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Nottinghamshire County Council’s Libraries and Archive services, managed on its behalf by Inspire, are resuming services in line with Government guidance from 6 July.

The county’s Libraries and Archives closed on 20 March due to the Coronavirus restrictions and have been missed by communities across the county. Inspire, who normally welcome over 50,000 library visitors and deliver over 200 courses and events each week, will resume some face-to face services in a safe and socially distanced way, in addition to the online offer available at inspireculture.org.uk/online.

The reopening plan will allow customers to access the majority of Nottinghamshire Libraries and Archives as part of the third step in the Government’s national recovery plan. Inspire staff have reviewed the service offer and have been working in buildings to make necessary preparations to welcome visitors within government guidelines.

With the priority on staff and customer safety, libraries and archives will operate with a reduced service, limited capacity in buildings, additional cleaning measures and guidelines in place for social distancing.  As part of these safety measures, quarantine arrangements are in place for books and staff may be wearing PPE. To support social distancing, library spaces have been reorganised with no access to study space, toilets, refreshment areas and no events/activities. Once libraries and archives reopen customers will be able to:

  • Browse and borrow books and other items or use the new Click and Collect service by appointment.
  • ·Return books in the designated area. Enjoy no overdue charges until 17 August, so there is no need to renew at this time. Reservations and inter-library loans are not yet available.
  • Access computers (advance booking is advised*) and use printers, scanners and photocopiers with the correct change, where contactless payment is not available.
  • Visit Archives by appointment only to view and photograph pre-ordered original archives. Other services such as reprographics, research, the Inspire Picture Archive and the online archive catalogue can be accessed at inspireculture.org.uk/archives.

“I’m delighted that we are now in a position to support our communities
by opening the doors to our libraries and archives. I am confident that the
measures implemented by Inspire for managing capacity, social distancing and
cleaning will ensure safe and welcoming spaces for visitors.”

Coun John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee

“We are looking forward to welcoming customers back, albeit
in a limited, but ultimately safe way for both visitors and staff. While our customers
have made use of our online provision during our closure, we recognise that libraries
for many are a lifeline and our reopening is the first step to restoring a
valuable community resource. We aim to continue to reach those who may not be
able to visit us by continuing our online provision and offering a new Click
and Collect Service”

Peter Gaw, Chief Executive of Inspire

Inspire, who deliver culture, learning and libraries on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council will open in a phased approach the following libraries from 6 July, 6 July, Eastwood, Edwinstowe, Hucknall, Keyworth, Mansfield Woodhouse, Ravenshead and Worksop, and Nottinghamshire Archives on 11 July.  A further 40 libraries will begin to open across the county week commencing 13 July. Customers are advised to visit inspireculture.org.uk or Ask Inspire to check opening times, guidelines for visiting and for full information about service availability in advance as this is likely to change in the coming weeks. Ask Inspire can be contacted on 01623 677 200 or [email protected], or to contact Archives and book an appointment [email protected].

Social media (Facebook / Twitter), @nottslibraries and the website at inspireculture.org.uk will be updated with the latest information. The digital offer, Inspire Online will also continue to enable customers to enjoy culture, learning and libraries from home at inspireculture.org.uk/online.

*Computer booking availability coming soon

Inspire Learning is offering Nottinghamshire residents FREE online courses as part of a new summer programme to promote health and wellbeing, help people into employment or training, and support home schooling. 

People can sign up to learn something new, explore a hobby or new interest and develop their skills. For parents who need help with home schooling, there’s also family learning courses to help keep children happy, interested and educated.

No experience or qualifications are needed to join and the courses are FREE to everyone regardless of personal or financial circumstances.

Functional skills in Maths, English and ICT, puppet making, child mental health, complimentary therapies, mindfulness, pilates, patchwork, sewing and languages are just a few examples of the courses on offer.

As a Way2Work partner Inspire is supporting people into training and employment through online learning and its library service, providing courses that will allow people to gain recognised qualifications and brush up on their skills.

Everyone has been adjusting to a new way of life during lockdown and looking after our physical and mental health has never been more important.  Our health and wellbeing courses have been developed with this in mind. They include subjects such as complimentary therapies, positive affirmations, mindfulness and mudras to help relax the body and quiet the mind.

