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May has a lot to offer garden lovers in Nottinghamshire.  The gardens have awoken from their winter slumbers and are offering exceptional visions of colour, perfume, textures and in some cases sounds.  Take the opportunity to visit one of more of the local treasures and whilst doing so support The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) in raising money for good causes such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Help the Hospices.

All NGS gardens are inspiring and enjoyable places to visit, ranging from small back gardens to spacious country ones. They will appeal to keen gardeners and casual visitors alike: everyone will enjoy and benefit from the beauty and peace of a lovingly tended garden.  All of the gardens opening in May also offer tea and home-made cake to complete a pleasurable and relaxing visit.  Many offer the chance to purchase plants grown by the garden owners.

Gardens Open in May to the north of the County:


Beckingham Road, Walkeringham, Nottinghamshire DN10 4HZ

Opening Sunday 11th May 2014 1pm to 5pm

Entry £2.50 children free

Visiting Cross Lodge in May will give an opportunity to enjoy the sight of the 50 different varieties of rhododendron.  This ever changing 1¼-acre garden has successive displays of spring and summer flowers.  The rhododendron walk in which there are over 50 varieties is at its best in May.  The garden also has shrubs, perennial borders, rockeries, roses, conifers, an old orchard and a small woodland with a large pond

Home-made teas and cakes available in Walkeringham Village Hall. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Wheelchair access to all main features, except pond-side paths



Holmes Lane, Walkeringham, nr Gainsborough, Nottinghamshire DN10 4JP

Opening Monday 26th May 2014 1pm to 5pm
Entry £2.00 children free

1¾-acre plantsman’s garden planted with an emphasis on form, texture and foliage using a wide range of salvaged natural materials.  This garden is interesting and inspirational providing the keen gardener with lots of ideas to copy. There are surprises round every corner with places to sit and ponder, gazebos, arbours, ponds and a hosta garden. There are also some unusual perennials and shrubs for flower arranging making this a flower arranger’s artistic garden. To add further interest there is a wildlife pond, old tools and scarecrows on display.  This garden has featured is various local press articles.

Home-made teas and cakes available in the local church.

Specialist plants and driftwood bric-a-brac for sale.



Woodhouse Road, Norwell, Nottinghamshire NG23 6JX

Opening Sunday 18th May 2pm to 5pm
Entry £2.50 children free

Jewel box of over 2,500 varieties of different, beautiful and unusual plants sumptuously set out in a ¾-acre plantsman’s garden as featured in the highly prestigious ‘Best Gardens to visit in 2014’. Inspirationally planted to show what can be grown on heavy, unforgiving clay in a frost pocket. It includes shady garden with orchids, woodland gems, especially Trilliums, Erythroniums and Astrantias, Hosta walk, cottage garden borders, alpine and scree areas. Large naturalistic pond teeming with wildlife and opulently planted margins and bog gardens. There are extensive herbaceous borders and effervescent colour themed beds.

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Grass paths, no wheelchair access to woodland paths

Gardens Open in May to the south of the County


Swingate, Kimberley, Nottinghamshire NG16 2PJ

Opening Monday 5th May2014 from 1pm to 5pm.

Entry £3.00, children free
This is a deceptively large garden tucked away at the end of a short narrow lane in Swingate.  A great deal of love and effort has been put in by serious plant enthusiasts to develop a truly delightful garden that is full of interest and unexpected colour This quiet cottage garden, in a peaceful urban setting, has a wide range of plants sensitively planted to give enjoyment to all who visit. There is a newly established greenhouse and a productive vegetable plot.

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Wheelchair access but some gravel paths



35 Lambley Lane, Burton Joyce, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG14 5BG

Opening Sunday 11th May 2014 12pm to 5pm
Entry £3.50 children free

This is a large garden with mature woodland and formal gardens and spectacular views over the Trent Valley.  It has more than 500 rhododendrons and azaleas and recently established rose gardens. There is a glade with 200 yr-old cedars overlooking ponds, waterfalls and a croquet lawn. The bog garden and sunken area below the ha-ha was created in 2009 and planted to tempt the eye onwards towards ancient well

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Gravel and grass paths, steep slopes



17 Bridle Road, Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire NG14 5FT

Opening Sunday 18th May 2pm to 6pm
Entry £3.50 children free

This garden is a 2 acre site with varied habitat on a south-facing slope. Springs arise from the bank to provide a damp area for self-sowing candelabra and other primulae, snakes head fritillaries and ferns. The springs coalesce to form a stream which falls down a deep shaded gully to join the River Dumble. The sunny paving around the house is allowed (selectively) to self-seed with Echium, Bidens, Tigrida and Evening Primrose to provide an eye catching display in summer. An orchard is kept as a meadow or garden in grass where bulbs and appropriate flowers seed and spread to give colour for 8 months

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Steep slopes towards stream


Gonalston Lane, Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire NG14 7JH

Two gardens Open Sunday 18th May 1pm to 5pm

Entry Combined £4 children free

This opening offers two contrasting gardens in the centre of Hoveringham village near St Michael’s Church. Both gardens host a wide range of features and plants, with specialist collections in each.

