The historic ruins of Rufford Abbey, its Victorian courtyards and surrounding leafy parkland provide a perfect backdrop for events.  

Watch this space as we put together our seasonal programme of activities.  What are we planning?  Falconry displays, woodland crafts, living history, 'learn a new craft' workshops, childrens' trails and more.  So leave space in your diary and make sure to to check back often as we finalise the details. Or get in touch for more information.

 

Thurs April 27th - Midweek Conservation Task Day

10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Over 18s only.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.  Bring a packed lunch.

Join Rufford Abbey Country Park Rangers for a new series of midweek conservation task days, helping out with all kinds of hands on conservation work around the park.  Mpore information:  Rich or Steph tel. 01623 821336, or email richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk / stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sat 29th April - Make A Berry Basket with Ray Lister

Join friendly and experienced local tutor Ray Lister and learn how to make a pretty and useful "Berry Basket" from natural willow.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All the necessary materials and tools will be provided for you.  This course is designed for adults (over 18s) and is suitable for wheelchair users, as the Seminar Room is located on the ground floor.  Booking: Tel. 01623 821338 / 821352.  £50 including all materials, plus a tea / coffee in the morning and afternoon.  But please note normal car pak charge applies.  Bring a picnic or buy a tasty lunch from the nearby Coach House Cafe.  

Sunday 30th April 2017 - BBC Radio Nottingham "Big Day Out"

It's BBC Radio Nottingham's annual Big Day Out, celebrating the history and heritage of Nottingham and Notts.  Historic Rufford Abbey is just a few miles from Nottinghamshire's most famous forest. So this weekend, drop in to see some traditional woodcraft skills and living history characters from our 870 years of history.

Friendly local craftsman Gary "The Wobbly Bodger" will be in the park all weekend, demonstrating techniques and showing off his handmade wares.  www.thewobblybodger.com

Living History characters in authentic period costume will be around the Abbey demonstrating and chatting to visitors. The kids can join a Roman or a World War One soldier for drill, and watch out for the WWII APR warden.   

Thursday 4th May - Midweek Conservation Volunteers

10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Over 18s only.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.  Bring a packed lunch.

Join Rufford Abbey Country Park Rangers for a new series of midweek conservation task days, helping out with all kinds of hands on conservation work around the park.  Mpore information:  Rich or Steph tel. 01623 821336, or email richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk / stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Thursday 11th May - "The Rufford Poachers Scandal"

2pm in the Seminar Room, Rufford Abbey Stables Courtyard.  £10 per person.  Booking essential.

Join local author and historian Sam Millard for a talk about an incident that shocked the Victorian world.  Hear how a gang of Mansfield poachers and Lord Savile's gamekeepers of Rufford Abbey clashed in a violent affray.  The incident inspired a famous folk song and even a Morris dance.  After the one hour talk, join us for an afternoon cream tea in Lord Savile's Kitchen.  £10 including tasty homemade cream scones and tea or coffee.  Booking:  Tel. 01623 821338 (Visitor Information)

Sat 13th May - Saturday Volunteers' Conservation Task Day

10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet in Coach House Courtyard.  Bring packed lunch & flask.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.

Join the Rufford Abbey Country Park rangers for our regular series of volunteer task days, helping with a variety of hands-on conservation and park management tasks. Over 18s only.  More information: Rich or Steph, tel. 01623 821335. richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk or stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Thurs 18th May - Midweek Volunteers' Conservation Task Day 

10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Over 18s only.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.  Bring a packed lunch.

Join Rufford Abbey Country Park Rangers for a new series of midweek conservation task days, helping out with all kinds of hands on conservation work around the park.  Mpore information:  Rich or Steph tel. 01623 821336, or email richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk / stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sat 20th May - Saturday Volunteers' Conservation Task Day

10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet in Coach House Courtyard.  Bring packed lunch & flask.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.

Join the Rufford Abbey Country Park rangers for our regular series of volunteer task days, helping with a variety of hands-on conservation and park management tasks. Over 18s only.  More information: Rich or Steph, tel. 01623 821335. richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk or stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sat 27th May - Meet The Edwardian Housekeeper & Afternoon Tea

3pm, meet in the Seminar Room, Rufford Abbey Stables.  £15 inclusive.  Max 25 people, suitable for adults and children over 8.

Meet Lord Savile's Edwardian housekeeper, who will introduce you - prospective new household servants - to life "below stairs" in a country mansion.  After a half hour chat (and probably some below stairs gossip!) she'll take you to Lord Savile's Kitchen and leave you to enjoy some tempting homemade cream scones with tea or coffee - all included in the price.  Suitable for anyone over 8 years.  Very little walking involved (just from the Stables block to the Restaurant) so accessible to everyone. 

