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:

Spooky Halloween Terror Trail

Sat 21 October -  Sun 5 November 

We will be once again hosting our spooky halloween terror trail.  You will be able to explore the haunted hideaways, creepy woods and our hidden terrors.

The trail is self lead and you will be able to purchase these from our visitor reception daily from 10.30am - 4pm.  £1 each and you will receive a prize if you survive!  

Fright Night Outdoor Cinema Experience

Get into the Halloween spirit and dress for the occasion for a Fright Night that you won’t forget!!

27 October  - Lost Boys (15 certificate)

£15pp (includes seating) BOOK NOW

Gates: 6pm

Film Screening:7pm

Celebrating the films 30th anniversary we’ll be showing the classic Lost Boys. Whether you’re a blood sucking member of the undead or a garlic necklace wearing vampire slayer we promise you a great night out.

Dress Code: Vampires versus Zombies - Make sure you dress up warm!!

Hot food and drinks will be available to purchase along with a licenced bar.

28 October - Hocus Pocus (PG certificate)

(Free to attend - Norman Parking Charges Apply )

Showing at 11.30am 

Fun filled Halloween event suitable for all the family.

We will be showing the classic 90’s film Hocus Pocus – featuring talking cats, big teeth and Thackery Binx. Those who have seen it will know what they’re in for; if you haven’t then I’m not sure we can be friends…

Of course we want everyone to join in the fun and dress up spooky – witches, wizards, ghouls and ghosties are all welcome.

Dress up spooky but warm!

Make sure you arrive early as there is limited space.  

Hot Food and Drinks will be available along with the opportunity to have a scary face painted!

28 October  - A Nightmare on Elm Street  (18 certificate)

£15pp (includes seating) BOOK NOW

Gates: 6pm

Film Screening:7pm

“One, two Freddy’s coming for you...3, 4 better lock your door...5,6 grab a crucifix...7,8 gonna stay up late , ...9,10 never sleep again!”  Come along for a night of terror with your date being the one and only Freddy Krusgur!  

Book early to avoid disappointment!

Dress Code: Spooky Freddy Stripes

Hot food and drinks will be available to purchase along with a licenced bar.


Sat 25 and Sun 26 November - Christmas Market

11am - 4pm daily (parking charges are £3 per car)

Working alongside All About Tourism we are proud to announce that we will be hosting a special Christmas Market where you will be able to shop for unique gifts, enjoy food and drink and even pop along and meet Santa.

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)


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 - Family Christmas 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