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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
  • 19/01/2017 09:32:49

    A warm welcome awaits visitors to The Workhouse, Southwell, as the National Trust property opens its doors for the new season on Saturday11 February. It is twenty years since The Workhouse site came into the care of the National Trust and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate, as the property is now open seven days a week until the end of the season on 5 November.

    Visitors will be able to enjoy an extended menu at our new café located in Firbeck, the old infirmary building. This new space will provide additional seating as well a more varied menu which will include soup, a daily hot pot dish and delicious homemade scones.

    Plans are underway to change the way in which we tell The Workhouse story, based on feedback from visitors during the past year, as part of the Re-imagining project. So, some rooms may be under wraps from time to time and visitors can find out more about our plans through a special exhibition. We are also working to have a new visitor reception ready for use in the run up to Easter.

    Half term will see a new exhibition focused on conservation work, ‘Daylight, dirt and damage’ which runs from 11-19 February. Visitors can find out more about the impact they have on the property when they touch objects or even just move around. Children can become a deterioration detective, pick up a case file and track down the special agents who are damaging the building on a new trail (£1.50 per trail).

    To find out more about The Workhouse and future events please call: 01636 817260 or visit


  • 17/01/2017 17:10:24

    Newstead Abbey has won £75,000 to improve access to its collection with a new exhibition space.

    The grant has been awarded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Wolfson Foundation to Museums and Galleries across England to improve displays and facilities. It’s part of a £4m fund which will be used for renovation and improvement projects in 39 museums and galleries across England, allowing institutions to increase access, improve displays and enhance public spaces.

    The funding for Newstead Abbey will be used for accessibility improvements, which include a public space that will house exhibitions on the history of Newstead and its occupants, with unique stories and collections on show.

    The Newstead Abbey collection contains more than 4,600 items of furniture, books, costume, fine and decorative arts as well as archival and archaeological material. With the additional permanent exhibition space more collections can be made accessible.

    Renovation and improvements to these public spaces will mean Newstead Abbey, for the first time, will have a fully accessible permanent exhibition space that all visitors can engage with. It will enable the site to have an offer for disabled visitors, who currently enjoy the park but have very little engagement with the rich and inspiring story of the site because the majority of it involves stairs. What is currently accessible offers just snippets of what is an important site with significant collections and stories. Having over 160 square metres of fully accessible permanent exhibition space will enable the visitor to engage with the whole story of Newstead.

    Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “Over 100,000 people a year visit the grounds of Newstead, with 23,000 of them also visiting the house.

    “We want to make sure that more people have the chance to experience the amazing history of the Abbey and although the nature of the building means the majority of the site is inaccessible to those with limited mobility, there is a very clear area of the building that has full mobility access. We want to turn this into an engaging, fully accessible, interactive exhibition to tell the story of the Newstead, its inhabitants and to make the collections accessible to a wider audience.”

    The museum service will work with partners, community and disability groups and visitors to develop an exhibition space that is fully accessible and an interactive exhibition.

    Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital and Culture, said: “Our museums and galleries are among the best in the world and we should be rightly proud of these institutions.

    “We want people to be able to enjoy world-leading culture wherever they live and whatever their background. These grants will make an important contribution toward increasing access to their wonderful collections and improving the visitor experience at museums right across the country. I applaud the Wolfson Foundation’s generosity in once again matching the Government’s investment pound for pound in this important work.”

  • 17/01/2017 09:39:28

    Newark and Sherwood District Council has approved the planning application for a new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest, first submitted by an RSPB-led consortium in September.

    The consortium won a bid in August 2015 as part of a procurement process organised by Nottinghamshire County Council to design and build the new centre and manage Sherwood Forest Country Park in 2018.

    The approval makes the way for a modern facility to be built at Forest Corner in Edwinstowe. Following the opening of the new building, the current 1970’s visitor centre and car parks will be removed, and the site where they stand returned to nature.

    The new visitor centre will be a gateway to the magical home of Robin Hood where ancient oaks and wildlife live in harmony and thrive. It will comprise of a welcome area, a shop and a café. It will also include a terrace for the café and an amphitheatre outdoor area

    Ross Frazer, RSPB Project Manager, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been granted planning permission to build this fantastic new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest. Prior to our application we took on board a lot of feedback from the local community, and hope that they are just as excited as we are to be one step closer to bringing that vision to life.”

    Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council and Councillor John Knight, Culture Committee Chairman are thrilled at the news.

    Councillor Rhodes added: “We have always been totally committed to plans for a new and modern visitor centre fit for the 21st century to promote the legend of Robin Hood and our world famous Sherwood Forest. Today’s news is exciting as it is bringing this vision one step closer to reality for everyone.”

    Councillor Knight concluded: “This is great news for Sherwood Forest, for Robin Hood, local communities and for the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to explore our historic country park each year. Our current visitor centre is well loved but does not provide a full visitor offer that people expect. This new modern centre will be wonderful for everyone and will bring a real boost to the visitor economy.”

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