Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen Benjamin Disraeli
Books, books, books - the Nottingham Booklovers Walk: 10.30am, first Sunday of each month, April to Sept
Nottingham is a city of writing and poetry - from children's literature to Booker Prize winners, scriptwriters and award-winning authors, plus our very own Young Poet Laureate.
This 2-hour guided walk celebrates some of the many writers associated with our UNESCO City of Literature. Book-list provided!
Read my blog on the Nottingham City of Literature website about preparing the walk - Walking with writers
Nottingham city trail
Our 90 minute trail covers all the basics about this vibrant city - lace and literature, caves and contemporary life, rebellion and (of course) Robin Hood. From castle to county, we'll see where Snot's people lived, how the French developed their own part of the city and how Nottingham as we know it came into being. A tale of 2 cities all within an hour and a half!
Lace, glorious lace
The manufacturing wonder of its age, lace made Nottingham and Nottingham made lace. This walk takes us through the magnificent buildings of the city's Lace Market, now home to the vibrant Creative Quarter. How did a flimsy piece of fabric create an industry and a fashion statement which still endures today? From Luddites to lingerie the story of lace making is woven into the very heart of the city.
Politics and power
Enjoy a stroll around Westminster area of London, hearing tales of politics and power - those who had it as well as those who didn't. We will see the iconic buildings of Westminster Abbey, the Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament (my former employer!) as well as exploring some of the smaller streets full of surprising buildings including a church that looks like a footstool.
Visit this city of dreaming spires and golden stone buildings. We can go inside one of the University's famous colleges, wander through the streets and alleys of academia and maybe catch sight of Harry Potter, Inspector Morse or Alice in Wonderland?
A visit to Oxford can be combined with a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to make a perfect day out.
William Shakespeare died over 400 years ago, but the town of his birth (and death) is a vibrant reminder of how his legacy endures. Stroll along the banks of the Avon, visit his memorials, theatrical and otherwise, and hear about the visitors who dared to remove sections of his birthplace. The half-timbered buildings of his day sit alongside modern interpretations of his life and times, all of which makes this a fascinating town to visit.
City of London
The City is the financial centre of London, but with centuries of history beneath its bustling feet. Come and find some of our Roman past, as well as out shiny modern present whilst walking in the footsteps of of the original Londoners. We'll see architecture old and new, plus some hidden gardens and hear about the people who shaped the City.