We are firm believers that you donâ€™t have to travel far to find an adventure.
So this weekend we ventured only a few miles from home and spent a weekend hidden in the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside at Sherwood Forest Holiday Park. You guessed it, itâ€™s a stonesâ€™ throw from the world-famous Sherwood Forest, home of The Major Oak and former hideout of Robin Hood. And it turns out there are loads of places close by, worthy of an explore.
Set on the banks of the pretty River Maun, Sherwood Forest Holiday Park is a relaxed and picturesqueÂ site, hidden in the green fields of the Nottinghamshire countryside.
We loved being surrounded by wildlifeÂ andÂ the mature trees that overhang the river, home to ducks, swans and plenty of fish.
Within five minutes the kids were splashing in the River (yep in October!) and dangling from the rope swings, hanging over the river and in the trees. There are play parks dotted around the site and most are suitable for all ages.
Getting the kids cleaned up, was nice and easy. Shower blocks are all around the park and they were warm, clean and with lovely hot showers to thaw out the kids.
The deceptively large site follows the path of the river, landscaped into small enclosed areas that feel peaceful and intimate. Itâ€™s great for families and people looking for a quiet stay. There are all types of pitches available to suit everything from large motorhomes to the smallest tent.
Worth a mention
I always say to the Hubby, â€œWhatâ€™s the shop like?â€ I make no excuses, itâ€™s essential as nine times out of ten I forget something, or we decide we want bacon butties when weâ€™ve only got eggsâ€¦. This weekend was an absolute treat. The shop was packed with every camping and caravanning essential you could think of, from chairs and tables to washing machines, 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 â€“ we were told it’s very good.
Things to do in North Nottinghamshire
Within ten miles of the park, we found loads of things to do and weâ€™ve listed them below.
Our weekend wasnâ€™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 its very own village fairground and a main street that’s lined with independent shops and some fabulous eateries. We treated ourselves to a gorgeous cream tea at Fables Coffee House, well 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 RestaurantÂ 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 stakesÂ 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 Â£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 youâ€™ll enjoy a lovely few days here. The site is heaven for kids, especially those that love the outdoors, with streams to swim and paddle in, and rope swings and playparks aplenty. But if you do want to explore, thereâ€™s a load of places close by worthy of a visit.
The site has more shower blocks dotted around than I think Iâ€™ve ever seen, all clean and warm, and the people that run the site are super friendly and couldnâ€™t have been more helpful.
Have you been here and what did you think? We’re keen to hear from you if you know of other places we might visit …