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Rufford Abbey

We only discovered Rufford Abbey a few years ago but it is one of our go to places for a family day out. Located in Nottinghamshire near the town of Ollerton, Rufford Abbey Country Park is a fantastic day out for families. The country park is set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland housing the ruins of the 12th century Rufford Abbey and Rufford Lake. The park houses very easy walks suitable for children and pushchairs which are signposted. Rufford abbey is free to visit but there is a small charge for car parking. It is open all year round with the exception of Christmas day.

When selecting a day out with children one of the key questions we want to find out are "Is there a play area and are there toilets" The answer to both of these questions are yes! The country park recently added a fantastic updated play area. The play area contains a mound that has lots of climbing opportunities, slides and tunnels. There is also a sand area that has climbing frames and slides. There is also a flying fox, tyre swing and hammock swing. The park is fantastic for older children and it will keep them busy having fun for ages. Sadly there is not a lot of equipment that is suitable for toddlers so perhaps bring some buckets and spades to keep them busy.

There are lots of facilities on site including a cafe, tea shop, ice cream parlour, shop, restaurant and toilets. During the warmer weather months we normally take a blanket and picnic and have lunch in the beautiful surroundings. The Coach House Cafe is located in the original coach house forming part of the stables and serves light meals, snacks and beverages. There is seating available inside and within the courtyard. Lord Savile's Kitchen is a restaurant located within the abbeys restored kitchen. Here you can enjoy more hearty meals, children's menu and afternoon tea. The Rufford Mill Tea Shop is located next to the ford. It provides light refreshements including drinks, snacks and ice cream with only outside seating available. Toilets are located within the courtyard and at Rufford Mill.

Also located within the country park you can enjoy a round of adventure golf which is open daily all year round. Seasonal activities such as boating and archery are also available during the warmer months during the summer holidays and weekends.

Throughout the year the country park holds lots of different events. They regularly host seasonal trails in which you hunt for clues around the country park by following a map. These are available from visitor information located in the courtyard. They also stage outdoor cinema experiences which are free so all you need to bring is some camping chairs and a picnic. You can also visit Father Christmas in his grotto.

To find out more please visit www,parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk/centre/rufford-abbey

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