• Climbing-Adventure Posted on 17 November 2011

    Adventure Team unveils new 42ft Climbing Centre

    Nottingham City Council’s Adventure Team launches its brand new facility on the 21st November 2011.

    Funded by the Youth Bank of Nottingham, the new challenge at Colwick Park Adventure Centre is a breathtaking 42ft high and people of all ages are dared to put their bravery to the test on a variety of unique high challenges.

    Children and adults from across Greater Nottingham are invited to try new outdoor activities including the postman’s walk, gladiator challenge, crate stack, all aboard, two climbing towers and the leap of faith!

    The show-stopping leap of faith involves a 42ft solo climb up a wooden totem pole, balancing on

  • tho_mainbuilding_21_09_newmind Posted on 16 November 2011

    The Dukeries, Thoresby Hall

    Thoresby Hall is probably the grandest of all the buildings still standing which make up the former Dukeries area of Sherwood Forest. This beautiful setting tells a story of nobility dating back hundreds of years with intriguing history.

    The initial traces of the estate lie elsewhere in Nottinghamshire though. The nobility connection can be traced back to 1290 when Sir Henry Pierrepont married the heiress Annora de Manvers of Holme near Nottingham.

    The seat then became known as Holme Pierrepont and is known still today as the location for National Water Sports Centre and is open to the public. While the name of Manvers

  • Terror-Tours-low-res Posted on 14 November 2011

    THE TRUE STORIES OF NOTTINGHAMS GRISLY PAST

    Local author Adam Nightingale, is to present his one-man show, ‘GEORGIAN BLOODBATH’ at the home of Nottingham’s horrible history, the Galleries of Justice Museum, on Thursday 17th November at 7.30pm. 

    His show originates from the evil margins of Nottingham in  the 18th century and is an interactive, irreverent mixture of bloody local history, expert storytelling, gory special effects and audience interaction, performed within the gothic surroundings of The Galleries of Justice, the nation’s finest prison museum and one of the world’s most haunted buildings.

    The former prison and gaol has been the site of many public executions and housed some of Nottingham’s most infamous criminals.

  • poppy_day_poppy_1 Posted on 09 November 2011

    Remembrance Services in Nottinghamshire 2011

    The remembrance service and the poppy symbol have become a national focal point over the years. Despite the First World War and it’s claim to be the war to end all wars, we’ve still come to rely on our service men and women through the years.

    November is a time to remember people who have fought or toiled in the most difficult conditions to preserve the human rights and freedom that we cherish so dearly. Whether it’s World War II, the Faulklands conflict, Bosnia and the breakup of former Yugoslavia and right up to present day Afghanistan, we pay our respects to people who have sacrificed so much to help deliver a safer

  • ET Pumpkin Art Posted on 02 November 2011

    ET wins Harts Prize for Pumpkin Art

    We all know that Monday was Halloween and there is a strong tradition of pumpkin carving that seems to be defining the holidays now. One of our hotels and restaurants in Nottingham has taken this tradition a step further with a novel and interesting take on what can be done with pumpkins.

    Hart’s, a four star hotel and highly acclaimed restaurant near Nottingham Castle in the city centre, has regularly been promoting a Prize for Pumpkin Art every Halloween for the past few years now.

    Contestants are asked to chisel away and sculpt their pumpkin into a novel or provocative form for the

  • 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

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