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The Botanist, West Bridgford hosts Luxardo Cherry Garden Gin Bar

The Luxardo Cherry Garden Gin Bar opens on the 22nd August for two months of late Italian summer outdoor drinking.

The bar will serve original cocktails using Italy’s famous Luxardo Limoncello, Sour Cherry Gin and London Dry Gin. The Mediterranean drinks are matched with the atmosphere, with flowers and foliage in abundance in the al fresco setting.

The West Bridgford branch is set to host an opening weekend this bank holiday, featuring cocktail masterclasses by Luxardo global ambassador Gareth ‘G’ Franklin. You will be able to explore the natural botanical flavours of gin, fruit and herbal garnishes and learn from tips on mixing and presentation.

Share your sipping moment on Instagram and you may be in with the chance of winning a trip for you and a friend to Venice, near the home of Luxardo in Padua. To find out more and be in with a chance to win, follow @Luxardo_UK  #LuxardoCherryGardens on Instagram.

The Luxardo Cherry Garden Gin Bar at The Botanist
40 Bridgford Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 6AP


Original Luxardo cocktails on the menu include:

Cherry, Blossom & Tonic
50ml Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin
200ml tonic water
1 spray rose water
Lemon zest
Build in a tall glass over ice.

Italian 75
25ml Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin
15ml Luxardo Cherry Syrup (from a jar of maraschino cocktail cherries).
15ml lemon juice
Shake ingredients over ice, and strain into a champagne flute. Top with chilled prosecco.
Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry.

Limoncello Spritz
50ml Luxardo Limoncello
15ml lemon juice
Dash of tonic water
Top with chilled prosecco
Build in a champagne flute

Lost in Thyme
60ml Luxardo Limoncello
20ml lemon juice
3 dashes celery bitters
Shake over ice and fine strain into a coupette glass. Garnish with fresh thyme.





Riverside Festival

Riverside Festival 2019

The East Midlands’ biggest free festival returns to the banks of the Trent, celebrating summer as the hugely popular Riverside Festival returns. With the usual blend of live music, river-based activities, massive funfair and kids’ zone including the Fabland play park. There is also the Riverside highlight – the Saturday night fireworks.

Music is a big part of the festival, as ever. The festival’s three live music stages will host a wide range of musical influences. The Monument Stage boasts global beats. Encounter a barrage of bouzoukis, brass, guitars, keys and deranged sounds from Hallouminati on Friday following a funk, soul and hip-hop session with Fat Digester. On Saturday, Niteworks from the Isle of Skye, offers a unique fusion of electronica and Scottish traditional music. They follow Gaslight Troubadours – with a unique blend of electro-swing and steampunk. Download the stage sets for each day

Headliner on the Big Top Stage for Friday is guitarist Mollie Ralph, while on Saturday, Scott Bugg and The Vital Few round off the evening with a mix of Indie, Rock and Blues.

On Sunday, the stage will have a folk takeover with Bob Fox headlining. Fox is rated as the best male singer on the British folk scene, The folk line up is considered one of the best free folk festival line ups in the UK.

Families should definitely plan a trip to the Bandstand on Sunday with interactive drumming, sing along sessions and performances from midday. Watch out for slapstick adventure and summertime fun as The Admirable Admirals drop anchor just after one to battle flying fish, each other and any unsuspecting passers-by with their water pistols and salty sea-dog ways. At 2pm, Nottingham legends Johnny and the raindrops perform a set of lively, original songs aimed at the ‘cool kids’ in the audience.

On the River Trent there’ll be Dragon Boat racing if you fancy having a go at this ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today. The Royal Marine Visibility Teams will also be attending the festival alongside HMS Sherwood (East Midlands) with an Inshore Raiding Craft display on the water as well as ‘Pull-up’ Challenge and other interactive displays. The teams will take part in the Dragon Boat racing.

Recycling – As part of the city council’s commitment to managing the environmental impact of the event, the use of polypropylene cups will be trialled at all bars on site. The polypropylene cups are reusable. They are used on a wash rotation for up to five years and are fully recyclable. At the end of their life, they are broken down and turned into items such as coat hangers or ice scrapers.

Customers are required to pay a £1 deposit for the cup which will be refunded once the cup is returned at any point during the event. The polypropylene cups are manufactured in the UK and washed in Nottinghamshire. The washing plant also runs from completely renewable clean energy.

TravelPlan your journey to Riverside Festival

Parking – Ample event car parking is available for £7 per car (cash or cards accepted) with easy access from both the A60 and A52.

Buses from the city centre

Green 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 from Victoria Centre (Parliament Street) outside Lloyds Bank

Navy 1 or 3 from Beastmarket Hill in the Old Market Square

Buses also pick up on Maid Marian Way, and Carrington Street (for the railway station).

Buses drop off at Trent Bridge.

