Things To Do

Local attractions

Things to do near us at Little Oak, Retford, Notts, DN22 0PW. We have not been to all these places, but would love to hear how you rate them if you visit.

 

Transport Help

In the listings bellow I have put how long it would take to get somewhere by car. If I know there is a direct bus or train I have given that information as well; the timings don’t include the walk to the train station or bus station which will take an extra 20 or 30 minutes. There is however a great website which will be able to give you more information about what public transport is available in Retford www.traveline.info. For instance if you are prepared to take a few buses, you can get to Sherwood forest from ours, it will just take you about an hour and a half including the half hour walk to the bus station as oppose to a 20 minute drive. So if you don’t have your own transport and really want to go somewhere you can look it up.

Trains: Retford has excellent train links being on the East Coast Main Line. Lincoln and York are both 35 mins away. London, Durham and Hull are all about 1hr 30 mins away, Newcastle 1hr 45min, Edinburgh 3hr 15 mins. Sheffield 1hr, Doncaster 15 mins. To book train tickets in advance this is the cheapest site I have found www.virgintrainseastcoast.com
Buses: There are two bus companies that serve Retford, www.stagecoachbus.com and www.marshallscoaches.co.uk/services.html

 

Sherwood Forest

Robin Hoods Home www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/discover/sherwood-forest-national-nature-reserve-p355601 (20 mins car)

At weekends and sometimes during school holidays there is have a go archery down by the major oak. Call the visitors centre for more information and times or Colin who actually runs it 07540300449 at least at time of writing this.

KG Archery give one to one lessons – www.kgarchery.com (15 min car)

Go Ape Forest Adventure – Zipwires, Swings, treetop walkways, Segways – 6+ more gentle version for younger ones – www.goape.co.uk/days-out/sherwood(30 mins car)

 

Near by Cities

York – (1hr 20 mins car, 35 mins train)

York Minster – www.yorkminster.org

Cliffords Tower – With panoramic view of the city – www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/cliffords-tower-york

Jorvick Viking Center – www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

York dungeons – Scary Fun – www.thedungeons.com/york/en/

National Railway Museum – www.nrm.org.uk

York Castle Museum – www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

Boat Trip – www.yorkboat.co.uk

Yorks Chocolate Museum – www.yorkschocolatestory.com

For more attractions visit: www.visityork.org and for a visitors pass www.yorkpass.com/

 

Lincoln (40 mins car, 35mins Train)

Lincoln castle – www.lincolncastle.com

Lincoln cathedral – www.lincolncathedral.com

You can get a joint ticket to the castle and cathedral.

 

Bishops palace – www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/lincoln-medieval-bishops-palace/

The Collection – Art and archaeology museum – www.thecollectionmuseum.com

For more attractions visit: www.visitlincoln.com

 

Nottingham (1hr Car) – Nottingham is a busy city and it is expensive to park there. You can use the park and ride facilities and get a tram the last bit of the journey. www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/parkandride

Nottingham castle – www.nottinghamcastle.org.uk

City of caves – Family cave tour right under the city – www.cityofcaves.com

Trip To Jeruslam – Oldest Inn in England- www.triptojerusalem.com

Industrial museum – www.nottinghamindustrialmuseum.co.uk

Contemporary Art gallery – www.nottinghamcontemporary.org

Walks and Tours – www.ezekialbone.com

For more attractions visit: www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/things-to-do/visiting-for-a-day/day-visit-itineraries

 

Doncaster – (30 mins car, 15 mins train – the first two attractions are not in the town centre but regular busses will take you to them)

South Yorkshire Aircraft museum – www.southyorkshireaircraftmuseum.org.uk

Lakeside village – Named brands offering discounts – www.lakeside-village.co.uk

Doncaster Minster – www.doncasterminster.org

 

Sheffield – (50 mins car, 45 mins train)

Millennium Gallery – Art Gallery – www.museums-sheffield.org.uk

Winter Garden – Larges temperate glass house – www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/dms-connect/search?dms=3&c1=front&GroupId=2&venue=1587927

Kelham Island Museum – Industrial museum with Europe’s largest working steam engine www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/dms-connect/search?dms=3&c1=front&GroupId=2&venue=1581195

Moor Market – Foodie Haven – www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/dms-connect/search?dms=3&c1=front&feature=1000&venue=2143700&easi=true

Escape Room Puzzles – www.crackthecodesheffield.co.uk; www.thegreatescapegame.co.uk;

Zombie Survival Experience – www.zombieinfection.co.uk

Outside of town:

Tropical butterfly house – www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/dms-connect/search?dms=3&venue=1583010

Sheffield Botanical Gardens –www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/dms-connect/search?dms=3&c1=front&GroupId=2&venue=1582526

 

Kids

Theme Parks/Play Centres:

Sundown Adventure land- Theme park for under 10s – www.sundownadventureland.co.uk/themepark/ (15 mins car)

Wheel Gate – Water Park and Adventure Park – www.wheelgatepark.com (30 mins car)

Captains Jack Adventure indoor soft play center – www.captainjacksadventure.co.uk (35 mins walk)

Animal Fun:

White Post Farm – www.whitepostfarm.co.uk – (35 mins car)

Yorkshire wildlife park – www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com (30 mins car)

Wetlands Animal Park – www.wetlandsanimalpark.co.uk (15 mins car)

Boston Park Farm – with amazing maze – www.bostonpark.com ( 40 mins car)

 

Outdoor fun

Pretty much any sport or adrenalin fuelled fun can be had around here. These examples were chosen because they were close, I haven’t tried them all!

