The historic ruins of Rufford Abbey, its Victorian courtyards and surrounding leafy parkland provide a perfect backdrop for events.  

So leave space in your diary and make sure to to check back often as we add new events through the year. 

To book, call us on 01623 821352 / 01623 821348 / 01623 824338.  Payments can be taken over the phone.  

Or email ruffordabbey@parkwood-leisure.co.uk@parkwood-leisure.co.uk if that's more convenient.  You can even send us a Facebook message.

Get in touch for more information.

 

 

Wed 31st May - De Mowbray's Musicke

Coach House Courtyard 2-4pm  Free performance (normal car park charge applies)

Ever wondered what kind of music King Henry VIII listened to?  Come and find out.  This talented troupe perform Tudor and Elizabethan music on reproduction instruments from the lute to the crumhorn.  Take your ears on a trip back in time!

Thurs 1st June - Midweek Conservation Task Day

10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Over 18s only.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.  Bring a packed lunch.

Join Rufford Abbey Country Park Rangers for a new series of midweek conservation task days, helping out with all kinds of hands on conservation work around the park.  Mpore information:  Rich or Steph tel. 01623 821336, or email richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk / stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sunday 4th June - Harworth Colliery Brass Band

2pm - 4pm in the Coach House Courtyard, Rufford Abbey

What better background to a summer Sunday visit than a traditional brass band?  Some and enjoy this fine local band - always a favourite at Rufford Abbey.

Sat 10th June - Meet The Edwardian Housekeeper & Afternoon Tea

3pm, meet in the Seminar Room, Rufford Abbey Stables.  £15 inclusive.  Max 25 people, suitable for adults and children over 8.

Meet Lord Savile's Edwardian housekeeper, who will introduce you - prospective new household servants - to life "below stairs" in a country mansion.  After a half hour chat (and probably some below stairs gossip!) she'll take you to Lord Savile's Kitchen and leave you to enjoy some tempting homemade cream scones with tea or coffee - all included in the price.  Suitable for anyone over 8 years.  Very little walking involved (just from the Stables block to the Restaurant) so accessible to everyone.  

Thurs 15th June - Midweek Conservation Task Day

10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Over 18s only.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.  Bring a packed lunch.

Join Rufford Abbey Country Park Rangers for a new series of midweek conservation task days, helping out with all kinds of hands on conservation work around the park.  Mpore information:  Rich or Steph tel. 01623 821336, or email richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk / stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Saturday 17th June - "Dance Like A Tudor!" Dance Workshop 

2pm - 4pm upstairs in the Gallery, Rufford Abbey Stables

A unique opportunity to discover some of the dances from the age of the Tudors, and have a go yourself, to live music by period music group De Mowbray's Musique. Expert tuition provided by Historical Dance Society teachers.  Only £5 per person.  Designed for adults (over 18)  Please wear low heeled comfy shoes, not trainers.  No previous experience needed.  Meet new friends and have fun.  Tel. 01427 873937 for more information.  Booking open now on 01623 821352 / 821338. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone. 

Sunday 2nd July - Hucknall & Linby Brass Band

2 - 4 p.m. in the Coach House Courtyard 

Hucknall & Linby Mining Community Brass band is a friendly, youthful band based in Nottingham. Formed in 2008, they have gone from strength to strength, currently competing in the second section.  Enjoy their joyful and mellow sound as you relax in the park today.

Thursday 6th July - Midweek Conservation Volunteers

10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Over 18s only.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.  Bring a packed lunch.

Join Rufford Abbey Country Park Rangers for a new series of midweek conservation task days, helping out with all kinds of hands on conservation work around the park.  Mpore information:  Rich or Steph tel. 01623 821336, or email richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk / stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sat 8th July - Saturday Volunteers' Conservation Task Day

10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet in Coach House Courtyard.  Bring packed lunch & flask.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.

Join the Rufford Abbey Country Park rangers for our regular series of volunteer task days, helping with a variety of hands-on conservation and park management tasks. Over 18s only.  More information: Rich or Steph, tel. 01623 821335. richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk or stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sunday 16th July - Harworth Colliery Brass Band

2pm - 4pm in the Coach House Courtyard, Rufford Abbey

A welcome return for this excellent local brass band, sure to please visitors of all ages.

Thursday 20th July - Midweek Conservation Volunteers

10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Over 18s only.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.  Bring a packed lunch.

Join Rufford Abbey Country Park Rangers for a new series of midweek conservation task days, helping out with all kinds of hands on conservation work around the park.  Mpore information:  Rich or Steph tel. 01623 821336, or email richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk / stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sunday 23rd July - "Monks & Minors" Mansfield Morris Minor Owners Club Annual Rally

Around 90 fabulous Morris Minors will be at the park with their proud owners.  Admire and enjoy!  More event details soon.

Friday 28th July - Tea with Oscar Wilde!

