Top Ten Places for Kids


Previous guests of Sherwood Castle Holiday Forest have recommended the following activities and attractions as being an enjoyable day out particularly for younger children. Each is within easy driving distance.  If holidaying during first week in August, don’t miss the Robin Hood Festival!

Gulliver’s Kingdom
(59 min – 32 miles drive)

Address : Gulliver’s Matlock bath Temple Walk Matlock bath Derbs DE4 3PG
01925 444 888

From the Western World and pirates play area, to the log flume and Drop Tower – makes Gullivers Kingdom one of the best theme parks for children in the UK.

(59 min – 48 miles drive)

Address : Rawdon Road, Moira, Nr Ashby-de-la-Zouche, Derbs DE12 6GA
Tel :
01283 216 633
Web :

Indoor and outdoor experiences for all the family. Tree top walk, outdoor assault course, steam train and interactive indoor exhibits.

Ferry Farm Park 
(28 min – 25 miles drive)

Address : 
Tel :
0115 966 4512

Ferry Farm Park has indoor and outdoor activities, lots of animals to handle and delicious home cooked food. Things to do includes: Adventure playground, animal handling, gokarts and tractors & indoor soft play area. Kids under 2 go free.

Sherwood Forest Park and Visitor Centre
(9 min – 3 miles drive)

Address : Sherwood Forest Country Park, Swinecote Road, Edwinstowe, Notts, NG21 9HN
Tel :
01623 823 202
Web :

The Park is open all year and was the legendary stomping-ground of Robin Hood; this 450 acre country park includes has 900 veteran oak trees as well as the The Major Oak. Visitor Centre & Café.

Robin Hood Festival 
(9 min – 3 miles drive)

Address : Sherwood Forest Country Park, Swinecote Road, Edwinstowe, Notts, NG21 9HN
Tel :
01623 823 202
Web :

Festival dates: tba.  

In 2019, the festival will return with the usual story tellers, comedy acts and of course, Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham as they clash once more in the home of our outlaw!

Walk through the forest and encounter many of the festivals characters, take part in a range of activities, visit the legendary Major Oak and enjoy refreshments and lunch in the cafe at the welcome centre.

Sundown Adventureland
(42 min – 16 miles drive)

Address : Treswell Rd, Rampton, Retford, Notts, DN22 0HX
Tel : 01777 248 274
Web : www.sundownadventureland.co.uk

The Theme Park especially designed for the under 10’s with Adventure play areas, Cafes, Shops, plus lots lots more including the NEW Angry Birds zone!

(45 min – 32 miles drive)

Address : Melton Spinney Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics LE14 4SB
Tel : 01664 567 777
Web : www.twinlakespark.co.uk

A fantastic day out with 10 playzones and over 100,000 sq.ft of indoor adventure and rides with playtime magic for all ages and all weather.

Twycross Zoo
(60 min – 48 miles drive)

Address : Burton Road (A444), Atherstone, Warks, CV9 3PX
Tel : 0844 474 1777
Web : http://twycrosszoo.org

Famous for its collection of primates. Occupies a site of over 40 acres. Two self-service cafeterias, picnic areas and gift shops.

White Post Farm Centre
(10 min – 6 miles drive)

Address : Mansfield Road, Farnsfield, Newark, Notts, NG22 8HL
Tel : 01623 882 977
Web : http://whitepostfarm.co.uk

Modern working farm with over 4000 animals including chicks, lambs, deer, llamas, reptiles and piglets. Pet shop, Large indoor play area.

Wheelgate Park
(12 min – 6.5 miles drive)

Address : White Post Island (A614), Farnsfield, Notts NG22 8HX
Tel : 01623 882 773
Web : www.wheelgatepark.com

Large indoor play centre, maze, bouncy castles, trampolines, huge adventure playground, slidemania, golf, 30 acre park, tropical butterfly.


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