• 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

  • 1662-Sherwood-Forest-Perambulations Posted on 02 December 2011

    The Poet and the 1662 boundary route of Sherwood Forest

    In the first of a special two part blog, Dave Wood, Nottinghamshire poet, explains why he has spent the past few weeks on a walk around Sherwood Forest’s boundaries, last outlined in 1662:

    In October 2010, I went to a talk in Beeston library by Peter Lester of the Nottinghamshire Archives about the county in the mediaeval era.  He briefly mentioned the Perambulations of Sherwood Forest, last done in 1662 as a way of marking out the boundaries of the forest.

    I’m one of the many creative community  – workers that indulge Nottinghamshire with my skills and I include the city in that too; my ‘enablings’ are outside the perimeters at times,

  • Robin Hood - Low Res Posted on 30 November 2011

    Storytelling Show: The Merry Tales of Robin Hood

    Most people think of storytelling as something for children but in fact it is one of the most rapidly developing performance events attended by adults across all of the performing arts.

    Storytelling engages the audience in the ‘cinema of the mind’ experience where the audience is invited to imaginatively co-create the show alongside the performer.

    With storytelling you can travel across a wide range of themes and emotions in a short amount of time, therefore it can be said to be captivating, charming and moving.

    Amanda Smith, local professional Storyteller will be performing some of the best known tales of Robin Hood using storytelling craft techniques to plot and present the adventures whilst keeping

  • 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

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