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Press Releases – Experience Nottinghamshire
The world-exclusive Dinosaurs of China exhibition is offering visitors with special needs or disabilities a ‘roarsome’ experience this summer, through dedicated Access for All tours.
Dinosaurs of China, which takes place at Wollaton Hall from 1 July to 29 October will run a number of special tours in September, providing an ideal opportunity for those with autism, disabilities or visual impairments to experience the spectacular ground shakers to feathered flyers exhibition, in a quieter, more relaxed setting.
On Tuesday 5 September and Wednesday 6 September between 5 – 7pm, Dinosaurs of China will host relaxed visits for children on the autism spectrum and their families, friends and carers. On Thursday 7 September, there will be tactile descriptive tours for visitors with visual impairments. Friday 8 September will include relaxed visits for people with access needs who may enjoy visiting at a quieter time. Further Access for All tours will be arranged dependent on numbers.
Highlights during the tour will include the show-stopping Mamenchisaurus – a dinosaur the same height as three double decker buses and the amazing Gigantoraptor, the largest feathered dinosaur in the world. Visitors will also be taken on an evolutional journey as the exhibition tells the story of how dinosaurs evolved into the birds we see in our gardens today.
This is the first and only time that the grand selection of 3D mounted skeletons, detailed replicas and original fossils will be seen outside of Asia and organisers will ensure that each tour has the necessary requirements needed for visitors who have special needs to enjoy the experience.
Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “The Access for All tours will ensure that those who want to visit at a quieter time with reduced visitor numbers or those who require additional necessities such as descriptive tours can enjoy the exhibition in comfort with their family, friends or carers.
“We understand that those with autism may need certain lighting or sounds changed and those with other impairments may require further adaptations to better enjoy their experience. We have consulted with local groups about this. Those who are visually impaired will also benefit from a guided descriptive tour while being able to touch some elements of the exhibition to enjoy the full experience. There will also be a number of relaxed visits for people who may have specific access needs.
“These tours and exhibition offer a unique opportunity to experience the fantastic collection of some of the world’s best preserved dinosaurs, with many having only been discovered in the last 20 years. We want the exhibition to be a truly unforgettable experience for all.”
Tickets for the Wollaton Hall exhibition are now on sale. Prices are £7.70 for an adult and £5.50 for a child. There is a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) for £22.00. Children under five go free and the event welcomes school parties at a reduced price. Carers go free. There is a complementary exhibition at Nottingham Lakeside Arts which is free of charge. Please visit the website for details.
For more information, to book your Access for All visit or to discuss your needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information can also be found at www.dinosaursofchina.co.uk/events/
In just two months’ time famous Italian Chef, and one half of the ‘Two Greedy Italians’, Antonio Carluccio will be the latest top chef to appear as part of The Great Food and Drink Festival at Nottingham Castle, sponsored by CDA, Lexus, Smooth Radio and NET.
With a career spanning over 50 years, Antonio Carluccio, who is also the owner and founder of the Italian Restaurant chain ‘Carluccio’s’, will be hosting three cooking demonstrations in the Kitchen Theatre, which will be followed by book signings straight after each demo. Antonio will be taking to the stage on Saturday 28 May.
Jean-Christophe Novelli, who has been dubbed the ‘nation’s best French chef’, will also be taking to the stage on Sunday 29. Jean-Christophe, who regularly appears on TV shows such as ‘This Morning’ and ‘Loose Women’, will be entertaining the audience by presenting three cooking demos.
The final day of the event, Monday 29, will see Adam Simmonds wow audiences with a selection of wonderful dishes. The former Great British Menu contestant, who went all the way to the final and got his starter ‘Your Share’ at the D-Day Banquet, will once again be treating the audience to three cooking demonstrations.
The event, which takes place over the May Bank Holiday, will be returning to Nottingham Castle for the third successive year. Last year saw the likes of Tom Kerridge, Nadiya Hussain and Rustie Lee attend the event over the weekend.
A whole host of great food and drink stands will line the castle grounds, allowing your senses to run wild as you walk around the venue taking in all the delightful aromas from cuisines from all around the world.
There will be a great variety of bars on offer at the event from a double decker bus bar, providing a range of drinks and great seating at the top of the bus, Greene King will be providing a real ale bar and there will also be a Prosecco bar and a spirit and cider bar provided by Coolest Drink Bar!
To keep up to date with all the latest information on The Great Food and Drink Festival visit www.greatfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk
Photo credit: Laura Edwards
The best of English tourism is on show as the nation celebrates English Tourism Week with events and activities across the country.
English Tourism Week (ETW), which began on Saturday 25 March and runs until Sunday 2 April, is an annual campaign to raise the profile of England’s tourism industry and highlight its value to the economy.
VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “It’s fantastic to see so much going on in celebration of our impressive tourism industry and its outstanding products and services. Our stunning countryside, vibrant cities and historic landscapes continue to inspire people to discover what’s on their doorstep and throughout the country.”
The tourism visitor economy is worth £106 billion annually to England, supporting thousands of businesses and the transport, rural and retail sectors as well as sport, museums and galleries, theatre and other performing arts. Tourism is one of the few sectors active in every part of the country, supporting more than 2.6 million jobs. A major employer of school leavers and young people, the industry offers many opportunities for entrepreneurs.
VisitEngland has named 2017 the ‘Year of Literary Heroes’ in recognition of this year’s milestone literary events including the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and 75 years of Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five.
To see events taking place across Nottinghamshire for ETW go to: http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/english-tourism-week
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