Half term fun!
Thoresby Park is not far from us here in Nottinghamshire and they have the BEST trails I’ve been to in the area.
I mean, I’ve only had 2 years of trail experience but, you know 💁🏼♀️🤣
This week is a fairy trail and I’ve been told Easter will be all about Dinosaurs...
I didn’t take pictures during the trail, which is a shame, because the fairy houses are beautiful but took a couple in the woodland park afterwards 😍
Do you have somewhere you love to go during school holidays?
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Clifton Maypole & Dovecote, Nottingham, 1929
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'In the middle ages the provision of food for man and beast during the winter was a serious problem. There was but a poor supply of hay and little corn could be spared to keep cattle alive. The result was that about Michaelmas each year hundreds of head of livestock were slaughtered, and the survivors formed the nucleus for next year’s flocks and herds. The slaughtered carcases were roughly cleaned and dumped into great pits with a certain amount of salt to preserve them, and upon this half preserved, half putrid meat, our forefathers fed until spring brought back the growing grain, and animals could pasture freely once more.
This diet became monotonous at times, and it certainly must have been unhealthy, and so, in order to provide variety and a little fresh meat, pigeons were cultivated. The value of the blue rock pigeon had been known to the Romans and perhaps long before Roman days. It was realised that the pigeon is exceedingly fertile, breeding nearly all the year round, and quickly maturing. Pigeon cotes, lined with nesting boxes, were set up throughout the country for the accommodation of these birds, and special steps were taken to protect them. So pigeons became a very familiar sight in the land, and also on the table, and the mass production of pigeons only went out of fashion when in the 17th century turnips were introduced to England from Holland, and turnips proved so valuable a winter food that the horrors of the old slaughter-pits were done away with, and fresh butchers’ meat became available all the year round.' (Source: nottshistory.org.uk)
If you fancy learning more about how our music hall got its unusual glass roof join us for one of our Heritage Tours at 10.30am or 12.30pm.
Tickets are £5pp and available from our website (link in bio) or the Cafe Bar.
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So maybe not the most aesthetically pleasing food but definitely some of the most homely 😋
You can find a branch of Pieminister in basically every northern city 🌃 and they’re great for a casual dinner, with a drink and some very hearty, tasty food 🥧
My personal fave is the Chicken of Aragon (forgot your mention they all have funky names) just plain and simple with mash and smokey beans, but you can add all sorts to your pie & they do a Sunday roast pie 🤤
Today's cheese straw baking activity is now fully booked! If you haven't reserved spaces please don't turn up in the hope of taking part as it's unlikely spaces will become available. If you've missed out this time you don't have to wait long for our next baking activity - it's this Saturday and we're running our classic bread baking workshop. Check out our events calendar for details:
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1 318 February, 2020
[Gifted] Did you know under the streets of Nottingham lie more than 500 sandstone caves, some of which date back to the dark ages?
The city of caves tour is a fascinating insight into this hidden underground world. Our guide Sarah led us through ancient dwellings, an underground tannery and showed us how the caves were repurposed during WW2 as air raid shelters. Sarah was super bubbly and I was impressed how she engaged and made the tour relevant for the children on the tour as well as the adults.
If you are visiting Nottingham make sure to take advantage of this unique experience and book ahead of time as it often sells out. Tickets can be purchased either alone or with entrance to the National Justice Museum here https://www.nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk/venue/city-of-caves/ #historicengland#visitnotts#nottingham#nottinghamshire#caves
Nottingham Castle from Peveril Drive showing caves, Nottingham, c 1930
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The caves which are found here as well as all over Nottingham are one of the most difficult and intricate problems of local archaeology. Some of them are natural; others are artificial, but date back to prehistoric times, others again are mediaeval or even modern cellars. They have always been famous, and Asser, the friend and biographer of King Alfred, writing about 900, tells us that the ancient name for Nottingham was Tiuogobauc, which he translates as meaning ' the cave dwellings.' Later etchings and pictures show the caves with windows fixed in place, used for habitation and storage. The caves here show the bottom entrance of 'Mortimers Hole' which was a secret tunnel through the castle rock up to the castle itself. The passage way is eerie enough but is made all the more so by the reputed presence of the ghost of Sir Roger Mortimer himself. Mortimer, the Earl of March and lover of Queen Isobel, was probably her accomplice in the murder of Edward II. On the night of October 19th 1330 the Queen and her lover Mortimer were staying at Nottingham castle. Seeking to bring his father's killer to justice and expose his feckless mother, the young King Edward III entered a network of secret tunnels that led ultimately into the castle itself. With a band of loyal supporters the King burst into his mother's bedroom and surprised the lovers. Edward himself is said to have seized Mortimer. The now doomed monarch killer was led away, so legend has it, to Isobel's mournful cries of 'Fair son, have pity on the gentle Mortimer.' Sir Roger was imprisoned in the castle, taken to London and executed as a traitor. He was hanged, drawn and quartered on the 29th of November 1330 and his wretched remains skewered on spikes and left to rot on traitors gate at Tyburn.
8 44917 February, 2020
I've spent the last 24 hours in my old university city and it's always such a pleasure to come back. It does feel a bit surreal though - I graduated 5 years ago this summer, but I went past my old campus today and it feels like a lifetime ago. Time is such a weird, silly concept. (Also shout out to @redbrickers for letting me come visit again and increase your Northerner quota once more)
Join us on 25 February or 17 March 9.30am -1pm for a Conservation Experience Day with the collections team. Learn the techniques used to conserve the historic objects. Ticket £40 includes breakfast too. Every ticket goes back into helping Hardwick.
Work your imagination to make a creation! We're getting crafty in today's half term activity - it's our salt dough modelling workshop! It's for ages 3+ and is £3 per child. We're running four sessions and still have availability on all time slots. Follow the link for details:
Entry to Green's Windmill and Science Centre is FREE!