West Farm House has been featured in Nottingham Evening Post and Weekly News. It is a cottage-style garden of over half an acre bordering open countryside. Large lawns are surrounded and divided by fine herbaceous borders featuring hardy geraniums, delphiniums, and over 100 hostas within a wide range of shrubs and other herbaceous perennials. The greenhouses display a collection of over 1000 cacti and succulents in May and June.

Church House is a small, charming walled cottage garden packed with detail and interest. Herbaceous borders, a vegetable plot, a stumpery, a Japanese area and an auricula theatre offering a delightful setting in which to relax.

Home-made teas and cakes provided by the local WI available. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Gravel at both gardens and narrow, uneven access at Church House, very difficult for wheelchairs

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale.



Manor Fields, Halam, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG22 8DU

Opening Sunday 25th May 2014 1pm to 5pm
Combined with The Old Vicarage, Halam

Entry £4.00 children free
Starting with a blank canvas in 2001 when Holbeck Lodge was built, this ½-acre garden, bordering a beck, was designed and planted to flow from semi-formal to more natural planting reflecting the neighbouring open countryside. A vegetable garden with raised beds is contained by a rose trellis, leading through herbaceous beds, hostas, roses, betula, sorbus and several spectacular Cornus Kousa.

Disability information

Some sloping areas which may not be suitable for wheelchairs


Halam Hill, Halam, Nottinghamshire NG22 8AX

This is beautiful, plant lovers’ garden, as featured in the Nottingham Evening Post and on Radio Nottingham, is designed to make the most of a natural sloping south facing site.  It displays well-established peaceful rooms, with surprises around every corner and stunning views of hills and farmland. The borders are generously planted with unusual herbaceous plants. There are hidden nooks and crannies, varied wildlife ponds, swimming pool planting, an orchard, a productive kitchen garden and a new wildflower meadow.  The 12th Century Village Church, with its rare C14th stained glass window, is a short walk away.

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Slopes but cheerful help available



Blidworth Waye, Papplewick, Nottinghamshire NG15 8FE

Opening Sunday 25th May 2014 2pm to 5pm

Entry £3.50 children free

Papplewick Hall was built by Frederick Montague between 1781 and 1786.  It is one of the finest Grade 1 houses in Nottinghamshire.  It has an historic, mature, 8-acre garden, mostly shaded woodland, abounds with rhododendrons, hostas, ferns, and spring bulbs

Disability information

Suitable for wheelchair users but section of paths are gravel 



Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire NG12 1AZ

Opening Monday 26th May 2014 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

Entry £3.00 children free

This garden is just under ½ acre of intense planting.  It contains many varieties of perennials, grasses, bulbs and shrubs to provide colour and interest all year. There are colour themed beds, a jungle area with tropical style planting and tender perennials in pots. Unique features of this garden are mirrors and other objects placed to enhance and complement the planting. There is always something new to see

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale

From 6th Feb-Thursdays 7-8pm. £2 per class.

Cheerobics is a new vibrant and fun activity that is a mixture of dancing and cheerleading suitable for all abilities between ages 11-25.

For further information ring the instructor Mel on 07870 553317

Sessions will also be launched at Hucknall Leisure Centre towards the end of February – further information to follow.

Give Rugby A Try….Get in2 Hockey or Give Gymnastics A Go!!

Fun and Free sessions are taking place from April through to July at
several venues across Ashfield as part of the 2013 Active Ashfield

The Active Ashfield Games coaching sessions are delivered by local
coaches from local sports clubs and give both adults and juniors the
opportunity to try out or get back into a sport. No experience is

Tag Rugby –  Ladies and Junior Boys and Girls

Tag Rugby is a non contact introduction to the game.

No experience is needed to take part in our fun and friendly sessions.

It’s not just a game for the boys – come and give it a try!! 

  • Sundays from 21 April to 30 June, 12.30 – 2..00pm at the Polly Bowls Ground, Unwin Road Sutton-in-Ashfield.
  • Ladies 18+
  • Girls aged 11 to 17 years
  • Boys and Girls aged 7 to 12 Years


  • Mondays from 22 April to 31 June, 7.30 – 9.00pm also at the Polly Bowls Ground
  • Ladies 18+


  • Wednesdays 24 April to 3 July, 7.00 – 8.30pm  at Albert Street Recreation Ground (to the rear of Hucknall Leisure Centre).
  • Ladies 18+
  • Girls ageed 11 to 17

Be Part of Active Ashfield’s Hockey Rush!!

Free weekly coaching sessions are taking place across Ashfield from the end of April until June.

The coaching will lead to participants  taking part in Quick Stix and Rush Hockey competitions at the Active Ashfield Games which will take place on Saturday 29th June.


No experience is necessary as the fun coaching will be delivered by fully qualified coaches from the local Hockey club.

Just turn up at any of the sessions to register or complete the registration form and take it to your first session.
Selston Leisure Centre

 Selston Leisure Centre  8 to 13  Monday  5.00 – 6.00pm  22 April – 24 June
KingswayPark 8 to 13 Wednesday 6.00 – 7.00pm 24 April – 26 June
KingswayPark 14 to Adult Wednesday 7.00 – 8.00pm 24 April – 26 June
National C of E Academy 8 to Adult Thursday 6.00 – 7.00pm 25 April – 27 Jun



Gymnastics                Boys and Girls age 9 to 16


Free weekly coaching sessions are taking place across Ashfield from the end of April until June.

