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Chinese New Year Fireworks at Nottingham Lakeside Arts rescheduled

Nottingham Lakeside Arts had to call off the fireworks finale to their Chinese New Year celebrations as a result of bad weather. It’s been rescheduled and will now be held on Sunday 8 March at 6pm.

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A brand new independent book shop is now open in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter.

Ideas on Paper, based in the Terraces at Cobden Chambers, offers an interesting mix of magazines, journals and books as well as stationary.

Owner Alex Smith, from Nottingham, has created a unique shop where customers can escape from their busy lives and leaf through great coffee table material.

Alex has a wealth of high end retail experience having trained at Harrods and worked at Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. From this training and visits to European cities, Alex became inspired and decided to open a store back in his home town, aware of Nottingham’s reputation for nurturing creative and independent businesses and retailers. His aim was to offer a large collectible selection of magazines, journals, and books for sale in an environment that would inspire.

Talking about his love of all things printed Alex says: “The world of independent magazines is flourishing and I wanted to bring this alive in Nottingham. Bringing inspiration to local creatives, students and businesses, supplying a carefully curated selection of visual and literary content that otherwise they may not have discovered. Being based in Cobden Chambers in the Creative Quarter is a great opportunity for me; I am surrounded by other imaginative retailers in a truly incredible space and can add to the amazing local retail offer.”

The new store has just opened and when customers visit they will see that it is packed with independent titles on fashion, art, culture, design, business, economics, food, wine and travel. All this is complemented by a range of stationery – literally enabling you to get your ideas on paper. Alex hopes his customers will be inspired to develop new ideas of their own and the layout of the store makes it easy to browse the titles and relax, read and have a coffee before visiting adjacent creative stores.


Kathy McArdle, Chief Executive Officer from The Creative Quarter Company added: “The opening of Ideas on Paper is testament to the thriving independent retail scene in Nottingham. Alex typifies the essence of the Creative Quarter by offering something new to residents and visitors.”

Cobden Chambers is located in the city centre just off Pelham Street. It has a fascinating creative history, previously used as a photographer’s studio in the 1800s and as a base for the Nottingham Society of Artists from 1895 to 1912. In the 1970s it was the editing house for Platform, a monthly arts magazine for the midlands.

The Terraces at Cobden Chambers are now fully refurbished and home to a mix of new and independent businesses. Cobden Place, which is also part of Cobden Chambers is due to open this summer and will be an independent department store for designers and makers.

Full information on www.literacyvolunteers.org.uk next training courses:


Mansfield – Thursday’s 27/02 and 6/03 – 10 am to 1 pm both sessions


Arnold – Tuesday’s 10/06 & 17/06 – 10 am to 1 pm both sessions


Worksop – Wednesday’s 14/05 & 21/05 – 10 am to 1 pm both sessions


To book or to get further information please ring Sue on 01623 517553



A genuine opportunity for children to develop their singing, dancing and acting skills in fully staged performances!




Youngsters in Mansfield & Nottingham are being urged to take to the stage with local theatre company – New Youth Theatre.


The New Youth Theatre concept is simple.  Children between the ages of 3-17 years are taught how to develop and improve their performing arts skills whilst rehearsing for a fully staged musical each term.  There are three shows a year and the shows are performed at local theatres.  This unique approach to musical theatre brings children of all ages together to enjoy learning new skills, have fun and be onstage!


New Youth Theatre are looking for enthusiastic children interested in taking part in “Footloose The Musical”  or “Grease Jnr” with rehearsals starting in January 2014.  To book a place at the taster call Neil or Vicky on 01623 406284 or visit www.newyouththeatre.co.uk/mansfield or www.newyouththeatre.co.uk/nottingham

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At Tesco Extra Top Valley NG5 9DD. 14/12/12 1-9PM

Come along and have your photo taken with the famous truck, as seen on the Coke Christmas TV advert.

Enjoy a free ice cold Coke, Diet Coke or Coke Zero and lots of festive magic including fake snow, seasonal costumes and a Christmas choir at all City Centre stops. Happy Christmas!