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  • Tornado. Image Credit John Bagshaw Posted on 22 January 2018

    Tornado to hit Nottinghamshire!

    Train lovers should make a note in their diaries to visit the Great Central Railway – Nottingham in February as it will be playing host to the legendary steam locomotive, 60163 Tornado, which will also be familiar to anyone who has recently seen Paddington 2 at the cinema.

    The A1 Pacific class locomotive is Britain’s newest steam locomotive, built in 2008, and as part of the celebrations of her 10th year in service will be appearing for the first time at Ruddington, Nottinghamshire’s only Heritage Railway.

    Despite her young age, Tornado is already iconic as a regular sight on mainline services and also having found fame on the television in Top Gear and

  • John Akomfrah African Soldier Posted on 22 January 2018

    New Art Exchange co-commission major new film to remember the forgotten millions of African Soldiers from World War I

    Today a major new commission by the filmmaker and artist John Akomfrah has been announced. The film will remember the millions of Africans who fought as soldiers or served as porters during the First World War. It has been commissioned in partnership with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, and Smoking Dogs Films.

    Combining mixed archival sources with newly filmed material, artistic reflections and tableaux reconstructions, this ground-breaking work by one of the UK’s most celebrated filmmakers reveals how the conflict shaped the recent history of Africa and the lives of its inhabitants.

    In 1914, both Britain and Germany controlled vast territories on

  • Beat the Streets logo Posted on 18 January 2018

    40 new local acts added to Beat the Streets festival line-up

    Beat the Streets – the all-day music festival fundraiser in aid of the homeless – has added 40 new names to a stellar line up of artists to come out of Nottingham’s music scene in recent years.

    Unknown Era, Shelter Point, Latmun and Lone are just some of the new names joining the huge line up taking place later this month on January 28th. They will join the likes of Sleaford Mods, Ferocious Dog, The Invisible Orchestra, Lawnmower Deth, Rolo Tomassi, Kagoule, Eyre Llew and many more to raise vital funds for Framework, a charity which supports homeless people in need.

    There will also be a range of other attractions taking place at

  • Image copyright: National Trust/John Millar Posted on 17 January 2018

    The National Trust is looking for volunteers to help at historic properties across Nottinghamshire

    The National Trust is looking for volunteers to help at historic properties across Nottinghamshire.

    The conservation charity is looking for people from all walks of life to help across a variety of roles, such as bringing history to life as a room guide at The Workhouse or helping care for the parkland as a volunteer conservation ranger at Clumber Park.

    As well as working in beautiful surroundings, volunteering with the Trust provides the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and take part in exclusive behind-the-scenes talks and tours. Volunteers don’t need any qualifications or specific experience, just be willing to get involved and enjoy a new challenge.

    Alison Minshall, Volunteering and Participation

  • Mr Motivator Posted on 17 January 2018

    Mr Motivator heads to Nottingham for Wellness Week

    Television fitness instructor Mr Motivator will be helping Nottingham residents get shipshape as part of a new Wellness Week.

    Mr Motivator will be hosting two exclusive morning fitness sessions called “Wake Up, Shake Up”, for those looking to get active this January.

    The classes form part of the It’s in Nottingham Wellness Week initiative being organised by Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) which runs from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 January.

    Both classes with Mr Motivator will take place on Wednesday 24 January at the Student Union building on Nottingham Trent University’s city campus.

    The first class will kick off at 7am running until 8.30am, and is available for the public to book online

  • Puppets at Nottingham Trent University - Credit Nottingham Trent University Posted on 17 January 2018

    Puppets prepare to take over Nottingham

    An iron man, giant birds, a diabolical Mr Punch, a treasured maiden and one of the talents behind the workings of the National Theatre’s War Horse came together today with guests from across the city to officially launch Nottingham’s first-ever Puppet Festival. Unveiling the jam-packed programme, the occasion marks the countdown to the four-day event taking place Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 March 2018 at venues across Nottingham, which celebrates the artistry of puppets and puppetry along with the communities that inspire the stories they tell.

    Nottingham Puppet Festival has come about through a partnership between Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, City Arts and Nottingham Trent University and made possible

  • National Trust Chefs at School of Artisan Posted on 08 January 2018

    National Trust Cooks Up Partnership with The School of Artisan Food

    The National Trust has turned to The School of Artisan Food to help its top chefs develop innovative menus using locally-sourced, seasonal and sustainable ingredients at its properties across the country.

    Ten top chefs from National Trust’s Food Innovation Group travelled to The School of Artisan Food on the Welbeck Estate, between Nottingham and Sheffield, to start an ongoing partnership between the two organisations.

    Using the extensive kitchens and teaching facilities, the School’s food experts worked with the National Trust chefs for several days on cheesemaking, breadmaking, venison butchery, gnocchi and risotto. The School of Artisan Food is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity dedicated to teaching skills in all aspects of sustainable

  • Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival October 2015 (38) Posted on 05 January 2018

    Motorpoint Arena Nottingham to host the Nottingham Beer & Cider Festival

    Motorpoint Arena Nottingham to host the Nottingham Beer & Cider Festival

    The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham will host the annual Robin Hood Nottingham Beer & Cider Festival in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

    The 2018 Festival will take place from 17 – 20 October with tickets going on sale on 1 June.

    The Festival will not only utilise the large floor of the arena (the ice will of course be covered) but also backstage areas, and outdoor space including Bolero Square at the front of the building. Festival organisers will be able to give event goers plenty of room to bring all of the usual popular attractions, plus some new additions. For the first time, organisers

  • Mark Gatiss as King George in The Madness of King George III Posted on 26 December 2017

    Boxing Day sale: find out how to get cheap Nottingham Playhouse tickets

    Boxing Day sales mean big discounts and exclusive savings and this year Nottingham Playhouse is throwing its hat into the ring with a limited 20% off tickets to its top shows.

    From 3pm Boxing Day, until 11.59pm Sunday 31 December, you can book to see the likes of Mark Gatiss in The Madness of George III, comedian Ed Byrne or beat the January blues with a trip to the Pantomime – all for 20% less, or 25% off if you’re a Playhouse Pass member.

    Other shows included in the offer are: Town Mouse and Country Mouse, The Abominable Snowman, Sing-a-long-a-Beauty and the Beast, The

  • Mufaro Makubika - How to Breath Rehearsal Posted on 19 December 2017

    Nottingham playwright Mufaro Makubika wins 2017 Alfred Fagon Award

    Nottingham local Mufaro Makubika has won the 2017 Alfred Fagon award for best new play by a black British playwright.

    His award-winning play, Shebeen, which centres on Nottingham’s Caribbean community in the late 1950s, will have its world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse in June 2018.

    Mufaro said: “Shebeen is a play about the place I live – St Ann’s in Nottingham. It’s about the community of St Ann’s, and a history that you might not know, but I felt it was important to shine a light on.”

    Mufaro, who was born in Zimbabwe and came to England when he was 16, fell in love with the theatre after seeing his

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