Get into the Christmas spirit at our Country Park events and send in your scenic snaps

01 December 2017

scenic notts.png With Christmas just weeks away, the festive season is already in full swing at the County’s Country Park with dozens of events planned including the return of the much-loved Dog Grotto at Sherwood Park Country Park.

Many visitors love bringing their pet dogs to Sherwood Forest, which is why owners can treat their canine companions to their very own visit to Santa Paws at the Dog Grotto on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December.

And to help highlight what a scenic county Nottinghamshire is to visit, residents are being encouraged to share their photographs over the winter season by tweeting them using #scenicnotts

Councillor John Cottee Committee Chairman for Community and Place at Nottinghamshire County Council, said:

“The ever-popular Sparkling Sherwood event may be now sold out, but there’s still plenty happening to get the Christmas season in full swing at Sherwood Forest Country Park

“There’s something for everyone including Christmas trails where you can explore the natural beauty of the great outdoors and children can have fun looking for clues - and of course the ever popular Dog and Santa’s Grottos.

“Our country parks, including Rufford Abbey, which is managed by Parkwood, are of course also the perfect place to visit for a winter walk with family and friends – so remember to tweet us your scenic snaps.”

Further details are also available at Nottinghamshire County Council website:

Sherwood Forest Country Park
(Please note parking charges apply)
Tree Dressing
Sunday 3 December
2-4pm Free
A seasonal highlight in Sherwood's Christmas calendar. Join in the ancient custom of Tree Dressing, and where better to celebrate the wonder of trees than in one of England's most famous forests. The Visitor Centre lights switch on will take place at 4:15pm, once the tree has been dressed with all the decorations.

Santa's Grotto
Weekends from Saturday 25 November - Sunday 17 December
10am to 4pm
Come and share in the magic of Christmas with a visit with Santa Claus himself. Spend a few minutes telling Santa Claus all your wishes and receive a small gift as well.
All children must be accompanied by an adult, last entry 3:45pm £5.

Dog Grotto
Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 December 11am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 3pm
Minimum of £2 donation per dog
No we haven't gone barking mad, but knowing how much so many of our regular visitors love their pooches, we thought it was about time they had the chance to treat their canine companions to their very own visit to Santa Paws! All proceeds will be donated to Jerry Green Dog Rescue.

Sparkling Sherwood – Now sold out
Friday 9 - Sunday 11 December 2016 6pm to 8pm
Winter lighting event. See Sherwood’s ancient oak trees in a whole new light by walk through the illuminated forest – a truly magical start to winter and a memorable experience to treasure

Christmas Eve Walk
Sunday 24 December 2016 11am to 12.30pm Sherwood Forest Country Park £3.00 (concessionary: Children £1.50)
Escape the hustle and bustle of high street shopping and the last minute Christmas rush, and enjoy a gentle stroll with a ranger through the ancient glades of Sherwood, looking for winter wildlife and discovering about this legendary forest. Pre-booking essential

Boxing Day Walk
Tuesday 26 December
11.30am – 1pm
If your head’s a bit fuzzy or you think you may have overdone the excesses of the festive period, this is your chance to breathe in some fresh air and get your legs working again!
Booking is recommended on 01623 823202 or simply turn up and pay on the day.
Adults £3 children £1.50

Christmas Treasure Trail
Saturday 25 November - Sunday 7 January 2018
11am to 3pm
Enjoy some of the forest’s midwinter magic on this self-guided weekend trail around the Major Oak path, with a ‘sweet’ reward for all those who complete the clues (subject to availability)! No need to book. £1 per trail leaflet

Bestwood Country Park
Bestwood in Winter
Sunday 4 December, 10.30am to 12 noon
Bestwood Country Park and Winding Engine House
Join one of our rangers on a guided winter walk around some of the less familiar parts of Bestwood Country Park reflecting a diverse range of habitats and species that call the park there home. Please wear suitable footwear as the walk will go directly through areas of the park only accessible via desire lines which are often muddy and uneven.
This walk involves steep gradients and is not suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs or people with mobility issues.


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