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  • Puppets at Nottingham Trent University - Credit Nottingham Trent University Posted on 16 March 2018

    Get out and explore Nottinghamshire this English Tourism Week

    VisitEngland is shining a spotlight on the country’s tourism industry in a week devoted to travel and exploration during English Tourism Week (ETW) which begins tomorrow (Saturday) and runs until 25 March. The county’s regional tourism body Visit Nottinghamshire is encouraging people to get out and explore the region as its new 2018/19 visitor guide is launched.

    Now in its seventh year, ETW raises the profile and showcases the benefits of the tourism industry to local communities and the economy.

    The undoubted highlight in Nottinghamshire is the region’s first ever puppet festival, which begins next Thursday (22nd) and runs for four days across the city. The Grand Tour arts exhibition also returns on

  • Linder Untitled, 2017 Courtesy the artist and Stuart Shave_Modern Art. Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth Posted on 15 March 2018

    The Grand Tour returns across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

    The Grand Tour returns across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire with a celebration of artistic process and industrial influences, past and present

    24 March – 17 June 2018
    Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are set to become cultural tourism destinations once again this spring, as season three of The Grand Tour opens on 24 March.

    Four of the UK’s most respected cultural institutions unite again to host a varied programme of exhibitions – Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, Derby Museums and The Harley Gallery Welbeck – the collaborative programme will give visitors the opportunity to view the existing classic art collections as well as exciting new work by leading contemporary artists, explore the rich architectural heritage of the

  • Siter 2017 Credit - We Dig The Castle Posted on 14 March 2018

    Your chance to be part of an archaeological project uncovering more of the 1000 years of history at Nottingham Castle and Brewhouse Yard

    Booking is now open for members of the community to uncover the history of Nottingham Castle and Brewhouse Yard, by being part of this summer’s We Dig the Castle. We Dig the Castle runs from 16 July to 17 August and allows people from all backgrounds, aged 14-plus, to get involved in archaeological investigations uncovering new information about the history and archaeology of the Castle and its medieval site.

    Held annually since 2015, We Dig the Castle, Nottingham Castle’s annual training excavation, is a partnership between Historic England, Trent & Peak Archaeology (based in Beeston) and Nottingham City Council. 2018 participants can look forward to a brand new programme that takes We

  • SouthwellMinster Posted on 08 March 2018

    Nottinghamshire part of new £1m, 300-mile Eastern England touring route

    Nottinghamshire is one of a partnership of destinations from Hertfordshire to Northumberland which has secured £1m investment from the Discover England Fund to encourage more German visitors to explore Eastern England.

    The money will be spent on creating a new 300-mile touring route between London and Northumberland that combines well-known visitor destinations with those that are off the beaten track. New itineraries will be developed that bring together attractions, accommodation options, places to eat and activities to create a route that is culturally rich and quintessentially English.

    Sarah McCann, Head of Marketing for Marketing NG, the region’s official Place Marketing Organisation said: “From Robin Hood to Lord Byron and the Mayflower, our area

  • Marti-Pellow-Full Posted on 01 March 2018

    Newark Festival promises a stellar three-day line-up with Marti Pellow as the headline act

    Friday 15 June – Sunday 17 June 2018 at Riverside Park, Newark


    The seventh Newark Festival cannot fail to impress, with an incredible line-up of artists, a full programme of family entertainment and a brilliant community spirit at its heart. The exciting new format sees Saturday performances starting at the earlier time of 1.00pm, giving music lovers a full festival day experience. The festival promises a full afternoon of the cream of 80s artists ahead of the spectacular evening concert.

    Saturday 16 June will see Marti Pellow as the evening headline act with special guests Hothouse Flowers, an Irish rock group who combine traditional Irish music with influences from soul, gospel, and rock.

  • Mayhem - Web Posted on 22 February 2018

    Mayhem Film Festival confirmed today that it will return to Broadway

    Mayhem Film Festival confirmed today that it will return to Broadway, Nottingham from 11 – 14 October 2018

    For its 14th edition, the festival will continue to showcase the best in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, guested screenings, midnight screenings and special events.

    Having grown from a single short film programme to a four-day event, Mayhem continues to expand, welcoming more special guests, celebrating new and emerging talent, and highlighting bold and exciting new feature and short films from the dark edges of genre and beyond.

    In previous years, Mayhem has welcomed many filmmakers from around the world such as Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) for Monsters,

  • land-rover-mapping Posted on 21 February 2018

    Global Gathering to descend on Nottinghamshire for Italian art exhibition

    A global gathering is set to descend on the Nottinghamshire town of Beeston this March as international artists and film-makers make a pilgrimage for a number of stimulating art and cultural events.

    A recently opened arts and heritage hub known as The Hive in will be running the Italy Arts and Photography Exhibition from March 9 to 24, featuring works by award-winning professional journalist, author and visual artist, Roberto Alborghetti.

    Roberto is a prolific author and visual artist from Bergamo and this visit will be his fifth to Beeston in less than four years. His biographical volumes on Pope Francis have been published into multiple languages across the world.

    During his visit, Roberto will be premiering his

  • Trent Bridge Posted on 15 February 2018

    Trent Bridge to continue to play host to England from 2020

    Trent Bridge will be home to more world-class test and one day matches between 2020 and 2024 after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced its choice of host venues for High Profile Matches during the period.

    The world-renowned venue will host 10 international games, including four Test Matches during the five-year period in question, with England fixtures against India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Ireland.

    The Royal London One-Day Cup Final will also be hosted at Trent Bridge for five consecutive years from 2020, the first time it has been moved from Lord’s in London.

    “As the world’s third oldest Test Match venue, it’s incredibly important to us that we continue to stage

  • Chinese dragons Posted on 09 February 2018

    Celebrate the Year of the Dog as Chinese New Year comes to Old Market Square tomorrow 


    Nottingham City Council and partners invite you to the Old Market Square on Saturday 10 February to celebrate 2018 – Chinese Year of the Dog. The events have been organised in conjunction with the Chinese Student Associations of the University of Nottingham and of Nottingham Trent University.

    In a colourful mix of sights and sounds, the fun starts at 10.30am with an official opening ceremony involving representatives from Nottingham City Council and from Ningbo government (Nottingham’s Chinese sister city). The first round of performances begins at 11am with a mixture of singing, Chinese instrument playing, and traditional dragon dances, as well as some Chinese opera.

    Alongside the performances, the Temple Fair offers opportunities to

  • Light Night - Castle Gatehouse Posted on 09 February 2018

    A magical night to discover your city as It’s In Nottingham Light Night is announced 

    The eleventh Nottingham Light Night will take place in the city in two weeks’ time, on the evening of Friday 23 February. Organised by Nottingham City Council in partnership with ‘It’s in Nottingham’. The event is being supported by community groups and city venues.

    Nottingham residents are invited to explore their city on a dark February night. From the canal side to the castle and beyond; be warmed by the magic of Light Night with beautiful light installations and cultural happenings.

    In Old Market Square take a selfie in front of the massive 25m wide @itsinnottingham installation or enjoy the Light Night market attractions with a hand-picked selection of some of Nottingham’s

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This blog is the second instalment of a two part blog. To read part one click here. Back in July I visited Nottingham Castle to find out more about the annual archaeological excavation ‘We Dig The Castle’. A partnership project between Trent & Peak Archaeology, Nottingham City Council and Historic England, this excellent scheme invites volunteers…

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