Monday, 13 February 2012

Out & About in Notts, Part 1

Um, which way?

It's always a bit hard to get going after the Christmas and New Year period; the dark nights get me down and money is sparse! So I decided it would be nice to start a new series on here documenting all the fun things Nottingham (and further afield) has to offer. There are loads of great places to visit here that don't cost a penny and I am looking forward to discovering new ones in the next few months. Hopefully it'll form a rough guide to Nottingham and throw up some ideas about fun things you can try out in other towns too!

Super secret hideout!

Part 1 - Rufford Country Park
On Sunday me, Tom and a couple of friends bundled into a car and went on a little road trip to Rufford Country Park. The place promised much; a ruined Abbey, a Camera Obscura and sculpture trail. But what we really wanted to find when we arrived was the animal graveyard! (It was slightly strange when we found it - one horse grave and some working dogs buried in the woods by the family who lived in the house a hundred years ago! Hmm..) There was still quite a lot of snow so our toes started to get a little cold, but luckily we stumbled across some wooden huts in the forest. Perfect for snuggling up inside!

What have we here?

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Camera Obscura
This is what the Camera Obscura looked like..

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And the strange view inside!

Orangerie, snowed under

Snow bear

Rufford Abbey has lots to offer including a Craft Centre and a nearby lake to walk to in warmer months.

Location: off the A614, 18 miles north of Nottingham.
Open daily from dusk til dawn.
Price: Free!

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3 comments

  1. I didn't know you were from Nottingham too! I don't know any other people in Notts who write blogs. Love the tips for things to do xx

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  2. Hi Laura! For some reason I love the idea of a kind of crappy animal graveyard, where you're promised an array of graves and all you get is a few working dogs and a horse (I think it's the way you described it) it makes me laugh. XX

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  3. Hey Camille! Yes it was strange, we were a little disappointed not to find handmade wooden crosses and personal dedications, it was far too formal for my liking!

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