Wed 31st May - De Mowbray's Musicke

Coach House Courtyard 2-4pm  Free performance (normal car park charge applies)

Ever wondered what kind of music King Henry VIII listened to?  Come and find out.  This talented troupe perform Tudor and Elizabethan music on reproduction instruments from the lute to the crumhorn.  Take your ears on a trip back in time!

Thurs 1st June - Midweek Conservation Task Day

10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Over 18s only.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.  Bring a packed lunch.

Join Rufford Abbey Country Park Rangers for a new series of midweek conservation task days, helping out with all kinds of hands on conservation work around the park.  Mpore information:  Rich or Steph tel. 01623 821336, or email richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk / stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sunday 4th June - Harworth Colliery Brass Band

2pm - 4pm in the Coach House Courtyard, Rufford Abbey

What better background to a summer Sunday visit than a traditional brass band?  Some and enjoy this fine local band - always a favourite at Rufford Abbey.

Sat 10th June - Meet The Edwardian Housekeeper & Afternoon Tea

3pm, meet in the Seminar Room, Rufford Abbey Stables.  £15 inclusive.  Max 25 people, suitable for adults and children over 8.

Meet Lord Savile's Edwardian housekeeper, who will introduce you - prospective new household servants - to life "below stairs" in a country mansion.  After a half hour chat (and probably some below stairs gossip!) she'll take you to Lord Savile's Kitchen and leave you to enjoy some tempting homemade cream scones with tea or coffee - all included in the price.  Suitable for anyone over 8 years.  Very little walking involved (just from the Stables block to the Restaurant) so accessible to everyone.  

Thurs 15th June - Midweek Conservation Task Day

10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Over 18s only.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.  Bring a packed lunch.

Join Rufford Abbey Country Park Rangers for a new series of midweek conservation task days, helping out with all kinds of hands on conservation work around the park.  Mpore information:  Rich or Steph tel. 01623 821336, or email richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk / stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Saturday 17th June - "Dance Like A Tudor!" Dance Workshop 

2pm - 4pm upstairs in the Gallery, Rufford Abbey Stables

A unique opportunity to discover some of the dances from the age of the Tudors, and have a go yourself, to live music by period music group De Mowbray's Musique. Expert tuition provided by Historical Dance Society teachers.  Only £5 per person.  Designed for adults (over 18)  Please wear low heeled comfy shoes, not trainers.  No previous experience needed.  Meet new friends and have fun.  Tel. 01427 873937 for more information.  Booking open now on 01623 821352 / 821338. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone. 

Sunday 1st July - Hucknall & Linby Brass Band

2 - 4 p.m. in the Coach House Courtyard 

Hucknall & Linby Mining Community Brass band is a friendly, youthful band based in Nottingham. Formed in 2008, they have gone from strength to strength, currently competing in the second section.  Enjoy their joyful and mellow sound as you relax in the park today.

Thursday 6th July - Midweek Conservation Volunteers

10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Over 18s only.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.  Bring a packed lunch.

Join Rufford Abbey Country Park Rangers for a new series of midweek conservation task days, helping out with all kinds of hands on conservation work around the park.  Mpore information:  Rich or Steph tel. 01623 821336, or email richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk / stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sat 8th July - Saturday Volunteers' Conservation Task Day

10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet in Coach House Courtyard.  Bring packed lunch & flask.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.

Join the Rufford Abbey Country Park rangers for our regular series of volunteer task days, helping with a variety of hands-on conservation and park management tasks. Over 18s only.  More information: Rich or Steph, tel. 01623 821335. richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk or stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sunday 16th July - Harworth Colliery Brass Band

2pm - 4pm in the Coach House Courtyard, Rufford Abbey

A welcome return for this excellent local brass band, sure to please visitors of all ages.

Thursday 20th July - Midweek Conservation Volunteers

10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Over 18s only.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.  Bring a packed lunch.

Join Rufford Abbey Country Park Rangers for a new series of midweek conservation task days, helping out with all kinds of hands on conservation work around the park.  Mpore information:  Rich or Steph tel. 01623 821336, or email richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk / stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sunday 23rd July - "Monks & Minors" Mansfield Morris Minor Owners Club Annual Rally

Around 90 fabulous Morris Minors will be at the park with their proud owners.  Admire and enjoy!  More event details soon.

Friday 28th July - Tea with Oscar Wilde!

2pm in the Gallery, Rufford Abbey Stables £30 inclusive of afternoon tea with sparkling wine (show only £15)

A sparkling one man show about one of Britain's greatest wits - Oscar Wilde.  Imagine a modern TV chat show taking place in the Victorian era.  Including song, gossip, humour, and audience participation, this light hearted performance invites you to experience the 1890s wittiest 'chit chat' show.  Afterwards, head on down to Lord Savile's Kitchen to partake of a traditonal English afternoon tea with freshly made cream scones (and even a glass of fizz for the grown ups.)   Booking essential: Tel. 01623 821338.

