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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

West Bridgford Methodist Church concert

A Charity Evening of Song at West Bridgford Methodist Church

If you enjoy the songs of Les Miserables and Queen, come along to a special charity concert on Saturday 9th March at 7pm in West Bridgford Methodist Church, Patrick Road, West Bridgford.

The concert is a joint performance by West Bridgford Social Singers and ECS Singers, both directed by Simon Thompson, and will feature well-known songs from Les Mis as well as some classic Queen anthems. The choirs will also sing some of their own favourites to create a varied and entertaining programme, which will appeal to all ages. Also, if you love to sing along, there will be opportunities to join in.

We are raising money for 6 charities: Autism East Midlands, Alzheimer’s Society, All We Can, Newark Orchard School, Methodist Homes for the Aged and the Scouts. So it’s a great chance to give to several good causes by supporting just one event.

Tickets are £5 (children free) and can be purchased through West Bridgford Methodist Church ( 0115 9141253, West Bridgford Social Singers ( or and Everyone Can Sing ( or

Book your tickets as soon as you can, as this is likely to be a popular event!

West Bridgford Methodist Church - charity concert

What’s On- New Years Eve

Champagne on tap, party poppers at Midnight and Auld Lang Syne blasting out the speakers. There is no night that can compare to NYE, so make sure that this year, you celebrate in style.

Here are a number of events on in West Bridgford that will guarantee a good time.


Reserve a table for great music all night. Tickets start from £45, early bird tables also available between 5-6pm for £25pp.

More details here.


Join DJ Docta Dee of The Funk Surgery at Southbank, with free entry all night and 2-4-1 cocktails.

Dress to impress and dance the night away!

More details here.

Trent Navigation

‘Last Pedestrians’ will see the New Year in with their NYE Special, 7pm

You can also enjoy 50% off Main Meals and Burgers all night long – booking is essential.

More details here.


Week of free concerts to be held at West Bridgford Methodist Church

West Bridgford Methodist Church are putting on a series of 7 concerts performed by local choirs and musicians on a specially created and colourful Christmas Tree stage.

The concerts start on Saturday 8th December and run until Saturday 15th December starting at 7.30pm. The events are free but seats must be pre-booked through the Eventbrite page

Singing Christmas Tree

The ‘Singing Christmas Tree’ stage at West Bridgford Methodist Church

You can get further information from or by phoning 07401563835.

West Bridgford Methodist Church singing christmas tree

lady bay midcentury antiques fair 2018

Lady Bay Mid-century Antiques Fair – less than two weeks to go

The Lady Bay Mid-century Antiques Fair takes place on Saturday 15th December, 11am – 4pm, at the Hospitality Marquee, Nottingham Rugby Club, 1 Holme Road, Lady Bay, West Bridgford, NG2 5AA.

The vintage fair is unique to Nottingham for the breadth and quality of goods on offer. Styles stretch from the 1920s through to the 1980s, with the emphasis on mid-century and design classics. It’s one of the only places in Nottingham where you can source good quality mid-century furniture. Pieces include:

  • chairs
  • shelving & sideboards
  • artwork
  • homeware
  • kitchenalia
  • textiles
  • fabrics
  • lighting
  • art deco
  • 20th century ceramics
  • studio pottery
  • vintage film posters
  • glass
  • industrial furniture
  • signage
  • brocante
  • French antiques

Whether you’re a collector, an avid vintage connoisseur or just looking for something unique and quirky, there’s bound to be something cool to tempt you on the day.

“We have small independents coming from across the UK showing off their vintage goods” said Paul Rose from Lady Bay Vintage, “we take pride in there always being lots of new things to see, and with a huge cross section of  goods to suit all budgets we really believe that there’s something for everyone”.

Lady Bay Vintage only run two fairs a year, Summer and Winter, “why not ‘give vintage’ this Christmas” said Virender Rose, partner.  “It’s quirky, interesting & unique and each piece has a wonderful history behind it. Let us inspire you if you’re looking for Christmas gifts”

Here’s a sneak preview of a few of their traders

You can get more detail by joining the facebook event

For further details or if you’re interested in trading contact Paul at

West Bridgford Christmas Lights Switch on 2018

Bonfire Night is long gone, so that can only mean its time for the Christmas lights switch on! The annual West Bridgford Christmas lights switch on is taking place on Saturday 24th November 10am-6pm, sponsored by The Botanist.

Central Avenue, Gordon Road and Gordon Square will host an array of children’s fairground rides and activities, a food and gift market as well as festive theatre and live music. Many shops and cafes in this area will also be organising activities and events.

The YouNG Christmas Market will return for the second year on Gordon Square, featuring young entrepreneurs aged 13-21. In addition to stalls, there will be a free santa’s grotto, a christmas tree trail and performances from young musicians. For more information on the YouNG Christmas Market, click here.

Plumtree School will take the stage at 1:30pm, followed by The Tuneless Choir at 2:30pm, The Liberty Choir at 3:30pm and singer Katherine Dryden at 4pm. This leads up to the Christmas lights switch on at 5pm and big firework finale.

