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Experience Nottinghamshire

Welcome to the corporate, media and trade site for Experience Nottinghamshire, part of Marketing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire and the official tourism body for the city and county. Funded in part by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County council and significant private sector income including memberships, commercial activities and a range of grants.

The team provide a range of services for tourism related businesses, journalists and travel trade industry professionals seeking up-to-date and factual information about the destination. They promote a wide range of venues and attractions to leisure and businesses tourists via the destination website, the Nottingham Tourism Centre and the official visitor guide. Please explore the site further to find out more.

Press Releases – Experience Nottinghamshire

The official tourism website for Nottinghamshire
  • 23/03/2017 10:48:13

    Nottingham Lakeside Arts’ new season of events stretching April to August 2017 is fast approaching and tickets for all events are now on sale. The jam-packed season is full of events to cater for all tastes and includes the usual diverse range of theatre, dance, gallery exhibitions, museum, and music events.

    The world exclusive exhibition, Dinosaurs of China, will be soaring into Lakeside from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 29 October 2017. A large, ticketed exhibition will be held at Wollaton Hall and a smaller, free exhibition will be coming to Nottingham Lakeside Arts’ Angear Visitor Centre. This exhibition represents the only time that visitors can see this vast selection of fossils and skeletons outside of Asia and will bring to life the history of how dinosaurs evolved into the birds that live alongside us today.

    The largest exhibition of Winifred Nicholson’s paintings since the 1980s is on display at Djanogly Gallery until Sunday 4 June. Liberation of Colour is co-curated by Jovan Nicholson, Winifred’s grandson, who has had direct access to rarely exhibited works in private collections. It draws on new research, including previously unseen archive material and includes portraits of her husband Ben, as well as the architect Christopher ‘Kit’ Nicholson, Ben’s younger brother. The exhibition focuses on Nicholson’s treatment of light and colour, taking stimulus from the places where she lived or visited throughout her working life, including her native Cumbria.

    The May half-term holidays (Monday 29 May – Sunday 4 June) herald the arrival of the eagerly anticipated Wheee! International Children’s Theatre and Dance Festival 2017. The festival will once again include the world premiere of Architects of Air’s brand-new Luminarium, designed to delight and astonish all ages with structures that are externally intriguing and interiors that are brilliantly iridescent. The festival programme includes performances from world-leading children’s theatre company, Cas Public (Montréal), with Suites Curieuses, a playful interpretation of Red Riding Hood combining dance, projections, and shadows; and M6 Theatre Company’s One Little Word, a gentle story of friendship and power. The festival will culminate in the free Family Weekend in Highfields Park with performances, things to make and do, drumming workshops from Mark Evans, and much more.

    This new season also includes two collaborations for Nottingham Lakeside Arts. The partnership is between Nottingham Lakeside Arts and Nottingham New Theatre, the only entirely student run theatre in the country based at the University of Nottingham. Jessica Swale’s Blue Stockings (Tuesday 9 May – Saturday 13 May) is set against the backdrop of women’s suffrage, this is a poignant, comical and eye-opening story based on the true history of women’s fight for education. Following the success of Oedipus (2016) Martin Berry once again directs a talented company of University of Nottingham students.

    On Wednesday 12 July a new production of The Jungle Book opens at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, co-produced with New Street Theatre. Written by Toby Hulse, and with new music from BB Cooper, this community production promises a spell-binding edge-of-your seat adventure of song, dance, music, and laughter that evokes the brilliance of Kipling’s original stories.

    The University of Nottingham Museum at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, presents a new exhibition, The Medieval World In Colour, from 1 April – 18 June 2017. This exhibition explores the use, role and sources of colour in the Middle Ages in both religious and domestic settings. It examines the surviving forms of colour to explore the medieval colour pallet and to illuminate the world in which these colours were used and created. The exhibition is free to enter and includes a series of free events for all ages.

    This is just a taste of what’s on offer this season at Nottingham Lakeside Arts. For the full programme and online booking for ticketed events visit, or call the box office on 0115 846 7777.

    Photo credit: Steve Tanner

  • 22/03/2017 16:32:13

    The Nottingham Poetry Festival, planned by Notts TV, Nottingham born poet Henry Normal and Hockley Hustle Director, Tommy Rosley returns from 21st April – to 30th April.

    Building on the success of the first Nottingham Poetry Festival in Autumn 2015, and on behalf of the Nottingham poetry community, Nottingham Poetry Festival presents a diverse programme of over 50 events spanning 10 days combining some of the most renowned poets in the country with Nottingham’s poetic voices, showcasing Nottingham’s lyrical literary scene at its best.

    The stellar line-up includes national names in Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Wendy Cope OBE, Simon Armitage, John Cooper Clarke and John Hegley together with many local poets including John Lucas, Andrew “Mulletproof” Graves, Panya Banjoko and Gregory Woods.

    Nottingham-born Henry Normal, co-writer of the Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, Paul Calf, Coogan’s Run and The Parole Officer is helping organise the festival.