The coaching will lead to participants  taking part in our Gymnastics Competition at the Active Ashfeld Games on Saturday 29th June

No experience is necessary as the fun coaching will be delivered by fully qualified coaches from local gymnastics clubs. Just turn up at any of the sessions to register or complete one of our application forms and take with you to your first session.

Selston Leisure Centre 9 to 16 Monday 6.00-8.00pm 22 April  – 24 June
Sutton Centre 9 to 16 Thursday 5.00 -6.00pm 25 April – 27 June
Festival Hall Leisure Centre 9 to 16 Friday 6.00 – 7.00pm 26 April – 28 June
Hucknall Leisure Centre 9 to 16 Saturday 9.00 – 10.00am 27 April – 22 June



Party Punkz specialises in providing tribute act entertainment to some of your children’s favourite TV characters. From Mr Tumble to Fireman Sam, with Peppa and Upsy Daisy inbetween.

We are a million miles away from a mascot ‘turn up and wave’.  We offer a full show featuring singing, dancing, gags and props, traditional games, disco and bubbles.

The whole show is a fun-packed experience that the children will be talking about for a very long time.

Our shows include sweetie prizes for everyone during the games section, pass the parcel, a birthday card for the birthday child and an A4 framed print of the birthday child with their favourite character.

Our Mr Tumble tribute act travels nationwide with his fantastic tribute show featuring Makaton Sign Language, fun games and gags, a little adult comedy ventriloquism for the mums and dads and lot’s of bubble fun !!

We are constantly adding new mascot shows to our repertoire so please call for details.


07720 886597


We are looking for volunteers that would like to get involved in a community performance in the Ashfield area of Nottinghamshire, and will be starting rehearsals at the beginning of the New Year. We’re looking for people who want to act, sing, play music or help out backstage. Perhaps you’ve been in lots of plays – or perhaps you’d be a first timer. Either way you’re welcome to join us! If you want to act but just want a small part, or even just to be part of a crowd that is fine too.

The play has been specially written for the project and tells the story of when the people of Sutton stood up to the government of the day to demand a better life for themselves and their families as politicians, poets, soldiers, framework knitters, newspaper proprietors and judges came face to face with each other in a confrontation that affected the whole country.

Rehearsals will be timetabled to suit the people that want to get involved, but will mostly take place on weeknight evenings. The performance is scheduled for March 2013. The rehearsals will mostly take place at the Sutton Centre, in the middle of Sutton in Ashfield. There is plenty of free parking there in the evenings.

If you want to get involved or find out more we are having a meeting to get things rolling. We’ll explain how the project will work and find out more about how you would like to be involved. We may even read through some extracts of the script!

Date: Tuesday 11th Decenber
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm
Place: The Sutton Centre, High Pavement, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. NG17 1EE

I appreciate that it is quite short notice at a busy time of year, so if you would like to get involved but cannot make that meeting don’t worry! You’ll still be able to take part. Please call Julian on 07906 909559 or email [email protected] as soon as possible and we will sort something out. But the more people that can make it along on Tuesday the better.

And if you would like to find out more about the company and have a look at some pictures of past shows that we’ve done then please have a look at our website – www.hanbyandbarrett.com


Open Day Saturday 10th November 2012.

Dagfa School Nottingham is delighted to open its doors once again and invite parents and prospective pupils to view the whole school and its facilities on Saturday 10th November from 10am to 12 noon.

Dagfa, which is based in Beeston, Nottingham offers a warm welcome to all and will have a range of activities on display as well as organised tours of the entire campus. The school is close to the University of Nottingham, the Nottingham ring road and main bus routes with regular services. All facilities are on site, spread over three locations on Broadgate in the town.

The school is co-educational and non selective accepting pupils from the age of 3 and nurturing them to the age of 16. Non selective means that there is no entrance exam, just a bench marking assessment in English and Maths as well as an interview with Jane Le Poidevin – our head.

A recent inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate highlighted:-

–          ‘Pupils enjoy an interesting, exciting and diverse curriculum, encouraging them to develop a love of learning’

–          ‘Relationships between staff and pupils are excellent’

–          ‘Pupils have very positive attitudes to learning’

–          ‘Teaching strongly promotes the pupils’ progress’

–          ‘Parents praise the school strongly for ensuring their child’s happiness, safety and well being’

–          ‘Early years foundation stage learning outcomes were described as excellent’

Jane commented – “I am thrilled that the report reflects the nature of the school so well. Not only do we develop a love of learning in all our pupils, but this is dovetailed with excellent personal development and wonderful pastoral care.”

Jane and her team would be delighted to see you at the Open Day on 10th November between 10am and 12 noon. More details can be found on the school web site – www.dagfaschool.notts.sch.uk

Contact the heads PA, Carole Farina on 0115 913 8330 or e-mail her directly at [email protected]  – she will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.