For some people juggling home schooling, running a home and working has been a challenge, so we’ve introduced some family learning courses to help parents keep their children interested in learning and feel connected during what has been a stressful time for many.

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It is excellent news that Inspire is now able to provide its adult education programme online.

“The programme offers adults the chance to learn something new as well as giving them the opportunity to explore new hobbies and interests and I am really pleased that our communities will be able to continue doing this from the comfort of their own homes.

Peter Gaw, Inspire Chief Executive, said, “Our new online learning programme is really exciting and I’m very proud of our Inspire Learning team for pulling together a great range of courses for Nottinghamshire. We hope to resume some face to face courses in the autumn, but will continue to offer online options going forwards.” 

Find out more and book

#InspireOnline is accessible 24/7, bringing libraries, learning and culture to the people of Nottinghamshire during the COVD pandemic.

To browse and book courses people can visit inspireculture.org.uk/learning or call Inspire’s dedicated customer service team, Ask Inspire on 01623 677 200.

For more information about #InspireOnline visit inspireculture.org.uk/online

As the lock down restrictions begin to be lifted we want to keep you all up to date with what’s happening in Notts; so from Friday 5th June, we will be producing a weekly interactive newsletter to include lots of local news, events, and links to online activities followed by an online magazine at the end of July. If you would like to receive this newsletter directly into your inbox every Friday, go to www.thefamilygrapevine.co.uk/ea…/sign-up-for-our-newsletters and sign up, or email [email protected] and we will be delighted to add you to the list!
(Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose and you can unsubscribe at any time by emailing ‘Unsubscribe please’ to [email protected])


The Gloworm Festival is bursting with excitement to announce that this year they are welcoming CBeebies to Thoresby Park. That’s right, Gloworm is partnering with the nation’s favourite preschool brand to bring you a CBeebies zone full to the brim with entertainment for your little ones. From fun crafts, workshops to Meet and Greets with some of your favourite characters, there will be something for everyone in the CBeebies zone.


“We’re so delighted to be working with such a creative and well loved household name, and we’re excited to share some incredible live activities that we have been creating that bring some of the best-loved preschool programmes on children’s TV to life.  There’ll be so much happening in the CBeebies zone that we know our festival goers will love.” Richard Walpole – Festival Director


CBeebies will join a number of artists and areas already announced for Gloworm 2020 including winners of Britain’s Got Talent (The Champions) Twist and Pulse, Andy and the Oddsocks, Dr. Ranj, Maddie Moate, The Lancashire Hotpots, White Post Farm, The Playmobil Zone and Go Bake with CDA.


To keep up to date with details about what our lovely partners at CBeebies will be bringing, please follow the festival on Facebook @glowormfestival and Instagram @glowormfestival



The Gloworm Festival takes places at Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire on August 15th & 16th 2020.

You can purchase tickets at www.glowormfestival.co.uk


Go Ape is encouraging families to live life more adventurously this February half-term, with a range of memory-making activities at its Sherwood Forest location that will keep the whole tribe entertained.

Make the first school holiday of the year stand out from the crowd, with fun family time that brings out everyone’s inner adventurer. From sky-high bouncy Nets Adventure, to the famous Treetop Challenge, Treetop Adventure+ and Treetop Adventure, there’s high octane fun for the whole family, all to be enjoyed in the great outdoors.

Little daredevils can conquer treetop crossings, navigate nets and fly down exhilarating zip wires, all with family cheering them on at every step and climb. They’ll use skills and courage they never knew they had, and their confidence levels will soar to new heights outside the confines of a classroom.

Go Ape Sherwood’s half-term activities include:

Treetop Adventure

Release your little monkeys on the Treetop Adventure and watch in awe from the ground or get in on the fun as they reach new heights, conquer wobbly crossings, and fly down the zip wire for an awesome finale.


Suitable for all ages, minimum height 1m tall, from £18*


Treetop Adventure+

Treetop Adventure+ is an ambitious treetop trial for young thrill-seekers, with a more challenging high wire adventure that’s intended for families with older children. It introduces a more challenging series of obstacles, higher platforms and longer zips for those craving more: More freedom. More height. More thrills.

