• Print Posted on 20 October 2016

    Nottingham Comedy Festival Q & A

    The Nottingham Comedy Festival is back for it’s 8th year next month, featuring over 100 shows in 23 venues across the city from Friday 4th – Saturday 12 November 2016.

    Performers Kate Smurthwaite, George Zach, Liam Webber, Fran Jenking, Josh Howie, and Doug Segal fill us in on their festival highlights.
    Since it began back in 2009, Nottingham Comedy Festival has grown from strength to strength, attracting some of nation’s favourite names to Nottingham’s best known venues. There is still a big focus on supporting up and coming acts in smaller venues. Are these grassroots shows still a big part of what keep things exciting and draws in visitors?
    George: Unfortunately nowadays I find people are just

  • panto2 Posted on 19 October 2016

    It’s Panto time in Nottingham!

    Oh yes it is! This Christmas, Widow Twankey, aka John Elkington will be taking us on one very entertaining magic carpet ride with with a performance of Aladdin at Nottingham Playhouse

    How has the run up to the show been going? How long does it take to plan?

    Rehearsals! We haven’t started yet! The scripts are written, the costumes are being fitted but we don’t begin rehearsing until just three weeks before the first performance.

    Though, that’s not to say that preparations aren’t already underway – the Panto is months in the making and planning begins around January and February time, ready for the end of the year. One of the biggest jobs

  • tour-very-low-res Posted on 18 October 2016

    Nottingham Caves Festival

    If you’re in Nottingham city centre, chances are you’re stood directly above a cave. There’s an intricate network over 700 of underground tunnels and caverns, carved into the sandstone rock beneath the city streets.

    The caves date back to medieval times and have been used as homes, bomb shelters and even jail cells over the years.

    The first ever Festival of Caves is well underway in Nottingham, with special tours, storytelling events and interactive activities taking place all week until Sunday across the city to bring Nottingham’s underground history to life.

    We’ve gathered some little known facts to shed some light on the hidden world the beneath our feet.

    The first reference to caves in Nottingham dates to

  • malt-cross-birthday-music-festival Posted on 17 October 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 21st – 23rd October

    It’s week three of Nottingham’s month of festivals and rural Notts is just as busy with Apple Day in home of the Bramley Apple Southwell and bonfire night celebrations kicking off at Clumber Park. Or if it’s a quiet cultural weekend you’re after, Delilah and Hardwick Hall are hosting wine tasting and a heritage tour. You’ll find more ideas on our What’s On page or by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.


    Rock out at Rockingham Festival, take the kids to the Family Arts Festival, discover the history of underground Nottingham at the Caves Festival, hear industry professionals at the Microfilm Festival and enjoy an arty party at the Malt

  • meet-the-ghosts-wollaton-5 Posted on 13 October 2016

    Halloween in Haunted Nottinghamshire

    As Halloween creeps closer, we’re looking at the ghostly mark left by Nottinghamshire’s dark and deadly history on some of the city and county’s longstanding landmarks.

    The Galleries of Justice is reported to be one of the most haunted locations in England. The building became a court in 1375 and a prison in 1449 and has a gruesome history of torture and executions. Many people over the years have heard ghostly screams, unexplained knocks and doors slamming while touring the museums corridors and dungeons.

    The ancient fortress of Newark Castle has a bloody history of war, murder, suicide and even a royal death – King John died in one of it’s rooms

  • Nicolas Roeg at Mayhem Festival / Broadway Cinema October 31, 2013 Posted on 10 October 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 14th – 16th October

    The festivals are still going strong in Nottingham this weekend as the ever popular Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival and Mayhem Film Festival return to the city. Or if you feel like getting out on your feet, try the brand new walking trail of Nottingham’s most iconic landmarks or swing through Sherwood Forest in all its Autumnal glory as you take advantage of Go Ape’s 20% discount!

    Walk the new Nottingham Trail

    Discover Nottingham’s most iconic landmarks with a brand new new walking trail of city.

    Download the brand new #NottinghamTrail and discover some of the city's most iconic landmarks! #lovenotts https://t.co/3cbzphbMH3 pic.twitter.com/gGGaqr4qui

    — Experience

  • lace-market-2 Posted on 03 October 2016

    World Architecture Day

    Home of pioneering architects, cutting edge design and impressive historic houses, Nottinghamshire’s rich architectural heritage is built in to the intricate walls and unique streets of the city and county. This World Architecture Day, we’re sharing some of Nottinghamshire’s most interesting buildings in pictures.

    The former offices of hugely influential Gothic revival architect Watson Fothergill are found in the heart of the city.


    The Nottingham Contemporary was designed by the world renowned Caruso St John architects.

    Kelham Hall  is considered a masterpiece of high Victorian Gothic architecture and was designed George Gilbert Scott, whose distinctive style can also be seen in the St Pancras Railway Station building.


    With its unique

  • goose-fair Posted on 03 October 2016

    Things to do this weekend, 7th – 9th October

    The temperature has dropped and the nights are drawing in but the October celebrations are in full swing in Nottinghamshire!

    There’s lots to get excited about in the city and county this weekend – here’s our top five picks.


    The Spiegeltent 

    Whether it’s burlesque or the comedy spectacular, make sure you see a show at Salon Perdu during it’s weeklong visit to the city.

    The #SpiegelTent is open until 8th October! Tickets can be purchased from @NottinghamTIC https://t.co/75u1kcgh1L #nottstober pic.twitter.com/8Tsuqw73Y0

    — What's on Nottingham (@nottm_events) October 2, 2016


    Goose Fair

    Ride the big wheel and eat mushy peas at one of Europe’s largest

  • 111 Posted on 30 September 2016

    Win tickets to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

    One of the most iconic characters in children’s literature will be arriving in Nottingham next month, when The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show launches a UK Tour from Nottingham Playhouse on Monday 17 October, ahead of a run London’s West End run.

    We’ve got a set of family tickets (2 adults and 3 children maximum) and a Very Hungry Caterpillar plush toy to give away. Just answer the question and fill in the form below before 10th October 2016 to be in with a chance of winning! Terms and conditions apply.

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  • Bramley apples Posted on 28 September 2016

    Feeling autumnal at Bramley’s Brasserie

    What better week to visit Bramley’s Brasserie, on our stunning University of Nottingham campus, than when it’s been announced that the original Bramley apple tree in Southwell which still bears fruit today has been shortlisted for a national award?

    I heard the new autumn menu was available, just as the leaves started to fall from the trees around this beautiful venue, so I branched out for a visit. The floor to ceiling glass in the foyer and restaurant never cease to please the eye and visiting around 7.30pm in September, I managed to catch the sun setting and appreciate the fairy lights in the trees which started to appear.

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