What's on in Notts? March 2019

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 Sylva @ Lakeside Gallery - All month

Discover the unusual tales of Nottinghamshire’s woodlands and the people who have worked, lived and inspired by them at this exhibition.  Free

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St Patrick’s Day @ Old Market Square - 17th March

The 20th annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. Head to Old Market Square to enjoy Irish music on stage and watch the parade make its way through the city. Free

 Daniel Steegmann Mangrame Exhibition @ Nottingham Contemporary - All month

A new immersive installation, architectural interventions, a 16mm film and a virtual reality work, the Rio-based Catalan artist looks at how diverse mediums and technologies represents aspects of the Mata Atlântica. a rainforest in Brazil. Free entry

Gentlemen’s Dub Club @ The Level - 22nd March

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 True connoisseurs of blending influences from genres such as dub, reggae, ska, bass culture, jazz, and everything in between, Gentleman's Dub Club have adopted a futuristic tone as they continue their mission to discover the ultimate bassline.

 

What's on in Notts? February 2019

Light Night @ Various Locations all over the City! 08/02

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Discover stunning light installations, exciting performances and plenty of opportunities to get involved all inspired by the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 spaceflight and landing of the first man on the moon. Don’t miss Museum of the Moon at the Royal Concert Hall, a touring work by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Find out about all the events going on across the city on the night HERE

Chinese New Year @ Old Market Square 02/02

See and try out activities which regularly feature as part of China’s New Year celebrations. There will be arts and crafts including calligraphy, brush painting and paper cutting; storytelling, music and dance including the Chinese Dragon Dance as well as the chance to try out some authentic Chinese foods.

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Sustainable Tourism 101

Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and making a positive impact on the environment, society, and local economy. In an age of environmental, political and economic change, sustainable tourism is more important than ever. As a sustainable and responsible tourist you help support not just planet Earth but people, heritage and culture.

Find some of our tips on how you can be a sustainable tourist below.

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Volunteer Experience: Guilio

Like a modern jules verne, I took my trip to the center of England, because if you draw a line from Manchester to Cambridge, one from London to Edinburgh and another from Liverpool to Norwich, these meet in Nottingham. There is no better place to start exploring England: with a few hours of travel you can get to the big cities like London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester or Newcastle, or discover the Peak district and Yorkshire, or even look for "lost things" in Norfolk.

And Igloo hostel is the perfect base for this kind of adventure: it's like finding a second family away from home, they all do the possible to put you at ease, starting from the managers, passing through the workers up to the volunteers like me.

As in a family, share everything: space, food, thoughts, adventures, beautiful moments (many) and ugly ones (very few). At this moment we are five volunteers, we come from different parts of the world, with different cultures and different habits, but being there together it makes you realize that we are actually more equal than you can imagine.

For all of us this is the first experience of life (even if only for a few months) away from home, and Nottingham we can say that she has adopted us and like a mother is teaching us many things that will be part of us in the future. Every evening we gather and cook together some specialties from our countries of origin (Italy, Colombia, Japan, Spain and France) and we watch some movies (strictly in English) or go to have a beer in one of the many pubs that can be found around here.

I had arrived to stay a month and a half, but immediately I decided to extend my stay: I was looking for only a new experience for learning English, but I found a lot more!

Volunteer Experience: Manuela

Hi there!

I’m a Colombian volunteer in Igloo Hostel.

You may ask why and how a Colombian girl ended up volunteering in a hostel located 8500 km away from her home city. Many people have asked me why I decided to change the lovely weather of my city, between 20 to 25⁰C all year round as there are no seasons, and a very warm culture for the English freezing and windy autumns/winters. Well, I decided to come to the UK to study my master’s degree at the University of Nottingham and after a year of new experiences, including seeing snow for the first time (just to mention one), I realised I had fell in love with this city and decided to stay a little bit longer.

I love the student/relaxed atmosphere of the city. Everybody is friendly and willing to ask you about your traditions, family and even eager to learn your language and culture.

I found out that I could volunteer in a hostel and even though I was sceptic at the beginning this place has become my new home! I have had the chance to meet so many people from different backgrounds, to experience countless cultures and to enjoy my staying in the UK even more intensely than I had in the whole previous year!

So far, the most memorable experience has been meeting my international, non-blood related family! With you: the volunteer’s team: Spain, France, Colombia, Italy and Japan.

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What a mixture right? We have created such a lovely bond taking care of each other, traveling, partying and specially cooking together!

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I have enjoyed every trip, event in the city, movie night or stupid pranks we do to ourselves every day.  This has become my new life and I’m sure this family will last forever without mattering how far we are from each other.

So, why would I want to leave Nottingham? this place has brought to my life good experiences, love and  valuable friends! Just have a look…

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Radford Care Group

Every year we choose a local charity to support, for 2018/19 we have chosen Radford Care Group. We put aside 50p from every booking made via our website's booking button, then at the end of the year we give the funds raised to our chosen charity. We feel it really important to support what is happening in our locality, and even more so organisations without much funding or backing from major groups.

