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  • Nottinghamshire literary greats Posted on 23 October 2017

    Nottinghamshire leads ‘Literary Greats’ Campaign To Attracts Visitors From Across The Pond

    Nottinghamshire is set to lead a new project to attract more American visitors to the area in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Visit Hampshire and Shakespeare’s England.

    The project, called ‘Creating England’s Literary Greats’, is one of a number of successful bids to secure funding from The £40 million Discover England Fund, administered by VisitEngland, which funds projects to enhance England’s tourism offer to overseas visitors. The Fund is a central government funded programme of activity, supported by match funding by partners in the public and private sectors.

    Focusing on the US travel trade, the project aims to explore the demand for increased literary themed

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Posted on 20 October 2017

    New café to open on Wollaton Park next week

    Nottingham City Council’s latest Café project will be officially opened on Monday 23rd October.

    The building is the last remaining World War Two hut on the site and will be named Wollaton 508 in memory of Parachute Infantry Regiment 508 which was based there. More recently it was the park’s sports pavilion, but has not been in use for many years. The site was developed at a total cost of £123,000 following the conversion into café space, which also includes community rooms and new park toilets.

    As with the recently opened Arboretum Café, Nottingham City Council’s heritage sites’ catering team will operate the new café. It will

  • AAEAAQAAAAAAAAnaAAAAJGVlMTM0MjVkLTJiZGMtNDQ5YS1iZDJkLWRjM2MzNWRhMDBjZQ Posted on 19 October 2017

    Finalists announced for Nottinghamshire Tourism Awards

    The inaugural Nottinghamshire Tourism Awards, sponsored by TMRjobs.com, are upon us and the finalists in each category have now been announced.

    The Nottinghamshire Tourism Awards will play a major role in showcasing the fantastic range of high quality experiences and venues we offer for visitors here in Nottinghamshire. The awards will have a tremendously positive impact on the tourism industry in Nottinghamshire, providing a benchmark for all businesses to aspire to and delivering significant benefits to shortlisted and winning businesses alike.

    There are 13 categories at this year’s awards, with an additional category for ‘Nottinghamshire Tourism Ambassador’, a prize which will be awarded on the evening to

  • The Botanist West Bridgford Posted on 17 October 2017

    The Botanist Sows The Seeds For Success in West Bridgford

    The Botanist has now arrived in West Bridgford and is already taking root in the area’s vibrant food and drink scene.

    Multi award-winning pub operator The New World Trading Company (NWTC) has officially opened the doors to its latest venue, offering guests an extensive menu of over 45 mystifying plant-based cocktails, an anthology of ales and mouth-watering dishes, including aromatic hanging kebabs and baked chocolate chip cookie dough.

    To accompany the relaxed atmosphere and decadent food selections on offer, the venue plays host to live music every night of the week, ensuring guests can unwind while they drink and dine. The Botanist will also be bringing its popular

  • Newstead Abbey 2015 - credit Visit Nottinghamshire (3) Posted on 29 September 2017

    Nottinghamshire’s visitor economy continues to grow

    Nottinghamshire’s visitor economy was worth £1.755bn in 2016 – up almost 5% on the previous year – new research* has revealed.

     

    The number of visits to the city and county increased by 3.4% to 35.43million in 2016, up from 34.26million in 2015, whilst the value of tourism to the local economy increased by 4.5% to £1.755bn in 2016, up from £1.680bn in 2015.

     

    This is the sixth consecutive year of growth for the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire visitor economy, which is of huge value locally, supporting 22,249 full time equivalent jobs in 2016 (up from 21,781 jobs in 2015).

     

    The city and county welcomed 32million day visitors in 2016, up 3.7% from 2015, with an

  • DSC_0192 Posted on 28 September 2017

    Nottingham announces its first Young Poet Laureate

    Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature are delighted to announce today, 28 September 2017, that Georgina Wilding is the Young Poet Laureate for Nottingham 2017/18.

     

    Supported by Arts Council England, Georgina was selected through an open call process with the help of a judging panel comprised of Panya Banjoko (Nottingham City of Literature patron, poet and educator); Caleb Femi (London’s Young People’s Laureate); Henry Normal (founder of Nottingham’s Poetry Festival); Debris Stevenson (founder of Nottingham’s Mouthy Poets); and Sandeep Mahal (Director, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature).

     

    Announcing the Young Poet Laureate, Director of Nottingham City of Literature, Sandeep Mahal, said:

     

    “All of this year’s shortlisted poets deserve to be celebrated as the calibre was high.

  • Mayflower 400 PR Group Shots_02 MR Posted on 26 September 2017

    Nottinghamshire hosts national Mayflower 400 event

    Nottinghamshire’s significant part in the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims has been showcased at an event in North Nottinghamshire last week, hosted by the national Mayflower 400 project (17 & 18 September).

     

    The national event, delivered in partnership with the Mayflower 400 project led by Destination Plymouth, and Visit Nottinghamshire, brought together 11 Mayflower destinations from around the country with tour operator members of UK Inbound who bring international visitors to Britain.

     

    Nottinghamshire was chosen as the host destination for the event, to give tour operators an opportunity to discover the roots of the Pilgrims, including the villages, churches and homes where leaders William Brewster and William Bradford lived and worshipped before embarking on

  • Adam Penford, artistic director designate of Nottingham Playhouse Posted on 26 September 2017

    Adam Penford announces first season at Nottingham Playhouse

    Nottingham Playhouse is delighted to announce Adam Penford’s first season as Artistic Director, including multi-award winning drama The Madness of George III starring Mark Gatiss.

    Nottingham Playhouse’s new Artistic Director, Adam Penford, has announced an ambitious programme for his first year in post, bringing some of the UK’s best actors, directors and playwrights to the city as well as providing a platform for Nottingham’s artists and theatre makers.

    Nottingham Playhouse’s Chief Executive Stephanie Sirr said; “This season marks the launch of a new era for Nottingham Playhouse – we’re very pleased to welcome Adam and tremendously excited by the wonderful season he has put together.”

    Adam’s return to his home town of Nottingham follows

  • spiegeltent2 Posted on 23 August 2017

    Nottingham October Festival is back as Spiegeltent event tickets go on sale

    The Nottingham October festival returns for 2017 with a full programme of events over six weekends from Saturday 30 September until Sunday 5 November. The first October Festival event announced is the return to Old Market Square of the Magnificent Spiegeltent, popular with audiences in the City since its introduction in 2015.

    The programme will be staged between Friday 29 September and Sunday 8 October. Show highlights over the ten-days include an opening night spectacular with The Gilded Merkin Burlesque and Cabaret – Nottingham’s biggest Burlesque show, City’s Got Soul with Angelo Starr and the Team Edwin Starr Band performing live for an evening of the greatest Motown and classic Northern soul

  • 1 'Gilt Trip - Private Number', 2004 Posted on 21 August 2017

    Michael Brennand Wood ‘Between Thought and Expression’ at The Harley Gallery

    Internationally renowned textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood will be offering both new pieces and a new perspective on his work when he opens his exhibition, ‘Between Thought and Expression’ at The Harley Gallery on the Welbeck estate in Nottinghamshire on 2 September.

     

    Taken from a line in a song by the Velvet Underground, ‘Between Thought and Expression’ is an exhibition of two halves exploring the radical impact on Brennand-Wood’s work caused by residencies in contrasting rural landscapes.

     

    The isolation of the Australian outback gave inspiration to the primal pieces in the first part of the exhibition as Brennand-Wood worked alone for months in a remote location outside Canberra, without phone or internet, during a

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