• Newstead Abbey Japanese Garden Posted on 07 November 2011

    My favourite places, Newstead Abbey

    I’ve recently been asked to put together my favourite place in Nottinghamshire. This has been incredibly hard for me as my wife likens me to Bruce Forsyth on Strictly Come Dancing – whichever happens to be around at that moment is my favourite. If push really came to shove, Newstead Abbey would definitely be one the front runners.

    At this point I’d have to declare that Newstead and I have some minor history. My general introduction to the park has been the cricket pitch which lies to the left of the house as you approach it from the car park.

    I’ve played cricket at Newstead Abbey a few times and each time it

  • Medieval Banquet Posted on 04 November 2011

    Medieval Banquets in Nottingham

    The Galleries of Justice Museum will be the venue for a Medieval Banquet in Nottingham this Christmas with the Sheriff of Nottingham the host for your meal.

    The unique venue of the Galleries of Justice Museum is the perfect place for a medieval banquet in Nottingham. The site was the original place where the Sheriff of Nottingham distributed law and order (hence the earlier name of Shire Hall) and the atmosphere of this beautiful building makes for an enjoyable evening.

    Throughout the event you will be entertained with juggling, music from medieval minstrels, interactive comedy and the opportunity to visit

  • 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

  • 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,

  • clumber park Posted on 15 September 2011

    Clumber Park history and events

    Clumber Park is one of the most visited country parks in the UK and plays an important role in the heritage of Nottinghamshire.

    Situated in the northern-most part of broader Sherwood Forest, just south of Worksop, it was formerly part of the 100-mile forest, before it became a park in the early 18th Century. The park boasts over 3,800 acres of glorious green land, as well as a man-made lake and the longest avenue of lime trees in Europe. If you’re into cycling, Clumber Park is a great place to go, as there are around 20 miles of cycle routes through beautiful woods,

  • Robin Hood Marathon Posted on 13 September 2011

    The lure of the Robin Hood Marathon

    Last night I found out a friend of mine was extremely proud of completing the Robin Hood Marathon. I had heard that he’d become much more active but now he had finally gone the whole hog and had joined a niche group of people who are mad enough to run over 26 miles in one go.

    Let’s make no mistake, to train your body to that standard of endurance requires special dedication and involves careful monitoring of diet and training times to an almost geeky extent. My friends time of under four hours was excellent for someone who has only recently taken up running.

    So what makes people do it? The Robin Hood

  • Rufford Abbey Posted on 02 September 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 2-4 September 2011

    It’s back to school next week so I guess we can say that it’s the last real weekend of the summer before the autumn term kicks in. Let’s catch some fun this weekend before it starts to get too serious then:

    Nottingham Ghost Walk – as the nights start drawing in take a guided walk around Nottingham by our ghost expert David Cross. Tours start at Ye Olde Salutation Inn at 7pm.

    Beach Party, Nottingham and Mansfield – Nottingham Riviera closes with a

  • Newstead Abbey Posted on 26 August 2011

    Things to do this weekend, 26-29 August 2011

    It’s bank holiday weekend this weekend and that means we get an extra day to go out and about with family and friends.

    The first thing that leaps to mind is the Big Weekend Out promoted in Nottingham with lots of restaurants and attractions offering great discounts.

    Some of the Big Weekend Out events

    Heroes and Villains Tour, this tour takes you from Nottingham Castle to the Lace Market and the old Saxon area of the town. You’ll find out about all of Nottingham’s colourful characters, including Lord Byron, DH Lawrence, Peter Pan and of course Robin Hood. £5 per adult, £4 children

  • Russian Robin Hood camp at the Robin Hood Festival Posted on 22 August 2011

    Russian Robin Hood camp visits the Robin Hood Festival

    On behalf of Robin Hood Camp, Russia we’d like to thank Festival Team and Experience Nottinghamshire for an amazing time we all had at the Robin Hood Festival!

    We are a Robin Hood Camp in the Moscow region. We love the themes that Robin Hood embodies: the ideas of justice, humanity, support and wit. In our camp kids participate in an exciting adventure in the spirit of Middle Ages. This summer we took our first trip to Robin Hood’s homeland – Nottinghamshire.

    We brought 28 campers, mostly school age children around 10-15 years old and 6 adult counselors. From Moscow we flew into Heathrow

  • Sherwood Pines Forest Park Posted on 16 August 2011

    Robin Hoods Hideout declared a top ten natural English play spot.

    Sherwood Pines, including its natural play area, Robin Hood’s Hideout, has been identified as a top ten natural play spot in England according to the Forestry Commission.

    The organisation that manages one of the key country parks that make up Sherwood Forest, has conducted a public opinion survey to find out what people thought about playing in woodland. Interestingly, 95% of people agreed that the places are fun and enjoyable but an increasing number said they were too busy to visit.

    Over a third of people quizzed said that in the last three years they have not visited a woodland or forest due to time pressure commitments. Yet 74% of people polled

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