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Apr12

25 Years Young - The Story behind Retford Charter Day

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25 Years Young - The Story behind Retford Charter Day

It’s hard to believe it, but Retford Charter Day is 25 years old this year!

It all started in 1990 with a meeting between 3 far-sighted local gentlemen, Mr. Richard Sutton who was there on behalf of the Scouts and the Retford Lions Club, Mr. Gordon Hamilton-Clark and Mr. Gerry Archer.  The first event they ever organised was the Easter Extravaganza which was held on the Market Square with just 6 stalls and a gentleman pushing a children’s roundabout!

Mar23

Kings' Park's 80th Birthday Celebrations

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Kings' Park's 80th Birthday Celebrations

On the 29th June 1938 Retford gained, what we now fondly describe as "the jewel in the heart of the town", the beautiful Kings' Park.

Now, some 8 decades later, there are exciting plans afoot to mark Kings' Park's 80th Birthday.

Bassetlaw District Council, in partnership with EES Showhire and supported by Retford Business Forum, Retford Civic Society and other bodies, are inviting everyone to join them in celebrating the 80th Anniversary of this outstanding, national accredited, Green Flag site.

Feb14

Well I never did!

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Well I never did!

Have you ever seen that local ‘brown road sign’ and thought ‘the what murals?’  Yes, me too.

Firstly, how is it pronounced?  Well, through sneaky research I have it on good authority that it is pronounced ‘Trakwair’ and secondly what are they?

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about the hidden gem that is the ‘Traquair Murals’.

Nov15

Find out where the Christmas Lights Switch on Events are in North Notts

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Find out where the Christmas Lights Switch on Events are in North Notts

For many of us it’s a bit early to be celebrating Christmas, so if you’re like me and need something to get you into the Christmas spirit or, perhaps you might just love Christmas and can’t wait to get stuck into the festive fun – here's a list of local Christmas Lights Switch On events.

There are over 10 big Lights Switch On events happening across the North Notts region during November and December, each with it's own unique flavour and accompanying activities and entertainment.

There is one person that unites them all - Santa!  

So if your little ones would love to meet Santa, their wish just might come true at one of these events.

Oct13

Halloween Events & Activities in North Notts

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Halloween Events & Activities in North Notts

Are you ready for the scariest night of the year?

If you’re up for having some hair-raising fun this Halloween there are loads of Halloween events to keep everyone in the family happy with scary outdoor cinema screenings, spooky craft activities, terrifying trails, and general ghostly goings on.

Check out our In North Notts round-up of the spookiest Halloween events happening in Retford, Worksop, Southwell, Newark and across North Nottinghamshire this October.

Aug01

Summer Holiday Fun in North Notts

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Summer Holiday Fun in North Notts

The summer holidays have arrived and August is packed with exciting things to do for children and families across North Nottinghamshire!

There are plenty of events and activities indoors and out so, even if we don’t get wall to wall sunshine, there’ll always be something to do to keep your little ones entertained.

Jul06

July is just one long festival!

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July is just one long festival!

Do you view the word Festival in horror, picturing mud, crowds and portaloos?  Or do your thoughts turn to more pleasant things like good times spent with friends and family, hot and sunny weather, incredible live music, amazing new foods and exciting new experiences?

Hopefully your summer this year will be all about fun, laughter, enjoyment and good times and, to help you have the best summer yet, we’ve compiled a list of the many festivals being held this summer across North Nottinghamshire.

May04

Pilgrim Visitor Centre Opening in Retford

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Pilgrim Visitor Centre Opening in Retford

The new ‘Mayflower Pilgrims Visitor Centre’ opens its doors to the public for the very first time during the Retford Arts Festival on Saturday 27th May 2017.

Located at The Hub (North Notts Artisan & Tourist Information Centre) in Churchgate, Retford, the centre will feature the stories of the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Separatists – many of whom came from Retford and the Bassetlaw area in North Nottinghamshire - and who changed the world.

Apr04

The Best Easter Egg Hunts in North Notts

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The Best Easter Egg Hunts in North Notts

Easter Egg Hunts certainly are popular in North Notts this Easter and you’re really spoilt for choice. In fact there so many that you could easily end up with a chocolate overload!

If you’re looking for a lovely family day out most of the hunts are combined with other family and children’s activities.

Find an eggciting Easter Egg Hunt near you in our guide to the best ones in North Notts!

Dec30

Another Local Artist makes a welcome return to Retford Arts Festival 2017

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Another Local Artist makes a welcome return to Retford Arts Festival 2017

Retford Arts Festival is delighted to welcome back local artist Polly Warren, a member of local art-group Artempo and Lincoln & Retford Art Societies, to the second Retford Arts Festival which is being held in venues across the town over the Bank Holiday weekend of 27-29 May 2017.

Last year the first Festival brought together artists of all genres, historians, actors & poets and delivered a memorable 3-day celebration of art, creativity, theatre, music, poetry and more and, once again in 2017 Polly, along with many other artists, will be featuring their work and demonstrating live at venues across the town.

If you're an artist (of any kind) and would like to include your work in Retford's own Arts Festival you've still got time to sign up!

Apr10

New Community Choir for Children in North Notts

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New Community Choir for Children in North Notts

Look out for a brand new, inclusive, children's community choir starting in Retford this April.

The North Notts Makaton Choir is open to all children from ages 5 to 16, with the aim of enhancing community cohesion.

Feb26

Things to Do in North Nottinghamshire This Weekend

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Things to Do in North Nottinghamshire This Weekend

So, what is there to do in North Nottinghamshire during a generally fine and dry weekend at the end of February? Lots!

Whether you like to spend your time outdoors or in, there’s a great variety of things to do this weekend in the Retford and Worksop region.


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