Out and About: In Nottingham

When I dropped Charlie off at University the most I saw of Nottingham was a retail park where we picked up a few last bits. I left and I hadn’t seen Nottingham at all.

We had our first opportunity to look around when we visited her during half term. Charlie, by now, knew the town centre fairly well (and naturally one or ten nightclubs) but she welcomed the opportunity to look around some of the touristy places with her family.

City of Caves

The first place we went to were the caves of Nottingham. The whole city of Nottingham is built on sandstone where people throughout history have hollowed caves. Even the town centre is built on top a  intricate network of tunnels linking caves together. There is now a Museum / tourist attraction which gives visitors a taste of the purposes that the caves have been used for over the years.

Safety hats are optional but as the roofs of the caves can be quite low in areas they were advisable.

The guide is knowledgeable and entertaining, he tells stories of how the caves were built, as the sort of people that lived and worked down there, how the caves changed their purpose over the years.

Half way through the tour, actors take over (sorry if that is a bit of a spoiler) first the tanner who lived in the caves during medieval times, trying to recruit an apprentice from the audience, and then a warden from the second world war who describes in detail how the caves were used as shelters during the war giving plenty of tips how to stay alive and anecdotes about what life was like in Nottingham during the war.

The tour lasts about an hour and was quite reasonable at £7.95 per person (concessions available).

Lunch at Bill’s followed. A fantastic meal and delicious desserts, and what a joy all the family being together again. Still on my Go Sober month, I could have a glass of wine with my darling girl but we had a delicious lemonade instead.

The Lost City – Adventure Golf

Time was running out by now and I really wanted to make the most of the afternoon with our girl. We decided to cut through the centre and go to the City of Adventure. A huge indoor crazy golf course! What a fantastic idea! Every crazy golf course I have ever been to, either in parks or the seaside has been made out of concrete, chipped and broken with poor quality clubs and balls.

Entering The Lost City is fun in itself, they have two eighteen hole courses. One is called the Sacred Skull and the other The Temple Trail, upstairs is a brightly coloured and welcoming cocktail bar when they hold classes by night.

We choose to do The Temple Trail which was based on Ian Indiana Jones adventure (love a bit of Harrison Ford). We were given good quality clubs and a brightly coloured ball, each a different colour.

The course was challenging but not impossible and it was a lovely opportunity to chat as we went around and catch up on all Charlie had been doing since she left for Uni.

All too soon it was time to take her back to University, it was hard once again dropping her off but satisfying to know that she is settled and is happy where she is.

It was our first day in Nottingham and a great first visit, we are looking forward to discovering more of what Nottingham has to offer.

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Theatre Reviews 2018

As usual, I shall link to my sister site Theatresoutheast for all my Theatre Reviews. I have many more reviews posted on Theatre South East written by guest bloggers,

If you fancy reviewing a show or two, please let me know and I shall send you some guidelines. I am looking for people who live in Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

School of Rock – Gillian Lynne Theatre formally known as the New London Theatre

The Comedy about a Bank Robbery – Criterion Theatre

Much Ado about Nothing – Rose Theatre Kingston

The Winslow Boy – Theatre Royal Brighton

Chicago – Phoenix Theatre

Everybody’s talking about Jamie – Apollo Theatre

Six – Arts Theatre

Thriller – Lyric Theatre

Rain Man – Theatre Royal Brighton

Blood Brothers – The Hawth Crawley

Dr Dolittle – Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Magic Mike Live – London Hippodrome

Aladdin – The Hawth, Crawley

2018 Round Up

I hope that you are well and are looking forward to the New Year. Each year we write one of those ‘dreadful’ round robins to our friends and family, here is an edited version.

2018 has been a pretty defining year for us with some huge changes. The major ones being Charlie (previously known as Charlotte) studying and subsequently passing her A-Levels then leaving for University and Terry’s mum, Sheila, passing away in August. She is sadly missed.

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Buy a Waterbutt #101in1001 #44

A complete cheat! But I don’t care!

One of the key reasons for wanting to move from our previous house was the lack of a garden, we had nothing at the front of the house and at the back was a small patch of grass which we barely used because it was so boggy. When we were looking for a new house, I knew I wanted three things from my garden.

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My Plastic Free Christmas #1

When I first wrote about my plastic free struggle a few weeks ago, it seemed an impossible task to cut down on plastic and start to help the environment. The more I look into it, the more complicated it seems, but I take heart in that I am at least doing more than I was.

I wanted to attempt a plastic free Christmas, I was determined to buy experiences, consumables or recyclable products, again, not as easy as it sounds and I soon got disheartened. But then, I found a marvellous list on the Friends of the Earth website and it gave me a few pointers.

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