• 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

  • Attenborough Nature Reserve Posted on 23 September 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 23-25 September 2011

    This weekend there’s plenty of intriguing and entertaining things to do around Nottinghamshire. We start with the bizarre and work our way out through the best of the events taking place.

    Nottingham Mushroom Festival, Carluccio’s Nottingham – Do you love mushrooms? Yes me too and until 10 October you can try a tempting selection of seasonal mushrooms. You’ll also be able to pick up truffles to cook at home for a special treat.

    Happy as Larry, Nottingham Playhouse, 23-24 September – what really makes us happy? An innovative performance by an Australian choreographer explores this theme in a funny, playful and poignant look.

    Purple Flag Week, Charity Twilight Walk, Old Market

  • School of Artisan Food Posted on 22 September 2011

    Food lovers heaven: Nottinghamshire local produce on show for British Food Fortnight

    Nottinghamshire is showcasing the best in local produce to celebrate the annual British Food Fortnight, which runs until 2 October,  offering food festivals and markets, local produce menus, seasonal produce adventures and the chance to learn artisan bread and cheese making from masters of the trade.

    The county has food and drink at its heart, with Nottingham city centre boasting over 300 pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants – more per square mile than any other city in Europe. Famous as the home of HP sauce, Stilton and Bramley apples, the county is full of food treats for people after new flavours and hands-on experiences.

    The School of Artisan Food

    The School of

  • Hodsock Priory Posted on 21 September 2011

    Take your meeting to the great outdoors of Nottinghamshire and Sherwood Forest

    Do you ever dream of escaping the office and getting out into the fresh air? Do you ever find yourself thinking that the meeting you’re in could be more productive? Well it seems that you could actually be right.

    Recent published research suggests that taking your meeting, conference or corporate event outdoors could lead to better outcomes.

    The line is that we humans are apparently able to process more information when we’re on our feet and even walking side by side, rather than facing each other. By removing the confrontational face-to-face position we are more likely to offer honest feedback and be more open in our discussions.

    Hodsock Priory an events and

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