Nottingham

Thousands of people attend BBC's third Big Day Out

Vulcan bomber at Newark Air Museum
Image caption Five hundred people visited the Newark Air Museum

Many museums across Nottinghamshire opened their doors for free on Sunday, 20 March 2011.

They were taking part in BBC Radio Nottingham's Big Day Out, a celebration of the county's history and heritage.

One of the venues taking part, the Newark Air Museum, reported visitor numbers of 500, six times the normal number.

The Calverton Folk Museum also reported a record attendance.

BBC Radio Nottingham's breakfast presenter Andy Whittaker was behind the Big Day Out.

He said: "I think we're all very good at visiting museums and attractions when we go to other cities in the UK, but not on your doorstep."

Andy added that the day was about discovering more about where you live.

One of those people which did just that was a listener from Mansfield, named Susie.

"We started off at The Roundhouse [an Iron age dwelling in Calverton]. It was brilliant," said Susie.

"Then we went to the Folk Museum. It was all new to me. It was a good day."

Museums which took part included Clumber Park, in Worksop, D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum, Dukes Wood Oil Museum, in Eakring, Galleries of Justice Museum, in The Lace Market, plus many more.