Clarion Collection Hotel Makeney Hall
Belper, EN DE56 0RS
Phone: (44) 0844 855-9111
Fax: (44) 0133 284-2777
Makeney, Milford, Belper, EN, GB, DE56 0RS
- Phone: (44) 0844 855-9111
- Fax: (44) 0133 284-2777
Arts & Museums
This fascinating center is set in open countryside with wonderful views and 3,000 square foot of indoor attractions. Admission includes unlimited rides on original vintage trams from all over the world, which will take you through reconstructed vintage townships; or you can learn more about them in a unique exhibition which looks at changes in transport, technology and society. A full events diary includes horse drawn trams, costumed days and children's days. An extensive transport library and archives are also available by appointment for historians, researchers and students, and tram-driving courses can be arranged. The museum also has excellent cafes, shops, picnic areas and playgrounds.
Matlock Mining Museum is devoted to the history of lead mining in the Peak District. One of the main displays inside the museum is a collection of old mining equipment, taken from the numerous former mines in the area. Impressive re-creations of lead mines are complete with sound effects, which give visitors insight into the history of the lead mining industry. Opposite the Museum is Temple Mine, where displays recreate the atmosphere of mining in the twentieth century. Here, visitors can actually pan for lead and gold, and see the railway system that was so essential for the transportation of the mined material. Matlock is accessible from Sheffield city center within a 15-20 minute bus or taxi ride.
Lakeside Arts Center is a complex housing different venues with a diverse variety of art shows and performances. Located in the University of Nottingham, this place has an amphitheater, three art galleries, a theater, two concert halls and two workshop spaces. Throughout the year, an awesome collection of events are held here for the whole family including children. Also on store are a range of music and theater performances, art exhibitions and literary festivals.
New Art Exchange was inaugurated in the 2003 and is a place dedicated to "Black Art". They claim that they are one of the largest space outside London that is dedicated to contemporary visual arts. They deal with artwork mainly from African, Caribbean-African and South Asian Arts. At New Art Exchange they also hold exhibitions periodically to encourage and nurture raw talent. For all those interested in paintings and other visual art this place might just bring new revelations.
Nottingham Castle features art galleries that exhibit the work of local and national artists, as well as historical artifacts like suits of armor and medieval weapons. Its vibrant museum and art galleries house a vast collection of silver, glass,decorative items, visual arts, paintings and Nottinghamshire Archaeology and History. For the more adventurous, check out the web of tunnels and caves that run underneath and fasten your ears to horrific tales from the times of Roger Mortimer and King David. There are also a number of activities for children! If you really want to make the most of the experience, dust off your Richard the Lionheart costume and take the tour in full garb, sword in hand, singing folk songs of the era in your best British accent. Or just have some coffee in the cafe and pick up a souvenir in the gift shop like everyone else. Now go!
Imagine an art gallery built upon a sandstone cliff, and that too over 3 levels! Touted to be one of the largest contemporary art centers in Britain, this is what the Nottingham Contemporary gallery is all about. In the forefront of giving the visual arts in Nottingham a major boost, you can expect an interesting range of exhibitions here. Photography too is well represented. Check website for a list of upcoming events.
A visit to Nottingham is incomplete without setting foot inside the Galleries of Justice Museum. Having featured on Ghost Hunters, and often receiving teams researching paranormal activity, this space is actually believed to be haunted, and not a mere museum masquerading as a haunted house. Glide into the atmospheric court rooms which were used in the 1870's, while costumed staff scare you out of your wits. Please check the website for rates on entrance, guided and audio tours.
The Surface Gallery was born in 2002 as an independent art gallery, and still is. Mainly run by volunteers and patronized by various organizations, this gallery's goal is to support artists who are between established and emerging. Encouraging them to improvise and innovate all the time, the result is manifested clearly through the unique series of exhibitions held here.
A contemporary and modernistic art gallery run, Trade is run by artist Bruce Asbestos and also curates by him. The gallery showcases various art forms like perfomances, videos and sculptures. Trade has showcased works of some of the best artists in the industry like Mark Mcgowan, Robert Ashley and Joseph Beuys. Also, their website features podcasts from the artists themselves. So visit Trade to experience art on a very different level.
The Longdale Craft Centre is located in the heart of the Sherwood forest, where the legendary Robin Hood was supposed to have lived with his merry men. The Longdale Craft Centre dedicates its time to contemporary artwork, by artists who are amateurs as well as the established ones. Here you will find limited editions of exclusive sculptures, paintings and various other arts and crafts items. And for those who like eating amidst works of art,the Longdale Craft Centre has its own restaurant too. There are regular exhibitions held here, which are a definite must visit for all art lovers. For further queries, do visit their website.
It is said that an idyllic, natural setting always contributes towards a phenomenal work of art. Keeping this in mind, the owners of the Patchings Art Centre, bought a farmland and transformed it into an arts center. Ensconced amidst lush greenery and scenic environs, the center is a perfect place to hone your artistic talent, as well as to gain inspiration from works of those whom you have been idealizing for long. The Patchings Art Centre, in its enormous expanse, provides space for art studios, galleries as well as accommodation facilities for those who wish to attend art workshops taking place for more than a day. Besides that, the center also hosts conferences, corporate events, weddings and art and craft festivals on a regular basis. In a nutshell, the Patchings Art Centre is synonymous with everything related to art. Check website for details.
The Revolution House is situated in the Derbyshire village of Old Whittington, a 15 minute bus or taxi ride from Sheffield city center. It takes its name from the Revolution of 1688, when three local noblemen, used it as their base when they plotted to overthrow King James II in favour of William and Mary of Orange. The house, one of the few remaining thatched cottages in the area, was an alehouse called the "Cock and Pynot" and went on to serve as an inn for another century, until a new pub (the Cock and Magpie, which is also well worth a visit) opened next door. The Revolution House itself is now a small museum, which holds changing exhibitions of local interest. A video film tells the story of the revolution and at Christmas, special exhibitions take place here.