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Open Studios in the Sunshine

Yesterday I walked around the 20 plus Open Studios in Lady Bay, enjoying the art, the craft, the tea and cakes, and the sunshine.  We bought a framed picture from a local photograher (that’s my partner’s June birthday sorted) and saw many things to admire, covert and wish I could buy.  The Lady Bay event… Read More

Nottingham Vintage Series #1: Hopkinson, Station St

Prologue: It’s a fact that our city centre is a veritable treasure chest of secondhand shops. This series of posts will explore the rise of vintage in Notts, introducing some of the enthusiasts involved and showcasing a lesser-known aspect of retail that attracts students and locals of all ages. If you often hurry past Hopkinson… Read More

A Creative Nottingham gift guide

Christmas is coming. Frankly we’ve been trying to avoid it – for example, I’ve only seen that overrated overpriced pile of animated emotionally manipulative nonsense once (you know what I’m talking about here) – but it’s time to face facts. If throwing your hard earned cash into the drawers of corporate giants dominating the high… Read More

Guest blog – Pretty Dandy Flea *warning contains Christmas references

Hello! My name’s Becky and I run an online boutique called Pretty Dandy (, which I started in Nottingham in 2011 just before Christmas. It’s a quirkily little boutique full of creative, curious and covetable gifts and things for the home. I am also the person behind the Pretty Dandy Flea – a craft &… Read More

The Castle Open closed Sunday. Another party’s over (Saturday). (I’m still suffering cake withdrawal symptoms from our 4th Birthday knees up – an even more distant memory). I love Open Exhibitions. There I’ve said it. (It’s not just because I had a piece of work in the Castle this year in case you were asking)… Read More