first thing to bear in mind when arriving at Water Meadows is that car parking comes at a cost given the

  • Nottingham Castle Posted on 16 January 2012

    World War I Centenary Exhibition plans underway

    It may seem like a long way away but plans are already underway for a Nottinghamshire Great War Centenary Exhibition at Nottingham Castle in 2014.

    On Sunday 22 January 2012, 10:30am, Major John Cotterill will be looking to meet willing volunteers at Nottingham Castle to help in the delivery of the exhibition, currently entitled ‘The Trent to the Trenches’.

    A planning meeting will also take place at the Millgate Museum in Newark on Wednesday 29 February 2012 at 7pm.

    The emphasis of the exhibition will be to look at how the Great War changed Nottinghamshire socially, economically, politically and educationally together with commemorating the people who made the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict.


  • Mansfield Museum Arcade Posted on 11 January 2012

    Mansfield Museum to receive Lottery boost

    Mansfield Museum has been awarded a £23,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help re-develop the Arcade.

    The funding for the museum will help Mansfield celebrate and commemorate its industrial heritage, which includes Mansfield Brewery, coal mining, Shoe Co. and Metal Box.

    It is the next step in a very productive period for Mansfield Museum. The Museum, which is located next to Mansfield Palace Theatre, was recently voted Family Friendly Museum of the Year by the Guardian.

    At the museum you’ll have the chance to see seasonal art with galleries and exhibitions taking place through the year and get involved with interactive learning with XplorActive. During

  • Photo0137 Posted on 10 January 2012

    Family walks, Daneshill Nature Reserve

    One thing I always like to do over the Christmas holiday period is get out and about in the fresh air. The over indulgence of Christmas always seems to me a little bit wasted once Christmas Day is over.

    This year, despite the wet and cold weather, I still managed to make it out with the family to Daneshill Nature Reserve a totally new attraction to me and somewhere I’d never been to before. We’d had the recommendation via the Kiddie Walks in Nottinghamshire book and having one child aged four and one aged two, the route looked perfect.

    I have to admit that Daneshill is the most northerly of the attractions in Nottinghamshire

  • We Are Nottingham Home Office visit Posted on 06 January 2012

    Nottingham Nightlife Informs UK Policy

    Nottingham’s award-winning nightlife has helped inform proposed UK policy recently with the visit of Gus Jaspert.

    The Purple Flag accredited city was visited by the Head of Drugs and Alcohol at the Home Office, as he spoke to key night time economy partners about the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act.

    During the visit, Mr Jaspert met with local licensed premises, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Businesses Against Crime.

    The visit was organised by We Are Nottingham Leisure, the Business Improvement District for licensed venues in the city centre.

    During his visit Mr Jaspert got the chance to see some of the partnership initiatives, including the Taxi Marshal and the Street Pastor Scheme.


  • City of Caves Posted on 05 January 2012

    City of Caves to Reopen

    The City of Caves, the popular attraction about subterranean Nottingham, is set to reopen on 11 February 2012.

    The attraction has been closed since May last year as the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, where it is home, undertook redevelopment work.

    Now the upgrade to the is ready for completion the attraction has been given the go ahead to open it’s doors to the general public again.

    It’s been an intriguing 12 months for Nottingham’s caves with the recent University of Nottingham led survey of all the city’s caves. Using the latest technology, the survey has been able to show a 3D

  • Lone Tree by Sally Outram taken at Mattersey Posted on 22 December 2011

    Mattersey photo receives artistic honour

    A few weeks ago, Sally Outram submitted her photo of a wintery shot of Mattersey near Retford into Experience Nottinghamshire’s photography competition. Little did she know that this would set off a chain of events that would end up with the shot being commemorated as a top painting.

    When her photo, entitled ‘Lone Tree’ reached the top 30 finalists in the competition, it was posted on the Love Notts Facebook page and an artist picked up on the scene who asked Sally’s permission to paint it.

    With Sally’s agreement, Yorkshire watercolour artist Glenn Marshall set to work on the piece and since then things have really taken off. The final painting has received excellent reviews and

  • sherwood winter landscape Posted on 21 December 2011

    Things to do between Christmas and New Year

    If you’re anything like me, by the time Boxing Day comes around you’re already going up the walls and are ready to get out and about, either to catch some fresh air or totally detox yourself from Christmas Day’s binge.

    And if you’re still like me, the thought of going and hitting the sales is quite possibly the worst thing to do, so here’s some options for attractions that are open between Christmas and New Year.

    Boxing Day: why not take a stroll around the lake at Rufford Abbey, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve or Wollaton Park. If you fancy being entertained, you’ll find Pantos at the Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse –

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