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North Notts' August News

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August's Newsletter is a Nottinghamshire staycation special with information about visiting our region's beautiful Country Parks, open spaces and top North Notts attractions.

We include details about Visit England's new 'We're Good To Go' scheme, which encourages us to come out and visit places as well as the 'Eat Out to Help Out' government scheme where we can all enjoy a whopping 50% discount on food every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during August.

And, of course, we bring you the latest events happening across North Nottinghamshire.

Ornamental Bridge at Clumber Park

Welcome to your August In North Notts Newsletter.


Have you given up the idea of going abroad for your holidays this year?  OK, we might not get the sizzling temperatures of Spain and the south of France (apart from today!) but staying in the UK does sound a much simpler and hassle-free option.  Perhaps it's time we discovered, or reminded ourselves, just how wonderful Great Britain really is!  Visit England have plenty of ideas to inspire!
Why not make it a staycation and enjoy fun days out in our very own, beautiful Nottinghamshire, or explore our neighbouring regions of LincolnshireDerbyshire and South Yorkshire?  They all have lots of exciting things to do within an hour’s drive or less from home and UK businesses really could do with our support.
Even closer to home we have loads of wonderful local attractions, country parks & abundant open spaces to enjoy.  Most have reopened and facilities such as cafes or takeaway food outlets, as well as toilets, are available again.

Let's show some huge love and support for all our local attractions and places, our eateries and our hospitality & tourism businesses!


We're delighted that some of our favourite places are re-opening again this coming Saturday 1st August...

The fabulous Harley Gallery and The Portland Collection, both with brand new exhibitions and free to visit. Open daily except Mondays from 1st August.

Whilst you're there why not pop into The Harley Café which offers delicious takeaway food as well as table service... and you won't want to miss the lovely Welbeck Farm Shop!

Close by to the Welbeck Estate is the fantastic Creswell Crags Museum and Prehistoric Gorge which also fully reopens on 1st August with ticketed entry to the Museum (a brilliant place for children!).  Outdoor spaces are already accessible and on Saturday the car park and the café, offering food & drink to take away or to enjoy in the outdoor seating area, reopen too.

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At National Trust Clumber Park, the Park, Pleasure Grounds, Walled Kitchen garden, retail/plant sales, Ice Cream Parlour and toilets are open daily, plus some takeaway food outlets offering light refreshments and hot/cold drinks.  Booking in advance essential.

Rufford Abbey Country Park, open daily, offers beautiful walks, gifts & plant shops, Adventure Play area and light refreshments including ice cream & pizza!
At Thoresby Park you can walk in beautiful countryside & woodland, hire bikes and enjoy the Coffee Shop, Military Museum and Courtyard Shops. Open daily.
Sherwood Pines Forest and car park are open daily and with limited facilities.
Ancient Sherwood Forest is always open for everyone to enjoy and limited facilities are now open daily, including the car parks, toilets, shop and a food & drink catering van.
The popular cafe at The Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre has now reopened and offers a takeaway menu plus outdoor seating.  Public toilets are also now open.

For a more serious and thought-provoking visit, The National Holocaust Centre and Museum at Laxton is now open on Sundays and Tuesdays-Fridays. Booking is essential. Tea room in the beautiful Memorial Gardens, shop and toilets are all open.
Newark Air Museum is a great day out and open 361 days a year! Café with limited takeaway offering, museum shop and toilets open.
The National Civil War Centre & Newark Museum in Newark is popular with all ages and a really interesting day out. Currently open Wednesdays to Saturdays with timed entry slots, so booking in advance strongly recommended. Toilets open but Café closed at present.
Newark Castle Grounds are open 7 days a week, although the Castle itself remains closed.
All Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's nature reserves are open for taking exercise, connecting with nature and enjoying the relaxing peace and quiet. Car parks, apart from Attenborough, remain closed and all other facilities too.  

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These are just some of the wonderful open spaces and places available to enjoy in North Notts this summer.



You can also find some lovely parks and other local attractions, open to the public, on ur local council’s  website:

Ashfield District Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Mansfield District Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council


Now that our markets, shops and restaurants are open again, you might find it useful to know the latest information about visiting local towns:
Ashfield District Council
Bassetlaw District Council
Mansfield District Council
Newark & Sherwood District Council


Hurrah! Most of our libraries have now reopened… but with reduced facilities and opening hours so do please check your local library before visiting.

The last few libraries are opening in August at Lowdham, Tuxford, Misterton, Rainworth and Retford (following it’s refurbishment).  Use this link to find out your local library’s opening times and facilities.


If you’re still cautious about visiting new places during these unsettling times, you may find it helpful to look out for the ‘We’re Good to Go’ sign on premises, websites and social pages, etc.
To have received Visit England’s/Visit Britain’s ‘stamp of approval’ businesses and organisations must demonstrate that they are adhering to the government and public health guidance and have carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment and put extra hygiene and safety processes into place to protect customers and staff. It’s a great step forward in giving us more confidence to go out and about and enjoy ourselves.
See our list of North Notts Organisations who have received their ‘We’re Good to Go’ certificate, which we’re constantly updating.

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We all know how especially important it is to support our local businesses at this time and the government’s new Eat Out to Help Out initiative to help restaurants, cafes, pubs and other eateries looks like a winning idea for everyone!
From next Monday, 4th August and on every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday during August we can eat out and get a fantastic 50% off our meals or snacks and non-alcoholic drinks up to a maximum of £10 each per meal!  And we can do it as many times as we like and enjoy that huge discount!
You can find all the participating North Notts eateries in your local area here.


There are just a handful of 'real' upcoming events at the moment and some regular events have gone virtual this year.  Let’s give them all the support we can to help them bounce back bigger and better next year!

To see the list of upcoming events use the link below. *

New events and useful information are being added to the website all the time so please do keep visiting!  www.innorthnotts.co.uk 

Wishing you a very happy August - wherever you go!


* To see upcoming events across North Nottinghamshire simply use this link -  in north notts circle colour 50 

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