• Robin-Hood-Sherwood-Visitor-Centre Posted on 09 January 2012

    A brief history of the times of Robin Hood

    The world famous legend of Robin Hood has always been contentious and its origins have always been disputed. I’ve looked into some of the research to come up with my own personal key dates and facts around what many people perceive to be the times of Robin Hood.

    Like all legends, we can never know when exactly Robin Hood lived and at what point he was really involved in English history. Whilst I’ve included the origins of the first Nottingham Castle, I’ve mainly picked up on dates during the time of Richard the Lionheart with key references to Nottinghamshire and parts of the

  • We Are Nottingham Home Office visit Posted on 06 January 2012

    Nottingham Nightlife Informs UK Policy

    Nottingham’s award-winning nightlife has helped inform proposed UK policy recently with the visit of Gus Jaspert.

    The Purple Flag accredited city was visited by the Head of Drugs and Alcohol at the Home Office, as he spoke to key night time economy partners about the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act.

    During the visit, Mr Jaspert met with local licensed premises, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Businesses Against Crime.

    The visit was organised by We Are Nottingham Leisure, the Business Improvement District for licensed venues in the city centre.

    During his visit Mr Jaspert got the chance to see some of the partnership initiatives, including the Taxi Marshal and the Street Pastor Scheme.

    Taxi

  • City of Caves Posted on 05 January 2012

    City of Caves to Reopen

    The City of Caves, the popular attraction about subterranean Nottingham, is set to reopen on 11 February 2012.

    The attraction has been closed since May last year as the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, where it is home, undertook redevelopment work.

    Now the upgrade to the is ready for completion the attraction has been given the go ahead to open it’s doors to the general public again.

    It’s been an intriguing 12 months for Nottingham’s caves with the recent University of Nottingham led survey of all the city’s caves. Using the latest technology, the survey has been able to show a 3D

  • Galleries cellar Posted on 03 January 2012

    Galleries of Justice January Sale

    It’s not just shops that get involved in the January sales these days. The Galleries of Justice Museum has rather enterprisingly got involved with its own half price discount.

    The museum, which is located in the Lace Market area of Nottingham, has intriguingly taken advantage of the theme by promoting half price entry throughout January for anyone wishing to visit.

    This means that people looking for family days out this winter will have to pay just £12.50 for a family ticket of a performance tour of the former gaol and court house. Adults will only have to pay £4.50 per person and children/concessions just £3.50 per person.

    As one of the best indoor

  • welbeck_abbey Posted on 02 January 2012

    The Dukeries, Welbeck Abbey

    Of all the ducal properties in Sherwood Forest, Welbeck Abbey is the one with the most intrigue. Still a privately owned property by descendants of the Duke of Portland, the estate around the abbey is taking on an increasing role for visitors to the region.

    So why does the abbey hold such interest? Well for a start, the fact that it is still in the hands of a ducal ancestors adds to the excitement, history and charm of links to the traditional English nobility. Also, because the estate has been used for several years by the Ministry of Defence, there has been very little public access to such a grand building.

     If

  • Lone Tree by Sally Outram taken at Mattersey Posted on 22 December 2011

    Mattersey photo receives artistic honour

    A few weeks ago, Sally Outram submitted her photo of a wintery shot of Mattersey near Retford into Experience Nottinghamshire’s photography competition. Little did she know that this would set off a chain of events that would end up with the shot being commemorated as a top painting.

    When her photo, entitled ‘Lone Tree’ reached the top 30 finalists in the competition, it was posted on the Love Notts Facebook page and an artist picked up on the scene who asked Sally’s permission to paint it.

    With Sally’s agreement, Yorkshire watercolour artist Glenn Marshall set to work on the piece and since then things have really taken off. The final painting has received excellent reviews and

  • sherwood winter landscape Posted on 21 December 2011

    Things to do between Christmas and New Year

    If you’re anything like me, by the time Boxing Day comes around you’re already going up the walls and are ready to get out and about, either to catch some fresh air or totally detox yourself from Christmas Day’s binge.

    And if you’re still like me, the thought of going and hitting the sales is quite possibly the worst thing to do, so here’s some options for attractions that are open between Christmas and New Year.

    Boxing Day: why not take a stroll around the lake at Rufford Abbey, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve or Wollaton Park. If you fancy being entertained, you’ll find Pantos at the Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse –

  • RobinHoodProdHubNew3 Posted on 19 December 2011

    The Heart of Robin Hood

    The world-renowned hero of Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, is to be portrayed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (affectionately known as the RSC) in a new play entitled The Heart of Robin Hood.

    It follows on 2010’s blockbuster film portrayal by Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott and many other films, TV and productions before it. Can the latest production shed any new light or emphasis on the legend?

    It’s interesting to see the RSC with such a prestigious background take on the story of Robin Hood. Reading the teaser, it seems that Robin Hood is portrayed not as the romantic figure that we may expect

  • Homemade Posted on 16 December 2011

    My Homemade Christmas Dinner in Nottingham

    Last night was our Christmas party and like many other companies we set out for a meal in Nottingham. Our chosen venue this year was a cafe called Homemade.

    For most of us, we meet at the seasonal pub installed on Old Market Square as part of the city’s Winter Wonderland. Known as the Good Elf, the place was very busy with celebrations and I was lucky enough to purchase one of the last available mulled wines before the new batch had to be heated.

    This started the evening in good spirits as we overlooked a lot of the traditional rides and stalls across the square. Some of us were

  • Prisoners-Tale Posted on 14 December 2011

    A Prisoners Tale at the Galleries of Justice Museum

    This winter, take in the highly acclaimed Prisoner’s Tale performance tour at the Galleries of Justice Museum.

    Located in the Lace Market area of Nottingham city centre, the Galleries of Justice Museum is a unique visitor attraction offering an interactive take on crime and punishment through the ages.

    As an indoor attraction in Nottingham, the museum offers a great way to escape all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and the sales without having to get wet or cold. If you’re looking for options for family days out over the Christmas period, then the Galleries won’t be weather dependent and a very good option.

    The Prisoner’s Tale Tours are actor-led tours which

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