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FREE admission, and the normal charge for the car park is £3.
Rufford Abbey Country Park is the estate and grounds of a former 12 century Cistercian Monastery and country house. One of the main country parks that make up the broader Sherwood Forest area, the attraction is popular with visitors throughout the year.
Most people who visit Rufford Abbey take the gentle walk around the lake which lasts around 20 minutes or head to the gardens and the children’s play area. At the side of the abbey there is a large grass area that is perfect for picnics, playing games and generally just hanging out with the family.
There are two places to eat and drink at the main area of Rufford Abbey, the Coach House cafe is located in the main courtyard and the Savile Restaurant can be found at the back of the abbey near the entrance to the gardens. There is a smaller cafe near Rufford Mill by the lake and the ford.
Rufford Abbey often hosts major special events, including the Earth and Fire Ceramics Festival in June and a 1940s Weekend in September. At Christmas time it is well renowned for its Aurora event which creatively lights up the gardens after dark.
You’ll also find a craft centre in the courtyard at Rufford with various exhibitions throughout the year and workshops available to the public throughout the year. Please check for details.
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- View the official winter opening hours for Rufford Abbey (2013).
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View the official winter opening hours for Rufford Abbey (2013).
15 November – 24 December 2014, 10:30am - 4:30pm
Rufford Abbey Country Park
Santa and his...0.04 miles away
15 November - 21 December 2014 (weekends only) plus Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 December 2014 from...0.04 miles away
Saturday 29th November - Sunday 4th January 2014, 11am - 3pm
Enjoy some of the forest's...0.07 miles away
Christmas at Rufford Abbey Country Park 2014
Christmas Lunch - Savile Restaurant
Saturday 29...0.07 miles away
Friday 26 December 2014 from 11.30am - 1pm
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20 December 2014
2pm - 4pm
Rufford Abbey Country Park
£3 car parking
Come and enjoy the...2.14 miles away
24 December 2014, 11am - 12:30pm
Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve
Escape the...2.15 miles away
Monday 3 - Sunday 9 August 2015
Sherwood Forest Country Park
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Tom Odell at Forest Live Sherwood Pines, 26th June 2015
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Saturday 29 November – Sunday 21 December 2014 (weekends only) from 11am - 4pm
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October 2014 – February 2015
Sherwood Pines Forest Park
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Meet Santa at the Sherwood Forest Railway - 6th - 21st December 2014 (various times)
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Sunday 5th October 2014 and 22nd March 2015
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