After the event

Frequent buses run between Trent Bridge back to the city centre throughout the Riverside Festival, with extra buses at busy times.

At the end of the Fireworks Display on Saturday night, a special event service will be in place to take people back to the city centre.

Families and couples can travel with a Grouprider ticket at £6 for up to five people (min one adult, max two adults). These tickets allow unlimited use from the time of purchase until 4.29am the following morning and cover all NCT buses in Nottingham.

Tram Travel

The festival can also be accessed via tram by taking the tram and Park and Ride – The closest stop is Meadows Embankment

A group travel ticket offers unlimited travel on one day for 1 or 2 adults and up to 3 children.

An Off Peak Group ticket costs £5 and can be purchased from ticket machines. It is valid weekdays after 4pm and all day during weekends and school holidays. Under 5’s travel free)

Opening Times
Riverside Festival 2019

Dates: 2 Aug 2019 – 4 Aug 2019

Friday 18:30 – 22:30
Saturday 12:00 – 23:30
Sunday 12:00 – 18:30

Informtion and photo courtesy of Visit Nottinghamshire

Proms in the Park

Proms in the Park to celebrate Armed Forces Day

Proms in the Park is set to be a great celebration for Armed Forces Day as hundreds of music fans are set to descend on Bridgford Park in West Bridgford for the annual event.

Coordinators Rushcliffe Borough Council will once again be welcoming a host of local choirs, singers and bands that are set to wow residents and visitors alike on Saturday June 29.

The event is the authority’s free open-air musical event to further celebrate the Forces’ commitments in the Borough that include support from Rushcliffe’s Community Covenant.

There will be performances from 2pm right through to 9pm with community displays, sports activities and a children’s fairground also entertaining event goers.

The Ragdolls make their Proms debut and will take to the stage to perform a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Debbie Mason said: “Proms in the Park this year is set to be another fabulous event, not only with great music and fun, but also to pay tribute to our Armed Forces Community and a celebration of Armed Forces Day.

“The atmosphere is set to be buzzing with brilliant performances and activities for all the family to enjoy, so come along to Bridgford Park and have fun!”

The full stage programme is as follows:

2pm – Music For Everyone (featuring Nottingham Junior Voices and Nottingham Youth Band)

3pm – The Liberty Singers        

4pm – South Notts Men’s Chorus       

6pm – The Ragdolls

7pm – Nottingham Concert Band conducted by Robert Parker  

Parking for Proms in the Park is available on Bridge Field, Bridgford Road at £3 per vehicle. For information about buses please contact your local operator, visit or call 0871 200 22 33.

This year’s official charity is the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Children meeting emergency services workers

Nursery invites youngsters to meet emergency services

Do you have a child under the age of 5? Would they know what to do if faced with an emergency?

When this happened to one of the youngsters from Hollies Day Nurseries during a day out in Nottingham, the 4 year old was able to provide vital assistance by putting her aunt into the recovery position. Unfortunately, many young children don’t have this knowledge, so the team at Hollies have decided to tackle the problem by inviting Nottingham’s Emergency Services to attend a Superhero Day at their nursery in West Bridgford this month. Visitors will meet local Police Officers and Firemen, as well as representatives from the East Midlands Ambulance Service and Park Rangers from the Trent District Community Responders. They will be able to look inside the emergency vehicles, chat to the teams and learn more about what each service does. There will also be first aid demonstrations and the opportunity to have a go at CPR using the training manikins.

As well as helping children to see the Emergency Services as friends not ‘strangers’, the aim is to provide families with strategies for emergencies. If a child is home alone with an adult who suffers a medical trauma, this could be as simple as being able to call 999, provide basic information to responders and then unlock the front door when they arrive. Many young children are not equipped to deal with such situations and the team at Hollies hopes that this informal event will give them the ability and the confidence to cope.

Drew Pike, owner of Hollies Day Nurseries, said “we hope that none of our families and children ever get into an emergency situation but it’s really important that we teach them what to do if this should happen. We show children from the age of 2 how to put someone into the recovery position, check for breathing and other essential first aid but wanted to extend this to families. With the fantastic support of Nottingham’s Emergency Services, this is a great opportunity for youngsters to meet and talk to the real superheroes of Nottingham”. Hollies will be providing free refreshments and, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities, children are encouraged to dress up and attend as their favourite superhero. This free event will be open to everyone and is aimed at young children and their families.

The Superhero Day will take place at Hollies Day Nursery at 103 Loughborough Road on Saturday 22nd June 2019 between 10.30 am and 12.00 noon.

Lady Bay Open Gardens

Lady Bay Open Gardens 2019

The Lady Bay Open Gardens 2019 weekend will be formally opened by BBC Radio Nottingham’s gardening expert and Horticultural lecturer Stuart Dixon and The Mayor of Rushcliffe Councillor Christine Jeffreys at 131 Holme Road on Saturday 6 July at 1pm.  This will be followed by a performance by the Black Peacock Belly Dancers.

