• app Posted on 30 August 2014

    See the Riot of 1831 brought to life at Nottingham Castle

    On 12th October 1831, an angry mob stormed Nottingham Castle and burned it to the ground. The riot was sparked by a House of Lords decision to reject the Reform Bill, which would have granted more voting rights to people. Now, Nottingham Castle has launched a brand new exhibition called Riot 1831 which includes an augmented reality app to help you picture the events as they unfolded. The Experience Nottinghamshire team and Julie Reader-Sullivan from Newark and Sherwood District Council went along to find out more.


    A perennial challenge for Nottingham Castle is how to tell the decades of history and stories hidden inside its historic walls. The Riot 1831 exhibition brings

  • CivilWar Open Day Posted on 16 August 2014

    Access all areas for the public at the site of the National Civil War Centre, Newark

    I’ve been fortunate enough to be very close to the development work at the National Civil War Centre in Newark since it began at the end of 2013. The site has transformed significantly over the last ten months, and as I was informed on Friday, the worst of the work is now out of the way. From now on the site only begins to look better.

    It’s an exciting project for the town of Newark and for the county of Nottinghamshire as a whole, bringing the subject of the Civil War to life and creating a national tourist attraction which will pull in visitors from all over the UK and the world.

  • VIN Posted on 19 July 2014

    Heroes from the Great War to be commemorated at Nottingham Castle

    From 26 July – 16 November, visitors are invited along to explore experiences of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire people during the Great War, at home and in the trenches of Northern France. Throughout the exhibition there will be events and activities for all the family, and from 25 July – 29 August, children go FREE at Nottingham Castle!

    The major Trent to Trenches Exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery will display powerful photographs, diaries, letters and artefacts, including paintings and prints created by official war artists during the conflict, many on loan from local people. Visitors will

  • RobinHoodStatue Posted on 20 April 2014

    Robin Hood secures a place in Visit England’s Hall of Fame

    Fans of Robin Hood will be celebrating today after it was announced that the legendary outlaw has won a place in an open air exhibition which has been organised by Visit England to celebrate St George’s Day.

    The Hall of Fame exhibition, which will be held at the Observation Point on London’s Southbank, is set to open to the public on St George’s Day (23rd April) and will run until 30th April. Robin Hood secured his place at the exhibition after receiving a silver award in The Great, The Good and the Notorious category of VisitEngland’s Hall of Fame, just behind the founder of the National Trust, Octavia Hill.

    The search to create England’s

  • Robin Hood - side front Posted on 02 April 2014

    Robin Hood needs you!

    With your help, we could see Robin Hood win England’s ultimate claim to fame and be featured in a landmark exhibition on London’s Southbank to mark St George’s Day!

    VisitEngland’sHall of Fame has reopened for voting and we only have until 13th April to make sure Robin Hood is the ultimate winner of England’s claim to fame.

    There are 60 claims in total and members of the public have just one vote. The winner, The People’s Choice, will appear in England’s Hall of Fame alongside 18 of the country’s best claims to fame (a bronze, silver and gold per category) from the shortlist chosen by an expert panel following almost 1,000

  • Vote Robin photo call Posted on 01 April 2014

    Robin Hood takes second place in Tourism Superstar Awards

    It was revealed on Saturday, 29 March, that Ade Andrews of the Robin Hood Town Tour took second place in the national Tourism Superstar Awards. On behalf of Experience Nottinghamshire and Ade Andrews, we thank you for all of your support.

    The winner of the awards went to Buzby Allen from Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk. Buzby took 27% of the vote and Ade was not far behind with 24%!

    VisitEngland’s tourism awards recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry. It is awarded to individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have a priceless experience.

    But, as one door closes,

  • MerryMen Posted on 18 March 2014

    Ade Andrews on what the Robin Hood legend means today

    There is no doubt that Robin Hood holds a fascination for people throughout the world and no-one is more aware of that than Tourism Superstar nominee Ade Andrews, who runs the Robin Hood Town Tour. Here he writes about how the legend still resonates with people today.

    Who was Robin Hood? The question, one of history’s great mysteries, still causes much debate, yet it is only a small part of the bigger picture. What is the meaning of Robin Hood in the 21st Century, I believe, is a more relevant question.

    The pursuit of England’s folklore son brought me to Nottingham in 1993. Armed with a history degree and a background in re-enactment,

  • Torvill and Dean Posted on 14 February 2014

    Nottingham’s Mass Bolero will be a tribute to Torvill and Dean

    Friday 14 February 2014 marks 30 years to the day that Nottingham ice championship skaters, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, became world famous at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics for their perfect six Gold medal performance of the Bolero.  Yesterday, the pair returned to Sarajevo where they were welcomed with rapturous applauds before performing their iconic routine in the same stadium.

    To commemorate the skating sensations, we already have the National Ice Centre within the heart of the city, which was opened by Jayne Torvill on 1 April 2000, and there have been speculations for a Nottingham statue of the pair to be sited outside the Ice Centre.


  • Kate's winning entry Posted on 11 February 2014

    Let’s get Nottinghamshire inducted into VisitEngland’s Hall of Fame

    The country’s national tourist board, VisitEngland has this week launched a search to establish England’s ultimate Hall of Fame. The list of famous claims hailing from England is endless, some that we all know about and are already proud of, some that continue to surprise us. We are proud that Nottinghamshire has some of the greatest claims and we want them all to dominate England’s Hall of Fame. Do you know any of them? They might be old or new claims, the ones we all take for granted, or the ones that maybe only you know about. The Hall of Fame has six categories:

    The Great,

  • AdeSuperstar Posted on 24 January 2014

    Robin Hood flies the flag for Nottinghamshire

    We are delighted to announce that one of our partners and a Nottingham Ambassador, Ade Andrews, of The Robin Hood Town Tour, has made it through to the shortlist of the VisitEngland Tourism Superstar Awards 2014.

    Flying the flag for Nottinghamshire and English Tourism, Ade Andrews, who is also known by his alter ego name of Ezekial Bone, is one of 10 tourism superstars around the country to make it onto VisitEngland’s shortlist.  The award recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry, and is awarded to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have a

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