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Local Attractions

Exploring the surrounding area

You don't have to go far from Thoresby to discover beautiful, sweeping countryside and historic towns and houses.

Sherwood Forest and Visitor Centre

Sherwood Forest and Visitor Centre Ariel View

The Centre has been created in a Victorian Coach House and Stables and is now one of the largest and most innovative Art and Craft Centres in the country. There are 16 individual studios where artists and craftworkers hand make or hand finish a myriad of reasonably priced products. Don't miss The Major Oak which is said to have housed Robin Hood and is one of the most famous trees in England!


Distance by Car: 10 minutes

Rufford Country Park

Rufford Country Park

Rufford includes a country park with large areas of woodland and parkland at the heart of which are the picturesque remains of 12thC Rufford Abbey.

Distance by Car: 15 minutes

Ollerton Watermill

Ollerton Watermill

Historic site, home to Nottinghamshire's only working Watermill. Includes exhibition area telling the story of the Ollerton Mill from domesday to the present and a delightful tea room overlooking the River Maun. Winner of the Best Nottinghamshire Afternoon Tea award.


Distance by Car: 5 minutes

Nottingham and Lincoln

Lincoln Cathederal

Lincoln - Day at Lincoln Take a journey through time in historic Lincoln There are few more historic cities in Britain than Lincoln, and on this day trip you'll have the chance to trace at your own leisure its ancient roots.

Nottingham - Enjoy a trip into Nottingham, home to a combination of excellent modern shopping centres and traditional markets.

Distance by Car: 45 minutes

Visit Nottingham's tourist website:  http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/

Mr Straw's House at Worksop

Mr Straw

A semi-detached house built at the turn of the century, belonging to William Straw and his brother, Walter. The interior has been preserved since the death of their parents in the 1930s with a museum room displaying 1920s wallpaper,furnishings, local furniture and a suburban garden.


Distance by Car: 20 minutes

Local Events

Robin Hood Festival

Robin Hood Festival, Early August 2011 (date tbc) - Website:  www.robinhood.org.uk 

One World One City Festival, mid-july (date tbc)

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall is one of Englands great show homes, and it stands as a memorial to the power - and ego - of its remarkable founder. A former landscape garden designed by James Paine in the 18thC. Contains the remains of several follies and the serpentine lake.


Distance by Car: 45 minutes

Clumber Park

Clumber Park

Over 3800 acres of parkland with a double lime tree avenue, a fine Gothic revival chapel built 1886-89 for the 7th Duke of Newcastle. The house was demolished in 1938. There is a superb 80-acre lake, a stable block with restaurant, shop and information point, a classical bridge, temples, lawned Lincoln terrace and pleasure grounds.


Distance by Car: 10 minutes

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is one of the great Treasure Houses of England, set in the heart of the Peak District National Park.


Distance by Car: 1 hour

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"If you want something special, Thorsby Hall’s nice. There’s a spa with all the beauty treatments. We had the royal room and the twin beds were so big that we slept in one bed."

Linda & Dennis Thoresby Hall