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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).
Friday 6 - Sunday 8, Friday 13 - Sunday 15 and Friday 20 - Sunday 22 December 2013
Enter a...0.03 miles away
Rufford Country Park
23 November – 5 January 2014
Make your way from the Abbey to the...0.04 miles away
30 November - 24 December
Santa has taken time out from his busy schedule at the North Pole to...0.07 miles away
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June 2014
A living history event, covering many aspects of both...0.07 miles away
Tuesday 7 October - Sunday 16 November 2014
Open Tuesday - Sunday from 10.30am - 4...0.07 miles away
Robot Dance Band Organ, Rufford Abbey Country Park - FREE
14 – 15 December 2013
Time: 10:30am –...0.53 miles away
Saturday 23 November - Sunday 23 December 2013
The forerunner to Father Christmas, and the...2.14 miles away
Sunday 15 December 2013
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Wrap up warm and bring a lantern or torch to light...2.14 miles away
Boxing Day Thursday 26 December 2013
11.30am - 1pm
If you think you may have overdone the...2.14 miles away
Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre - FREE
22 December 2013
Time: 12pm – 2pm
The visitor centre...2.14 miles away
Tuesday 24 December 2013
11am - 12.30pm
Escape the last minute Christmas rush and enjoy a...2.15 miles away
Every weekend in December 2013, and everyday through January 2014.
Join Stick...2.58 miles away
23 November 2013 - 5 January 2014
Enjoy some of the forest’s midwinter magic on this...2.58 miles away
Thursday 8 May 2014 at 7.30pm
During the First World War around 19,000 mailbags crossed the...3.78 miles away
Every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 10th March until 27th October 2013
The market will...3.88 miles away
The Dukeries Singers – We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre - FREE
15...4.07 miles away