Suitable for families with children aged 6+ and over 1.2m tall, from £21*


Nets Adventure

Experience the ultimate adventure playground in the trees at Nets Adventure. Nets Adventure features tree houses linked by netted walkways 30 feet above the forest floor, with treetop nets full of inflatable balls and slides to get you back to the ground in style; all with an endless supply of fresh air in the great British countryside.

Suitable for all ages, no minimum height, from £10*


Treetop Challenge

For grown-up fun in the great outdoors, try the Treetop Challenge. Test your limits at dizzying heights on thrilling high-speed zips, free-fall swings and daring canopy-height crossings up high from the forest floor.

Suitable for adults and families with children aged 10+ and over 1.4m tall. Save 20% when you book the Treetop Challenge 14 days or more in advance. From £20, with discount

For further information and to book a Go Ape half-term adventure at Sherwood, please visit https://goape.co.uk/locations/sherwood-pines

Following their 2019 production of ‘Mack and Mabel’ the multiple-award winning Carlton Operatic Society will be back at the Theatre Royal Nottingham with the larger than life blockbuster ‘Shrek – The Musical’! Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®™ winning DreamWorks Animation Film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing must-see musical comedy.  Join Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon.  Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!

This must-see performance is ideal if you are looking for something to do during May half-term as performances will be at the Theatre Royal Nottingham from Tuesday 26th – Saturday 30th May 2020 with 7pm evening performances and additional 2pm matinee shows on the Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

To book tickets or for more information please visit www.trch.co.uk

Or you can find out more about Carlton Operatic Society at www.carltonoperatic.com, or follow us on Social Media at Facebook: @CarltonOperatic / Twitter: @CarltonOperatic  / Instagram: @CarltonOperaticSociety

This Spring will see the return of the UK’s muddiest fundraising event for little ones – Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children.

Created in partnership with Entertainment One (eOne) in 2017, to date the annual family fundraiser has seen over 500,000 children from across the UK take part, raising an incredible £622,000 for Save the Children’s lifesaving work.

Between the 11th and the 17th May, nurseries, early years groups, families and children up and down the country are being encouraged to take part in a Muddy Puddle Walk to raise money for the international children’s charity.

Organising a Muddy Puddle Walk is a great way for your little ones to explore the world around them and jump in muddy puddles, just like eOne’s Peppa Pig, for a worthy cause.  Whether you splash in puddles along a trail at the park or get creative and make your own puddles indoors from paper and foil – your Muddy Puddle Walk will be a fun day to spend together that littles ones won’t forget. Raise funds in the way that suits you – help walkers get sponsored for their walk, ask for a donation to take part or even bake Muddy Puddle cupcakes to sell on the day! And there’s more. If you and your team of Muddy Puddle Walkers make a real splash and raise £150 or more for Save the Children, you could receive one of hundreds of fantastic Peppa Prizes!  The money you raise will help Save the Children’s work in the UK and around the world, to make sure children stay safe, healthy and keep learning, so they can become who they want to be.

Gemma Sherrington, Executive Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Save the Children, says: “We hope everyone will get outside this Spring, come rain or shine, and help raise much needed funds for Save the Children. It’s so easy to take part and it’s the perfect excuse to explore the outdoors with your little ones. By jumping in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig and raising money for Save the Children you can help give children a brighter future.”

By taking part in a Muddy Puddle Walk and raising money for Save the Children, you can help vulnerable children around the world have a safe place to play and learn.  Sign up now at MuddyPuddleWalk.org  for your free Muddy Puddle Walk Fundraising Pack full of fun Peppa Pig inspired activities to help you get started – with tips for great walks indoors and out, fundraising ideas, fun activities to get your walkers ready for the big day and at the end of the walk, there’s a free Peppa Pig sticker reward for every child. The fundraising pack will also explain what life is like for children in different countries, helping them see how they are making a difference through supporting Save the Children.


CANCER RESEARCH UK is encouraging family, friends and work colleagues across Nottinghamshire to enter Relay For Life and fundraise for life-saving research.

Relay For Life is a family festival celebrating the power of community fundraising in the fight to beat cancer.

