• Cyclists in fields - Low Res Posted on 20 September 2011

    A scenic East Midlands cycle ride for a very good cause

    Local entrepreneur James Blick is calling on residents across the East Midlands to get involved in a very special charity cycle event on 9th October, raising money for CHECT, the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust. 

    CHECT is an outstanding charity, fighting to find a cure for Retinoblastoma and other related cancers which affect approximately 1,500 children each year. In 2003, James’ seven month old son, Jacob was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma.  After a heart wrenching course of chemotherapy, numerous check-ups, hospital visits and minor operations, Jacob thankfully recovered from the disease, however many children are not as lucky.

    “It is the least I can do, as I am in belated awe of the nurses, staff

  • Purple Flag Charity Walk Posted on 19 September 2011

    Purple Flag charity walk – this Friday

    Pull on your walking shoes this Friday to celebrate the Nottingham’s Purple Flag Status and raise funds for a vital night time support service.
     
    The Twilight Charity Walk will take place on Friday 23 September and form part of Purple Flag Week (19-25 September), helping to demonstrate community support and pride for Nottingham at night.  
     
    The weeklong celebration has been planned to highlight the fact that, once again, the city’s night time offering, and efforts to continually improve cleanliness and safety, have been deemed to be amongst the best in the country.
     
    If you’d like to take part in the walk, meet by the left lion in

  • DH Lawrence Museum, home to the DH Lawrence Festival this weekend Posted on 16 September 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 16-18 September 2011

    You would think that two weeks in to a new school term there would hardly be anything on and we’d all have to mull around as the grind of school and work continues next week. This weekend in Nottinghamshire there’s more things to do than I can remember blogging about for a long while.

    With fantastic activities and events taking place get out and have some fun this weekend, there’s load of really quality stuff going on:

    DH Lawrence Festival, Durban House, Eastwood – one of history’s most controversial novelists is celebrated in his home town of Eastwood. Find

  • Robin Hood Marathon Posted on 13 September 2011

    The lure of the Robin Hood Marathon

    Last night I found out a friend of mine was extremely proud of completing the Robin Hood Marathon. I had heard that he’d become much more active but now he had finally gone the whole hog and had joined a niche group of people who are mad enough to run over 26 miles in one go.

    Let’s make no mistake, to train your body to that standard of endurance requires special dedication and involves careful monitoring of diet and training times to an almost geeky extent. My friends time of under four hours was excellent for someone who has only recently taken up running.

    So what makes people do it? The Robin Hood

  • Purple Flag launch Posted on 12 September 2011

    NOTTINGHAM FLIES THE PURPLE FLAG TO CELEBRATE NIGHT TIME OFFERING

    Nottingham has gained further praise for being one of the best places in the country to go for a great night out.

    It has been announced that the city has been successful in retaining its Purple Flag Status, which deems Nottingham’s night time offering, and efforts to continually improve cleanliness and safety, to be amongst the best in the country.

    Nottingham first gained Purple Flag Status last year and, following a recent assessment, the city will now hold the title for a further 12 months. The success is down to a collaborative effort between We Are Nottingham Leisure, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham Businesses Against Crime and the Nottingham Crime and Drugs

  • It's A Knockout Posted on 08 September 2011

    Nottinghamshire Hospice Fundraising Event

    Join us!

    Do you remember that particular TV show ‘It’s a Knockout in the 1970’s or 1987’s Royal Knockout…well, here is your chance to join in something similar! Like in the TV show, teamwork will be the key to overcoming the inflatable games and challenges and triumphing on the day.

    Nottinghamshire Hospice is holding it’s very first ‘It’s a knockout’ fundraising event on Saturday 24th September at Highfields Sports Club, Nottingham.

    Why not get your friends, family and colleagues together and join in this fun and foamy fundraising event, where you’re sure to have bags of fun, all whilst raising vital funds for a local charity.

    There is a cost of £500 per team entry

  • Headstock Posted on 07 September 2011

    How To Create A Festival

    Julia Thistleton-Smith from Headstock Festival gives you tips on how to create a festival.

    Want to know the most important thing you’ll need?  Nerves of steel.  Seriously, the festival industry has been compared to pure gambling and with an exceptionally crowded market place and a customer base with less money due to the tough economic climate it’s tough out there.

    If you’re determined it can be done.  Here at Newstead we put on our first commercial festival in 10 weeks last year and it got rave reviews and was short-listed for Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards.  The community in Newstead had put on a free community festival Treefest for ten

  • Retford Town Hall - websize Posted on 06 September 2011

    Retford Heritage Day and Historic Narrowboat Gathering

    The staff at Retford Tourist Information Centre and Retford Civic Society are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the town this Saturday 10 September for the Heritage Open Day.

    This year there will also be a Historic Narrowboat Gathering around The Wharf on both Saturday and Sunday organised by The Chesterfield Canal Trust. They are expecting lots of old boats and they‘ll also be doing their usual boat trips along one of the most beautiful canals in Nottinghamshire.

    Trips on the Seth Ellis will take place from the Bay Tree Restaurant every hour on the hour from 10am to 4pm. Each trip lasts approximately 50 minutes and you’ll get to see at first

  • Galleries of Justice Posted on 05 September 2011

    Galleries of Justice Museum and NCCL win the Sandford Award 2011.

    Carol King, Learning and Access Coordinator at the Galleries of Justice, talks about what the museum had to do to win the Sandford Award and how it goes about coordinating its learning programme.

    NCCL & Galleries of Justice Education Service

    At the NCCL Galleries of Justice, we are the only building in the country that has original Victorian courtrooms, a Georgian gaol and police station all on site available for educational groups to investigate and use.

    Our unique assets are supported by a range of facilitated educational sessions for learners of all ages which include resource packs, worksheets and trails that have been developed to link with the National Curriculum and in consultation with

  • Rufford Abbey Posted on 02 September 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 2-4 September 2011

    It’s back to school next week so I guess we can say that it’s the last real weekend of the summer before the autumn term kicks in. Let’s catch some fun this weekend before it starts to get too serious then:

    Nottingham Ghost Walk – as the nights start drawing in take a guided walk around Nottingham by our ghost expert David Cross. Tours start at Ye Olde Salutation Inn at 7pm.

    Beach Party, Nottingham and Mansfield – Nottingham Riviera closes with a

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