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Bestwood Country Park

Plan your visit

View a location map for Bestwood Country Park, along with directions, opening hours, car parking and accessibility information.

Address and contacts

Park Road
Bestwood Village
Nottingham
NG6 8TQ

For visitor information
tel:
 
0300 500 80 80
8am-8pm Monday to Friday, 8am-12noon Saturdays.

Park rangers and office
tel: 0115 927 3674
10.30am to 4.30pm (daily)

e-mail: enquiries@nottscc.gov.uk

Find us on Facebook as 'Bestwood Country Park'.

Country Park

Photo of Bestwood Country Park.

Bestwood Country Park offers 650 acres of open green space and varying wildlife habitats to explore.

From Mill Lakes, teeming with water birds, to meadows full of wildflowers, from ancient oak woodland to a reclaimed pit tip, Bestwood has a landscape which reflects the varied history of Nottinghamshire itself.

We're on the northern edge of Nottingham, between Arnold and Bestwood Village, approximately four miles north of the City of Nottingham.

Events and attractions

Winding Engine House

We have a fantastic piece of industrial heritage on site in Bestwood Winding Engine House, the last remaining part of Bestwood Colliery.

Bestwood Winding Engine House has been inspected and designated a Place of Interest by www.visitengland.com

What's on

Download the latest events guide 2014 [PDF] or view more details about upcoming events below.

TitleDate(s)CostVenue
Nottingham Goddess Camp18 – 27 July 2014£30 per adult per weekend, £10 per child (aged 5-15) per weekend; under 5s go freeBestwood Country Park
Miners and Music27 July 2014FreeBestwood Country Park
‘Mini-Miners’ Saturday2 August 2014FreeBestwood Country Park
Thwack! Mining Communities at Play17 August 2014FreeBestwood Country Park
Sweat Lodge23 August 2014Charge applies.Bestwood Country Park
‘Mini-Miners’ Saturday6 September 2014FreeBestwood Country Park
Steam Heritage Day7 September 2014FreeBestwood Country Park
Bestwood Village Poppy Walk13 September 2014Free entry, £2.50 or £1.50 for concessions for the teaBestwood Country Park
Wednesday Health Walk17 September 2014FreeBestwood Country Park
The Wind Up Mining Heritage Bus Tour21 September 2014FreeBestwood Country Park

School, faith and community groups

School, faith and community groups are welcome at Bestwood, and the park's mission is to make the countryside accessible to all. Our ranger team work regularly with all kinds of groups, ranging from autistic adults and people with mental health problems to disadvantaged teenagers at risk of exclusion from school.

Ring the park rangers to find out more about our programme of health walks, team building activities, school age environmental education and more.

Join our volunteers

We have lots of volunteering opportunities available at Bestwood:

Park conservation days

Get your hands dirty! Join in one of our park conservation days. If you'd like to volunteer, we'd love to hear from you, tel: 0115 927 3674 or email: bestwood.country.park@nottscc.gov.uk

Friends of Bestwood Country Park

If you'd like to take an active role in supporting the country park and get more involved in its work and management, join the Friends of Bestwood Country Park group. View their website at: www.fbcp.org.uk

Winding Engine House Volunteer Group

Interested in engineering? Want to help look after a mighty piece of industrial heritage? Contact the Winding Engine House Volunteer Group, email: robertngow@ntlworld.com

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Heritage development

We now have two Heritage Development Officers (jobshare) working at Bestwood Country Park, funded for two years by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We're looking for more people to help maintain and operate the mighty Victorian Winding Engine and to help out with Saturday morning open days. Interested? Ring Adele or David for a chat. Tel: 0115 976 2422 Tuesday-Friday, 10am-3pm, or drop in on a Saturday morning.

Plant a tree

If you would like to plant a tree to commemorate a special person or event, we can help. Contact the rangers on tel: 0115 927 3674.

Bestwood community websites

These community websites may also be of interest:

Friends of Bestwood Country Park: www.fbcp.org.uk/index.html

Bestwood Village: www.bestwoodvillage.co.uk

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