• Shrek_1476659251 Posted on 21 July 2014

    WIN a family pass to see Shrek The Musical at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal!

    This competition has now closed

    Direct from the West End and larger than life!

    Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is this year’s must-see show for all the family and it’s coming to Nottingham from the 10th – 28th September 2014!

    Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!

    Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL

  • Nottingham Riviera Posted on 14 July 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 18th – 20th July 2014

    It’s been a scorcher across Nottinghamshire and the weather is set to stay hot, hot, hot this week. Of course we can’t guarantee it will be the same at the weekend, we can’t fix everything. But what we can guarantee you is a weekend full of exciting and fantastic events to keep you and your family and friends very busy indeed! Here is this weeks roundup of great events. Enjoy!


    Splendour Festival 2014 at Wollaton Park

    Splendour Festival delivered an event to remember in 2013, when Nottingham’s own Jake Bugg headlined the event and wowed the crowd with his locally produced set. And with last year’s event still fresh in the

  • England v Australia: 1st Investec Ashes Test - Day Two Posted on 07 July 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 11th – 13th July 2014

    Cricket fever will be gripping Nottinghamshire this weekend as the first England v India Investec Test Match comes to Trent Bridge from the 9th – 13th July. We were fortunate enough to have the Ashes last year and this year’s Test Match promises to attract thousands of fans to our city for five days of world class cricket. There’s plenty more happening to coincide with the event as well as things to do for those who might want to escape the cricket. Have a look below for some inspiration, whether you’re a cricket fan or not.

    First Investec Test Match: England v India at Trent Bridge

    Where else do we start this week than

  • poetry Posted on 04 July 2014

    Impressive line-up at this year’s Southwell Poetry Festival

    The Southwell Poetry Festival, which opens later this month, is one of the highlights of our cultural calendar. In this guest blog Sarah Payne, from the town’s Tourist Information Centre, writes about what people can expect. 

    The annual Southwell Poetry Festival is only a few weeks away – and this year’s event promises to be as diverse and inspiring as ever. Among the highlights will be appearances from Derbyshire Poet in Residence Helen Mort, who was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize for her collection Division Street, and Elaine Feinstein who has written not only poetry and fiction but also television dramas and plays.

    For the first time the festival

  • Thoresby Hall1, credit Terry Smith, 22.10.2012 Posted on 30 June 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 4th – 6th July 2014

    We’re always looking for the best events happening across Nottinghamshire, whether they be big or small. And as ever on a Monday, we have a handy pocket-sized offering of highlights for the weekend ahead.

    Thoresby Picnic In The Park – D-Day 70th Anniversary at Thoresby Courtyard

    This Sunday, you’re invited to Thoresby Courtyard for a special event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. There will be a picnic in the park on the lawns, with the backdrop of the beautiful Thoresby Courtyard and Thoresby Hall.

    As well as having the opportunity to relax in the great outdoors with your picnic, there will be plenty of things to do for the whole family

  • Capture_1263247267 Posted on 28 June 2014

    The best funny business in Nottingham!

    Nottingham Comedy Festival’s Elliott Bower tells why it’s no joke that Nottingham is the place for a barrel of laughs this year.

    Comedy is…well quite literally a funny business!
    Hundreds of comedians at all levels entertain packed and sometimes not so packed comedy clubs up and down the country just to get the thrill of making an audience laugh and hoping one day to make enough money to do comedy for a living and progress onto top TV shows such as ‘Mock The Week’ or ‘Live at the Apollo’ or even the top prize of the best show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and launch themselves into stardom.

    As promoters in the industry we

  • bell Posted on 27 June 2014

    Ye Olde Bell is the ideal place to stay for the Tour de France

    The route is set, the teams have been chosen and very soon the country will be gripped by yellow fever as the Grand Départ of the Tour de France comes to the north of England for the first time in its history.

    The second stage of the legendary cycling race will finish in Sheffield on 6th July before going on to Cambridge the following day – and one four-star hotel in north Nottinghamshire’s has launched a special three-day package for anyone who wants to watch the event in style.

    Ye Olde Bell, at Barnby Moor near Retford, is just 40 minutes away

  • In Notts We Love Dance - Robin Hood v1 (3) Posted on 23 June 2014

    Things to do this weekend, 27th – 29th June 2014

    Can you believe it’s approaching the final weekend of June? We certainly can’t. June has absolutely flown by and we’ve seen some amazing events come and go this month. Nottinghamshire is certainly the place to be if you want to keep busy. June ends the way it began, with a weekend filled to the rafters with great events and attractions opening their doors to offer visitors the best possible visit to our glorious county. Don’t stay in, get out and about and take in some of our recommendations for the weekend ahead.


    U Dance 2014 Opening Night at Nottingham Playhouse

    U Dance 2014 officially kicks off this week and it all starts, as

  • marathon Posted on 23 June 2014

    WIN a place in the Robin Hood Half Marathon plus an overnight stay in Nottingham

    Robin Hood and his merry men will be lining up to race on Sunday 28th September for Nottingham’s Ikano Robin Hood Half Marathon – and we’re giving one lucky running fan the chance to win a place at this year’s event plus an overnight stay at one of the city’s most popular hotels.

    The Ikano Robin Hood Half Marathon is one of the biggest in the country, attracting more than 8,000 people last year. It is also one of the fastest courses which means it could be the race where you get that all-important personal best.

    As well as gaining free race entry, the winner of our competition will also be treated to a night

  • photo14 Posted on 20 June 2014

    Nottingham Train Station’s southern concourse officially opens

    In early June, the result of a year’s worth of labour finally came to fruition as the southern concourse at Nottingham Train Station opened to the public for the first time. For those of you who kept up with the developments over the past year, you will be aware that I have been keeping a close eye on this project, tracking its progress and providing updates at pivotal times. There were few more important moments in the stations re-development than this very day.

    Press clamber to capture shots and footage of the concourse

    Nottingham Station is being linked up directly to the tram network, offering passengers the ease of walking off a

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