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Local Attractions/Places of Interest

Sherwood Pines Visitors Centre

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Go Ape

Sherwood Pines Visitors Centre hosts a variety of activities including Go Ape, Forest Segway, Nordic Walking, Orienteering and in the summer, open air live music events. There is also a bike park, cycle hire facilities, several adventure play areas for children of all ages and a cafe.


The Visitors Centre can be accessed on foot or by bike through the forest (approximately 2 miles from the lodge). The shortest and quickest route will also take you past a replica of the World War I trenches which was built to mark the centenary of the war.   For those preferring to travel by car, it is approximately a 10 minute drive from the lodge.    Tel: 01603 895500    Tel: 01623 822855


Off road karts

Just a 5 minute drive from the lodge, the Adrenalin Jungle boasts a wide range of outdoor activities for those aged between 8 and 80 including Airsoft, Archery, Assault Course, Blindfold Driving, Bubble Football, Jungle Combo, Laser Tag, Paintball, Quad Biking, 4×4 Off Road Driving. (Minimum ages do apply - some have a minimum age of 12).


Tel: 01623 883980

Sherwood Forest Visitors Centre

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The Major Oak

Sherwood Forest Visitors Centre is just a 15 minute drive from Loxley's Lodge and is home to the Major Oak. The ancient oak is believed to be between 800 & 1000 years old, is the largest in Britain and according to legend, was where Robin Hood and his Merry Men took shelter and slept. The centre also has a cafe and hosts various activities and events throughout the year. For further infomation , please visit their website (see below).


The visitor centre is open 10am – 5pm from March to October, and 10am – 4:30pm from November to the end of February.      Tel: 01623 677321

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Wheelgate All Action Theme Park & Waterpark is a 10 minute drive from Loxley's Lodge and offers a fantastic family day out. 

Visit for further information or call 01623 882773

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Just a 10 minute drive from Loxley's Lodge, White Post Farm has both indoor and outdoor play areas, go-karts and also provides the opportunity to hold, stroke and/or feed some of the animals. The farm is open all year round from 10am, and is perfect for family days out.


For further information please visit or call 01623 882977

Thoresby Park, Thoresby Hall & Day Spa

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One of several stately homes in the area, Thoresby Hall was completed in 1871 and designed by architect Anthony Salvin. It's grounds include several acres of parkland and a Victorian Courtyard which accommodates a licensed cafe, an arts & craft gallery & a selection of other retail outlets.   

Thoresby Hall has two restaurants and a Day Spa all of which are available to visitors. 

For further infomation, please visit or call 01623 821000.

Rufford Abbey & Country Park

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Rufford Abbey was founded as Cistercian monastery in the 12th century. It was acquired by Nottinghamshire County Council in 1957 & subsequently opened as a country park. Most of the original monastery buildings from the 400 year occupation by the “white monks” can still be seen whilst Lord Savile’s Kitchen, located  in the restored Victorian kitchen of the Abbey’s remaining Jacobean wing, offers home cooked lunches and traditional cream teas.  There is an adventure play area for children and the Abbey also hosts various events throughout the year.

For further information please visit or call 01623 821338 


Other local places of interest / attractions

Within a 15 mile radius of Loxley's Lodge

Lockwell Hill Activity Centre:- or call 01623 883067

Watermeadows:- or call 0345 0000 232

Clumber Park:- or call 01909 476592

Cresswell Craggs:- or call 01909 720378

The National Holocaust Centre:- or call 01623 836627

Mr Straw's House:- or call 01909 482380

Newstead Abbey:- or call 01623 455900

Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum:- Call 01623 870512

Southwell Minster:- or call 01636 812649

Newark Castle & Gardens:- or call 01636 650000

Kelham Hall & Country Park:- or call 01636 558 000

Papplewick Pumping Station:- or call 01159 632938

The Workhouse:- or call 01636 817260


Slightly further afield

Nottingham Castle:- or call 0115 8761400 (17 miles)

The Robin Hood Experience:- or call 0115 9474802 (17 miles)

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconrey Centre:- or call 01909 569416 (20 miles)

Sundown Adventure Land:- or call 01777 248274 (23 miles)

Yorkshire Wildlife Park:- or call 01302 535057 (27 miles)

Ferry Farm Country Park:- or call 0115 966 4512 (16 miles)

Eden Hall Day Spa:- or call 01636 525555 (19 miles)

Crich Tramway Museum:- or call 01773 854321 (24 miles)

National Justice Museum:- or call 0115 952 0555 (17 miles)

Newark Air Museum:- or call 01636 707170 (17 miles)

Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum & Deer Park:- or call 0115 8763100         (19 miles)



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