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Radford Care Group is a charity with a purpose-built centre that welcomes older people in Nottingham for day-time activities refreshments and lunch with an extended specialist service for those in the community in need of extra support. Their aim is to alleviate loneliness and isolation and ensure that older citizens feel they belong within their community, and have better access to quality care, improving their health and well-being.

They are in need of a new centre urgently, as the current building in use does not enable them to expand to address a growing need in the locality. They are running a “buy-a-brick” campaign and taking donations through: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/brickinatick 

IT’S £5 PER BRICK AND YOU CAN HELP BUILD SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL!

…and don’t forget to book your stay with us directly through this website so that we can donate 50p of your booking to this great cause.

Find out more about Radford Care Group here: http://www.radfordcaregroup.org.uk/

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We also want to give a big shout out to our last charities Arkwright Meadows Communtiy Gardens, Make to Make and City Arts!

What's on in September?

Nottingham Mela @ The Arboretum 02/09

A cultural feast of family activtiies, workshops, delicious street food, games, markets, live performances, exhibitions, art films, poetry and literature. South Asian street food, mehndi, dance workshops, craft stalls, creative activities for all ages as well as live music and dance performances.

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Heritage Open Days @ Various Locations 06-09/09 + 13-16/09

A chance to discover hidden treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture - and it's all FREE. WIth free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission, there are various events across Nottinghamshire. For a full list of sites go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

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I'm Not From London present Blamalama Sing Song @ Rescue Rooms 14/09

Live band playing great songs that everyong knows. There's no singer. The crowd sings the songs!

Photo from: https://www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk/whats-on/bamalamasingsong-communal-rock-singalong-p665091

Photo from: https://www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk/whats-on/bamalamasingsong-communal-rock-singalong-p665091

The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule: A Retrospective @ Nottingham Contemporary (all month)

Nottingham Contemporary presents the first UK retrospective of Trix & Robert Haussmann - one of the most significant and intriguing Swiss architects and designers of the 20th Century. The exhibition celebrates the duo's playful innovations.

Photo from: http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/trix-robert-haussmann

Photo from: http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/trix-robert-haussmann

Thank You!

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We are delighted that Igloo Hybrid has been awarded a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018. A big thank you to all our lovely guests over the years! You can also leave a review of your stay with us on Tripadvisor, Facebook, Google, or through Booking.com and Hostelworld. 

Hoodwinked 2018

There is a new interactive art trail based around Nottingham this summer! Hoodwinked 2018 is a unique world-class sculpture trail displaying loads of quirky Robin Hood (robins!) sculptures all over the city until September 2018.

We've taken a look at some of the Robins ourselves and they are really beautiful. The trail is well worth taking, especially on a nice sunny afternoon! Hoodwinked 2018 will be running until September when the art pieces will be auctioned off to raise funds for Nottinghamshire Hospice. So make the most of them whilst you can!

Our favourite so far is the Royal Robin Redbreast by Julie Vernon outside Nottingham Train Station! Check it out:

You can download a free map of the full trail to follow here: http://www.hoodwinked2018.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Hoodwinked-Map-web.pdf

There is also a hard copy free map you can pick up from the tourist information centre, any Boots store, or a Nottingham City library. Or for 99p there is an interactive app that you can follow and unlock rewards and track all the robins you've seen!

You can find out more about the trail here: http://www.hoodwinked2018.co.uk.

P.S check out this video below of one of the robins getting made by www.inkversion.com!

What's on in July?

The Beach @ Old Market Square 14/07 until 02/09

Head down to Old Market Square this summer and you'll find Nottingham Beach... complete with a sandy beach, palm trees, a large paddling pool, rides, food and a 'beach bar' - you may even spot people snorkelling in the fountain!

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Community Summer Event - AMC Gardens 14/07

Annual summer event with food, stalls, activities, music and a wonderful chance to explore the gardens and find out about what’s going on locally. All welcome, free entry.

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Splendour Festival @ Wollaton Hall 21/07

Paloma Faith will be headlining Splendour’s 10 year anniversary party alongside other epic acts including The Charlatans, Marc Almond, The Stranglers and many more!

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Nottingham PRIDE @ City Centre and various locations 28/07

The pride march starts just around the corner from Igloo Hybrid at Castle Gate, around 7000 usually walk through the city in support of LGBQT+ rights. There is live music and events celebrating Pride all over the city from 11am until all night long!

PHOTO BY https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/whats-on-news/nottingham-pride-notts-2018-parade-1789763

PHOTO BY https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/whats-on-news/nottingham-pride-notts-2018-parade-1789763

Straight Outta Sneinton Vol. 3 @ Sneinton Market 28/07

Nottingham's first collaborative hip-hop festival. Connecting local creatives, brands and organisations to celebrate and showcase hip hop culture. What to expect: Traders, crafts, live performances, live art, food stalls, children's entertainment, open mic, music!  FREE EVENT.