• Newstead Abbey Posted on 09 February 2012

    Newstead Abbey Familiarisation Visits

    The former home of the great Romantic poet, Lord Byron is opening its doors to Group Travel Organisers later this month.

    Operated by Nottingham City Council, the historic house and stunning gardens will be available for key group organisers to visit on Tuesday 21 or Sunday 26 February 2012.

    Visitors will be able to take advantage of a complimentary tour of the house and see the beautiful gardens before enjoying a FREE lunch in the Cafe at the Abbey for two people. 

    Newstead Abbey Historic House and Gardens in Nottinghamshire offers a fantastic day out for groups.  There’s plenty to see and do including guided tours of the historic house, beautiful gardens and parklands to

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Posted on 02 February 2012

    Life as an Outlaw

    In March last year, I filmed Paul Cook, Senior Ranger at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, talk about what life would have been like as an Outlaw and how the forest was so useful. It was a really cold day and the sound is not that great but you should a really good feel for how Robin Hood may have lived.

    Paul starts by talking about how taxation was introduced to help fund the wars in the holy lands (Crusades). Taxation was unpopular (even more so than it is now) and the penalties for not paying taxes were horrific.

    If you refused

  • Robin-Hood-Castle-Rock Posted on 26 January 2012

    Robin Hood Celebrated in New Beer

    Castle Rock Brewery has added a new Robin Hood Ale as part of its 35th anniversary celebrations.

    The new beer from Nottingham’s largest full mash independent brewery is the first of four celebratory ales designed for 2012 and is the sixth in a series of Nottinghamian Beers celebrating local heroes.

    Robin Hood now joins a select few of people honoured by Castle Rock. Included in the list are Alan Sillitoe, the famous writer of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; George Green, the mathematician who lived at Green’s Windmill; and Frederick Gibson Garton, inventor of HP sauce.

    Castle Rock Brewery, located at the Vat and Fiddle pub in Nottingham, became famous last year

  • Nottingham Castle Posted on 16 January 2012

    World War I Centenary Exhibition plans underway

    It may seem like a long way away but plans are already underway for a Nottinghamshire Great War Centenary Exhibition at Nottingham Castle in 2014.

    On Sunday 22 January 2012, 10:30am, Major John Cotterill will be looking to meet willing volunteers at Nottingham Castle to help in the delivery of the exhibition, currently entitled ‘The Trent to the Trenches’.

    A planning meeting will also take place at the Millgate Museum in Newark on Wednesday 29 February 2012 at 7pm.

    The emphasis of the exhibition will be to look at how the Great War changed Nottinghamshire socially, economically, politically and educationally together with commemorating the people who made the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict.

    For

  • Robin-Hood-Sherwood-Visitor-Centre Posted on 09 January 2012

    A brief history of the times of Robin Hood

    The world famous legend of Robin Hood has always been contentious and its origins have always been disputed. I’ve looked into some of the research to come up with my own personal key dates and facts around what many people perceive to be the times of Robin Hood.

    Like all legends, we can never know when exactly Robin Hood lived and at what point he was really involved in English history. Whilst I’ve included the origins of the first Nottingham Castle, I’ve mainly picked up on dates during the time of Richard the Lionheart with key references to Nottinghamshire and parts of the

  • City of Caves Posted on 05 January 2012

    City of Caves to Reopen

    The City of Caves, the popular attraction about subterranean Nottingham, is set to reopen on 11 February 2012.

    The attraction has been closed since May last year as the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, where it is home, undertook redevelopment work.

    Now the upgrade to the is ready for completion the attraction has been given the go ahead to open it’s doors to the general public again.

    It’s been an intriguing 12 months for Nottingham’s caves with the recent University of Nottingham led survey of all the city’s caves. Using the latest technology, the survey has been able to show a 3D

  • welbeck_abbey Posted on 02 January 2012

    The Dukeries, Welbeck Abbey

    Of all the ducal properties in Sherwood Forest, Welbeck Abbey is the one with the most intrigue. Still a privately owned property by descendants of the Duke of Portland, the estate around the abbey is taking on an increasing role for visitors to the region.

    So why does the abbey hold such interest? Well for a start, the fact that it is still in the hands of a ducal ancestors adds to the excitement, history and charm of links to the traditional English nobility. Also, because the estate has been used for several years by the Ministry of Defence, there has been very little public access to such a grand building.

     If

  • RobinHoodProdHubNew3 Posted on 19 December 2011

    The Heart of Robin Hood

    The world-renowned hero of Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, is to be portrayed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (affectionately known as the RSC) in a new play entitled The Heart of Robin Hood.

    It follows on 2010’s blockbuster film portrayal by Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott and many other films, TV and productions before it. Can the latest production shed any new light or emphasis on the legend?

    It’s interesting to see the RSC with such a prestigious background take on the story of Robin Hood. Reading the teaser, it seems that Robin Hood is portrayed not as the romantic figure that we may expect

  • Prisoners-Tale Posted on 14 December 2011

    A Prisoners Tale at the Galleries of Justice Museum

    This winter, take in the highly acclaimed Prisoner’s Tale performance tour at the Galleries of Justice Museum.

    Located in the Lace Market area of Nottingham city centre, the Galleries of Justice Museum is a unique visitor attraction offering an interactive take on crime and punishment through the ages.

    As an indoor attraction in Nottingham, the museum offers a great way to escape all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and the sales without having to get wet or cold. If you’re looking for options for family days out over the Christmas period, then the Galleries won’t be weather dependent and a very good option.

    The Prisoner’s Tale Tours are actor-led tours which

  • Sherwood Forest couple with dog on path Posted on 09 December 2011

    Dave Woods Perambulation of Sherwood Forest

    Last week, we introduced a very special project that Dave Wood, Nottinghamshire poet, undertook to walk the 1662 boundary of Sherwood Forest. In this second and final part of the series, Dave talks about the special experiences during his two week walk:

     

    My partner said that only I could have come up with the idea of re-vitalising the beating of the boundarys with poetry, story and some degree (one hopes) of fun. The biggest headache is always the administration; project management by any other title.  So I won’t talk about that; though even that has had its touching and revelatory moments.

    Here’s a few of

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