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Nottinghamshire County Council - Proud of our past, ambitious for our future

Bestwood Country Park and Winding Engine House

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

For visitor information
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)

email: enquiries@nottscc.gov.uk

Events guide

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Search our events listing for events taking place at 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.

See Bestwood from the air

Fly above the park in this short aerial video by Paul Brook.

Bestwood Winding Engine House is an accredited Visitor Attraction by VisitEngland.

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

The friendly volunteer team at the Winding Engine House is always open to new members. Get in touch if you’re interested in engineering, history, or just enjoy meeting the public. You could help with events, guide visitors and even help maintain the mighty engine. Please also contact us if you would like to help with crafts or other activities at our family events. The community café team is also happy to welcome new members, and can be an occasional commitment or a more regular one. If you are interested in any of these roles, or have another skill you would like to contribute, please contact adele.williams@nottscc.gov.uk or 0115 976 2422

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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