Over one thousand British and international artists have contacted the organisers to appear at this year's Gate to Southwell Festival in June (4th – 7th). Having built a growing reputation for great music, dance and family entertainment over the past eight years, this summer's event looks set to give Southwell and the East Midlands economy an even greater tourist boost than before.

After the success of Southwell's new initiative to get racegoers from the town and into the racecourse in 2014 through their inaugural Southwell Residents Evening, the course hopes to repeat the trick this time around, again offering free tickets to residents of Southwell and surrounding villages (within the Bramley distribution area).

Newark recently experienced the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood style film première! Hundreds of people including actors, producers, app designers and project chiefs watched a riveting costumed drama unfold on the big screen of the Palace Theatre.

VISITORS to this year's Nottinghamshire County Show are being urged to buy their tickets before 1st May in order to save themselves £5 on admission price. With less than 50 days to go until the show, the deadline is fast approaching for visitors to get their advanced tickets at a discounted price, with this year promising to be the biggest and best show yet.

The 2015 Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday 2nd August as part of the annual Riverside Festival and is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated team events in the region.

The Friends of Sées Twinning Association, which has been running for 33 years, is keen to welcome new members and families and is holding an Open Evening on Tuesday 31st March in the Riverside Centre, King Street, Southwell at 7pm.

The Beaumond House Winter Ball was held at Norwood Park, Southwell, on 31st January and raised a grand total of £20,529.

Fifteen years on and the famous annual charity bike ride, Tonya's Challenge, is still going strong, raising funds for Reach Learning Disability. Inaugurated in 2000, this great event – combining family fun with off-road scenic cycling through beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside – continues to help support social and educational activities for over 150 adults living with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire.

With the daffodils starting to burst into flower and the temperatures slowly on the rise, spring is here and what better way to spend a day in the spring sunshine than with a day at the races.

Millions of people across the UK will head to the polling stations on 7th May for what promises to be one of the most unpredictable General Elections of the modern era. As a result, a team of experts from across Nottingham Trent University has come together to help shed light on some of the key issues ahead of election day, offering insight and analysis across a wide range of election-related topics.

Mothering Sunday will be an extra special occasion this year in the Minster. The service on Sunday 15th March at 3.30pm will be sung by the Girls' Choir, in celebration of their 10th anniversary.

Britain's most successful protest singer BILLY BRAGG is the latest headline act booked to play the new look Gate To Southwell Festival 2015 this summer.

Top TV chef, Clover Hudson will be showing residents in Nottingham what to do with their leftover ingredients as she cooks up some fantastic recipes.

A British Civil War blockbuster is coming to small-screens soon – and you can get a brilliant preview of what's in store!

Please vote for Reach's Flower Pod and help them win £5,000! They have reached the final out of hundreds in the Future Fund competition run by The English Garden magazine and are now down to the last three.

Downing Street today announced that the new Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham will be the Rt Revd Paul Williams, currently the Area Bishop of Kensington, in the Diocese of London.

Treat your Mum to a delightful afternoon at one of Nottinghamshire's hidden gems, The Clock House.

Legendary Irish folk rock group, Clannad, are among the many great acts being lined up for the new-look Gate To Southwell Festival 2015 this June (4th - 7th). It's currently their only UK appearance.

ORGANISERS of the Nottinghamshire County Show are on the lookout for the region's best boots, shoes – or even flip flops, as part of a social media campaign to giveaway free family tickets.

As Newark prepares for the launch of the UK's first National Civil War Centre, a £5.4m attraction that will open in the magnificent Grade II* Old Magnus Building on Appletongate, over 50 volunteer guides are being sought to make the Centre a big success.

The Giant Wiggle encourages children to get active and help others. Leading charity Action for Children is teaming up with The World of Eric Carle™ and encouraging children's centres, nurseries and groups for under-5s across Nottinghamshire to host a Giant Wiggle on Thursday 19th March 2015 to celebrate the UK's most read children's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™.