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What’s hot in Notts in 2015?

In 2015, Nottinghamshire’s calendar is bursting with exciting new openings and traditional events – visitors to the county will be spoilt for choice! Take part in a major cultural project, The Grand Tour, stay at the newly refurbished Lace Market Hotel, or attend the popular Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival.  

Visit www.experiencenottinghamshire.com for more inspiration on events across Nottinghamshire.

Big anniversaries in Nottinghamshire
In 2015, Nottingham will celebrate four big anniversaries, with Theatre Royal Nottingham, Nottingham Forest Football Club and the Salvation Army, which was established in 1865 by Nottingham born William Booth, all celebrating their 150th anniversary. Plus, historic Hodsock Priory, one of Nottinghamshire’s heritage gems in Worksop, will celebrate its 250th anniversary under the ownership of the Buchanan family. Elsewhere, Browns of Holbeck, an award-winning B&B, recently highly commended by VisitEngland as one of the best B&Bs in the country, will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Plus, GameCity, Europe’s biggest and best-loved cultural videogames festival, will celebrate its tenth year in Nottingham.

Nottingham to launch new cave experience
Discover Nottingham, a city of caves, built upon a bed of soft sandstone with over 500 man-made caves beneath its streets. In early 2015 a new virtual cave tour app will be launched, giving visitors the chance to virtually explore the world beneath their feet. While here don’t miss our cave attractions including the City of Caves, caves at Nottingham Castle, newly discovered caves at the Malt Cross Music Hall and pubs in caves such as Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and the Hand and Heart.

Cheers to beer
Nottinghamshire is proud of its beer and brewing heritage, and in early 2015 will launch a new guide to the pubs across the city and county. From England’s oldest pub, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, to a pub with a canal inside, pubs in caves, and pubs serving the best craft beer and real ale from around the county, beer lovers are spoilt for choice in Nottinghamshire. In Nottingham, take a tour of the Architectural Ale Trail, which highlights some of the most interesting heritage pubs on a self-guided walking tour of the city.

Malt Cross, Nottingham city centre: Autumn 2014
The Malt Cross Music Hall, a wonderful old Victorian music hall that is considered to be one of Nottingham’s greatest hidden historical gems, secured over £1.38 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and in early 2014 closed for refurbishment. The Music Hall re-opened in autumn 2014 and the money was used to renovate and restore the building to its former glory, while also providing new space in the currently unused basement levels for arts and crafts workshops, music rehearsal space and a new and improved art gallery. There will also be fascinating tours of the entire site, including access to caves beneath the site, giving visitors an insight into all the unearthed history, intriguing secrets and unique archaeology they’ve discovered about the historic building. www.maltcross.com

National Civil War Centre, Newark, Nottinghamshire: Spring 2015
In spring 2015, the UK’s first ever National Civil War Centre is set to open in Newark. The £5.4m centre is a flagship project by Newark and Sherwood District Council and will be housed in the Grade II* Old Magnus Building, now undergoing restoration. The centrepiece theme will be the deadly struggles for power in 17th century Britain during the British Civil Wars. The struggle to control Newark – a staunchly Royalist town – was one of the defining events of the Civil War. It was near here that King Charles I surrendered to the Scots Army which was allied to the Roundheads. www.civilwarnewark.co.uk

St James Hotel, Nottingham city centre
Located in a quiet area of Nottingham adjacent to the infamous Nottingham Castle, St James Hotel makes the ideal base for any leisure or business traveller. The hotel has recently completed a full refurbishment programme which has transformed the existing hotel into a contemporary boutique feel property, and now boasts 87 guest rooms accommodating individual travellers, couples, families and groups. The Hotel has also completed a major renovation of its event space – ideal for conferences and events of any kind. http://www.stjames-hotel.com/

