2015 Historic Celebrations
Celebrating 150 year anniversaries for our grandest theatre, greatest football club and one of Nottingham’s pioneering legends.
This year we say happy 150th birthday to Nottingham's Theatre Royal, one of Britain’s most beautiful Victorian theatres and a city centre landmark where the world’s longest running play Agatha Christie's Mousetrap premiered over 60 years ago. Take a Magic Lantern back stage tour and be transported from the opening night in 1865 to the contemporary entertainment venue it is today.
Nottingham Forest Football Club was born 150 years ago in a local pub. Within a year the first official match took place and was a local derby - against Notts County Football Club. Forest went from strength to strength over the years, with the glory days of the 1970s and 1980s being under the leadership of the legendary Brian Clough. There will be a host of celebratory events taking place to say Happy Birthday to our now iconic football club.
It's a little known fact that the founder of international charity The Salvation Army was born and raised in Nottingham. William Booth started life in the city suburb of Sneinton where he first attended Methodist chapel and eventually joined a group of fellow believers who preached in the street. As the 'Sally Army' works in no less than 126 countries visitors will be flocking from all corners of the world to see the William Booth Birthplace Museum in his honour.
Quarter millennial anniversary for the Buchanan family
A Buchanan sestercentennial garden has been planted to commemorate the family's 250 year residency at the glorious Hodsock Priory in the pretty village of Blyth, near Worksop. A historic country house set in 800 acres and most known for its Snowdrop garden and Bluebell filled woodland where visitors flock each season. The Buchanan family has called Hodsock home for 10 generations and are in pride possession of many portraits and letters dating back to 1765. Private tours of the house are available for a behind the scenes look at the Hodsock archives and the significant part it played in local history.
Happy 25th birthday to Browns B&B
Set in the heart of The Dukeries and the doorstep of the fabulous Welbeck Estate, Sherwood Forest the Old Orchard Cottage is home to Browns. In 2015 multi award winning will celebrate 25 years of welcoming delighted guests from destinations near and far. It makes for a perfect treat any time.