• Councillor Kathryn Fox, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Councillor Darryl Pulk and Council Leader John Clarke. Posted on 09 October 2013

    Dramatic transformation at Bonington Theatre is revealed

    Theatre-lovers will be able to enjoy a rich programme of professional and amateur productions this autumn at the newly-refurbished Bonington Theatre in Arnold.

    The theatre, which is on High Street, has undergone a dramatic transformation and now boasts new lighting and PA systems in the auditorium, along with electronic seating. The bar has also been redecorated and the new lighting and furniture creates a warm, intimate atmosphere.

    It was unveiled by the leader of Gedling Borough Council John Clarke at a celebration event held on 27th September.

    At the ceremony, theatre consultant Chris Baldwin, from Act Consultant Services, said: “We started in the auditorium and we found that we had 140 lights, many

  • Edith Bellot wearing the traditional costume of Dominica, based on French eighteenth century fashion. Posted on 08 October 2013

    A host of events planned for Black History Month in Nottingham

    A photography exhibition about life in the Caribbean and a lecture by a former Black Panther are just some of the events being held in Nottingham this October as part of Black History Month.

    At New Art Exchange in Hyson Green staff are inviting people to help them commemorate the rich history, culture and heritage of black communities and to celebrate their contributions to British culture.

    This year’s Black History Month marks the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech and Glenis Williams, who is the Community and Engagement Officer at New Art Exchange, says it is the perfect time to stop and reflect.

    “Black History Month has

  • Stage curtain Posted on 12 September 2013

    Dame’s last reign

    Dare I say it, but winter is creeping up on us and that in my eyes means one thing. Pantomime season!

    Kenneth Alan Taylor has written and performed at Nottingham Playhouse for 30 years, and this year it is his last performance as the Dame. Oh yes it is!

    Tom and I were lucky enough to attend the countdown to the launch of Jack and the Beanstalk, this year’s pantomime at Nottingham Playhouse. We were even luckier to put some questions to Kenneth Alan Taylor and Rebecca Little, who has performed in 12 pantomimes at the venue and this year will play Jack.

    Why is this year your final ever Dame

  • Ghost Tour at St Mary's Posted on 10 September 2013

    Frightful Friday 13th

    Dare you spend Friday 13th in one of the most haunted buildings in Britain? Friday 13th September is the launch of the brand new Ghost Tour at Galleries of Justice. Expect to experience paranormal shocks, sounds and unexplained sensations.

    Prior the launch, main character Lilith Adams answered some of our questions about the new tour. Believe me, it is not for the faint hearted! Over to you Lilith…

    My dear friends,

    Let me first introduce myself. My name is Lilith Adams, and I am the keeper of secrets, teller of tales and guardian of ghosts for the poor souls still seeking eternal rest after their earthly lives were cut short. Some by poverty and

  • RBMA.T.Williams Posted on 12 August 2013

    Red Bull Music Academy sound system arrives at Nottingham Carnival

    Nottingham’s gearing up for Carnival this weekend, with a host of local music talent preparing to take to the stage alongside Carnival legends and international, chart-topping acts.

    The Red Bull Music Academy 2013 Carnival Series arrives at the renowned Nottingham Carnival on Saturday 17th August, ahead of its visit to the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival on 26 August.

    Leading this year’s line-up at the Forest Recreation Ground is Ben Westbeech, aka Breach. His mix of futuristic suburban soul, fuzzy-edged funk, unpretentious pop and freshly-laced hip hop, has already seen him smashing his way into the UK top 10 with single ‘Jack’.

    Joining Breach will be brothers Channel One, who are celebrating

  • Prisoner conditions - Galleries of Justice Posted on 08 August 2013

    The Great Escape tour

    It had been a good few years since my last visit to the City’s premier heritage visitor attraction, Galleries of Justice, so it was pleasant to return and experience the brand new actor led tour, The Great Escape. The tour group I was a part of consisted of about eight children and their parents, who had clearly decided to come along to make the most of the summer holidays.

    My journey started in the main reception room when a mysterious character, who was dressed in periodic costume, began rummaging around the gift shop and trying to take a peak in my handbag. This was in fact a former prisoner

  • Static County Banner_728x282 Posted on 31 July 2013

    In Notts we love to make a splash!

    Looking to keep cool this summer? In Nottinghamshire, we’re making a splash with a huge range of water-related activities and events, perfect for a short break in the holiday season.

    Dates for your diary

    Whether you’re into contemporary art, adrenalin sports or family fun, we have an event to suit your aquatic style this summer.

    Aquatopia at the Nottingham Contemporary brings together over 150 contemporary and historic artworks exploring the imagining of the ocean, covering everything from sea monsters to giant squid, and shipwrecks to sirens – open now to 22 September.

    Experience the beach in the heart of the city, at the Nottingham Riviera in Old Market Square. Highlights include a giant

  • 86YF4GxXCWFA_3pJIFJoXlYzLMj1jcb-_obMAJI-VOQ Posted on 24 July 2013

    Spotlight on: Thrumpton Hall

    With a mesmerizing history dating back to the 16th century, Thrumpton Hall is simply brimming with character and charm. Beginning as a medieval house belonging to the Powdrill family who were friends with Anthony Babington from the closely located village of Kingston. He became the instigator of the Babington Plot to put Mary on the throne instead of Elizabeth I. Anthony Babington was hanged, drawn and quartered and the Powdrills escaped with only the loss of the property.

    Thrumpton Hall then fell into the hands of the Pigotts who lived there from 1605 to 1685 for many happy years before being forced to hand it over to their lawyer

  • backlit-lead MED Posted on 18 July 2013

    New exhibitions at BACKLIT Gallery

    As part of a new and exciting programme of events, BACKLIT gallery in Sneinton is opening not one but two exhibitions to mark its growing ambition to bring cutting edge contemporary art to Nottingham.

    The exhibitions – The Taste of Stone and Project Space: Curatorial Residency – opened this week  and run until 2 August.

    The two exhibitions feature the work of up and coming artists from Nottingham and Germany.

    The Taste of Stone features the work of Nottingham based Frank Kent – voted one of the ‘best artists in the region’ by Nottingham Visual Arts magazine. Frank will be transforming the wall space at the gallery by showing off his signature

  • young-logo Posted on 02 July 2013

    A market for young people by YouNG people

    We caught up with the YouNG Network Group about an event they’re planning specifically for young people in West Bridgford:

    The YouNG Market is the first of many Rushcliffe events organized by young people for young people. It’ll be held on Saturday 6 July at Central Avenue, West Bridgford from 12 noon until 5pm. The market has been organized by Rushcliffe’s very own YouNG Network Group.

    YouNG Market West Bridgford

    We wanted to organise an event for young people to show the public what they can do – and the YouNG Market is the place where it’ll all happen.

    Young people will be able

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