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Free tours of Newark Castle are being offered to National Lottery Players as a ‘thank you’ for the Gatehouse Project’s Heritage Lottery Funding.

The tours are being offered to thank National Lottery Players whose money has helped fund the Gatehouse Project, which has recently been awarded a stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant.

The tours will take place on Sunday 17 December at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. The tower tour will be available at 11am and 12pm and the dungeon tour will be available on all three times. Tours will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

To claim a free tour, email [email protected] and state which time and which tour you would like to attend. Please also state how many of you are coming. You must bring a confirmation email and national lottery ticket with you to the tour. One lottery ticket provides one free tour for up to a family of four. Only one tour is permitted. National Lottery tickets for all National Lottery games can be used to qualify for the free tour.

Please see www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/newarkcastle/lotterythankyou for full terms and conditions.

Sign up to take part in our Laps for Lapland challenge and raise money

Please help to send children living with a life threatening illnesses to Lapland to meet Father Christmas.

Laps for Lapland is a fun fundraising challenge.

LFL A4 Poster

Anyone can complete a lap and raise money to send children living with life threatening illness to Lapland to have a magical day with Father Christmas




Families and dinosaur enthusiasts across Nottingham are certain of ‘dino-mite’ thrills this half term.

Dinosaurs of China has welcomed over one hundred thousand visitors since the beginning of July, with hundreds of families and children expected to descend on Wollaton Hall and Lakeside Arts for a week of fun activities and special events before the exhibition closes its doors for the final time.

From getting creative in the children’s Dino Explorer Zone at Wollaton Hall, to free Paleo talks at Lakeside Arts, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

A Dino Club Day on 29th October will allow visitors to partake in a free fun day presenting a range of children’s activities – 11pm and 3pm – including fossil making, face painting, Chinese dancing, dino-photo booth and constructing miniature dinosaur worlds. ‘Hawks of Steele’ will showcase birds of prey.

The ground shakers to feathered flyers exhibition has wowed visitors with dinosaurs and fossils never before seen outside of Asia. Wollaton Hall hosts the main exhibition with Nottingham University’s, Lakeside Arts offering free accompanying workshops and events.

Dr Adam Smith, Curator at Nottingham’s Natural History Museum, Wollaton Hall said: “The Dinosaurs of China exhibition has been a once in a lifetime experience for everyone in Nottingham and it’s great to see so many visitors in awe of the dinosaur collection.

We have been proud to part of such a historical exhibit and we urge anyone who has not yet been to celebrate the last week in October half term. We will be saying goodbye with a bang, so it is the perfect time to celebrate our dino-success with interactive displays and ‘roar-some’ activities.”

Prices for the Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Wollaton Hall are £7.00 for an adult and £5.00 for a child. Family tickets are £20.00 for two adults and two children. All tickets are subject to a 10% booking fee if pre-purchased online. Carers and children under five go free. Tickets for the Dino Club Day are £9.90 for an adult and £7.70 for children.

For more information, please visit www.dinosaursofchina.co.uk

Is your child under 5 years old? Are you interested in developing your child’s language skills and gaining a Level 1 qualification? (To find out more about Elklan visit www.elklan.co.uk)

Aims of the course: · Share information about speech and language development · Help your child to learn to listen, understand and talk · Meet other parents and carers On completion you will receive a Level 1 qualification. This course is being run by Elklan in conjunction with the Speech and Language Therapist from your local Children’s Centre

Please contact the Children’s Centre to book a place on the course: 01949 863 840 To find out more: Please ring Lara Meredith (course tutor) on 07831 505228 or email [email protected] to find out more.

Crèche places are available in the Children’s Centre. Please ask us about spaces.

Course Venue, dates & time: 9:30 – 11:30 am

Tuesday 31st October

Tuesday 7th November

Tuesday 14th November

Tuesday 21st November

Tuesday 28th November

Tuesday 5th December

Tuesday 12th December

Methodist Centre Union Street, Bingham, NG13 8AD (Opposite the Children’s Centre)

If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood this summer don’t panic – it’s just the arrival of the PLAYMOBIL Ghostbusters™ roadshow.

Coming to save the world this summer is the beloved toy brand PLAYMOBIL, which will be heading to shopping centre Intu Victoria and Intu Broadmarsh in Nottingham and bringing a whole host of fun and play with them. The first venture into licensed products has already been a massive hit with fans across the country and the excitement is expected to continue at the roadshow events.

Beginning on July 31st and running until August 4th before returning on August 7th until the 11th the roadshow is a chance for families to head down to intu Victoria Centre and

August 2nd and running until August 4th and then returning on August 9th until the 11th the roadshow is a chance for families to head down to intu Broadmarsh.

