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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

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  • 17/08/2017 14:37:42

    Nottingham has confirmed that it is looking to bid for European Capital of Culture 2023, at a launch event held today (Wednesday 16 August 2017).

    The announcement took place in a spectacular luminarium – a structure of luminescent colour and light – created by internationally renowned local artists Architects of Air

    Competing against Belfast, Dundee, Leeds, and Milton Keynes, Nottingham’s European Capital of Culture 2023 bid team is confident Nottingham’s entry will be heavily supported by people across the Midlands and beyond, and is calling on locals to become Nottingham 2023 ‘Cultural Lions’.


    Paul Russ, chairman of Nottingham’s Cultural Strategy Partnership and chair of the Nottingham 2023 board said: “The lions outside the Council House have been a local meeting, gathering and rallying point for decades, we are a proud and inclusive city and urge people of all backgrounds to ‘join our pride’ and help us get to the next stage of the bid by becoming ‘Cultural Lions’.

    “Nottingham is an ambitious, young and diverse city with a culture of grassroots collaboration and a history of rebellious innovation.

    “As part of the bid, we want to give everyone in Nottingham the opportunity to take part in a project, production or experience and nurture the next generation of creative producers and cultural leaders.

    “We’re proposing a ‘cultural change’ programme that will transform the lives of people in the Midlands; harnessing the power of creativity, stimulating innovation, attracting investment and creating new international networks that will redefine our relationship to Europe and the world.”


    Nottingham has one of the youngest and most diverse populations in the UK, with an average age of just 34. Once the global industrial centre of lace-making, nine out of 10 jobs in Nottingham are now in the service industry, and the city is in the process of reimagining itself as a creative economy for the 21st Century.

    Spearheading the Nottingham 2023 bid is Nottingham’s Strategic Cultural Partnership, with support provided by Nottingham City Council, the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Marketing NG.


    Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham said: “Creativity and cultural vibrancy is an engine for growth, business and graduate retention and poses huge opportunities for our city, students and public.”

    Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University said: “Nottingham Trent has a proud 175-year history of contributing to the cultural and economic development of the region, so we are delighted to be backing the bid and the enormous opportunities that being capital of culture will bring to the City and County.”

    Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “2023 will see the first opportunity for a UK City to become European Capital of Culture, since Liverpool held the title in 2008.

    “This provides us with a great opportunity to set a vision for the Nottingham we aspire to be by the year 2023, and has huge potential for attracting investment and growth to the city.”


    The city and surrounding county has a history of pioneering new ways of thinking and working together, from the legend of Robin Hood, computing pioneer Ada Lovelace, and the writings of DH Lawrence, Alan Sillitoe and Jon McGregor, to the work of fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, and nationally celebrated theatre-makers Adam Penford, Emma Rice and Jenny Sealey.


    Reacting to the announcement, Sir John Peace chair of the Midlands Engine, said: “It’s fantastic that Nottingham is bidding to become European Capital of Culture in 2023, not just for Nottingham, but for the whole of the Midlands.

    “Being European Capital of Culture is a huge, year-long opportunity for a city to promote itself and its creative community to the world and to attract significant numbers of visitor from across the UK and overseas, giving a long-term boost to the local and regional economies.

    “Art, culture and the creative industries make a surprisingly large contribution to the Midlands economy already and have significant potential to grow, to become more productive and to create more jobs.

    “I urge the whole region to get behind bringing the European Capital of Culture to the Midlands.”


    A dedicated website and social media channels for Nottingham 2023 have also been unveiled today, providing a platform for locals to show their support by becoming a Nottingham 2023 ‘Cultural Lion’ and keep up to date with bid developments.

    The European Capital of Culture programme is an annual competition in which cities from two selected European countries bid for the title. Nottingham’s bid forms part of the Nottingham Cultural Strategic Partnership’s ten year cultural framework plan and will be developed by Festival & Events International.

