WALK #3 – Ruddington to Clifton’s Greatest Hits

The third walk in this series takes us from Ruddington towards its nearest neighbour.  Clifton has its roots as a village, existing now within the Nottingham City boundary but growing up initially around Clifton Hall, an ancient family seat.  It was much enlarged by the building of a large council estate in the 1950s and is now a vibrant suburban community, enhanced by its new tram route and, arguably, the dualling of the A453 which reduced its seemingly permanent congestion during rush hour. This walk takes in some of the…

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Enjoy a ‘Ruddy Good Staycation’ this Bank Holiday Weekend!

Following the success of VE Day and Father’s Day hampers, Ruddington businesses have united once again to bring residents a ‘Staycation Hamper’. Many of us have had our holiday plans cancelled or changed this summer, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy everything that is on our doorstep this bank holiday weekend. So, why not order your hamper and enjoy a ‘Ruddington Staycation’? The hamper has everything you need to enjoy a stay in our village this weekend. How about taking the vegetable quiche from Black Cat Café, the…

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New Bus Routes Into the City

Ruddington bus passengers catching Nottingham City Transport (NCT) Navy 3 and Green 10 services to and from the City Centre will find a permanent change to both their routes and bus stops from this week. The redevelopment of the Broadmarsh area in Nottingham has reached the next stage – which on August 9th sees the permanent closure of Collin Street to all vehicles. The new traffic scheme is still going ahead despite retail company Intu going into administration recently, leaving the half-demolished Broadmarsh Shopping Centre in ‘limbo’ at the heart…

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WALK #2 – Ruddington to Sharphill Wood – and back

The second walk in this series takes us from Ruddington into an attractive wooded nature reserve.  Sharphill Wood is reputed to be the patch of real countryside closest to Nottingham City Centre, and is situated on a ridge above West Bridgford.  The walk incorporates a safe crossing of the A52 – essential if you’re going to be able to explore North beyond Ruddington’s boundaries! First, please click on the map below should you wish to open it in a separate window, for reference. Walk #2 begins again in the centre of Ruddington,…

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Have a Ruddy Good Day Out!

Following months of closure for much of Ruddington’s usually bustling village centre, due to the unprecedented COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ in March, it’s now ‘back to business’ for most traders! With face coverings required in shops from today, coupled with ‘social distancing’ measures already in place to keep us safe, visitors are now returning in force. Ruddington has always been a popular destination for shoppers wishing to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city and seek out our wide variety of independent retailers – most of them unique to the village – at a…

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Museum Reopens for a New Chapter

Having been closed since ‘lockdown’ began in March, Ruddington’s Framework Knitters’ Museum is reopening on Wednesday July 29th. During closure, the team has been developing a more personal and ‘socially distanced’ visitor experience which it’s promised will be fun, interesting and safe. From this date, anyone visiting will be able to book the whole site for two hours to explore it with their family or social bubble. To make the tour as safe as possible, visitors will be asked to wear (knitted) cotton gloves as they explore the workers’ cottages…

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Welcome Back on the Buses!

After the Prime Minister’s announcement this morning (17th July 2020), about using public transport for all journeys, Nottingham City Transport (NCT) says it looks forward to welcoming us back on board. As COVID-19 Coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased, Boris Johnson has said it’s now okay to catch a bus for any journey, not just for essential travel. With both Ruddington’s Navy 3 and Green 10 services now back to a full timetable that means a leisure trip by bus for a #RuddyGoodDayOut is back on the agenda! However, passengers…

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National Recognition for Ruddington Café Owner

One hundred specially invited female entrepreneurs have celebrated their achievements at an exclusive reception in the House of Lords hosted by f:Entrepreneur – and Julie Smith who owns The Black Cat Café on High Street in Ruddington was one of them! Julie, who also co-owns Black Cat Accounting, attended the business breakfast on Wednesday (4th March) where businesswomen at the event were chosen for being inspirational. f:Entrepreneur is run by Small Business Britain which says it established the #ialso100 hashtag to reflect that women in business rarely have a single-job…

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Ruddington’s First ‘Fiver Fest’ Fortnight!

For the very first time this year Ruddington is joining in with ‘The Totally Locally Fiver Fest’. It’s a national celebration of small businesses and shops which runs for a fortnight from this Saturday, February 15th, through until the end of the month. Being part this UK-wide initiative was suggested to fellow traders by The Bottle Top‘s Alex Preston, who is now on the committee of the award-winning Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) team.  She quickly heard back from numerous independent retailers in the village who were keen to get…

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NCTX Buses App January Sale

Ruddington’s primary bus operator is offering passengers seven days’ travel for the price of five throughout this month. All through January, Nottingham City Transport says customers using its NCTX Buses App can buy adult 5 consecutive day tickets and get 2 days FREE!  For Adults, that’s 7 days* unlimited use on all of NCT’s buses in Nottingham for £18 – equivalent to just £2.57 per day. For villagers or visitors to Ruddington who commute all week this means you could enjoy free travel at the weekend on our Navy 3 or…

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