The area around Ollerton is so full of attractions that you can never be bored. Visits to the stunning estates such as Rufford and Clumber are essential, as they are accessible and interesting to both the young and old. If you are a keen naturalist you cannot fail to be fascinated by the biodiversity of the area – the 450-acre Sherwood Forest Country Park has been designated a ‘Site of National Scientific Interest’ and contains ancient oaks that support a diverse range of wildlife. The countryside rangers who manage the different nature reserves, country parks and community woodlands organise a wonderful programme of events to help you learn more about the unique forest environment – see the events page for more details.
All the villages have special tales to tell – from St Mary’s Church in Edwinstowe, where legend says that the famous outlaw Robin Hood married Maid Marian, to the mediaeval open field farming system that still operates in Laxton. Arts and crafts have flourished in this area, and galleries at Thoresby and Rufford show fine examples of local work. If you have children that need amusing, attractions such as the White Post Farm Centre, will keep them occupied for hours – and don’t forget the annual Robin Hood Festival in August, which is visited by thousands in search of a glimpse of the outlaw way of life.
These pages feature many of the visitor attractions that can be found in this area, but more can be found on other sections of this site, such as the village pages.