Cockliffe Country House Hotel, Burntstump Hill, Nottinghamshire: April 2015
Cockliffe Country House Hotel is a 17th century former farmhouse set in the heart of rural Nottingham, bordering the historically significant Sherwood Forest, and within easy reach of Nottingham, Mansfield and Southwell. The 11-bedroom property was acquired by independent hotel group, Heritage Estates, who already owns luxurious Kelham House, and will embark an extensive refurbishment scheme, investing up to £1m to transform the venue’s bedrooms, restaurant, and wedding and conference facilities. The refurbishment programme will begin in January, with phase one expected to be completed by April. www.cch-hotel.co.uk

Nottingham Lace Market Hotel, early 2015
This stunning boutique hotel will reopen in 2015 under new ownership after extensive refurbishments. Located in a Grade II listed Georgian building in the historic Lace Market area of Nottingham, the hotel enjoys prime position opposite the Galleries of Justice Museum and next to St Mary’s Church, where Robin Hood was meant to have hidden from the villainous Sheriff. There will be 42 stylish bedrooms, including 3 very individual Signature Suites in which guests will receive champagne and a hamper of treats to enhance their stay. The food and beverage offer will focus on exceptional service and include indulgent, contemporary Afternoon Teas in the new residents’ lounge. There is also a historic pub onsite which will offer craft ales and a core menu of Best of British fare.


Snowdrops at Hodsock
Hodsock Priory, Worksop, Nottinghamshire: 31 January – 1 March 2015

Visit Hodsock Snowdrops in 2015 and enjoy 12-acres of beautiful snowdrop-covered woodland. The Village will also be home to a luxury tea room, gift shop and plant sale. Historic Hodsock Priory has had many owners over the years and today is managed by George and Katharine Buchanan, and he will be available to tell guests about Hodsock’s fascinating past. In 2015, the Buchanan family will celebrate their 250th year in residence at Hodsock Priory. http://www.snowdrops.co.uk/   
Admission: Adults £5; Children 6-16 £1; under 6’s FREE; groups (10 people or more) £4.50

East Midlands Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention
Capital FM Arena, Nottingham: 15 March 2015

Following a sell-out in spring 2014, EM-Con will return to Nottingham in 2015 with its new home at the Capital FM Arena. Visitors will be able to meet and talk to their favourite stars from Game of Thrones, Red Dwarf, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, Star Wars and Doctor Who, as well as having the opportunity to obtain professional photographs and autographs. https://www.capitalfmarena.com/online/emcon
Admission: General ticket £8; Silver ticket £12.50

Nottinghamshire County Show
Newark Showground, Newark: May 2015

Set in the market town of Newark, the Nottinghamshire County Show is a fantastic traditional show promoting farming, food, rural life and heritage in Nottinghamshire and beyond. From dog displays to show jumping and the traditional equine and livestock showing classes, there will be plenty to explore. With 50,000 visitors attending each year, the show is a perennially popular celebration of Nottinghamshire life. http://www.nottinghamshirecountyshow.com/

Aegon Nottingham Open
Nottingham Tennis Centre: 8 – 14 June 2015 & 22 – 28 June 2015

In 2015, Nottingham Tennis Centre will host two world class tennis events in the run up to The Championships at Wimbledon. With an estimated 28,000 spectators expected over two weeks and over $1million prize money on offer, the week of 8 June 2015 sees a new Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) event featuring many of the top international players, while the week of 22 June sees a men’s ATP 250 event. http://www.lta.org.uk/

The Grand Tour
Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth House, The Harley Gallery at Welbeck Estate and Derby Museums: July – September 2015

The Grand Tour project is a collaboration between four of the region’s most important cultural venues around Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Encompassing a prestigious programme of art exhibitions and cultural experiences, the tour will introduce visitors to the hidden treasures in the region’s great art collections, as well as new exhibitions by some of the UK’s most acclaimed and innovative modern artists. The intrigued visitor will be able to see some of the great collections in the region from the Baroque and Enlightenment Period, on public display sometimes for the first time in a generation. www.thegrandtour.uk.com

