Here are some great attractions not far from The Village Kitchen, pop in before you visit and have a bite to eat first.

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest has its own visitor centre, cafe, souvenir and tourist information. There are numerous guided walks through the beautiful 450-acre national nature reserve containing some of the oldest oaks in Europe and one of the most famous trees, the Major Oak.

Sherwood Forest hosts the Robin Hood festival annually in August for 2 weeks and has themed events around Christmas and Halloween.  The 13th and 14th of August is a special events weekend. Check out the Sherwood Forest Website for more details on what is going on during the festival.

The first ever Nottinghamshire Day Festival is on Saturday 27 August between 11am-8pm near the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

With Nottinghamshire Day itself held every 25 August, the Festival is happening at the weekend so everyone can join in.

Hosted and headlined by local soul and R&B star Rob Green, the line-up will include 15 acts, all hailing from our county.

There’ll also be an array of family-friendly events including trying your hand at axe throwing, crossbow shooting and catapulting or enjoying a two-part combat show starring Robin Hood, Marian and their band of outlaws.

Festival-goers will get a chance to try out one of the world’s first interactive holographic movies, starring Robin Hood, using multi-media headsets.

This new event coincides with the return of the much-loved Robin Hood Festival which is currently taking place over several weekends until 29 August.

Nottinghamshire Day Festival entrance is free and for those travelling via car, parking will be £10 per vehicle, per day in line with all events at this venue between 27-29 August.

You can follow #NotttsDay on social media for further updates

Probably the most famous resident of Sherwood Forest (after Robin Hood of course), the iconic Major Oak is an ancient giant that absolutely cannot be missed.

Only a 15-minute walk from the new visitor centre, follow the Major Oak Trail through the forest from the visitor centre. Keep your eyes peeled when you follow this route, as you’ll also encounter some of Major Oak’s ancient, gnarled neighbours that make Sherwood so special!

In 2022, the Major Oak was selected as one of 70 ancient trees from around the UK which took their place in the Queen’s Green Canopy, a 70th Jubilee programme to inspire the planting of new trees across the country.


Sherwood Pines Forest Park

Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoors. There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to mountain biking, Go Ape and adventure play.
Rufford Abbey Country Park

Rufford Abbey sits on 150 acres of historic parkland including medieval ruins a contemporary craft centre, gardens, woodland and lakeside walks, a children’s play village, a sculpture trail and many special events throughout the year.

Source: Visit Sherwood Forest Robin Hoods Village Forestry England

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