Rufford Country Park named visitor attraction of the year

05 November 2018


Rufford Abbey Country Park was named Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Nottinghamshire’s Hospitality Star Awards.

Rufford Abbey Country Park has seen many improvements since the partnership between Nottinghamshire County Council and Parkwood Outdoors in January 2017.

New facilities such as adventure golf, boating, archery and a brand new children's play area, alongside running a family friendly events programme throughout the year, have made Rufford Abbey a destination of choice for families looking for a fun day out.

This award is a reflection of the partnership between Nottinghamshire County Council and Parkwood Outdoors.

Andrew Cox, general manager at Rufford Abbey (pictured far left with other award winners) commented: “I have worked at Rufford for the past 22 years and I am very proud to be part of a team which strives to deliver excellent service to our visitors. Without their continued commitment to making Rufford a great place to visit, I don’t think we would be here celebrating such a wonderful accolade."

Rufford has a team of 100 staff members from marketing and events, catering, hospitality, retail and operations managing the day-to-day running of the site.

Nottinghamshire County Council, which owns the park, is still heavily involved in ensuring that Rufford is an exemplar country park and has supported all of the developments.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee chairman, Councillor John Cottee said: ”We are delighted at this news. Rufford is regularly voted the county’s favourite free tourist attraction and this latest award is testament to the park staying relevant by continuing to develop and offer something new to

About Rufford
Founded 870 years ago on the edge of Sherwood Forest, today's Rufford Abbey is a
romantic ruin set in a beautiful park. Enjoy its nature, art and history. From swans and
swallows to cheeky squirrels our woodlands are full of things to see and explore. Spread a
picnic blanket, enjoy a snack in the cafe or indulge with afternoon tea in Lord Savile's
Victorian kitchen. Our paths are pram and mobility scooter friendly, so whatever your age,
it's easy to get around and explore.
Set in the heart of Robin Hood Country the park, which is owned by Nottinghamshire County
Council, offers native woodland, a lake and gardens as well as a range of attractions,
activities and catering options which are being managed by Parkwood Outdoors.
About Parkwood Outdoors:
Parkwood Outdoors is the outdoor activity arm of Parkwood Leisure and we are proud to
manage Rufford Abbey in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council .
We recognise the historical significance of the site and are determined to ensure that any
activities we undertake are in keeping with the traditions and history of Rufford Abbey.
Our vision is to help share Rufford Abbey with as many different people as possible and
provide a wide range of activities and information for people of all ages and backgrounds to
enjoy. We are looking to engage with all visitors so if you have any feedback on the Park or
any ideas you would like to share with us please get in touch and a member of the team will
get back in touch with you as soon as they can.
Key information
? Open every day except Christmas Day
? Free admission to park and Abbey ruins
? £3.50 car parking charge (£40 season ticket on sale in the Gift Shop)
? Car parks open 8.30 am - 5.30 pm
? Dogs welcome on a lead
? Lots of dining options from ice cream parlour to our beautiful Victorian kitchen
? Courtyard Shopping
? Mobility scooter hire & free wheelchair loan

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