Rufford Abbey Country Park host events throughout the year offering something for everyone.

From nature trails, outdoor cinema, music and theatre to family fun days, historical re-enactments, markets and one off special events. The historic ruins of Rufford Abbey, its Victorian courtyards and surrounding leafy parkland provide a perfect place to visit and enjoy a full day out.  

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See our events listing below:

Sunday 23 July - "Monks & Minors" Car Rally

10.30am - 5.00pm - Free to attend (normal parking charges apply)

Mansfield Morris Minor Owners Club will be holding their annual rally at Rufford.  This event will give visitors the opportunity to admire some vintage vehicles and meet their proud owners. Come along and enjoy a day out with a difference.


Friday 28 July - Tea with Oscar Wilde!

Starting at 2pm in the Gallery, Rufford Abbey Stables - £20 per person (inclusive of afternoon tea with sparkling wine) (show only £15)

Join us for 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 enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with savoury nibbles, freshly made cream scones, and even a glass of fizz for the grown ups. What a bargain! Book now to reserve your place by emailing Bookings or call one of our team on Tel. 01623 821338


Saturday 29 July - Music in the Park

1pm - 3pm- Free to attend (normal parking charges apply)

Mansfield Ukulele Group will be bringing a happy summer sound to Rufford by entertaining visitors with a sing along of popular music.  Come along and join in or sit back enjoy the entertainment.




Tuesday 8 August - Build A Bird Box

2pm - 3pm, £6 per box made  - (normal parking charges apply)

Our knowledgeable Park Ranger Team are holding a special Build a Bird Box activity session this summer.  This fun, hands on event will be taking place in our Wetland conservation area, so children can immerse themselves in nature and look out for kingfishers and dragonflies flitting around them as they work!  All materials and tools will be provided.  We’ll be outdoors so come dressed for the British weather.  This activity is for children aged 5 + and must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.  There’s limited space on this session so booking is highly recommended.  To book please email Bookings or call one of our team on Tel: 01623 821338

12 / 13 August -  Childrens Activity Afternoon

1pm - 3pm - Coach House Courtyard - Free to attend (normal parking charges apply)

If you are struggling to keep the little ones amused during school summer holiday, why not come along to Rufford and let them join in with some fun activities in our Courtyard Marquee.  There will be arts and craft, music and singing and you can also take part in our magical story walk through the park.  

Friday 18 August  - Outdoor Cinema - Dirty Dancing

Gates open from 6pm - Tickets Cost £10 per person and includes parking charges.

Come and have the “Time of Your Life” at Rufford’s own outdoor cinema experience. Bring your chairs and picnic rugs and settle down on the grassy Long Meadow for a fun screening of cult classic Dirty Dancing. Feel free to dress up, dance or sing along!  Leave the watermelons at home and indulge your friends with treats - Prosecco, picnic baskets and pre show afternoon teas are all available to pre-order to really make your evening lift off!! (certificate 15)

Online Box office:  

Dirty Dancing, Friday 18th August: BOOK NOW  - LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE  

Saturday 19 August - Outdoor Cinema - Toy Story

Showing starts at 2pm and is FREE for all - Normal Parking Charges Apply

Come along with the family and enjoy the outdoor cinema experience. Bring your picnic blankets, chairs and sit back and relax whilst we show the kids classic, Toy Story. You will follow the life of a group of toys that come to life when humans are not around. What a great way to spend an afternoon. - No Booking Required 


Saturday 19 August - Outdoor Cinema - Rocky Horror Picture Show 

Gates open from 6pm - Tickets Cost £10 per person and includes parking charges.

Take a step to the right and “get lost in time, and lost in space...and meaning” at our very own Outdoor screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show.   This cult classic is sure to have the audience up on their feet singing along to the Time Warp.  Join in the fun and drag out that feather boer and suspenders.  Make the most of your evening by indulging your friends with treats - Prosecco, picnic baskets and pre show afternoon teas are all available to pre-order to really make your evening fizz!! (certificate 15)

Online Box office:  

Rocky Horror Show Saturday 19th August: BOOK NOW - LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE

Wednesday 23 August - Professor Paul Temple's Punch & Judy Show

Show times: 1.30pm / 2.30pm - Free to attend (normal parking charges apply)

Join us for  some truly traditional  seaside summer entertainment, which is suitable for all the family.  Paul really is a Punch & Judy "Professor" being one of only just over 150 fully qualified traditional Punch & Judy operators worldwide!  Come and enjoy his relaxed and amusing show.  Catch professor Paul in the Coach House Courtyard.

Thursday 24 August - Pond Dipping Adventure

2pm - 3pm.  £6 per child, accompanying adult free. (normal parking charges apply)

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. To book please email: Bookings or call one of our team on Tel: 01623 821338

Wednesday 30 August - Children's Open Air Theatre "Dogs Don't Do Ballet"

Coach House Courtyard.  Shows at 12.30 and 3pm. £12 per adult or child. Family ticket (2 adults 2 children) £44.  Box Office: 0330 133 1063

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DOGS DON’T DO BALLET                “Excellent fun!” The Guardian

Based on the award-winning children's book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, handcrafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog!  Biff isn't like other dogs. He doesn't do dog stuff like scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, Biff likes moonlight, music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn't think he's a dog. He thinks he's a ballerina!  This happy, funny tale will have you laughing out loud and dancing in the aisles.  Perfect for little pups aged 3+ and their grown-ups.  Refreshments available at the nearby Coach House Cafe nearby.  A super family day out for the school summer holidays.

Please note that this performance replaces the previously advertised “Dotty The Dragon”.  Anyone who has booked tickets for Dotty will be contacted to transfer to this new show.  Or ring Box Office on 0330 133 1063.

Sunday 3 September - Music in the Park

2pm - 4pm  - Free to attend (normal parking charges apply)

Doncaster Wheatsheaf Singers are  back by popular demand, this excellent choir has performed in many prestige locations including St Paul's Cathedral.  Come and enjoy their sweet harmonies whilst enjoying some refreshments at our Courtyard Cafe.

30 September / 1 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 25 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 for a steaming mug of tea or coffee and freshly baked scones.  Suitable for anyone aged 6 and over. Bring the family! Gallery is accessible for wheelchairs. 

9 / 10 December - Family Christmas Crafts

Seminar Room, StablesCourtyard.  11am - 3pm.  £5 per item made. Buy your ticket at the Gift Shop on the day

Get in the festive mood and keep the youngsters busy with our drop in make-it sessions.  All materials supplied.  We'll make willow Christmas wreaths, willow Christmas trees, or maybe even reindeers.  

16 / 17 December - Santa Punch & Judy with Professor Paul Temple

Stables courtyard, noon to 3pm.  Free show.  (Normal car parking charges apply)

A special outdoor Christmas theme Punch & Judy show with ever popular children's entertainer Paul Temple.  A little close up magic and baloon modelling adds to the fun.  

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.


Rufford Abbey Country Park Ollerton Nottinghamshire NG22 9DF