Don’t just head home after the finale! Visit one of the many bars or cafes in the town centre, including The Botanist who are hosting an after party.


gin festival

Win tickets for new gin festival coming to West Bridgford

Live music, street food and masterclasses will come together at the new two-day gin festival taking place in West Bridgford.

The West Bridgford Gin Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26 at Nottingham Rugby Club, Holme Road.

Tickets cost £16 each which gives you access to a free gin, a gin glass, masterclasses and samples from over 60 different gins. After the alcohol, you can try the vast array of street food options such as gourmet hot dogs, burgers, pizza, curry and a pop-up bakery for something sweet!

There will also be live music and entertainment with the likes of Goldie Locks Marie Watson and Paracoustic on Saturday and Rebecca Lomas and Gaynor Smith with soul and jazz classics on Sunday.

Image: Gincident

Tickets must be bought in advance, printed out and brought along on the day. They are available through festival partner

We’ve teamed up with the festival to give away two tickets for Sunday 26th August, 6-11pm. Competition closes Sunday 19th so be quick, it’s due to be a success!

To enter, please use the form below. Minimum age to enter must be 18.

Win two tickets for West Bridgford Gin Festival

Taste of Rushcliffe

Fifth Taste of Rushcliffe Food Festival

A Taste of Rushcliffe celebrates the unique flavour of Rushcliffe this summer as West Bridgford hosts the fifth annual food and drink festival on Saturday 7 July. Come and see the fabulous growers, makers, cooks and businesses from across the Borough.

Food Festival and Market

Saturday 7 July 10am – 4pm

Central Avenue, West Bridgford

Event is free and events include cookery demonstrations, masterclasses and children’s activities.

Want to know more? Call Rushcliffe Borough Council on 0115 914 8517.

Watch the Council’s Taste of Rushcliffe promo video:

tour of britain

West Bridgford chosen for Tour of Britain start

West Bridgford has been chosen as the starting point for the penultimate – and longest – stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race.

The biggest free-to-attend sporting event returns to Nottinghamshire this year on Saturday 8 September starting in West Bridgford and ending in Mansfield.

The announcement comes on the back of last year’s successful event which attracted 210,000 supporters on the day – one of the biggest turn-outs across the eight stage race across the UK.

The race boosted the Nottinghamshire economy by more than £3.4m.

With a global TV audience of millions, once again the eyes of the world will be on Nottinghamshire when 120 of the world’s top cyclists race the longest stage which is approximately 223 km long (139 miles)

The route will take in key Nottinghamshire landmarks such as the new Sherwood Forest Visitor centre, Newstead Abbey, Clumber Park and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground.  The race will travel through many town and villages in the south of the county as well as taking riders over the iconic Trent Bridge for the first time.

Tour of britain

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the race will be returning to our great county on Saturday 8 September – and will take in every district, including the City area.

“Last year’s event really was a fantastic day and shows that Nottinghamshire has what it takes to host a sporting event of this scale.

“We hope even more residents and visitors will turn out in force  to experience this fantastic event this year – and let’s hope the county reaps even bigger economic benefits”

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director added:

“The turn-out for the Nottinghamshire stage last year really was incredible.  The viewing figures for ITV4 show that Stage Four was popular with the audience at home too, with half a million people tuning in to watch the highlights– attracting the highest ratings of any of the other seven highlight shows.

“So we are delighted to be returning to Nottinghamshire as this year’s route  makes it seem like  a completely different county!  We are taking in a lot of new areas, approaching a significant part of 2017’s route  from the opposite direction as well as having hillier sections this time.”

The route will take in dozens of towns and villages including Ruddington, Cotgrave, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Southwell, Retford, Worksop and Hucknall.

Commenting on West Bridgford being chosen to host the start of the race, Councillor Simon Robinson, Leader of the Rushcliffe Borough Council said:

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome such a unique, prestigious event to the borough for the first time.

“We are proud of our heritage in sport and it’s fantastic we have been chosen as a host county and that so much of the stage will ride through Rushcliffe.”

Kate Allsop, Executive Mayor of Mansfield, said:

“We are very pleased and proud that Mansfield has been chosen as a host for the second year in a row – this time for the exciting finish.

“As it is on a Saturday, we hope this will enable even more people than last year to line the streets and provide a huge welcome for the cyclists as they make their way to the finish line.”

The economic impact report [PDF] commissioned by national Tour of Britain organisers showed that spend on food and drink was by far the biggest contributor to the local economy last time (almost £1.13m) followed by accommodation costs (£611k).

More than 39 per cent of those who turned out to watch the race had travelled from outside the county – therefore attracting around 81,000 visitors to Nottinghamshire.

Other figures shown in the report include:

  • Average daily spend for day visitor was more than £27
  • Overnight visitors spend more than £101 on average
  • Almost two-thirds of spectators said the race had inspired them to cycle more
  • Half of those attending came with their families.

Check out further details of the full national route.