Enjoy a range of playtime activities; PLAYMOBIL’s main principal is encouraging young people to use their imagination to learn through free play. Children will leave feeling inspired and engaged after spending time at the roadshow.

Jamie Dickinson, Marketing Manager from PLAYMOBIL, said: “When we last visited intu shopping centres it was for the wonderful PLAYMOBIL Christmas Grotto activity, which was a great success. We’re looking forward to being back in the summer months showcasing our exciting ranges, both new for 2017 and some of the old favourites.”

For more information about PLAYMOBIL visit playmobil.co.uk

The UK’s favourite pups star in a heroic musical adventure coming to the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on 9 August 2017.

PAW Patrol, Nick Jr.’s phenomenally popular property produced by Spin Master Entertainment, has added further dates to its PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” UK tour with three Nottingham shows at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm on Wednesday 9 August 2017.

When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue! Families can join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest for the show’s first tour in the UK.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £16.80 (includes admin fee) per ticket and there is a special family ticket for four for only £99 including admin fee!

Find out more information and purchase tickets here: https://goo.gl/omqBOS

A week of arts, music, dance and much more taking place across the borough in July


Gedling Borough Arts Festival – organised by New Writers UK with the support of Gedling Borough Council – runs from Monday 17 July to Sunday 23 July across several venues in Gedling, there will be a range of art, music, dance and literature events taking place over the week.


The Arts Festival has grown bigger each year and offers several writing, art and craft workshops and shows for adults and children.


People can take part in a multitude of arts and crafts sessions including creative writing, willow weaving, painting, singing and acting with sessions led by professional writers, artists and makers. There’s something for adults and children with lots to come and see – art exhibitions, dance, music and poetry performances, craft markets and lots more in venues in Arnold, Mapperley and Carlton.


Leader of the Council, Councillor John Clarke said;

“The Gedling Arts Festival is becoming one of the largest arts events in the region and we are very proud to support the activities taking place across the borough over the week. There really is something here for everyone and I would urge residents to come along and enjoy what will be a fantastic festival.”

New Writers UK Founder and President, Julie Malone said;
“This wonderful event will give residents of all ages the opportunity to try arts, crafts, choral and other activities in their area they never knew were available.”

For more information and to see the full festival programme visit www.gedling.gov.uk/artsfestival

Calling all eagle-eyed young readers! Sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge and put your skills and ingenuity to the test.

Libraries across Nottinghamshire are getting ready for another inspiring summer of reading with Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017. Launching in all libraries on Saturday 15 July.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. This annual challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and run in libraries across the country.
It has a new theme each year and in 2017 children are invited to help the Animal Agents – a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – who are out to crack a case at the library with a little help from their friends.
Tony Ross, the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator (creator of the Little Princess books, illustrator of the Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon, and of books by David Walliams and Claire Balding), has created this year’s exclusive artwork.
Children sign up at the library to pick up their free collector folder then read six library books to help the Animal Agents solve the mystery, collecting rewards (including very smelly stickers) along the way. Children choose the books they want to read on their Challenge; novels, fact books, joke books – as long as they are borrowed from the library all reading counts!
There’s a certificate and medal for every child who completes the challenge by reading 6 books.
Last year in Nottinghamshire 10,696 children took part. We hope even more will be inspired to take part this year.
Peter Gaw, Inspire’s Chief Executive commented; “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great scheme to encourage to children to keep up the reading habit over the summer, with research showing it can help prevent the ‘dip’ in reading that can occur over the long summer break. We also know from the feedback we receive each year from children and families that the challenge can inspire and enhance a love of reading which can support children through their school years and beyond.”
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place committee added; “The summer reading challenge is a great way to encourage youngsters to read from an early age.
“I’m sure this year’s animal theme will capture the imagination and I hope that local young people will be making full use of their local libraries by borrowing and reading six books over the summer holidays.”
This year our Summer Reading Challenge launch coincides with the Inspire Poetry Festival. Inspire is delighted to welcome brilliant children poets Joseph Coelho and A. F Harrold who will dazzle children and families with amazing words and poetic performances on Saturday 15 July. The perfect start to our summer of reading.
There are lots of other activities running at libraries inspired by this year’s Animal Agents theme. Selected summer events are listed below.
West Bridgford and Retford libraries host a Visual Stories Exhibition from 29 July to 7 September. INSPIRE’s Arts service have commissioned artists and storytellers to work with students from West Bridgford Junior School and Mattersey Primary School to explore visual literacy through mask making and creating stories. The resulting artworks are brought together an amazing exhibition, to encourage library visitors to take up the Summer Reading Challenge and join in the artist-led workshops in libraries across the county (further details below)
How the Summer Reading Challenge works
• Children sign up for free at the library and pick up an Animal Agents collector folder introducing children to the Animal Agents and setting the scene for the mystery they need to help solve.
• Children choose the books they want to read. They can record what they have read on their folder. And staff and volunteers will be on hand at the library to chat to children about books they have read.
• For every book read children will pick up stickers containing clues to reveal the culprit who has been causing chaos in the library. Some of these clues are smelly! There is also a bookmark to collect along the way.
• Every child who completes the challenge by reading 6 library books will receive a medal, certificate and an Animal Agents wristband.
It’s all free fun and a great way to keep chilldren reading over the summer holidays. Animal Agents will be running in all Inspire libraries from 15 July – 10 September www.inspireculture.org.uk/summerreadingchallenge