This popular two-day garden event takes place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2019 between 1 and 5pm each day.  There will be 16 beautiful and varied gardens open to the public alongside entertainment, activities for children including a treasure hunt plus cake and plant stalls.  Visitors are asked to look out for the special ‘Open Garden’ signs outside each participating property kindly provided by Rex Gooding Estate Agents.

The events Chair Tony Papkiewicz said, This year is looking to be as fantastic as ever.  I’d like to say a special thank you to the garden owners taking part and all the entertainers giving their time voluntarily as well as our event supporters Holy Calzone on Trent Boulevard, local Estate Agent Rex Gooding and Cockburn Lucas 4 Women ( CL4Women) financial planners.”

The volunteer organisers are aiming to build on the amazing success of previous years and raise even more money for charities and other local good causes. Proceeds go to the Lady Bay Community Fund as well as various charities nominated by garden owners.

Free parking is available at the Nottingham Rugby Club, The Poppy and Pint and The Lady Bay Pub.

To keep up to date with the latest information visit

Open Gardens Confirmed:

Visitors can start and buy a programme ticket from any participating garden which includes:

8 Adbolton Grove (SUNDAY ONLY)

82 Gertrude Road

6 Holme Road

68 Holme Road

131 Holme Road

110 Julian Road (SUNDAY ONLY)

1 Pierrepont Road

28 Pierrepont Road

134 Rutland Road, pre school (SUNDAY ONLY)

195 Rutland Road

196 Rutland Road

224 Rutland Road

260 Rutland Road

67 Seymour Road (SUNDAY ONLY)

86 Seymour Road

69-71 Trent Boulevard

Lady Bay Open Gardens Entertainment Schedule:


  • 131 Holme Road – Formal event opening by BBC’s Radio Nottingham gardening expert Stuart Dixon at 1pm
  • 131 Holme Road – Performance by the Black Peacock Belly Dancers at 2.30pm.  The dancers will also be performing at various gardens through the afternoon.
  • 131 Holme Road – Clock Workshop and wine tasting all day
  • 1 Pierrepont Road – Music and refreshments sold in aid of the charity Shelter
  • Scout Hall – Cakes, savouries, teas & coffees plus craft stalls. Lessons from the Urban Worm with information about how to convert your food waste into black gold (compost!)


  • 119a Holme Road – Lady Bay Blooms Posy Flower Stall with proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society
  • 1 Julian Road, Leonard Cheshire Disability – Tea and Cakes stall. Plants and silk flower stall.
  • 110 Julian Road – Treasure hunt and crafts plus refreshments with proceeds to Radcliffe RSPCA Shelter
  • 131 Holme Road  – Performances by The Strawberry Jammers
  • 134 Rutland Road – Fun children activities, arts and crafts and a bouncy castle!  Refreshments with proceeds to Lady Bay Pre-School
  • 224 Rutland Road – Performance by The Trent Navigation Shanty Crew in the afternoon
  • 105 Trent Boulevard, Holy Calzone – performance by the Maids of Clifton Clog dancers at 2.30pm
  • The Poppy & Pint – performance by the Maids of Clifton Clog dancers at 3.30pm
  • The Poppy & Pint – West Bridgford Liberty Singers 4-4.30pm

Lady Bay Open Gardens 2019

the connected parent

The Brain Behind Behaviour; The Power of the ‘Connected Parent’ at Copper Cafe

Join ‘Well Within Reach’ on 1st May at Copper Cafe, West Bridgford for ‘The Brain Behind Behaviour; The Power of the Connected Parent’, an informal & accessible session helping parents to master behaviour challenges with less conflict and more ease.

Parenting is becoming more complicated and multi-faceted in the 21st Century, with screen time taking up a larger space in your child’s mind and having a bigger impact on their behaviour and mental health than we as parents can understand.

Consequently, too much of our time with our kids is spent feeling frustrated and shouting. but all our children’s behaviour has its roots in their brain, and so the solution lies in understanding how their brains work. This insightful, easy-to-understand workshop explains just that, enabling you to change behaviour with fewer bribes, threats and less ‘authority’.

By introducing simple techniques, this session will empower you to;

* Parent more confidently, and without comparing your child with everyone else’s

* Respond to the daily dramas with fewer conditions and more compassion

* Re-connect with your child by nurturing-rather than managing-your relationship with them

Essentially, this masterclass; aimed at parents of 3-8 year olds will help you to develop a healthier, happier relationship with your child by reconnecting with; rather than ‘managing’; them.

Limited tickets; £19.50 or £65 for a group of 4. Tickets will be available on the door subject to availability- to secure your place now, book here;

Please bring ticket proof of purchase, as well as a notebook and pen for taking notes if you wish. Additionally, the bar will be open so come along and enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink, with time to chat afterwards.

