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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14th February 2018  - Valentines Day at The Lord Savile’s Kitchen

Treat that someone special to a Romantic two course lunch or a Champagne afternoon Tea set in our Traditional Victorian Kitchen.

Romantic Valentine Lunch - Served from 12 noon - 2.00pm


Valentine Afternoon Tea  - Served at 3pm

£15.95pp includes a glass of fizz

To book your table  please contact our team on 01623 821338

17th - 25th Feb  - Enchanted Fairy Trail

We have just discovered that Rufford has its own Enchanted Forest and have asked the fairies and pixies if they would allow some of our special visitors to come over and play and they have said….YES!

Come and follow the Trail around Rufford’s Enchanted Forest to discover these beautiful enchanted miniature houses. Read the story behind who inhabits each dwelling and fill in the clues along the way with the opportunity to win a prize!

Trail sheets cost £1 and can be purchased on the day at Visitors Reception.  

Open from 10.30am until 4.00pm daily.

The trail runs until Sunday 25th Feb.

21st Feb  - Build a Bird Box for National Nest Box week

Come and take part in National Nest Box Week at Rufford Abbey and build your very own bird box for your garden.  You will get hand on and get information on what feathery friends it might attract.  

Sessions are time allocated:  11am / 12 noon / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm

£8 per box made

Booking is essential please call  01623 821 338

24th February -  Fairy Breakfast

8.30am - 10am 

Come along to our very special breakfast event at The Coach House Cafe.  Guest will be welcomed by our very own Rufford Fairy Queen who will talk you through how to gain your fairy wings / shield.

You will be seated for breakfast and there will be a number of activities to keep the young ones busy.  Our very own fairy queen will then guide you all through the steps to earn your very own fairy wings / shield.

As part of the breakfast each child will receive a trail sheet to go and explore the Enchanted Forest and find our fairy houses.

£10 pp (includes fully cooked breakfast, unlimited tea, coffee and juice, fairy wings for all the children and a copy of the trail sheet for the Enchanted Fairy Trail)

To book please online here

24th February  - Enchanted Story Time at Rufford Abbey

Come and join Author Lindsey Vernon-Lilley for our Exclusive Book Signing and Story Time at Rufford Abbey Country Park.

Times: 11.30 / 12.30 / 1.30 / 2.30 (located in the Stables Gallery)

Lindsey Vernon-Lilley was born and raised in Doncaster, England. She has been a creative writer for many years, and her love of reading children’s books has spurred a powerful imagination that fuels her creativity and a desire to tell colourful tales.  

Come and hear Lindsey read her first chapter of her debut book, The Fairy Teller….

The Fairy Teller

The Fairy Teller tells the story of Princess Isabella and her life-long friend Evelyn, who unexpectedly embark on an adventure that leads them to discover the true story behind the name of their village, a wonderful kingdom called Fairyland. A hidden world of beautiful, powerful fairies is revealed to them; and along with their new friend Sam, the children meet the kind creator of Fairyland, King Amos. Known by many as “The Fairy Teller,” King Amos shows Princess Isabella that she is no ordinary girl, but is in fact a fairy with magical powers. As Isabella, Evelyn, and Sam spend time exploring Fairyland and learning of the fairy powers they each possess, the children soon discover the king has very little time to live, as Fairyland’s evil witch has stolen the magic potion that keeps his power strong. Together, they bravely face the challenge of finding the magic potion to save King Amos—but will they be able to save him in time?

Free to attend and No Booking required

Signed books will be on sale at the event.

25th Feb - Wedding Open Day

Come and see our fantastic wedding venue located in the Mill at Rufford Abbey.  You will be able to speak to our expert wedding planners and get some advice on how to make your big day extra special.  We will also be offering a number of discounts on some of our most popular packages.  No need to book, just turn up between 10am and 4pm.

11th March - Mothering Sunday Lunch

Why not spoil your mum with a Traditional Sunday lunch!  Choose from the Traditional Lord Savile’s Kitchen for smaller parties and for larger parties of 8 and 10 book into the Talbot Suite located at Rufford Mill.

2 course Lunch (includes a glass of Buck’s Fizz for every Mum)

£15.95pp / £7.50 per child / £4 under 3’s

To book your table please contact our team on 01623821338

30th March - 15th April - Easter Bunny Trail

Come and join in the fun and take part in our Special  Easter Egg Hunt!  Follow the clues to find the eggs and receive a Chocolate Treat once complete .

The trail will be open from 10.30am until approx 4pm daily and can be purchased from Visitors Reception.

£2 Per Trail

4th April - Paul Temple and his Amazing Punch and Judy Show

Alway fun for all the family!  Come and have a day out at Rufford and catch one of our special Punch and Judy Shows. Adapted for a modern day audience the show will have both children and adults in fits of laughter.

Showtimes: 12.30pm / 1.30pm / 2.30pm


7th & 8th April - Children's Activity Weekend

If you are struggling to keep the little ones amused during school Easter holiday, why not come along to Rufford and let them join in with some fun activities in our Courtyard Marquee.  There will be our popular colouring competition, arts, craft, music and games.


11th April - Paul Temple and his Amazing Punch and Judy Show

Alway fun for all the family!  Come and have a day out at Rufford and catch one of our special Punch and Judy Shows. Adapted for a modern day audience the show will have both children and adults in fits of laughter.

Showtimes: 12.30pm / 1.30pm / 2.30pm


13th May - Classic MG Rally

The North Leicester MG Club will be bringing their annual Rally to Rufford where you will be able to see classic examples from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  With over 80 vehicles to see, lining Lime Tree Avenue, it is the perfect day to come and have a look around Rufford and take in some of the historic sights.

The Rally will be arriving on site from approx 12 noon until 4pm.

29th - 30th September - 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 knowledgable re-enactors, or just stroll around and enjoy that 'Dad's Army' vibe!  

For traders information please contact the event orginisers Pike and Shot direct via email


Contact us today on: 01623 821338

Business Hours

  • Park Grounds -   Dawn to dusk
  • Visitor Information -   Daily 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Shops -   Please note that the shops will be closed for a refit from Monday 8th January
  • Coach House Cafe -   10.00am - 5pm (4.30pm winter)
  • Lord Savile's Kitchen   January Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon - 3.00pm

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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