Summer Events

Summer Reading Challenge Launch Day -Saturday 15 July
Inspire Poetry Festival events
The following events are part of our Inspire Poetry Festival. Brilliant poets will be visiting our libraries to dazzle families with amazing words and poetic performances.
• Joseph Coelho
Worksop Library: Saturday 15 July, 11am
Mansfield Central Library: Saturday 15 July, 3pm
£3 per child | Accompanying Adults free
Performance poet Joseph Coelho has appeared on CBeebies Rhyme Rocket and is the winner of the 2015 CLPE Poetry Award. Come along to enjoy a series of adventurous, mysterious, laugh-out-loud and magical poems.

• A.F Harrold
West Bridgford Library: Saturday 15 July, 10.30am
£3 per child | Accompanying Adults free
Enjoy the unique experience of a performance by A.F Harrold. Prepare to be surprised by the quality, silliness and loudness of his poems. Marvel at his funny stories and be confused by his dancing! An event not to be missed

• Animal Agents – poetry
Southwell Library, 11am – 1pm
Free – just drop by
Drop in for fun activities inspired by the Animal Agents theme.

Other events
• Lucy Rowland Live at Newark Library: Newark Book Festival
Saturday 15 July, 2pm
We celebrate the launch of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and Newark Book Festival with a visit from Lucy Rowland, author of ‘The Birthday Invitation’ and ‘Gecko’s Echo’. Tickets are FREE but booking is strongly advised!
• John Kirk presents: Jeremy Strong’s The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog
Saturday 22 July
Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library, 11am (01623 753 236)
Hucknall Library, 2pm (0115 963 2035)
FREE but booking advised
Can Trevor train Streaker the Dog before the end of holidays or will he lose his bet with Charlie Smugg? Find out with storyteller John Kirk as he brings this popular Jeremy Strong book to life. Suitable for children aged 6+. Presented in association with David Higham Associates.
• Paper Worlds: A drop-in visual arts workshop for children and families
Saturday 22 July
Idlewells Shopping Centre, Sutton-in-Ashfield 10am – 12pm
Arnold Library 2pm – 3.30pm

Wednesday 26 July
Worksop Library, 10 – 12
Retford Library, 2 – 4pm

Make a paper world with the library. Help create our city with buildings, moving cars, planes, boats and people drawn from your imagination. Make a word catcher with your favourite words or try some simple origami. Watch your paper world glisten under the stars as we light up the scene with little sparkling fairy lights. For children aged 5 – 11. Free – just drop by

• White Post Farm
Thursday 24 August
Sutton-in-Ashfield Library, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Mansfield Woodhouse Library, 1.30pm – 3pm
A whole host of animals including, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducklings, lizards and snakes will be visiting the library with White Post Farm staff on hand to answer questions about the animals. Craft activities available too. Suitable for all ages. Just drop in.

• Lion Learners
Thursday 24 August
Bingham Library, 10.30am – 11.30am
Keyworth Library, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Kristan from Lion Learners visits the library with some furry & scaly friends. Meet the animals and find out more their special skills.

Visual Stories
Visual artists and story tellers have worked with schools to create wonderful exhibitions for two of Inspires library galleries this summer in West Bridgford and Retford.
In 13 of our libraries those same artists are running FREE Family Arts Workshops in mask making and storytelling for you to join in with. Children must be accompanied and booking is essential on line or in the library.
Bingham Library Saturday 29 July 10.00 – 12.00
Hucknall Library Saturday 29 July 1.30 – 3.30
West Bridgford Tuesday 1 August 10.00 – 12.00
Sutton-in-Ashfield Library Wednesday 2 August 10.00 – 12.00
Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library Thursday 3 August 10.00 -12.00
Stapleford Library Thursday 3 August 2.00 – 4.00
Retford Library Friday 4 August 10.30 -12.30
Newark Library Monday 7 August 1.00 – 3.00
Southwell Library Wednesday 9 August 10.30-12.30
Worksop Library Saturday 12 August 10.00 – 12.00
Mansfield Central Library Thursday 17 August 1.00 – 3.00
Arnold Library Wednesday 23 August 10.30-12.30
Beeston Library Friday 25 August 10.00 – 12.00