Tues 8th August - Build A Bird Box

2pm - 3pm, £6 per box made  

Come and join our Park Ranger Team box to make a nest box for your garden, helping our feathered friends set up home.  This is a fun activity taking place in our Wetland conservation area, so look out for kingfishers and dragonflies flitting around as you work!  All materials and tools provided.  We’ll be outdoors so come dressed for the weather.  For children of five and above (must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.)  Strictly book in advance only. Visitor Information Office, tel. 01623 821338

Thursday 24th August - Pond Dipping Adventure

2pm - 3pm.  £6 per child, accompanying adult free.  

Calling all budding naturalists!  Join the Park Ranger team and explore the murky depths of Rufford's Wetland.  With simple ID keys you will learn to identify the variety of aquatic life that lives in Rufford's waterways.  Come dressed for outdoor play as you may get wet and muddy!  This activity is best for children of 5 and over.  (Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.) Please be aware that the event is dependent on water quality and weather conditions. Advance booking only.  Book at Visitor Information Office tel. 01623 821338.  Credit / card payments can be taken by phone, or just call in next time you're visiting the park.

Wednesday 30th August - Dotty The Dragon Children's Open Air Theatre Show

Coach House Courtyard.  Shows at 12.30 and 3pm. £12 per adult or child. Family ticket (2 adults 2 children) £44.  Box Office: 01636 678900

A delightful show about a friendly little dragon who decides to visit the nearby village.  Lots of fun for younger children, mums. dads, grans - in fact anyone who's young at heart! Outdoors in one of the Abbey courtyards.  Refreshments available at our cafe and also our vintage van.  A lovely family day out for the school summer holidays. 

Sunday 3rd September - Doncaster Wheatsheaf Singers 

2pm - 4pm in the Coach House Courtyard.  Free performance.  (Normal car park charge applies)

Back by popular demand, this excellent choir has performed in many prestige locations including St Paul's Cathedral.  Come and enjoy their sweet harmonies.

Sat 9th Sept - Saturday Volunteers' Conservation Task Day

10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet in Coach House Courtyard.  Bring packed lunch & flask.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.

Join the Rufford Abbey Country Park rangers for our regular series of volunteer task days, helping with a variety of hands-on conservation and park management tasks. Over 18s only.  More information: Rich or Steph, tel. 01623 821335. richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk or stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sat 23rd Sept - Saturday Volunteers' Conservation Task Day

10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet in Coach House Courtyard.  Bring packed lunch & flask.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.

Join the Rufford Abbey Country Park rangers for our regular series of volunteer task days, helping with a variety of hands-on conservation and park management tasks. Over 18s only.  More information: Rich or Steph, tel. 01623 821335. richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk or stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sat 30th Sept & Sun 1st October - "On The Home Front" 1940s weekend

10.30 am to 4.30 pm  £10 per vehicle

It's back - by popular demand!  Experience the sights and sounds of wartime Britain with a fantastic weekend of living history - set in and around the picturesque remains of Rufford Abbey.  Take a walk down Memory Lane, dress up in your vintage finery, chat to knoweledgable re-enactors, or just stroll around and enjoy that 'Dad's Army' vibe!  

Wednesday 25th October - The Canterville Ghost

In the Gallery (Rufford Abbey Stables) 2pm - 3.00pm  £15 adults, £10 children, including homemade scones and tea / coffee / juice

Specially for Halloween Half Term. A one man show full of chills and chuckles, based on the charming short story by Oscar Wilde.  And at 3pm head down to Lord Savile's Kitchen in the reputedly haunted Abbey for teatime treats (3.00pm - 4.30pm)  Suitable for anyone aged 6 and over. Bring the family! Gallery is accessible for wheelchairs. 

 

Contact us today on: 01623 821338

Business Hours

  • Park Grounds -   Dawn to dusk
  • Visitor Information -   Daily 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Shops -   Daily 10.30am - 5.00pm (4.30pm winter)
  • Coach House Cafe -   10.00am - 5pm (4.30pm winter)
  • Lord Savile's Kitchen   Daily 11am -3pm weekdays. (To 4pm weekends)


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About Us

Rufford Abbey Country Park is owned by Nottinghamshire County Council. Set in the heart of Robin Hood Country the park offers native woodland, a lake and gardens as well as a range of attractions, activities and catering options managed by Parkwood Outdoors.

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Rufford Abbey Country Park Ollerton Nottinghamshire NG22 9DF