• Last yea'rs Best bar None Winners Posted on 19 August 2011

    Vote for the best bars, pubs and clubs in Nottingham.

    What do you think is the best bar or pub in Nottingham? Well, soon you’ll be given the chance to have your say on some of the top nightspots in the city as the search is on to find Nottingham’s Best Bar None!

    Best Bar None is a national scheme to find the bars, pubs and clubs that do that little bit extra to make sure their customers have a great and safe night out. Venues need to apply and are then put through a rigorous two hour assessment from industry professionals to see if they come up to scratch.

    If they meet the criteria, they will then be shortlisted for a number

  • Newark Antiques Fair Posted on 18 August 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 19-21 August 2011

    We’re already beginning to think about the weekend here and given that we’re still in the throes of the summer school holidays there’s a heck of a lot going on around Nottinghamshire.

    Here’s our list of some of the things that we think you might want to do:

    On Friday 19 August, you’ll find Newark Antiques Fair at Newark Showground. This event only takes place every other month and is a big draw for antiques traders and customers alike. Find yourself something totally unique and pick up a bargain.

    Every evening over the weekend up to and including Sunday 21 August, you’ll find Purelands Japanese Garden lit up with lanterns from 7pm to 10pm.

  • Fun at the Robin Hood Festival Posted on 15 August 2011

    Robin Hood Festival has another hit year.

    Last Sunday proved the climax of the Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve in Edwinstowe. This year, the Festival had moved dates to the second week in August to ensure the availability of some of the main acts, and had reduced from being a full week to a 5 day event.

    For such a mainstay high profile event, the organisers we’re understandably keeping a close eye on whether these changes would alter visitor numbers. They needn’t have worried though as once again, people flocked to quite possibly the biggest festival of Robin Hood in the world.

    If you’ve never been before this is probably a good time to explain what

  • npower No Power Hour road show Notthingham 4 Posted on 11 August 2011

    Kevin Keegan invites you to get active

    Mr Keegan’s doing it. He’s got kids doing it in Nottingham’s Old Market Square. Are you doing it?  By ‘doing it’ I mean taking time to engage in activities with friends and family. Outdoor activities that raise the heart rate and lift the spirit in some of the UK’s most beautiful and underexplored countryside, steeped in history and rich in wildlife.

    Nottinghamshire is packed full of places to get active. It can be as simple as playing games in one of its many green open spaces such as Clumber Park and Rufford Abbey Country Park in the county, or Arboretum Park in the

  • Nottingham Riverside Festival Posted on 10 August 2011

    Nottingham’s Riverside Festival and Nottingham Mela join to create a vibrant cultural experience.

    Last weekend saw the Nottingham Riverside Festival combine for the first time with Nottingham Mela to showcase a vibrant and colourful cultural festival.

    Situated on the banks of the River Trent, The Riverside Festival has enjoyed an excellent reputation of late for offering world music and culture. With fairground rides and stalls dotted along the Embankment, the festival this year was abuzz with people enjoying the sunshine.

    Street performers kept the crowd entertained as they listened to live music and, as a predominantly family festival, there were many free activities around including kite making, circus skills and dance workshops.

    The firework display on Saturday evening is always a dramatic display, with the river creating

  • Nottm Arena Posted on 03 August 2011

    Concerts, Ice skating and Shopping: Nottingham from the eyes of a 17 year old

    Nottingham may be famously associated with the legend of Robin Hood and is full of historical attractions, but when my 17-year-old friends and I think about Nottingham, other things come to mind: concerts, ice skating, and, of course, shopping.

    Nottingham has just as much to offer young people as it does other age groups. The vast array of shops in the city centre can easily keep the average teenage girl entertained for hours. The Victoria and Broadmarsh shopping centres and the surrounding streets offer a great choice, and it’s hard to think of a high street name that doesn’t feature somewhere in the city.

    Aside from the well-known names, Nottingham also has

  • Vintage_Tractor Posted on 01 August 2011

    Nottinghamshire Vintage Tractor and Engine Club Event

    The Nottinghamshire Vintage Tractor & Engine Club will be holding their Ruby Celebrations at a working weekend over the August Bank Holiday at Gamston, Near Retford.

    The event, taking place at Gamston Grange includes a ploughing match, working tractors, and have-a-go old time ploughing with one of a pair of shire horses.

    It’s a great option for family days out with lots to see and do as well as a DIY barbeque and a licensed bar for all three days of the event. If you have young children that like big tractors, then they’ll definitely love this event.

    Eileen Ducksbury, who works

  • National Trust Midlands Fresh Air Posted on 29 July 2011

    The National Trust launches a photography competition in the Midlands this summer

    Visitors to the Midlands National Trust properties this summer are being given the opportunity to win a family day out as part of a photography competition.

    The competition entitled ‘Picture Yourself in the Midlands’ is aimed at encouraging children to capture themselves, the heritage or the beautiful countryside available at some of the iconic properties that the National Trust maintains.

    In Nottinghamshire, visitors can seek inspiration at both the Workhouse and Clumber Park, once part of Sherwood Forest.

    There are three age categories, 5-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13-16 years and the winner of each category will receive a canvas print of their photograph. The overall winner will receive a day out at

  • Robin Hood Festival Posted on 27 July 2011

    Councillor John Cottee urges you to make a new date with the Robin Hood Festival

    This year’s Festival, which we’ve been organising for the past 26 years, moves to the five days from Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 August rather than its traditional first week of August.

    It’s the biggest celebration in the country of Robin Hood and is held at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. It attracts fans and visitors from every corner of the globe.

    The Festival is the perfect day out for all the family, with costumed characters at every turn – from jugglers and jesters to medieval doctors and rat catchers, whilst medieval combat displays and markets stalls recreate the atmosphere of Robin’s Sherwood Forest.

    The

  • Nottingham Gig Guide Posted on 21 July 2011

    Reg Enderby, Editor of the Nottingham Gig Guide talks about promoting local concerts

    I began the Nottingham Gig Guide some three years ago as there did not seem to be one specific internet site that covered all genres of music in the city.  Now at last it is recognised by local and visiting people alike to be their first port of call to find out where live music is on in town or anywhere in the NG postcode as the guide covers the whole of Nottinghamshire.

    Any venue, band or act can register and list their gigs for free with details including gig dates, photographs, biographies, weblinks and contact details.  Visitors to the site can pick any day of the week to view what’s on

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