• ye olde trip to jerusalem Posted on 10 April 2017

    10 things I love about Nottingham

    Everyone who lives in Nottinghamshire has got their own favourite places to go and ways of spending time. In today’s blog I would like to share a few of my top picks of places to visit and things I like about Nottingham. Maybe some of them will encourage you to go and enjoy them as well. I’d also like to hear about your favourite spots and things to do in your spare time so I can discover them for myself.

    1. University Park Campus – The University of Nottingham

    The University of Nottingham’s Park Campus is an oasis of peace which can be enjoyed not only by the students but also by tourists and local

  • Untitled-1-01 Posted on 24 May 2016

    New Robin Hood Film – Rumour Round-Up

    Update – One year to go!
    Start counting the days, it’s one year to the day until Robin Hood returns to our cinemas – and he’ll be bigger than ever, thanks to an IMAX release.

    It’s been announced that the release date will change from March next year to September, presumably for commercial reasons, to avoid clashing with other blockbuster releases.

    The film stars Kingsman star, Taron Egerton, as the main man himself, and has been directed by Peaky Blinders’ Otto Bathurst. We’ve been promised a dark and gritty tale, in the same tone as Peaky Blinders – just 365 days to wait!

    Update – New Robin Hood Film has Release Date – March 23, 2018
    As we predicted

  • _WFP5044 Posted on 03 November 2015

    Unearth Nottingham’s Hidden History with New Cave App & Trail

    They’ve been used as shelter from falling bombs, housing extensions, and secret passageways over the years, now – for the first time ever – a new app gives you the chance to virtually explore Nottingham’s extraordinary man-made caves.

    Nottingham’s a city built on caves, and the carefully chiselled, sandstone excavations that sit below the city centre are filled with history and intrigue.

    For a long time, these caves have been hidden mysteries, sealed off from the public, and completely inaccessible.

    So it’s no surprise that there was a real sense of excitement in the air at Nottingham Castle on Friday – as a brand new smartphone app was launched, designed to provide users

  • Pied Piper and William Tell Posted on 14 October 2015

    Nottingham welcomes the Pied Piper

    The Pied Piper is visiting Nottingham this weekend, along with William Tell, to take part in some legendary events with our very own Robin Hood across the city. We caught up with him for a quick chat ahead of his visit to the city…

    How long have you been the official Pied Piper of Hamelin?

    Over 20 years, which is nothing in the long 731 year life of the Piper (so far).

    Have you ever been to Nottingham before?

    Yes, I had the pleasure to visit in 1998 during the Castle Festival. I have the city in fond memory. Had an inspiring guided tour and good eats at the “Sheriffs Lodge” and in a

  • robin Posted on 23 April 2015

    Four Hollywood studios plan new Robin Hood films

    It’s the news legions of Robin Hood fans around the world have been waiting for . . . no less than four major Hollywood studios have announced that they are planning to make films about Nottinghamshire’s famous outlaw.

    Warner Brothers, Sony, Disney and Lionsgate could be making major Robin Hood productions with new takes on the popular legend. Although the Warner Brothers’ film has yet to be given a name, Sony is set to release Hood, which will see Robin Merry Men given an Avengers makeover, while Lionsgate is producing Robin Hood: Origins and Disney is planning a Pirates of the Caribbean-style film called Nottingham and Hood.

    Following the announcement, Experience Nottinghamshire’s chief executive Jennifer Spencer said: “The myth

  • The Major Oak needs your help to be crowned European Tree of the Year 2015

Photo credit- Phil Lockwood Photography Posted on 28 January 2015

    Could the Major Oak become European Tree of the Year?

    Many of you will know that since my last blog, the Major Oak has successfully been awarded the accolade of England’s Tree of the Year. It is incredible news for our famous veteran oak, which dates back over 500-years and is inextricably linked to the legend of Robin Hood.

    Now the Major Oak needs your vote once again. The next big step in the competition sees the Major Oak challenge trees from across Europe as they battle it out to be crowned European Tree of the Year 2015.

    With fierce competition from 13 other countries in Europe, including France, Italy, Slovakia, Ireland and Belgium, voting for the European Tree of the Year 2015 takes place from

  • Major Oak at Sherwood Forest (credit Les Churchman) Posted on 28 October 2014

    The Major Oak needs your vote

    Think of Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood and what springs to mind? For most of you it is likely to be the Major Oak. Estimated to be 800 to 1,000 years old, weighing in at 23 tonnes and supposedly the hiding place for Robin Hood and his Merry Men, this is one impressive tree.

    Now, the Major Oak needs your help! It is in the running to be named England’s Tree of the Year, a national competition ran by the Woodland Trust. The charity has received over 200 nominations, which has now been shortlisted down to only ten – and the Major Oak is one of them.

    To cast your vote, visit the

  • sherwood Posted on 05 September 2014

    Spotlight on Robin Hood in the run-up to the Major Oak Woodland Festival

    This weekend, our famous outlaw Robin Hood will be making an appearance in the BBC television show Dr Who as Robot of Sherwood. Just a week later, Shewood Forest, which is celebrating 60 years of being a Site of Special Scientific Interest, will once again take centre stage as the Major Oak Woodland Festival gets underway. In today’s guest blog, Deborah Hibbert from the Tourist Information Centre at Rufford Abbey, tells us more about the event and others planned for the Diamond Jubilee.

    It’s now 60 years since Sherwood Forest was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and in recognition of this milestone, there are a number of events taking

  • RobinHoodStatue Posted on 20 April 2014

    Robin Hood secures a place in Visit England’s Hall of Fame

    Fans of Robin Hood will be celebrating today after it was announced that the legendary outlaw has won a place in an open air exhibition which has been organised by Visit England to celebrate St George’s Day.

    The Hall of Fame exhibition, which will be held at the Observation Point on London’s Southbank, is set to open to the public on St George’s Day (23rd April) and will run until 30th April. Robin Hood secured his place at the exhibition after receiving a silver award in The Great, The Good and the Notorious category of VisitEngland’s Hall of Fame, just behind the founder of the National Trust, Octavia Hill.

    The search to create England’s

  • Vote Robin photo call Posted on 01 April 2014

    Robin Hood takes second place in Tourism Superstar Awards

    It was revealed on Saturday, 29 March, that Ade Andrews of the Robin Hood Town Tour took second place in the national Tourism Superstar Awards. On behalf of Experience Nottinghamshire and Ade Andrews, we thank you for all of your support.

    The winner of the awards went to Buzby Allen from Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk. Buzby took 27% of the vote and Ade was not far behind with 24%!

    VisitEngland’s tourism awards recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry. It is awarded to individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have a priceless experience.

    But, as one door closes,

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We Dig The Castle: Unearthing Nottingham’s Archaeological Secrets Part Two

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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    A very lucky marketeer in her dream job. Passionate about all things Nottinghamshire and firmly believes if you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen!

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Winter Walks in Nottinghamshire

Our county is stunning at this time of year with parks, canals, the iconic Sherwood Forest and much more. There’s several places for relaxing winter walks with family and friends this season. So wrap up warm and take an afternoon stroll with a coffee stop on the way, we have plenty of inspiration for you. Rufford Abbey Country…