Summer Family Theatre in Nottinghamshire libraries
The mysterious Word Catcher will be sneaking into libraries this summer. Luckily our hero Sylvia South is on hand to investigate the mysterious goings on at her local library. Inspire continues to provide exciting family theatre in libraries with this tour of a brand-new play Sylvia South and the Word Catcher.
• The Spark Arts for Children presents: Sylvia South and the Word Catcher
by Finegan Krukemeyer
Monday 7 August
Sutton-in-Ashfield Library, 10.30am (01623 556 296)
Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library, 3.30pm (01623 753 236)

Wednesday 9 August
Beeston Library, 10.30am (07432 063 933 – Beeston temporary library)
Arnold Library, 4pm (0115 920 2247)

Thursday 10 August
Newark Library, 10.30am (01636 703 966)
Bingham Library, 3.30pm (01949 837 905)

Friday 11 August
Worksop Library, 10.30am (01909 53 53 53)
Retford Library, 3.30pm (01777 708 724)

Saturday 12 August
Mansfield Central Library, 10.30am (01623 651 337)
Hucknall Library, 4pm (0115 963 2035)

Sunday 13 August
Southwell Library, 10.30am (01636 812 148)
West Bridgford Library, 3.30pm (0115 981 6506)

Library members: £3 Child | Accompanying adults FREE
Non-library members: £5 Child or Adult

There are stories you find when you open a book. And there are others…that wait to find you. After spotting something outrageous at her local library, Sylvia South is off on an adventure, navigating street on a borrowed bicycle to chase a strange man with an armful of other people’s books. Brand new family theatre for children aged 5+ touring Inspire libraries this summer. Booking advised

With the Summer tennis season well underway and Wimbledon just around the corner, members of West Bridgford Tennis Club (WBTC) are reaping the rewards of the recent club refurbishment which took place over the winter months.

The clubhouse, completely gutted, has been transformed into a bright and airy space for members and parents alike to socialise in, with the addition of a decked terrace overlooking the outdoor courts. Perfect for having a refreshing drink in the sun after a hard fought game!

WBTC has been a big part of the Nottingham tennis scene and community for many years, offering great facilities and something for everyone (3yrs – 93yrs!). With our 9 courts, 3 indoors & 6 outdoors, we offer; lessons for Adults & Juniors all year round, social & team tennis, Junior holiday camps, children’s parties and much more.

Call us today for more info, or pop in and have a look around our facilities!

T: 01159 811 699

E: [email protected] or [email protected]

W: www.westbridgfordtennisclub.co.uk

Save the pennies and entertain everyone this summer at part of the world-exclusive Dinosaurs of China exhibition, which stomps into Nottingham in July.


The University of Nottingham’s public arts centre Nottingham Lakeside Arts will be hosting a completely free exhibition exploring how dinosaurs may have looked in the past. Featuring two exciting 3D mounted skeletons – the Alxasaurus and the Dilophosaurus – together with the University’s own Life Science collection, the exhibition is also supported on specific days by a number of free and low-cost workshops and events.


These include Bring Your Dino Toy Day, Dino Design, where children can bring to life their own dinosaur drawings using a virtual design app and Raiders of the Lost Park, an adventurous nature trail with unexpected twists, challenges and riddles.


For older dinosaur fans, there are a series of free hour-long ‘Palaeo Talks’ led by recognised experts in palaeontology from across the country.


Dr Adam Smith, Exhibition Curator said: “The exclusive Dinosaurs of China exhibition is set to be the must-see exhibition of the summer, with specimens travelling thousands of miles from China to be displayed.


“Many have never been outside of Asia before and the free exhibition at Nottingham Lakeside Arts means families can enjoy a truly unforgettable experience and the chance to learn all about these fascinating dinosaurs without it costing a penny!”


After exploring the dino events, there’s plenty more to do at Lakeside including a play area and boating lake situated in the beautiful setting of Highfields Park.


Or for more dinosaur fun, head up to Wollaton Hall and find the free Dino Explorer Zone, providing a range of themed activities and puzzles for all.


The 500-acre Wollaton Park is home to spectacular gardens and beautiful parkland with free roaming deer, a large adventure playground and an array of wildlife. Wollaton Hall itself is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in the region as was used as the setting for Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.


The Nottingham Natural History Museum at Wollaton Hall is also hosting the remainder of the Dinosaurs of China exhibits – 24 of the best-preserved dinosaur fossils and skeletons from anywhere in the world. Highlights 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.


Entry to the Wollaton Hall exhibition is by ticket only, available at the affordable price of £7.70 for adults and £5.50 for children. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) £22.00. Under-fives go free and the event welcomes school parties at a reduced price.


For more information, please visit www.dinosaursofchina.co.uk