There is parking available within a 5 minute walk of the venue, plus regular bus links from Nottingham City.

Click interested on the Facebook event for more information, or contact the organiser by email on  For details on the organiser and future events, follow the link

Lady Bay Open Gardens

Lady Bay Open Gardens 2019

This year’s Lady Bay Open Gardens is taking place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2019, between 1-5pm each day. There will be open gardens throughout Lady Bay, displaying beautiful blooms as well as entertainment, activities for children and refreshments.

The organisers are hoping to build on the success of previous years events, aiming to raise even more money for charity. Proceeds go to the Lady Bay Community Fund as well as various charities nominated by garden owners.

The events Chair Tony Papkiewicz said, “We have a fantastic mix of gardens opening again this year, some new and some of the old favourites as well as entertainment and tasty refreshments for all the family to enjoy.  We are excited to have three local businesses supporting this year’s event including Holy Calzone on Trent Boulevard, local Estate Agent Rex Gooding and CL4Women financial planners.”

The deadline for Lady Bay residents to enter their garden is 5 May 2019.  Email the chairman Tony on

To keep up to date with the latest information visit

Lady Bay Open Gardens

Lady Bay Open Gardens 2019 request for gardens

Plans are already under way for the 28th annual Lady Bay Open Gardens to be held from 1pm – 5pm on 6 and 7 July 2019.  The volunteer committee are asking for Lady Bay residents to submit a yes, no or maybe by emailing the chairman, Tony on  The deadline for entries is 5 May 2019.

The organisers are aiming to build on the amazing success of previous years and raise even more money for charities and other local good causes. Proceeds will go to the Lady Bay Community Fund, Leonard Cheshire Disability and various charities nominated by garden owners. Last year, the event raised over £7,800.

The events Chair, Tony Papkiewicz said “2018 was another successful year due to the fantastic range of gardens that were open and the variety of activities and entertainment on offer over the weekend.  The community spirit and wonderful gardens helps make this event one the highlights in the Lady Bay year!”

To keep up to date with the latest information visit the Lady Bay Open Gardens at the below:

Lady Bay Open Gardens 2017

Home Cooked Heritage

Home Cooked Heritage Workshop at West Bridgford Library

Got a family recipe or cookbook that’s been handed down through the generations? Interested in the history of recipes and food from the past?

Join Inspire in this interactive workshop at West Bridgford Library and work with a performer and visual artist to explore the heritage of recipes unearthed in Nottinghamshire Archives (including the kitchen & pantry records from Rufford Abbey in 1726!) and then embellish and share your own food stories of the present through some creative fun.

Street Party

The event, part of the Home Cooked Heritage project, takes place at West Bridgford library on Saturday 23 February from 10am-12noon. Places limited so booking essential, tickets £5 (free concession tickets available). Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

Inspire has received a National Lottery grant of £10k for this project, Home Cooked Heritage, in Nottinghamshire. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on uncovering and sharing the food heritage of Nottinghamshire; family recipes, food producers, social history and what food means to us all now.

Works produced in the workshops (taking place across 4 libraries and the Nottinghamshire Archives) will be curated into a touring exhibition that will be shown in Inspire Library Galleries across the county and made into a book that will go back into the Nottinghamshire Archives to be discovered by food historians of the future.

Helen Ackroyd, Principal Arts Officer at Inspire said, ““We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and can’t wait to see what is unearthed in Nottinghamshire Archives to inspire our artists of all ages.”

Calamity Jane

West Bridgford Operatic Society proudly presents ‘Calamity Jane’

Tuesday 19th February to Saturday 23rd February 2019 in ‘The space’ theatre Nottingham.

It’s many happy returns for WBOS this season as they take to the stage at the Squire Performing Arts Centre, Nottingham Girls’ High School (The space) again after a successful transition from the Arts Theatre with their sell-out show ‘Fiddler on the roof’ in February last year. They are also returning to the Wild West (well the United States anyway!) having performed ‘Oklahoma’ to full houses the year before.

Calamity Jane

You can hear the music in your head right now if we simply mention ‘The Deadwood stage’, ’Black hills of Dakota, ‘Higher than a Hawk’ and ‘Just blew in from the Windy City’. All are performed with polished style and great enthusiasm by an accomplished line-up of principals and a talented and experienced chorus. The accompanying thirteen piece orchestra will be under the baton of the multi-talented Meng Khaw, the Society’s Musical Director who is also directing the production.

Calamity Jane

The space has already acquired a great reputation for its on and off-stage facilities, easy access by tram or NCT and ample, free on-site parking. Tickets are priced from just £8.50 and are available using the WBOS hotline 07968 711 534 or via their website

Calamity Jane