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.

Sat 25th & Sun 26th March - Mother's Day Menu in Lord Savile's Kitchen

Treat the lady you love to a scrumptious Mother's Day lunch in our restaurant, with a glass of fizz for each mum.  £15.95 (children £7.50) Booking open now!  Tel. 01623 821350.

Wed 5th April or Thurs 13th April Beginners' Silk Painting

Rufford Abbey Stables 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 followed at 1.30pm by a two course carvery lunch in Lord Savile's Kitchen. £45 inclusive of lunch. (Normal car park charge applies)

Join friendly local tutor Jess Kemp for a half date taster course on the delicate art of silk painting.  You will paint and take home a lovely embroidery hoop containing your very own silk painting.  Ideal to hang or give as a gift to someone special.  Why not bring a friend (or two!) and make a day of it.  Max class size is 12.  Booking essential:  Tel. 01623 821338 (Visitor Information)

Tuesday 11th April & Friday 14th April - Children's Have A Go Crafts

Seminar Room, Stables Courtyard.  £5 per session.  Buy ticket on the day at Craft Shop

Come and join Martin from Silverback Bushcraft and make a Stick Man to take home for your garden.  Suitable for 7 years and over.  Max. 20 children per session.

Sat 1st - Mon 17th April inclusive   Easter Egg Hunt 2017

Keep the kids amused this Easter holiday with our ever popular Easter Trail.   The Easter Bunny has been out and about, hiding eggs in the park.

Pop into Visitor Information in the Abbey Stables and buy a trail leaflet for just £1 (subject to availability.)  Then set off to hunt for the giant Easter Eggs hidden around the grounds and gardens.  Once you've cracked it, head back to where you started and claim a sweet reward.  (1 trail leaflet = 1 reward.)  Enjoy some fresh air fun! 

Tues 11th April & Fri 14th April - Children's Craft Sessions

In the Seminar Room, Stables Courtyard.  Sessions at 2pm and 3pm.  £5 per child (accompanying adult free) suitable for 7 year olds and over.

Join Martin of Silverback Bushcraft for a fun craft activity.  Make a stick man to take home with you.  Tickets on sale from Craft Shop.  Max 20 per session.

Sat 29th April 10am - 4pm    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.  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 (Visitor Information)  £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 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 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!

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.  

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.

Saturday 17th June - "Dance Like A Tudor" Beginner's Workshop

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

History meets music and dance.  A unique opportunity to discover some of the dances from the age of the Tudors, and have a go yourself, to live music by De Mowbray's Musique. Expert tuition provided by Historical Dance Society teachers.  Only £5 per person.  Over 18s.  Please wear low heeled comfy shoes (not trainers.)  No previous experience needed.  Tel. 01427 873937 for more information or to book your place.   

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.  

 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