2015 Investec Ashes Series
Trent Bridge, Nottingham: 6 – 10 August 2015

Trent Bridge will be home to the best in international cricket again in 2015, as it hosts the fourth Ashes Test from Thursday 6 August, which could end up being the deciding match in the series depending on earlier results. The cricket ground will also host a Royal London one-day international between England and New Zealand on Wednesday 17 June 2015. Limited tickets available. http://www.trentbridge.co.uk/cricket/index.html

Robin Hood Festival – FREE
Sherwood Forest Country Park, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire: 3 – 9 August 2015
Sherwood Forest will come alive with the spirit of Robin Hood next summer, when the annual Robin Hood Festival returns, hosted by Nottinghamshire County Council.  The festival is a favourite with families in the summer holidays and once again there will be a week of FREE entertainment and a daily programme packed with education and entertainment for all ages. Parking charges will apply. http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/robinhoodfestival

D.H. Lawrence Festival – FREE
D.H. Lawrence Heritage, Eastwood, Nottingham: September 2015

This annual festival celebrates the life and works of writer D.H. Lawrence, as well as the mining heritage of his birthplace in Eastwood. A programme of talks, exhibitions, readings, special events and workshops will explore the different facets of D.H. Lawrence’s works and personalities – making it a great event for all the family. Some charges may apply on certain events. www.dhlawrenceheritage.org

Goose Fair – FREE
Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham: October 2015

Goose Fair is one of Nottingham’s oldest traditions and has been running in Nottingham for over 700 years. It returns to Nottingham every year in October, last year attracting more than 300,000 people. With over 500 attractions, admire Nottingham’s skyline for miles on the Big Wheel, soar high on the rollercoaster, try for a win on hook a duck and crunch into a tasty toffee apple, or dare you ride the terrifying ghost train? Whilst here, make sure you treat yourself to the fair’s popular mushy peas and mint sauce. Charges will apply for rides. www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival
Nottingham Castle: October 2015

Nottingham CAMRA’s annual beer festival is one of the top five beer festivals in the UK and once again it will be held in the wonderful, historic grounds of Nottingham Castle. In 2014, over 30,000 people visited Nottingham to try a selection of 1,215 brews, the largest selection of beers in Europe. What’s more, 40 per cent of the volume of beer is brewed within 20 miles of the Castle, putting the spotlight on the Midlands’ many breweries and micro-breweries. http://www.beerfestival.nottinghamcamra.org/

Bramley Apple Festival – FREE
Southwell, Nottinghamshire: October 2015

Celebrate the UK’s favourite cooking apple in its hometown of Southwell. Every year, people gather to this very picturesque market town where the apple was first propagated more than 200 years ago from the garden of a cottage on Church Street. The stunning Southwell Minster, a splendid cathedral with one of the finest Norman naves in Europe, and surrounding attractions, will host a festival of food & drink and all things associated with Southwell’s Bramley Apple heritage. It’s a great day out for foodie lovers and families. http://www.visitsouthwell.com/

The Christmas Art and Food Market and Harley Open Studios – FREE
Harley Gallery, Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire: November 2015

Each market stall at the Christmas market has been selected by experts from The Harley Gallery and award-winning Welbeck Farm Shop, you are sure to find the perfect present, and at prices to suit all pockets. From traditional crafts to cutting edge design, top makers from across the country are coming to show off their work at the Art Market. Also on site, there will be a fabulous food market, focussing on local produce including beer, cheese, bread and chocolates made on the Welbeck Estate. www.harleygallery.co.uk

Nottingham Winter Wonderland – FREE
Old Market Square, Nottingham: Winter 2015 – early January 2016

Families can enjoy gliding round on the outdoor ice rink, before perusing more than 50 Victorian styled trading cabins with an array of quality Christmas gifts from local traders and craftspeople and mouth-watering treats amid lots of authentic Christmas trees. Whilst here, visit the two on-site winter bars, including the Helter Skelter Bar selling mulled wine, spiced cider and other hot toddies to keep you aglow as you take a break from your Christmas shopping. Charges may apply. www.nottinghamwinterwonderland.co.uk

Posted on 31 October 2014

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