Quad Bikes- http://www.kidzquadz.co.uk (10 mins car)

Golf – www.retfordgolfclub.co.uk (10 mins car)

Fishing- www.haytonlakes.co.uk (10 mins)

Clay pigeon shooting – www.haytoncastleclayshoot.com ( 20 mins car)

Laser Tag – www.laserlabyrinth.co.uk(20 mins car, 20 mins Train)

Go Karting – www.amencornerkarting.co.uk (20 mins car)

Pony trekking – www.derbyshire-pony-trekking.co.uk (30 mins car)

Canoeing/Abseiling/Climbing/Caving www.peaksandpaddles.org (40 mins car)

(There are lots of places that do these activities but this one has a family package available.)

Assault Course/Paint Ball/Quad biking/Archery/What don’t they do here – www.adrenalinjungle.com (30 mins car)

 

Swimming Pools

South Forest – This one is warm and has a Jacuzzi a winner with adults www.southforestcomplex.co.uk/sports/swimming (25 mins car)

Water Meadows – Great for kids with wave machine, rapids, water cannon etc: – http://www.mansfieldleisure.com/water_meadows/FAC_LeisureWaters (40 mins car)

Retford Pool- Nearest pool but no small pool or fun extras – www.bpl.org.uk/retford-leisure-centre (10 mins car)

 

Museums

Creswell Crags – Old Cave Paintings – www.creswell-crags.org.uk (30 mins car)

Civil War Museum – www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com (20 mins car, 20 mins train)

Science Museum – www.visitmagna.co.uk (40 mins car)

Sheffield Industrial Museum – www.simit.co.uk (45 mins car, 1 hr train)

Newark Air museum – www.newarkairmuseum.org (15 mins car)

Bassetlaw museum in Retford is only worth going to if its raining and there is nothing else to do.

 

Country Houses

Newstead Abbey – Lord Bryons home and gardens- www.newsteadabbey.org.uk (50 mins car)

Wollaton Hall – Elizabethan house and gardens – www.wollatonhall.org.uk (1hr car)

Chatsworth – Stunning House and Gardens, used in lots of film including Pride & Prejudice, Death Comes to Pemberly and The Duchess – www.chatsworth.org (1hr 10 mins car)

 

English Heritage:

Gainborough Old Hall -500 years old timber framed house – www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/gainsborough-old-hall/ (25 mins car, 15 min Train + walk)

Rufford Abbey – Beautiful Ruins, Gardens and Country park – www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/rufford-abbey/ (35 mins car)

Bolsover castle – 17th century- www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/bolsover-castle/ (40 mins car)

Conisbrough Castle -12th century- www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/conisbrough-castle/ (40 mins car)

Broadsworth Hall – Victorian country house and gardens – Check if renovations finished –www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/hardwick-old-hall/ – (50 mins car)

 

National Trust:

Clumber Park – Parkland – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park (15 mins car)

The Workhouse – theworkhouse@nationtrust.org.uk – (40 mins car)

Mr Straws House – Step back in time to a 1920s Grocers – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mr-straws-house/ (20 mins car, 30 mins Train)

Harwick Hall – Elizabethan house and grounds – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick (45 mins car) and very near

Working Water Mill which grinds flour on Hardwick Estate – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stainsby-mill – (45 mins car)

Tattershall Castle – 15th century Red Brick castle – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tattershall-castle (1 hr by car)

 

Nature

Nearest nature reserve (10 mins car), others are listed on same site

www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/nature-reserves/idle-valley/

Guided walks – www.nottsarearamblers.org.uk

National Gardens Scheme – Private gardens open for charity – www.ngs.org.uk

Peak District National Park (1hr by car) – www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

 

Something slightly different

Pick your own – www.goforgoachers.co.uk (10 mins car)

Micro brewery tour – www.springhead.co.uk (20 mins car)

Canal tours –

http://www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk/index.php/on-the-water/trip-boats

The canal runs from the river trent to the middle of chesterfield through Retford and there are several different canal companies going from different places on different days.

Pilgrim Fathers – If you are interested in the pilgrim fathers there is a trail you can take to explore their past – http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/pilgrim-fathers/the-mayflower-trail (you will need your own transport)

Escape rooms and Zombie survival experience see Sheffield

 

Sport

Doncaster racecourse – www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk (15 mins Train with shuttle bush to racecourse on all race days, 30 mins car)

Trent Bridge – Nottingham Cricket Ground- www.trentbridge.co.uk (45 mins car)

Nottingham Forest football ground – www.nottinghamforest.co.uk (45 mins car)

Notts County football ground. – www.nottscountyfc.co.uk (45 mins car)

The Crucible – Snookers world championships venue – www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk (45 mins car, 45 mins train)