Advent Calendar

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1st December

National Lottery Players, We would like  to say a big #ThanksToYou! Without you heritage projects like ours and many others wouldn’t be possible so Thank you!


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2nd December

The Riding School near the Castle, which was situated where the Robin Hood Statue is now, was used as a sorting office at Christmas. The Riding School was demolished in 1926.

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3rd December

Giveaway time! Email in to for a chance of winning 2 spaces on a behind the scenes hard hat tour whilst the Castle and grounds are under construction.

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4th December

Although the Castle is closed this Christmas there are still plenty of fun festivities going on at Newstead Abbey, follow the link to find out more:

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5th December

Painting from Nottingham City Museums and Galleries: Friends In Adversity, Christmas Day at the Dreadnought Hospital, Greenwich (John Charles Dollman 1851 – 1934)

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6th December

Giveaway time!

Email in to for a chance to win a family ticket for three to four people per household (Maximum 2 adults)  to see Robin Hood and the Babes In The Wood at the Nottinghamm Playhouse.

In your email please let us know which date you would prefer between the 2nd – 18th January excluding Saturday the 5th and 12th January.

The prize cannot be applied retrospectively to tickets already purchased and tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.


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7th December

Laurel and Hardy’s Christmas shows at the Nottingham Empire in  1953 were hugely popular. They also featured Troy the Wonder Horse and Betty Haye’s  Pekinese Pets.


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8th December

Although the Castle is closed this Christmas there are still lots of fun festivities going on at Wollaton Hall, follow the link for more information:


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9th December

In 1790, a gingerbread baker John Chambers had a lucky escape when he survived falling 133 feet from the Castle Terrace into a garden below while “much in liquor!”

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10th December!

In 1874 the Castle was mentioned in the Little Bo Peep pantomime at the Theatre Royal, the quote was:  “But yet I see it arising in its place a noble building perfectly designed, the home of literature and art combined.”


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11th December

Sheriff Robin is very happy with his new Santa Hat and would like to share his Christmas greetings with you all!

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12th December

Giveaway time! email in to for a chance to win tickets to one of the NCC Cave City: Nottingham Underground Festival events between the 5th – 10th April 2019.

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13th December

Guisers were medieval actors who performed acrobatics, dancing and mimicry for entertainment. They were said to be present at Nottingham Castle when King Henry II spent Christmas there in 1176.


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14th December

Sketches for Charles Dickens Christmas story “The haunted man” by artist John Leech which is in the Nottingham City Museum and Galleries collection.



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15th December

This is an early Christmas card sent by Nottingham Post Office featuring Nottingham Castle held by Nottingham University Manuscripts and Special Collection.

Christmas card showing Nottingham Castle from ground level; reads ‘With the Season’s Greetings From the Staff of the Nottingham Post Office, 1892

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