There are plenty of local attractions and things to do in Nottinghamshire and interesting places to visit. The county is rich in heritage with many a local attraction being steeped in as much legend as actual history.
The Maypole Inn is located in the picturesque small village of Wellow in Nottinghamshire. The village dates back to the 12th century. Wellow is also home to 12th century St Swithin’s church, and has a village green with a permanent Maypole and annual Wellow May Day celebrations. Wellow Dam is a popular fishing spot for locals.
Wellow is the perfect location for exploring Sherwood Forest. The Maypole Inn is situated just a few miles away from the town of Edwinstowe, the centre of Robin Hood attractions and legends. The Sherwood Forest Visitors’ Centre and Nature Reserve is the home of the Major Oak (Robin Hood’s hideout tree), with excellent walking trails through this famous forest, and an exhibition centre and gift shops. Edwinstowe is the location of St Mary’s church where Robin Hood allegedly married Maid Marian and the town annually hosts the week-long Robin Hood festival, with entertainments, food, drink, jousting, falconry, interactive storytelling and more. The festival is free to attend.
Located just 5 minutes away from The Maypole, Rufford Abbey is the former home of Cistercian monks and dates back to 1170. Set in beautiful woodland with a lake behind which attracts an array of birds, Rufford is a popular destination for visitors. In addition to the remains of the monks’ abbey, Rufford has a craft centre, art gallery, restaurants, gardens, children’s play area and shops.
Sherwood Pines Forest Park is an inspiring local attraction to experience the outdoors. There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to mountain biking. Throughout the year there are planned Forest craft activities and traditional woodland skills. There is a large outdoor pop concert venue in the park where events are held throughout the summer.
The Dukeries is the collective term for four ducal families who resided in close proximity to one another in beautiful stately houses set in vast ancient woodlands. Three of these are open for visitors.
The Welbeck Abbey estate is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The main house is not open to the public, but part of the estate has been converted into an art gallery, a farm shop selling Welbeck estate produce, a garden centre and a school for the culinary arts.
Clumber Park, just 10 minutes away from The Maypole, is a beautiful expanse of parkland, heath and woods covering more than 3,800 acres. Clumber was once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle. The house was demolished in 1938, but there are many glimpses of its grand past to explore. From the Gothic-style chapel you can follow in the footsteps of Dukes through the peaceful pleasure ground to the Walled Kitchen Garden. Clumber is home to an amazing array of wildlife and visitors can learn about it in the Discovery Centre. Top activities include walking, cycles are available for hire, camping and picnicking. There are cafes and gift shops. Clumber park also hosts the popular Flashback Festival of music events.
Thoresby Hall is also just 10 minutes’ drive away from Wellow. The main hall has been converted to a hotel spa, but visitors can walk through the grounds and look around Thoresby Courtyard, located next to the main building. Attractions include a military museum, a gallery, shops, crafts and a cafe, and regular events such as musical performances, food fairs and exhibitions.
Just a 20 minute drive from Wellow, Southwell is home to Nottinghamshire’s Norman cathedral and Bishop’s palace. The picturesque town has associations with Charles I and Lord Byron, and Southwell Workhouse is open to the public and owned by the National Trust. The famous Bramley Apple was first grown in Southwell and is celebrated at an Autumn festival based in the town. Southwell also hosts the Gate to Southwell Folk Festival, the Southwell Library Poetry Festival and an annual music festival. Southwell Racecourse holds meetings throughout the year.
The historic market town of Newark with its atmospheric castle standing on the River Trent offers excellent shops, museums, boat trips, and hosts a renowned Antique and Collectors Fair several times a year. It is well-known for its associations with the Civil War as a royalist stronghold and visitors can follow the Nottinghamshire Civil War trail which takes you to key locations around the town.
The East Midlands is one of the most diverse regions in the UK, with much to see and do. Within an hour’s drive you can visit the cities of Nottingham, with it’s castle, galleries, theatres and historic Lace Market area; Sheffield and Derby – all great locations for shopping and nights out. Lincoln is renowned for its cathedral and castle which houses one of only four remaining copies of the Magna Carta.
The great houses of Chatsworth, Hardwick Hall, and Wollaton Hall are all within an hour’s drive.
So as you can see there are many interesting things to do in Nottinghamshire. More than one place is a local attraction and there are so many events and places to visit, you’ll have trouble fitting it all in. Don’t worry – we will warmly welcome you back to the Maypole Hotel, Restaurant and Bar for how ever many times you wish to visit Nottinghamshire.
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