• 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

  • Robin Hood Town Tour Posted on 18 January 2014

    Live like a local with top tips from Robin Hood

    It was announced in the Daily Mirror today that Ade Andrews, aka Robin Hood, has been shortlisted for English Tourism Week’s Tourism Superstar 2014!

    Nottingham tour guide, Ade, is always in character and ready to burst with knowledge and passion about Nottingham. He is the face behind the successful Ezekial Bone Tours of Nottingham, with his Robin Hood Town Tour, which won Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013, and the popular Ezekial Bone Magic Lantern Tour where he recounts a fascinating story as the prestigious Theatre Royal’s resident ghost.

    To show your support for our local candidate, head on over to the Daily Mirror website. Voting will commence

  • DH-Lawrence-books Posted on 03 January 2014

    D. H. Lawrence: Writer, artist … hipster?

    Today’s guest blogger is Sally Nightingale, D. H Lawrence Heritage services manager, who writes that our literary legend could have been a modern day hipster.

    Apparently if William Shakespeare were alive today he’d be a daring and forward thinking hipster. This was the image presented earlier this year as part of an artistic project commissioned for the TV series Secret Life Of…. which depicted how a series of historical figures might have looked in 2013. Developed by a team of digital artists this updated edgy image represents Shakespeare as a ‘modern day playwright’ with an earring, shaggy, quiffed hair, Shoreditch shirt and waistcoat.

    My response was ‘what’s a hipster?’ proving at the age of

  • Civil War (9) Posted on 25 November 2013

    We visit the site of the new Newark Civil War Museum

    Nottinghamshire is set to host the first Civil War Centre in the country from 2015, with a brand new attraction in the pipeline for Newark. Work has recently begun on the new National Civil War Centre which will be hosted within the Old Magnus building, a grade II* listed property in Nottinghamshire’s historic market town. The development of the building will cost in the region of £5.4m, utilising augmented reality technology as well as housing unique artefacts from the period to tell the story of one of the largest conflicts in the country’s history.

    Councillor Tony Roberts, MBE, Chair of Leisure and Environment Committee at Newark and Sherwood District
  • Trent to Trenches Posted on 01 November 2013

    Dig out your Great War hidden treasures

    Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 and Trent to Trenches, a partnership between Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and Experience Nottinghamshire, will host a major programme of events and activities across the city and county to commemorate this era-defining conflict.

    The people of Nottinghamshire played a vital role in the war and so to honour the memory of those affected by the conflict a vast number of events across Notts will mark the centenary of the outbreak; click here to see a whole list of programmes. Key Nottinghamshire attractions will get involved with the anniversary, from performances alongside the

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