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:

Sat 25 Nov - 24 Dec - Christmas at Lord Savile’s Kitchen

Book now for a traditional 3 course Christmas Lunch from £18.95 per person

Email or tel 01623 821338 to reserve your table

Sat 18 November - Sat 23 December - Christmas at Rufford

Every Saturday and Sunday we will be opening our extra special sparkling Christmas grotto from 11am - 4pm.

Bring the little ones to meet Santa and his helpers and every child will receive a gift.

£5 per child. (normal parking charges apply) 

Afternoon Tea with Santa

Thursday 7th & 14th December 2017

4.15pm - 5.30pm

Come along and get into the Christmas Swing with an Traditional child friendly afternoon tea with Santa.   With christmas colouring, music and a present from santa, what better way to get you in the festive groove.


Assortment of sandwiches

Mini cupcakes

Strawberry Jelly and ice cream pots

Unlimited squash

(adults will have a normal afternoon tea with unlimited tea & coffee )

£10 Per Head


Christmas Carols in the Park

9 December - from 1pm

The Award Winning Lace City Chorus will be with us to perform some classic christmas carols and songs to help you get into the festive spirit

Christmas Carols in the Park

10 December - from 1.30pm

Mansfield Community Choir will be with us to perform some classic christmas carols and songs to help you get into the festive spirit

Sat 9 and Sun 10 December - Wreath Making and Kids 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.  

Sat 16 and Sun 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