• Bramley Apple - High Res Posted on 03 February 2017

    Bramley Apple Week & The Story of the Bramley Apple

    From a forbidden temptation of biblical times to the tale of William Tell, the apple has passed through folklore and history as a humble and wholesome fruit. One of the most popular varieties of apple, The Bramley Apple, in fact has its origins in Nottinghamshire.

    The Story of the Bramley Apple

    The 200 year history began by chance when a young girl from Southwell, Mary Anne Brailsford, planted some apple pips in her garden in the early 19th century. Blossoming into a strong and fertile tree, it caught the eye of a local farmer Henry Merryweather some years later, who saw the possibility of farming the succulent apples. The land on which the tree

  • cottage-photo Posted on 09 December 2016

    Framework Knitters Museum

    The Experience Nottinghamshire team visit the Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington.

    Jessie

    I’ve heard of the Luddites and I walk through Nottingham’s former Lace Market every day, but little did I know that the fabric of the UK’s textile industry was made just outside the city in Ruddington.  The quaint village was once deafened by the noise of hundreds of knitting machines at work, making some of the earliest machine knitted garments. In 1851, about 50% of Ruddington households were engaged in the industry in some way.

    The museum itself exists within the tiny cottages where the knitters ate, slept and worked hard for their meagre keep. We began our tour by watching the museum’s

  • capture-5 Posted on 11 November 2016

    Armistice Day in Nottinghamshire

    This Armistice Day, we’re sharing some of the Nottinghamshire monuments remembering the fallen in WW1 and WW2.

    Albert Ball statue at Nottingham Castle

    Captain Albert Ball a first world war fighter pilot from Nottingham, who at the time of his death at the age of 21, was the UK’s leading flying ace with at least 44 victories to his name. King George V visited Nottingham’s Old Market Square in 1917 to present Albert’s parents with his Victoria Cross and France awarded him a legion d’honneur.

    In 1921 a monument was unveiled in the grounds of Nottingham Castle, where it still stands today. The Castle is also home to Ball’s Victoria Cross, as part of the

  • robin-hood-by-colin-gray Posted on 28 October 2016

    International Robin Hood Day

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood has been spread far and wide around the globe. From hosting world class archery tournaments to a medieval pageant in his honour, the spirit of Nottinghamshire’s very own outlaw is still very much alive in the county today. It’s officially International Robin Hood Day on 29th October – discover the how you can retrace the footsteps of Nottinghamshire’s greatest hero.

    Sherwood Forest

    The stomping ground of Robin Hood, the forest has over 900 veteran oak trees including England’s Tree of the Year 2014, The Major Oak

    Major Oak

    Still standing in Sherwood Forest, the ancient English oak is between 800 and 1,000 years old and is

  • bramley-apple-tree-2-high-res Posted on 07 October 2016

    Vote for the Original Bramley Apple for ‘Tree of the Year’

    Tucked away in a cottage garden in Southwell, you’ll find the single tree responsible for all Bramley Apples grown in the UK today.

    The humble tree was planted from a pip more than 200 years ago in 1809, in the garden of a young girl named Ann Brailsford. It first began bearing fruit in the 1830s when a butcher called Matthew Bramley moved into the property belonging to the garden.

    Later, the apples were spotted by local nurseryman Henry Merryweather, who asked if he could make cuttings from the tree to reproduce it’s perfect specimens. Bramley agreed on the condition that the apples took his name and the nation’s classic cooking apple was

  • martin-holtam Posted on 05 October 2016

    Women’s Sport Week – Charlotte Gilmartin

    Charlotte Gilmartin is a short track speed skater who began competing for Team GB since the age of fifteen. Already a World Cup and European champion, she’s hoping to bring back a medal at the next Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in 2018

    Charlotte trains full time at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham. The city was named as the official VisitEngland Home of Sport back in 2015 and has produced a glittering history of ice-skating stars including the Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey Team and the nation’s favourite figure skating team, Torvill and Dean. 

    For #WomensSportWeek, Charlotte is sharing her journey into skating and how she became captain of an all-female squad.

    I began skating seriously aged 12 after being spotted racing

  • img_9939 Posted on 09 September 2016

    Walking D H Lawrence’s Nottinghamshire

    Eastwood, which lies around eight miles away from Nottingham, is bustling with events and activities over the next few weeks to celebrate the life and legacy of the town’s most famous son – D.H. Lawrence.

    Nottingham was recently named a UNESCO City of Literature, and the county’s lyrical landscapes have shaped and inspired the writing of everyone from Lord Byron to J.M Barrie and Alan Stilitoe over the years.

    D.H. Lawrence often wrote of his love of the Notts’ countryside, and in 1929, penned of the woodlands around Eastwood: ‘To me it seemed, and still seems an extremely beautiful countryside, just between the red sandstone and oak trees of Nottingham and the

  • Untitled-1-01 Posted on 24 May 2016

    New Robin Hood Film – Rumour Round-Up

    Update – New Robin Hood Film has Release Date – March 23, 2018
    As we predicted down below, the Lionsgate Robin Hood film has been the first to materialise, and with a release date for early next year, we don’t have too long to wait until Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest and Nottingham are back on the big screen!

    Filming has taken place, and recently released details include the interesting choice to cast comedian Tim Minchin as Friar Tuck. You may also recognise the new Will Scarlett – he will be played by Jamie Dornan, who featured in the 50 Shades films. The new Sheriff of Nottingham, Ben Mendelsohn, is unlikely to be a

  • Arsher Ali by Faceiro Posted on 28 April 2016

    Arsher Ali shares his favourite places in Notts

    We can’t wait to watch to the series finale of BBC Two’s gripping drama Line of Duty tonight – not least because of the homegrown talent in the cast! We caught up with Basford native Arsher Ali to talk all things Notts.

    What do you and your family like to get up to in Notts when you’re not busy filming?

    I have an office in town – so I spend as much time as I can with my friend and writing partner, Hugh Dichmont.

    Other than that – my visits to Nottingham are to my Mum’s house or the other most important place in Nottingham… the City Ground.

    Do you have any favourite places to eat

  • Modest bed for a Duchess credit Andy Tryner Posted on 24 March 2016

    Hardwick’s Last Lady breathes new life into Hall

    Today our guest blog is from Nigel Wright, House & Collections Manager at Hardwick Hall, a stunning National Trust property on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border. Here, Nigel tells us about the experience of the new Last Lady of Hardwick exhibition. Duchess Evelyn Devonshire was the last of the Cavendish family to call Hardwick her home and now you can step into her life and experience Hardwick the way she lived it – and cared for it.

    The sound of the 1920s now drifts out from the small cinema introducing people to the story of Duchess Evelyn Devonshire, the last member of the Cavendish family to make Hardwick her home.  Born in 1870

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