Rufford Abbey Country Park Adventure Play Area

The Adventure Play Area will be closed from 3rd May for vital maintenance and improvements and will reopen on 14th May! 

Our Adventure Play Area is open all year round offering children the opportunity to play, explore and have their own mini adventure. 

With the Abbey Ruins mounted on top of a play hill with climbing nets, slides and tunnels the park offers play for all, including the grownups who want to play along with their little ones. 

We also offer equipment for smaller children, with a sand pit, swings and a roundabout.  Along with a double zip wire for the older children. 

The Play Area is open all year round and is free to use! 


  • The Catering Shed - a small takeaway cafe situated on the Play Area. Open from 10:30am on weekends/every day in the school holidays (weather dependant). Complimentary Wifi.

  • Accessible footpaths to the Play Area (1.2m or wider and ramps.)

  • Changing facilities for both babies and adults situated in our Abbey Courtyard toilets, approx 260m from the play area (Courtyard opens at 9:30am)

  • Picnic benches/accessible picnic benches throughout play area.

  • Range of catering facilities on site to sit all tastes

Facility benefits

  • Engages the Six Senses (Sight, proprioception, vestibular, touch, smell and sound.)

  • Encourages individual and quiet play, imaginative and social play (woodlands - plants), physical play (sliding, swinging, climbing, rolling and spinning opportunities.)

  • Historically themed play area reflecting timelines from our most famous monarchs. (A ship themed climbing frame relating to pirates and seafaring under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and an oversized throne inspired by Edward VI.)

  • Free to use (NB parking charges apply)

  • Safety surfacing around swings and wheelspin roundabout.

Play Equipment:

  • Wheelspin Roundabout

  • Balancing climbing frame

  • Tunnels

  • Slides

  • Bridges

  • Rockery Ruins 

  • Climbing areas 

  • Netting

  • Ladders

  • Climbing,balancing and hammock ropes

  • Fireman’s pole

  • Chime Cascade

  • Swings, baby swing and tyre swing

  • Sandpit and sand flooring around some equipment

  • Zip Wire

Contact us today on: 01623 677688

Business Hours

  • Park Grounds:   Dawn to dusk
  • Admin Office:   10am - 4pm
  • Gift Shop:   10am - 4pm
  • Coach House Cafe:   9:30am to 5pm (subject to weather)
  • Courtyard:   9:30am to 5pm (subject to weather)

Managed By

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