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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
  • 23/08/2017 09:43:16

    The Nottingham October festival returns for 2017 with a full programme of events over six weekends from Saturday 30 September until Sunday 5 November. The first October Festival event announced is the return to Old Market Square of the Magnificent Spiegeltent, popular with audiences in the City since its introduction in 2015.

    The programme will be staged between Friday 29 September and Sunday 8 October. Show highlights over the ten-days include an opening night spectacular with The Gilded Merkin Burlesque and Cabaret – Nottingham’s biggest Burlesque show, City’s Got Soul with Angelo Starr and the Team Edwin Starr Band performing live for an evening of the greatest Motown and classic Northern soul hits, and the hilarious musical comedy of Royal Vauxhall based on a true story involving Kenny Everett, Freddie Mercury and Princess Di is one not to be missed! £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Nottingham Pride 2018 event fund.

    There is also a varied programme of events for children and as well as ticketed performances, there are a number of free events being staged including Yoga and Mindfulness sessions (Tuesday 3 October) and a lunchtime concert by the Nottingham Youth Orchestra (Friday 6 October).

    Further details can be found and all the tickets for events in the Spiegeltent can be booked via

    The site has been designed and ticketing managed in partnership with local company, Gigantic.

    Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “Over the past 3 years, the Spielgeltent has been incredibly popular part of our October events season, with the pop up venue having a programme to suit every taste from stand up comedy to burlesque. We expect that many of the shows sell out very quickly, so I would urge people not to miss out on this truly novel entertainment experience. Nottingham is definitely the place to be this Autumn.”

    Brendan Moffett CEO, Marketing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire said: “I’m really looking forward to the return of the Spielgeltent which is always incredibly popular. It is a great example of the range of events and activities lined up for October with something for all ages. Last year’s October events had over 500,000 attendees, 35% of which were visitors from outside of the City. With the additional events in the Spiegeltent and the wider October programme, we expect to attract even more visitors and to improve on the £4million that was generated last year into the local economy.”

    For a full show schedule and tickets for all shows visit

  • 21/08/2017 14:59:01

    Internationally renowned textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood will be offering both new pieces and a new perspective on his work when he opens his exhibition, ‘Between Thought and Expression’ at The Harley Gallery on the Welbeck estate in Nottinghamshire on 2 September.


    Taken from a line in a song by the Velvet Underground, ‘Between Thought and Expression’ is an exhibition of two halves exploring the radical impact on Brennand-Wood’s work caused by residencies in contrasting rural landscapes.


    The isolation of the Australian outback gave inspiration to the primal pieces in the first part of the exhibition as Brennand-Wood worked alone for months in a remote location outside Canberra, without phone or internet, during a residency in 2013/14. Seen for the first time in the UK, these pieces are a synthesis of painted, stained, stitched and photographic sources and are accompanied by commentaries from writers, critics and artists – all offering new perspectives on his work.


    The second half of the exhibition was inspired by a very different rural setting – born out of Brennand-Wood’s residency at the Harley Gallery in the bucolic English countryside of the Welbeck estate a decade ago. Many of these works have not been exhibited for years and, contrasted with the Australian pieces, they show his continuing interest in new ideas and challenges.


    “I’ve always thought of myself as something of an explorer and this exhibition demonstrates that trait. The Australian inspired pieces reflect the vast, hot harshness of the landscape while the English pieces are inspired by the lush, mild green beauty of the Welbeck estate but both have been integral to the development of my work over the past decade”


    One of the UK’s undisputed leaders in textile art Michael Brennan-Wood began his career as a fine artist before switching to textiles, taking inspiration from his grandmother who had worked as a weaver. His work bridges the gap between art and craft practices and has earned international acclaim. He regularly shows at international art fairs and has works in collections including the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Victoria & Albert Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (Aus) and Akzo-Nobel Art Foundation, Holland.


    For more information visit:

  • 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


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