2pm in the Gallery, Rufford Abbey Stables £20 inclusive of afternoon tea with sparkling wine (show only £15)

A sparkling one man show about one of Britain's greatest wits - Oscar Wilde.  Imagine a modern TV chat show taking place in the Victorian era.  Including song, gossip, humour, and audience participation, this light hearted performance invites you to experience the 1890s wittiest 'chit chat' show.  Afterwards, head on down to Lord Savile's Kitchen to partake of a traditonal English afternoon tea with savorury nibbles, freshly made cream scones(and even a glass of fizz for the grown ups.   Booking essential: Tel. 01623 821352 / 821338 or email ruffordabbey@parkwood-leisure.co.uk  You can pay by card over the phone.

Tues 8th August - Build A Bird Box

2pm - 3pm, £6 per box made  

Come and join our Park Ranger Team box to make a nest box for your garden, helping our feathered friends set up home.  This is a fun activity taking place in our Wetland conservation area, so look out for kingfishers and dragonflies flitting around as you work!  All materials and tools provided.  We’ll be outdoors so come dressed for the weather.  For children of five and above (must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.)  Strictly book in advance only. Visitor Information Office, tel. 01623 821338

Friday 18th August & Saturday 19th August - Outdoor Cinema

7pm £10 per person (car parking included)

First time ever at Rufford Abbey - outdoor cinema.  Bring your chairs and picnic rugs and settle down on the grassy Long Meadow for a fun outdoor screening of cult classic films. Feel free to dress up and dance or sing along!  Takeaway refreshments will be on sale.  

Friday 18th - Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze.  Saturday 19th - The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Both certificate 15. 

Online Box office opens soon: Watch this space! 

Thursday 24th August - Pond Dipping Adventure

2pm - 3pm.  £6 per child, accompanying adult free.  

Calling all budding naturalists!  Join the Park Ranger team and explore the murky depths of Rufford's Wetland.  With simple ID keys you will learn to identify the variety of aquatic life that lives in Rufford's waterways.  Come dressed for outdoor play as you may get wet and muddy!  This activity is best for children of 5 and over.  (Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.) Please be aware that the event is dependent on water quality and weather conditions. Advance booking only.  Book at Visitor Information Office tel. 01623 821338.  Credit / card payments can be taken by phone, or just call in next time you're visiting the park.

Wednesday 30th August - Dotty The Dragon Children's Open Air Theatre Show

Coach House Courtyard.  Shows at 12.30 and 3pm. £12 per adult or child. Family ticket (2 adults 2 children) £44.  Box Office: 01636 678900

A delightful show about a friendly little dragon who decides to visit the nearby village.  Lots of fun for younger children, mums. dads, grans - in fact anyone who's young at heart! Outdoors in one of the Abbey courtyards.  Refreshments available at our cafe and also our vintage van.  A lovely family day out for the school summer holidays. 

Sunday 3rd September - Doncaster Wheatsheaf Singers 

2pm - 4pm in the Coach House Courtyard.  Free performance.  (Normal car park charge applies)

Back by popular demand, this excellent choir has performed in many prestige locations including St Paul's Cathedral.  Come and enjoy their sweet harmonies.

Sat 9th Sept - Saturday Volunteers' Conservation Task Day

10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet in Coach House Courtyard.  Bring packed lunch & flask.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.

Join the Rufford Abbey Country Park rangers for our regular series of volunteer task days, helping with a variety of hands-on conservation and park management tasks. Over 18s only.  More information: Rich or Steph, tel. 01623 821335. richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk or stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sat 23rd Sept - Saturday Volunteers' Conservation Task Day

10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet in Coach House Courtyard.  Bring packed lunch & flask.  Come dressed for outdoor work including stout footwear.

Join the Rufford Abbey Country Park rangers for our regular series of volunteer task days, helping with a variety of hands-on conservation and park management tasks. Over 18s only.  More information: Rich or Steph, tel. 01623 821335. richard.hand@nottscc.gov.uk or stephanie.handcock@nottscc.gov.uk

Sat 30th Sept & Sun 1st October - "On The Home Front" 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 knoweledgable re-enactors, or just stroll around and enjoy that 'Dad's Army' vibe!  

Wednesday 25th October - The Canterville Ghost

In the Gallery (Rufford Abbey Stables) 2pm - 3.00pm  £15 adults, £10 children, including homemade scones and tea / coffee / juice

Specially for Halloween Half Term. A one man show full of chills and chuckles, based on the charming short story by Oscar Wilde.  And at 3pm head down to Lord Savile's Kitchen in the reputedly haunted Abbey for teatime treats (3.00pm - 4.30pm)  Suitable for anyone aged 6 and over. Bring the family! Gallery is accessible for wheelchairs. 

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December - Family Christmas Crafts

Seminar Room, Stables Courtyard.  11am - 3pm.  £5 per item made. Buy your ticket at the Gift Shop on the day and come on over.  

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.  

 

Contact us today on: 01623 821352 (Office) 01623 821338 / 821348 (Visitor Reception) 01623 821350 (Restaurant)

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.

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Rufford Abbey Country Park Ollerton Nottinghamshire NG22 9DF