We are firm believers that you don’t have to travel far to find an adventure. So this weekend we ventured a few miles from home and spent a caravanning weekend in the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.
Sherwood Forest Holiday Park is, you guessed it, just a stones’ throw from Sherwood Forest, the world-famous forest and hideout of Robin Hood. And as it turns out, there are loads of places close by, worthy of an explore.
Set on the banks of the gentle River Maun, Sherwood Forest Holiday Park is peaceful and picturesque. It’s hidden in the green fields of the Nottinghamshire countryside and within five minutes the kids were splashing in the River (yep in October!) and dangling from the rope swings. The site is littered with play parks and most are suitable for all ages.
The deceptively large site follows the path of the river. Landscaped into areas that feel peaceful and intimate, it’s great for families and those looking for a quiet stay. Pitches are available to suit everyone from those with motorhomes to the smallest of tents.
And cleaning up the kids was pretty easy. The facilities blocks are all around the park and the warm showers did just the job to thaw out the kids.
Worth a mention
I make no excuses, the on-site shop is my guilty pleasure, plus nine times out of ten I forget something. So this weekend was a treat. The shop was packed with every camping and caravanning essential you could wish for. From tables and chairs to washing machines (yes, no typo here), melamine plates to jockey wheels, plus basic food items. Perfect!
There’s also a handy hut selling hot food and drinks, from breakfast rolls to curry and chips. We didn’t eat here but we were told it’s very good and it smelt delicious.
Things to do in North Nottinghamshire
Within just a few miles of the park, there’s loads to do… Our weekend wasn’t long enough to visit them all but we did explore the pretty village of Edwinstowe, a couple of miles from Sherwood Forest Holiday Park and right next door to Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. Edwinstowe, we discovered, has it’s own village fairground and the main street is lined with independent shops and some fabulous eateries. We treated ourselves to a gorgeous cream tea at Fables Coffee House, worth a visit for its’s incredible selection of cakes. If you’re on the lookout for something a little fancy, try Launay’s Bar and Restaurant or a few doors down, The Royal Oak, both serve fabulous food.
Sherwood Forest is a short walk from Edwinstowe and is a pretty magical place. It’s one of the worlds most famous forests and is the legendary stomping ground of Robin Hood, where you can get close to the sprawling Major Oak. With stakes propping up its branches, the ancient oak tree is said to be over 800 years old. It’s a wonderful place to spend a few hours, following walks and trails, and exploring the centuries-old ancient forest.
Our morning at Sherwood Forest Railway was also a big hit. It’s nestled in a valley, right next to the caravan park, so we wandered to it via a quiet country lane in just a few minutes. Sherwood Forest Railway is lovely and such great value at just £2 per person to ride the narrow gauge steam train. There’s a couple of play parks and a zip wire, which made the short wait for our trip on the stram train really pleasant.
Why so special?
Sherwood Forest Holiday Park is a hidden gem in the North Notts countryside.
If you want to stay put you’ll enjoy a lovely few days here. The site is heaven for kids that love the outdoors, with streams to swim and paddle in, and rope swings and playparks aplenty. But if you do want to explore, there’s plenty close by that’s worthy of a visit.
The site has more shower blocks than I think I’ve ever seen, and the people that run the site are super friendly and couldn’t have been more helpful.
So where next? Hit us with places you think we should visit …
NB: Everything about our stay was organised and paid for ourselves, and all views expressed are entirely those of Curious Campers.
We are a family of four, travelling around the UK in our caravan. Seeking hidden gems and special places. Learning to be more eco-conscious along the way.