• 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

  • Attenborough Nature Reserve Posted on 23 September 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 23-25 September 2011

    This weekend there’s plenty of intriguing and entertaining things to do around Nottinghamshire. We start with the bizarre and work our way out through the best of the events taking place.

    Nottingham Mushroom Festival, Carluccio’s Nottingham – Do you love mushrooms? Yes me too and until 10 October you can try a tempting selection of seasonal mushrooms. You’ll also be able to pick up truffles to cook at home for a special treat.

    Happy as Larry, Nottingham Playhouse, 23-24 September – what really makes us happy? An innovative performance by an Australian choreographer explores this theme in a funny, playful and poignant look.

    Purple Flag Week, Charity Twilight Walk, Old Market

  • School of Artisan Food Posted on 22 September 2011

    Food lovers heaven: Nottinghamshire local produce on show for British Food Fortnight

    Nottinghamshire is showcasing the best in local produce to celebrate the annual British Food Fortnight, which runs until 2 October,  offering food festivals and markets, local produce menus, seasonal produce adventures and the chance to learn artisan bread and cheese making from masters of the trade.

    The county has food and drink at its heart, with Nottingham city centre boasting over 300 pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants – more per square mile than any other city in Europe. Famous as the home of HP sauce, Stilton and Bramley apples, the county is full of food treats for people after new flavours and hands-on experiences.

    The School of Artisan Food

    The School of

  • Purple Flag Charity Walk Posted on 19 September 2011

    Purple Flag charity walk – this Friday

    Pull on your walking shoes this Friday to celebrate the Nottingham’s Purple Flag Status and raise funds for a vital night time support service.
     
    The Twilight Charity Walk will take place on Friday 23 September and form part of Purple Flag Week (19-25 September), helping to demonstrate community support and pride for Nottingham at night.  
     
    The weeklong celebration has been planned to highlight the fact that, once again, the city’s night time offering, and efforts to continually improve cleanliness and safety, have been deemed to be amongst the best in the country.
     
    If you’d like to take part in the walk, meet by the left lion in

  • DH Lawrence Museum, home to the DH Lawrence Festival this weekend Posted on 16 September 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 16-18 September 2011

    You would think that two weeks in to a new school term there would hardly be anything on and we’d all have to mull around as the grind of school and work continues next week. This weekend in Nottinghamshire there’s more things to do than I can remember blogging about for a long while.

    With fantastic activities and events taking place get out and have some fun this weekend, there’s load of really quality stuff going on:

    DH Lawrence Festival, Durban House, Eastwood – one of history’s most controversial novelists is celebrated in his home town of Eastwood. Find

  • Purple Flag launch Posted on 12 September 2011

    NOTTINGHAM FLIES THE PURPLE FLAG TO CELEBRATE NIGHT TIME OFFERING

    Nottingham has gained further praise for being one of the best places in the country to go for a great night out.

    It has been announced that the city has been successful in retaining its Purple Flag Status, which deems Nottingham’s night time offering, and efforts to continually improve cleanliness and safety, to be amongst the best in the country.

    Nottingham first gained Purple Flag Status last year and, following a recent assessment, the city will now hold the title for a further 12 months. The success is down to a collaborative effort between We Are Nottingham Leisure, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham Businesses Against Crime and the Nottingham Crime and Drugs

  • Newstead Abbey Posted on 26 August 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 26-29 August 2011

    It’s bank holiday weekend this weekend and that means we get an extra day to go out and about with family and friends.

    The first thing that leaps to mind is the Big Weekend Out promoted in Nottingham with lots of restaurants and attractions offering great discounts.

    Some of the Big Weekend Out events

    Heroes and Villains Tour, this tour takes you from Nottingham Castle to the Lace Market and the old Saxon area of the town. You’ll find out about all of Nottingham’s colourful characters, including Lord Byron, DH Lawrence, Peter Pan and of course Robin Hood. £5 per adult, £4 children

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