    Henry himself returns to his first love poetry after 20 years producing TV and films such as Alan Partridge, Gavin and Stacey and the Oscar nominated Philomena.

    Henry comments: ‘This festival is very much a local arts movement and exists only with the goodwill, enthusiasm and active participation of local poets, organisers and audiences. We’d like to thank everyone involved in its preparation, and everyone who has supported the festival so far. With luck, planning and enough appetite, Nottingham – now proudly a UNESCO City of Literature – will be able to present and develop an annual Poetry Festival for many years to come. Please come along and enjoy what will be a fantastic festival.”

    Matt Turpin of UNESCO, Nottingham City of Literature comments: “Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature is delighted to have Nottingham Poetry Festival return to the city. Poetry has never been so vital, so diverse, so life-affirming in Nottingham than right now. It’s therefore an excellent time to mark this with a festival that not only celebrates our own local gems, but brings in the best names in poetry from all corners of the UK, and celebrate our world-class way with words”.

    Craig Chettle Executive Director Notts TV comments: “I am excited to be working again with Henry in bringing some incredible talent to Nottingham. The festival will enhance the city’s cultural offering and is already becoming a highly anticipated event”.

    The Poets:

    Dame Carol Ann Duffy DBE FRSL is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate in May 2009

    Wendy Cope’s poetry is perhaps best known for its humour and wit Critically acclaimed and publicly adored, Wendy Cope OBE is one of world poetry’s most revered figures. She was awarded an OBE in 2010.

    Simon Armitage is described as the modern, accessible and unstuffy face of poetry.  Simon Armitage CBE’s writing combines slang and immediacy with a sardonic wit. A master of wordplay with a keen ear for dialogue and a nose for memorable expressions

    The ‘people’s poet’, John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s. His career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents and, still top of the game, today he’s as relevant and refreshing as ever. Aside from his trademark ‘look’ continuing to resonate with fashionistas young and old, and his poetry included on national curriculum syllabus, his effect on modern music and pop culture is huge.

    One of the UK’s most innovative comic poets, John Hegley’s first paid performance were busking his songs in Hull in the late 1970s. He performed on the streets of London in the early 1980s, fronting the Popticians, with whom he recorded two John Peel sessions. A frequent performer of both the spoken and sung word, he’s also a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe.

    Described as “the funniest man you’ve never heard of “by The Telegraph, Henry Normal set up Baby Cow Productions with Steve Coogan in 1999 and has spent his time since creating some of Britain’s most loved TV. He has 7 collections of poetry published, has toured with the band Pulp and performed in the film ‘Glastonbury.’

    The Henry Normal Beer Launch & Festival Preview – 3rd April – 7pm  – The Vat & Fiddle

    Festival Sponsors Castle Rock have honoured Festival Organiser, Henry Normal, with the brewing of a namesake beer ‘Henry Normal’.  The 4.2 per cent golden mild ale, the second in the Nottinghamian Celebration series for 2017, is being brewed on UNESCO World Poetry Day (21 March).  It will be in prime condition for its launch at the Vat and Fiddle pub on 3rd April and across the city in time for the Poetry Festival. Come and join Henry and friends for an evening of comedy and poetry at the launch of the Henry Normal beer, and festival preview.

  • 22/03/2017 11:34:45

    With just one week to go until voting for VisitEngland’s Tourism Superstar closes at 5pm on Wednesday 29 March, the landlord of Nottingham’s Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem – Karl Gibson – is appealing for local help to get him to number one in the country!

    Karl is flying the flag for Nottinghamshire by becoming one of just ten finalists in the country to be shortlisted for a national VisitEngland Tourism Superstar Award.  He goes above and beyond the call of his landlord duties to ensure visitors receive an extra special experience and, as well as providing a warm and friendly Nottinghamshire welcome, he is a fountain of knowledge, not just about the pub but all that Nottingham has to offer too.

    Karl was nominated for the award by Visit Nottinghamshire.  The organisation is delighted Karl is one of the national finalists but is urging the folk of Nottinghamshire to back the campaign on the Daily Mirror website to ‘Vote for Karl’.

    Brendan Moffett, Chief Executive of Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, said: “Karl entertains and informs visitors about the history of the world-famous pub, taking them on tours of the cellars and enlightening them with the many tales of the building’s rich history.

    “Karl contributes to the wider visitor experience by helping visitors to have a memorable stay, which helps us to raise the profile of the city and county as a visitor destination and has a positive impact on the wider visitor economy.”

    Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem dates back to 1189, whilst the cellars, which are set in the caves of the adjacent Nottingham Castle – where the beer was once brewed – date back to 1070.  Karl takes visitors on tours of the cellars, free of charge, enthralling them with tales of the medieval brewing techniques and the gory past of the condemned cell where criminals deemed too bad to hang were chained to the wall and often left to die.

    The winning Tourism Superstar will be announced during English Tourism Week (25 March-2 April). 

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