Your Top 3 Favourite Places in 2012

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Since early 2012, we’ve been inviting locals and visitors to share their favourite places in Nottinghamshire with us. The feature is published every Tuesday and has proven to be one of the most popular of our blog. From local residents to high profile personalities, our ‘Favourite Places’ have seen a wide range of people share their mutual love for our wonderful county. Below is the top 3 of your favourite places in Nottinghamshire.


3. Wollaton Hall & Park and Rufford Abbey Country Park

In Notts we love our great outdoors! From tales of Batman at Wollaton Hall to Aurora Illuminations at Rufford Abbey Country Park, our parks and gardens are family favourites all year round. Those two parks beat Sherwood Forest, Clumber Park and Attenborough Nature Reserve and make your top 3 favourite places in 2012, and here is why:

“Being from Wollaton, Wollaton Park is one of my favourite places. It’s absolutely beautiful there & if it’s sunny or snowy you’re guaranteed a fun day. The Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan Mansion with lots to see inside & there’s always loads of exciting events throughout the year!” – Vicky McClure

“There is always plenty to see and do at Rufford Park and I’ve spent many happy Sundays wandering through the ancient monastery, enjoying the public art scattered around the grounds and visits to the craft centre. A walk passed the lake takes you to the spot where cars raise a spray as they drive through the ford to the delight and encouragement of the watching crowd.” – Steve Mapp

2. Newstead Abbey

Once home to legendary poet Lord Byron, Newstead Abbey offers 300 acres of picturesque gardens and parklands, complete with lakes, ponds and waterfalls. Whether you are exploring Byron’s history, looking for a romantic spot or enjoying one the outdoor theatre performances with your family, Newstead Abbey won’t leave you indifferent.

“Newstead Abbey is one of my favourite places to escape from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city centre.  Although I am very much a city girl and have a great love for its character, sometimes, it’s nice for me to get away somewhere more peaceful and idyllic.  I love the rippling lakes, the stunning wildlife and the deep history of the Abbey itself, but what I love most is kicking off my shoes and paddling in the cool, refreshing waterfall on a hot summer’s day! My favourite parts of the grounds are the Japanese gardens and the Rose garden. With the vibrant, exotic colours of the flowers and its tranquil, calming atmosphere, this is the perfect place to relax and let any stresses float away.” – Faye Rollinson

1. Broadway Cinema

Your favourite place in 2012 is Broadway! Located in the heart of Nottingham City Centre, Broadway is the leading independent cinema in Central England. With four screens showing the best films from Hollywood’s must-sees to foreign indies, two cafe-bars and a wide programme of film courses, film festivals, Q&As and events, Broadway is much more than just a cinema. In 2013, Broadway will also bring a rich calendar of media arts events.

The Broadway has been showing the best international releases and art house titles since the Sixties and has long been a creative hub in Nottingham. If you go you might even sit in the Paul Smith Auditorium which I opened in 2006 – it has seats covered in Paul Smith stripes.” – Sir Paul Smith

“I went to Broadway in my very first week in Nottingham and I started working behind the bar a year later. My company Glimmer Films is now based there and I’m on the board of directors. Broadway really means a lot to me, I didn’t go to film school but I feel that being in and around Broadway has been a film education. From meeting fellow film makers, hearing directors present their work and most important of all curling up on the glorious pink seats of screen 1 seeing a film.” – Jeanie Finlay

“A cinema with a heart, not only does Broadway show the best in mainstream and indie films (often with cast and crew Q&As) and small film festivals, but it also gets involved with the local community, holding nights such as Show and Tell, Spoon Fed, a quiz and a book club. To me, this is what a true independent cinema should be, at once not only offering a great service, but at the same time becoming part of the community. Oh, and they serve great food, too.” – Penny Reeve

You can see all of 2012’s ‘Favourite Places’ here >>

Posted on 07 January 2013
Featured author: melissa.gueneau

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