• Clumber Park Hotel Posted on 08 December 2013

    Have a cracking Christmas at Clumber Park Hotel & Spa

    Experience Nottinghamshire’s PR manager Linda Parker paid a visit to Clumber Park Hotel and Spa’s Curry and Comedy Night. Here she writes about her evening . . . 

    Still need somewhere to attend for your Christmas Party, or friends or family? Have no fear! Take a look at what’s on offer at Clumber Park Hotel & Spa this festive season.

    As well as a number of traditional Party Nights, this luxurious hotel on the edge of Sherwood Forest in north Nottinghamshire, and close to the National Trust’s Clumber Park Estate, is offering a Christmas ‘Do’ with a difference.

    A few colleagues from EN signed up for the first of their Comedy and

  • The Aurora Winter Illuminations at Rufford Abbey2 Posted on 06 December 2013

    Things to do this weekend, 6th – 8th December 2013

    Welcome to December everyone! The festive season is rapidly approaching and with that in mind, we have another shortlist of fantastic events for you to plan into your weekends. Whether you want some light throwing into your plans during the dark nights of winter, some top-notch food courses so that you can wow your friends at the Christmas parties, or pay a visit to Santa and enjoy the festivities of carols, stories and markets from around the county. We guarantee we have something for everyone this weekend!

    Aurora Christmas Illuminations

    Rufford Abbey Country Park illuminates once again this December during its Aurora Christmas Illuminations event, starting on 6th December. The annual light

  • Jack and the Beanstalk, Dame Daisy Posted on 05 December 2013

    Jack and the Beanstalk at Nottingham Playhouse

    For many Notts folk, the name Kenneth Alan Taylor will always be associated with Nottingham Playhouse pantomimes. After 30 years at the venue, he is Mr Pantomime!

    For as long as I can remember, Kenneth has portrayed a dazzling dame at the venue, effortlessly amusing the audience and putting on an astounding performance with numerous ad-libs which always has both the cast and audience in stitches. And this year was certainly no different for the director/ writer/ and performer.

    From the word go, the auditorium is filled with festive cheer and the audience are fully included in the show – with many opportunities to shout out “it’s behind you!” and boo

  • Jack and Dame Posted on 28 November 2013

    Things to do this weekend, 29th November – 1st December

    We officially welcome December in to Nottinghamshire this weekend, a time when the advent calendars will come out and we begin to countdown to Christmas! But before we think too far ahead, there is the very important matter of the events taking place across the county this weekend to consider. We have a great selection for you this week, from arts and culture to outdoor pursuits and craft events. Here’s our five picks for this coming weekend!


    Jack and the Beanstalk at Nottingham Playhouse

    This year is the 50th anniversary of the Nottingham Playhouse and not only this, but 2013 marks the 30th and final pantomime of Kenneth Alan Taylor’s illustrious career. He

  • Popcorn brownie with amaretto ice cream Posted on 26 November 2013

    Enjoy Christmas at Jamie’s Italian in Nottingham

    We were recently invited to try the new Christmas menu at Jamie’s Italian on Low Pavement in Nottingham City Centre – a festive feast the Italian way! For those who don’t know Nottingham, Jamie’s is in the perfect location by day to rest your shopping feet and in the heart of the action by night.

    So back in early November we took our seats at a table with a view of the beautiful gardens out back, before Christmas crackers had even appeared on the table and Bing Crosby played in the background. If you’ve not been before, it’s set in one of the most stunning buildings in Nottingham with

  • GALA Posted on 22 November 2013

    WIN a family pass to the 2013 Gala Spectacular at the National Ice Centre

    The 2013 gala spectacular will take you on an exciting journey through the music of time, from the 1930s through to the present day.

    The production will include the most memorable music of the last 80 years including the sound of the 30s and 40s with the Charleston, waltz and samba, the swinging 60s with The Beatles and Elvis, the 70s with Abba and Queen, the 80s with Madonna and Michael Jackson, the 90s with The Spice Girls and Steps, through to the current day with Bruno Mars and Little Mix!

    Not only will the production include great music, it will be a feast for the eyes with spectacular lighting, skating and videos

  • DH Lawrence Pavilion Lakeside Posted on 22 November 2013

    Things to do this weekend, 22nd – 24th November

    November is drawing to a close. Christmas cheer has officially hit Nottinghamshire now with numerous festive lights switch on events taking place across the city and county and this weekend promises to serve up yet more winter events that will leave you needing to catch your breath. So let’s delve into the top five events we’ve picked out for the weekend of the 22nd – 24th November 2013. IN NOTTS WE LOVE TO SPOIL YOU ROTTEN!


    The David Ross Collection at Djanogly Art Gallery

    We are extremely lucky to have the works from many fine artists to be calling Nottingham home between November and February. David Ross will be showcasing his collection at

  • Nottingham Old Market Square - Ice Rink Posted on 18 November 2013

    In Notts we love to celebrate Christmas!

    Notts will come alive again during the festive period with numerous events happening throughout the city and county which will keep all the family merry. Here’s our round-up of what’s on in Notts over the festive period.

    For a whole programme of Christmas magic, make sure to visit our Christmas page or What’s on page.

    D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre – 16th November to 22nd December 2013: Go to the birthplace of literary legend D.H. Lawrence in Eastwood to post your Christmas letter to Santa, visit the enchanted wood and meet the beautiful fairy. On 26th November, watch the magical season come to life at the Eastwood Christmas Lights Switch-On

  • thoresby_courtyard_01 Posted on 13 November 2013

    Things to do this weekend, 15th – 17th November

    We have a great mix of events this weekend, with a sprinkle of Christmas inspiration and a pinch of November autumnal cheer. We’re on the slope towards Christmas and the pick of events this week reflects the impending season of goodwill. Take inspiration from the craft events, food and drink as well as festive light switch-ons. Safe to say we have this weekend covered for the entire family. So, no matter what everyone wants to do, there’s something for everyone!

    Winter Food Fest at Thoresby Courtyard

    Calling all foodies out there! Thoresby Courtyard hosts its Winter Food Fest this weekend on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November. Local food producers will

  • Jennifer Collier Posted on 07 November 2013

    Things to do this weekend, 8th – 10th November

    With November in full swing, it’s safe to say that weekends were made for Nottinghamshire. The list of fantastic events never ends and in fact it grows week on week. We’re here to provide some highlights for you and make deciding what to do just that little bit easier. Here is a quick skim over the events we’ve picked out for this coming weekend between the 8th – 10th November 2013.

    Lustre 2013 @ Lakeside Arts Centre

    With Christmas approaching, it’s always a great time to start purchasing some early Christmas presents, especially unique gifts you won’t find on the high-street. Lustre 2013 promises to deliver more high quality art and craft

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