    In 2023 both the UK and Hungary will host a European Capital of Culture. Nottingham has until 27 October 2017 to produce its bid.

    For more information and to show your support visit


  • 07/08/2017 09:17:46

    Details of the full route the world’s top professional cyclists will tackle when they race through Nottinghamshire has been announced.

    The 165-kilometre stage of the Tour of Britain through the county on 6 September is now confirmed, with exciting sprints planned in Bilsthorpe, Ranskill, near Retford and Collingham as well as a ‘King of the Mountains’ climb at Eaton Wood, near Retford, a 1.5-kilometre climb averaging a four per cent gradient.

    At each of the three sprints, riders will battle for time bonuses and points towards the red Eisberg Sprints Jersey.

    Starting in Mansfield, the full route will take in more than 45 town and villages across the county, including Edwinstowe, Worksop, Eastwood, Watnall, Newstead, Southwell, Farnsfield, Coddington, Scooby, Retford and finishing in Newark.

    Councillor John Cottee, Committee Chairman for communities at Nottinghamshire County Council said,

    “This is the biggest free-to-attend sporting event ever to come to Nottinghamshire and preparations are now well under way. We look forward to a fantastic turn-out across the route – with the excitement due to step up a gear at the three sprint locations as well as at Eaton Wood for the King of the Mountain section of the race.”

    Villagers in Collingham are already working hard to make sure tour riders get a big welcome when they make the final, lung-busting miles of the day as well as cheering them on for the third and final sprint.

    Led by the Parish Council, and supported by the local Business Club, the whole village is coming together to make sure everyone enjoys the spectacle of international athletes racing through the village, against a predominately yellow backdrop of bunting, balloons, flags and decorated bikes.

    Michael Davies from Collingham Parish Council said,

    “Bunting-making teams are already busy at work, and will be joined in the summer break by youngsters of the Collingham holiday club. Local cycling enthusiasts and Collingham Cycle Club members are leaflet dropping around the village to make sure everyone knows what is going on, and have the opportunity to dress the homes and businesses along the race route in appropriate style.”

    “More than 90 pupils from the local John Blow Primary School are set to line the streets on the day, but with a special twist, as they will be putting on a special spinning display –created by using two giant parachutes made to look like bike wheels – to catch the attention of the TV helicopter tracking the event.

    “Local spectators will be able to follow the full race action on a big-screen TV in the village. This is being sponsored by Lincolnshire Co-op, which has a big store in the village, and local house-builders Gusto Homes.”

    The race – which is being staged in Nottinghamshire for the first time – will depart from Mansfield’s Market Square via Leeming Street at 11am and is expected to finish on Victoria Street alongside Devon and Sconce Park in Newark at around 3.20pm.

    Full details of the route is available at

  • 02/08/2017 15:19:18

    With its 13th edition fast approaching, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the first three titles from its 2017 programme.


    The festival will open with a preview screening of Benjamin Barfoot’s Double Date, which will be followed by a Q&A with members of the cast and crew. Double Date follows mild-mannered innocent Jim as he attempts to lose his virginity on the eve of his 30th birthday; but the beautiful sisters he and his friend Alex have met for the night, may have darker plans in mind. Guests for this event will be announced later in the summer.


    Also on the line-up is the utterly hilarious Top Knot Detective, an Australian mockumentary about a 90s Japanese samurai/detective series known in Japan as ‘Ronin Suiri Tentai’ (‘Deductive Reasoning Ronin’) but known in Australia as ‘Top Knot Detective’. Battling ninjas, monsters, outrageous behaviour, and killer lines, it has it all and is not to be missed!


    Wrapping up Mayhem’s first round of announcements, the festival will screen Friday the 13th Part III: 3D, on Friday 13 October, for its 13th edition – an evening with Jason by Crystal Lake, not for the superstitious.


    More events, films and guests for Mayhem 2017 will be announced later in the summer.


    Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October 2017 and more news will be revealed over the summer about this year’s edition. For more information, please visit

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