Teams of between 8 to 15 people, of all ages, levels of fitness and walks of life are asked to raise vital funds through a wide range of activities from karaoke to quizzes, supermarket bag-packs to charity balls and donations from their family, friends and work colleagues. They are then invited to unite over the weekend of 11th and 12th July 2020 at the Harvey Hadden Stadium, Bilborough, Nottinghamto honour everyone who has been affected by cancer and celebrate the money raised for research.

Steve Wright, volunteer Chair of Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life in Nottingham, said: “Relay For Life is a great way to spend time with your family, friends and colleagues while raising money for a truly worthwhile cause.

“During the Relay itself, team members take it in turns to walk around a track for 24-hours to show their solidarity in the fight to beat cancer. A variety of stalls, games and music from local performers provide entertainment for the whole family. As the event continues throughout the night, team members not on the track rest, eat, or sleep in their tents and soak up the festival atmosphere.

As dusk falls, specially made Candle of Hope bags – decorated with touching messages in memory or in celebration of loved ones – are filled with sand and lit up with candles around the track and glow long into the evening.

Steve continued: “One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives. Taking part in Relay For Life is about being part of a community united in the belief that it can make a difference. Cancer Research UK needs everyone in Nottingham to act right now.

“We have made so much progress in the fight against this devastating disease, but it’s not just technology or knowledge that we need to win the battle to beat cancer– it’s funding.

“Today as many people survive cancer as die from cancer, but there’s much more work to do. By starting or joining a Relay For Life team and raising as much as you can, you will bring us a step closer to beating cancer.”

For more information about Relay For Life visit cruk.org/relay or call 0300 123 1026

The run up to Christmas is an exciting time where little ones across Nottinghamshire are reminding Father Christmas about how good they have been all year. This year as well as telling the man in the red suit, Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractors) would like to hear about all the recycling good deeds they have been doing in their festive letter competition. 


The recycling good deeds letter to Father Christmas competition is asking to hear from the County’s young recyclers as to how they have helped to reduce, reuse, repurpose or recycle, paper, cardboard, cans, tins, and plastic bottles. A lucky winner will get a family ticket to see Nottingham Playhouse’s family friendly pantomime Sleeping Beauty and be presented with their prize by the stars of the show after the performance and the Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council.

The letters don’t have to be long but they must be original and can feature any or all of the recyclable items in Nottinghamshire – cans, paper, cardboard, or plastic bottles and have as much festive magic as wished.

Make sure you leave out all the recycling bin ‘baddies’ such as nappies, glass, food waste and textiles.  The letter template and competition terms and conditions can be picked up from schools, libraries, downloaded from: www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire/FatherChristmasLetter or a printed version requested by calling 0203 567 4391. Entries are welcome from children aged 5 to 11. Don’t delay, post or email your entry before midday on Tuesday 10th December 2019.

Lea Hawkes, General Manager for Veolia said: ‘We have met thousands of Nottinghamshire children this year through our education sessions and facility tours, and heard about the fantastic recycling that is taking place at home and at school. We hope that all the mini recycling residents will share these good deeds with Father Christmas in our festive competition.’

Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council Councillor Kevin Rostance added: “The search is on to find Nottinghamshire’s best young recycler and this competition is an excellent way to capture the attention of youngsters and educate them from a young age about what can and can’t be recycled, especially as Christmas draws closer when we produce around a third more waste than normal.”

Over the festive period we all produce roughly 30% more waste than during the rest of the year, that’s a lot of pop bottles, chocolate boxes and squirty cream cans! Nottinghamshire residents currently recycle around 43% of their waste, but with the help of our mini recyclers the challenge is to encourage everyone to recycle even more this Christmas and ‘put the right thing in the right bin’.

The latest guide to recycling at home can be downloaded from: www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire/RecycleForNottinghamshire

Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive at Nottingham Playhouse said: ‘We are proud to support the recycling good deed Christmas letters competition and encourage all of Nottinghamshire’s littlest recyclers to think about how they can reduce, reuse and recycle, at home, at school, and not be tempted by Maleficent to recycle the wrong things this Christmas’ 

This version of Sleeping Beauty is written and directed by Kenneth Alan Taylor and runs at Nottingham Playhouse from Friday 22nd November 2019 to Saturday 11th January 2020. www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/family/sleeping-beauty-2019/

To find out more about Veolia call 0203 567 4370 or visit www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire.