• 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 –

  • Homemade Posted on 16 December 2011

    My Homemade Christmas Dinner in Nottingham

    Last night was our Christmas party and like many other companies we set out for a meal in Nottingham. Our chosen venue this year was a cafe called Homemade.

    For most of us, we meet at the seasonal pub installed on Old Market Square as part of the city’s Winter Wonderland. Known as the Good Elf, the place was very busy with celebrations and I was lucky enough to purchase one of the last available mulled wines before the new batch had to be heated.

    This started the evening in good spirits as we overlooked a lot of the traditional rides and stalls across the square. Some of us were

  • Hodsock Priory Bed and Breakfast Posted on 13 December 2011

    Bed and Breakfasts in Worksop

    In the north of Nottinghamshire, Worksop is a market town which borders on to Sherwood Forest with a variety of bed and breakfasts nearby. The country parks closely associated toSherwood Forest are known as the Dukeries given that over the years they have been variously owned by English nobility.

    People staying in bed and breakfasts in Worksop will be able to easily visit the Ducal Estates like Clumber Park, Welbeck and Thoresby together with other great attractions such as the national Trust Mr Straw’s House and Creswell Crags.

    If you’re considering staying in a bed and breakfast in Worksop here’s our quick guide to some of the best ones to choose from:

  • Retford Town Hall - Low Res Posted on 09 December 2011

    Hotels in Retford

    There are many hotels in Retford given the beautiful surrounding countryside and nearby attractions that make it a very enjoyable base for a weekend break.

    Stay at one of the many hotels in Retford and you’ll be able to visit the quaint nearby villages of Babworth and Scrooby. Famed for their links with the Pilgrim Fathers that went on to settle inAmerica, these villages hosted the first congregations of Bradford and Brewster’s separatist movement.

    Here’s our brief list of some of the available hotels in Retford that you may want to consider for a short break or a stop over on your way through the country.

    The Best Western West Retford Hotel is

  • 6318 Notts TN CVR.indd Posted on 07 December 2011

    Nottingham Then and Now Review

    In the latest of a series of books about Britain in Old Photographs, Douglas Whitworth has just released a book entitled, Nottingham Then & Now. The book comprises a good selection of old images of Nottingham together with their current view.

    In doing so the book is a useful almanac and pleasurable browse that brings to life the history and heritage of Nottingham in a very visual way. The front cover shows the view of Old Market Square from the far end of Long Row in 1900. The contrast between horse and carts and electric trams seem to show steady progress.

    It’s not always the case

  • Nottingham Christmas Market Posted on 05 December 2011

    Christmas shopping and gift markets in Nottinghamshire

    Delicious treats, exclusive discounts and late night openings are just some of the ways in which Nottinghamshire hopes to spoil you this Christmas.

    This year, treat your loved ones to fabulous fancies from an array of independent shops and Christmas markets. Feast your eyes on these festive retail delights available throughout Nottinghamshire. 

     

    Derby Road Rickshaw

    December sees a fantastic new way to travel in Nottingham. From 3 December (every Saturday until 17 December and Friday 23 December) visitors will be able to travel to Canning Circus from St Peter’s Square via  electric rickshaw.  The ride will lead you to enchanting independents including Le Chien et Moi and The Worm that Turned on Derby Road – perfect places to shop

  • 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

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