• GameCity Posted on 21 October 2011

    Things to do this half term, 22-30 October

     It’s October half term and if you have a family there’s the chance to go away for a few days or have days out with things to do for your children. If you don’t have children, then you’ll probably notice that the traffic, trams and telephones will be a little bit quieter. Either way there’s plenty for everyone. 

    GameCity – let’s get this straight GameCity is now massive and very, very cool. If you have any interest in games, whether it’s Sonic the Hedgehog or Tetris, go along to some of the events on show throughout Nottingham. Exciting options include, Capturing James Bond, Kooky, Galleries of Justice Virtual Heritage Tour and

  • BBN_Screen_voting_FINAL_275 Posted on 17 October 2011

    THE SEARCH IS ON TO FIND NOTTINGHAM’S BEST BAR NONE

    As you know, food and drink is one of our favourite topics, so the launch of this year’s Best Bar None Awards in Nottingham has created a bit of a talking point.

    For those not in the know, Best Bar None is a national awards scheme that’s backed by the Home Office and designed to promote responsible management of bars, pubs and clubs.  There are over 100 schemes in other UK cities and towns.

    The awards made a welcome return to our city last year, following a four-year break, thanks to We Are Nottingham Leisure, the Business Improvement District for leisure venues in the city centre.

    Nottingham’s group of experts have already been in

  • Ale Trail - Front Cover Posted on 13 October 2011

    New beer lover’s guide to Nottingham

    Whether you prefer your ale strong, dark, bitter or pale, the real ale treasures of Nottingham are now in easy reach, thanks to a new Real Ale Trail launched by Experience Nottinghamshire this week in time for the Robin Hood Beer Festival.

    The Nottingham Real Ale Trail has been designed as a walking trail for both locals and visitors to the city, highlighting 15 of the best drinking holes in Nottingham, with a focus on their real ale offer.

    The trail brings together a selection of the highlights on offer here for real ale lovers – from some of the oldest pubs in the country to features such as canals, gardens and caves.

    The

  • Nottingham Castle Posted on 10 October 2011

    A short history of Nottingham Castle

    It’s 180 years to the day since Nottingham Castle was almost destroyed by fire. With such a momentous date in mind, I thought I’d write a brief history of this famous place.

    Nottingham Castle will forever be associated with Robin Hood but there’s far more to the story that is at the heart of English history and heritage. For centuries Nottingham Castle has been a key stronghold for Kings and Queen’s in their efforts to control and rule the country.

    The first castle was built in 1067 shortly after the invasion of William the Conqueror. It was a wooden structure but just three years

  • 11. November Bittern -Harry McMahon Posted on 06 October 2011

    All change at Attenborough as birds migrate

    With recent sightings of coastal waders such as curlew sandpiper, black-tailed godwit and ruff at Attenborough Nature Reserve, it is clear to see that we are in the middle of that wonderful time of year that is the autumn migration. This is the annual movement of birds from their northern breeding territories to their southern over-wintering grounds and often involves journeys of thousands of miles.

    For most of Attenborough’s summer breeding birds including nine warbler species, swallows, sand martins and the common tern this long journey south would have started back in September. However, through early October, birds that have bred

  • Goose fair 3 - High Res Posted on 05 October 2011

    Nottingham Goose Fair arrives

    Tonight starts an annual festival in Nottingham that dates back over 700 years as once again the Goose Fair comes to town.

    Starting today, Wednesday 5 October, the Goose Fair rides and attractions will be available through to Sunday 9 October 2011. After a late start tonight at 5.30pm the fair will be open from around lunchtime Thursday to Sunday.

    The fair takes its name from farmers who would drive their Geese stock to Nottingham for sale. The first recorded appearance of Goose Fair was in 1284 when it lasted a whopping 8 days. Goose Fair was held on Old Market Square right up until the early 20th century when it moved due

  • Purple Flag Twilight Walk Posted on 03 October 2011

    Nottingham’s Purple Flag Week raises the standard

    Nottingham’s Purple Flag Week has been hailed as a success, receiving praise on both a local and national level.
     
    The week-long celebration (19-25 September) was designed to highlight the city’s retained Purple Flag Status, which means Nottingham is deemed to be a safe, clean and varied place to visit at night.
     
    As well as special offers at bars and restaurants across the city centre, key buildings such as the Council House were illuminated in purple and Purple Flags were flown in the Market Square and from the Castle.
     
    The week concluded with a Twilight Walk around the city, which was started with a rousing speech about Nottingham by

  • Drumchasers, this weekend in Nottingham Posted on 30 September 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 30 September – 2 October

    WOW it’s hot! As we finally get some free time from work and school this weekend in Costa Del Notts, head out and about to visit events and attractions to enjoy the late summer sunshine. There are lots of things to do:

    East Markham Apple Day – now in its 19th year, this ode to the English Apple includes displays, entertainment, recipes, cider bar, fresh apple juice, hot pork rolls and more. With such a bumper crop this year, there’ll be plenty to go round.

    Osberton International Horse Trials – attracting some of the world’s leading riders, a variety of different trade stands and plenty of entertainment you’ll find world class

  • Sherwood Forest through the Ages Posted on 28 September 2011

    Sherwood Forest history through the ages

    This weekend on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October, Sherwood Forest Country Park will celebrate the history and heritage of this world famous place by hosting a ‘Sherwood through the Ages’ event.

    Forever associated with Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest has a played an important part in history, much broader than in medieval times. From Copper Age man to the Romans, Saxons and Normans, you’ll get the low down on life in the early forest. You’ll also find a strong military presence as the region was central in the English Civil War and even modern army training.

    This weekend, there’ll be re-enactors demonstrating shelter building,

  • Old Market Square, Nottingham Posted on 26 September 2011

    Discover and Share Experiences in Nottingham Like a Local

    Which souvenir shop in Nottingham offers unique gifts at an affordable price? Where can someone get the best panoramic view of Nottingham? What is the best path for a family bike ride around the city?

    Touristic questions about Nottingham that can only be answered by someone with local knowledge are not easily found by using a search engine.  askalo Nottingham, the new Nottingham-focused Q&A community offers a platform for all questions and answers about Nottingham. Whether a person is looking for a good restaurant, free parking near the city centre, a good camp site, or a fun nightlife location, askalo Nottingham is the place to ask these questions and receive tips

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When I was asked to spend my weekend at Sherwood Hideaway to take part in wildlife activities available there, of course I was only too happy to oblige. It sounded like a wonderful experience and I could think of much worse ways to spend my weekend. Wildlife walks take place each Sunday at Sherwood Hideaway…

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Saturday 19th August sees the return of a celebration for all those selfie lovers out there – the National Photography Day – and we couldn’t miss this great opportunity to share some of our favourite snaps taken around Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and posted on Instagram using #lovenotts. Without further ado, here is our top 5 photos taken…