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Rufford Abbey Country Park
Near Ollerton, on the edge of historic Sherwood Forest, this 150 acre park is one of Nottinghamshire’s most popular visitor attractions. At the heart of the park are the picturesque remains of a 12th century Cistercian monastery and later country house. Around them lie gardens, meadow and woodland.  The attractions of Rufford range from a contemporary craft centre with gallery exhibitions to peaceful walks around the lake.  Click for a map of Rufford abbey.

Things To Do
  • Woodland walks and Formal Gardens
  • Ruins of 12th century abbey and later country house
  • Children's Play Village & Children's Garden - for youngsters aged 3 to 8.
  • Cistercian exhibition in the Undercroft - the life of Rufford's medieval monks
  • Creative Learning Centre at Rufford Craft Centre
  • Lakeside walks and Lakside Garden Shop
  • Savile Restaurant and Coach House Cafe
  • The Apsidal Gallery in the Orangery buildings - modern ceramics
  • Changing exhibitions of contemporary crafts in the Craft Centre Gallery
  • Modern sculpture and art installations in the gardens
  • The Wheel of Fortune Maze
  • The Camera Obscura
Rufford Abbey Country Park
Special Events 2017
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Special Events 2017

Saturday 11 February 2017

Sweet Pea Wigwam Course


Time:  12 noon to 3.30pm
Cost:   £20.00

Make a traditional hazel and willow framed plant support in time for your summer flowers to amble up. At the end of the session you will have a lovely handmade garden structure to take home with you. 

This event was scheduled to take place at Bestwood Country Park however due to some staffing issues this event willl now be held at Rufford Abbey Country Park.

Time guidance:  Meet at the Dynamo House

Booking details:  Advance booking is essential.

To book this event please contact the venue on 01623 821 338

There are only a few places remaining on this event!

Friday 17 February 2017

Bird Box Making


Time:  10am to 12 noon
Cost:   £5.00

St Valentine's Day marks the start of National Nest Box Week and this is the time our feathered friends begin to find a mate and settle down to raise their young. So join the Ranger Team at Rufford and build them a new home.

*Please Note: parking charges apply

Time guidance:  this event also takes place at 1pm

Booking details:  Advance booking is essential.

To book this event please contact the venue on 01623 821 335

Friday 17 February 2017

Bird Box Making


Time:  1pm to 3pm
Cost:   £5.00

St Valentine's Day marks the start of National Nest Box Week and this is the time our feathered friends begin to find a mate and settle down to raise their young. So join the Ranger Team at Rufford and build them a new home.

*Please Note: parking charges apply

Time guidance:  this event also takes place at 10am
Booking details:  Advance booking is essential.

To book this event please contact the venue on 01623 821 335

Sunday 5 March 2017

Friction Fire lighting


Time:  9.30am to 3.30pm
Cost:   £20.00

Make a fire like a caveman!

Learn how to use the bow drill to make fire like our ancestors. Also if you fancy some good blisters to show your efforts we wil cover the hand drill techniques to make fire.

Only a few places remain on this event!

Suitable for:

This course is quite strenuous and involves working at floor level in damp, muddy conditions so is not suitable for people with mobility issues.

Time guidance:  Meet outside Tourist Information

Booking details:  Advance booking is essential.

There are only a few places remaining on this event.

To book this event please contact the venue on 01623 821 338

Sunday 19 March 2017


Rufford History Walk


Time: 2PM
Cost:  Free

Join one of our rangers on a whistle stop tour as they condense 870 years of history into a short walk around the abbey ruins surrounding scheduled ancient monument.

Suitable for:  This walk involves steps and uneven surfaces so is not suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs or people with mobility issues.

Time guidance:  walk lasts approx 1hr 15mins, meet outside Tourist information

Booking details:  No need to book.


Forthcoming event dates:
Sunday 05 March 2017
Sunday 19 March 2017

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