Go on a tour of Nottingham with Robin Hood! The guide, Ade Andrews, is great in character as the legend himself, bringing to life the stories and tales of the man in green tights. Great way to explore Nottingham and learn more about its most famous son.
A really interesting guided walking tour of Nottingham exploring some legends and villains. Robin Hood of course is included, but it also covers Torvill and Dean, DH Lawrence, Lord Byron - all sorts of stories that really bring the city to life. A great way to see lots of interesting historic spots in the city's laneways too.
This fair claims to be the biggest antiques fair in Europe and the size has to be seen to be believed!
Newark is not far from Nottingham - about 30 minutes by car or train. Or about one hour 30 minutes from London Kings Cross. Makes for an interesting day out - and you can even take your dog along. Next one is in April... they happen a few times each year.
Squeak is by far my favourite restaurant and the best place to get your hands on delicious vegetarian food. The restaurant has a very homely, 1970s feel, decorated with warm colours and mismatched furniture. The menu changes on a regular basis, and is always inventive and exciting, with lots of choice for both vegetarians and vegans. I visited with a large group of meat eater friends for a birthday one year and they all loved the food and were very pleasantly surprised with how tasty everything was. Alongside great food, there is also a fantastic selection of both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, including organic and vegan beverages.
23-25 Heathcoat Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AG
+44(0)115 955 5560
Google map: bit.ly/hk9afN
Squeek, in Nottingham, is my favourite vegetarian restaurant. The a la carte menu offers vegetarian and vegan variations of the kind of meals that are definitely treats and not something that could be easily made at home – there’s no vegetarian cannelloni or pasta bakes here. The prices are affordable, a two course evening meal is about £15 and a three course around £17.00 and the comprehensive wine list offers a large of choice of vegetarian, vegan and organic wines and beers.
I definitely recommend the December meze menu – served with either mulled wine or non alcoholic punch.
The atmosphere is relaxed and the clientele mixed; its definitely a restaurant that you feel comfortable in whether you’ve dressed up or just rocked up as you are.
23-25 Heathcoat Street, Nottingham NG1 3AG +44(0)115 955 5560
Google map: bit.ly/hk9afN
A Christmas themed market with stalls selling all sorts of Christmas goods. There is also a wide range of food and drink available, from all the countries of the globe. Also, the Dairy Milk hot chocolate stall is not to be missed. Complete the festive experience by going ice skating - it's cheap and the most festive fun i've had in ages.
The Vintage Warehouse is a big vintage emporium that has loads of cool clothes inside. As with any old clothes shop, it is fairly jumble sale like and requires a good trawl, however I've acquired some great finds from it. Plus, they have a one pound bargain pit, and, although the style of the clothes in there isn't exactly fashionable, there are some nice materials if you rummage for long enough. Best of all, even if you don't buy anything it's a fascinating place to wonder around.
82-84 Lower Parliament Street, (main entrance on Cranbrook Street) NG1 1EH
Google map: bit.ly/9KA40c
On a nice day there's no better place to be.
One of the finest and most spectacular pieces of Elizabethan architecture. The beautiful roaming deer in the park. The gardens and the lake.
It's definitely the best urban park outside London, and not that far from Nottingham City Centre by car or bus.
Google map: tinyurl.com/ycwtvff
More of a cinematic experience than just a cinema, the Broadway not only shows mainstream and independent films, it also hosts a wide variety of film-related events and courses. It has a great bar where you can eat good food before watching your chosen film. You can also take your drink into the screen rooms (in a plastic glass) so there is no need to rush your pint. A great cinema to visit.
I had my 25th Birthday Party at this town centre curry house, which at that time was the most stereotypical Indian Restaurant you could get. Flock wallpaper, maroon and burgundy velvet seating and a lively atmosphere with last orders taken at 2am. Curry was amazing. Although it looks like it has had a lick of paint since, the curry is just as good, out-does its rivals and not much else has changed - probably the reason why it was able to host my 50th birthday party last year. Its a must-visit for curry lovers. Around £10 per head will get you a starter, main course and rice.
35 Heathcote Street, Hockley.
The website often has good offers, and print-off voichers.
A brilliant, unpretentious restaurant set in the original Boots shop in the trendy Hockley area of the city centre. Best food in Nottingham, hands down. Awesome meat dishes and vegetarians are exceptionally well catered for as well (starter: wild mushrooms on toast with a two minute poached egg anyone?)
Mains tend to be £10-15, and there is a set menu that offers two courses for £12.95 or 3 for £14.95.
Stepping into Debbie Bryan's studio and shop you get a true sense of the comfort and joy to be found in owning an original piece of British Designers work.
Beautifully displayed, innovative pieces capture your imagination and you're soon sure to be charmed by their individuality and affordable prices. With lots of events and workshop evenings on offer this studio/shop is a fantastic place to be inspired and creative.
18 St Mary's Gate, Lace Market, Nottingham, 0115 9507776. www.debbiebryan.co.uk
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