Retford is an ideal base from which to explore the historic district of Bassetlaw in North Nottinghamshire. Retford itself is a charming market town with many historic buildings and a thriving market. The wide range of cafes and shops, the award winning Kings’ Park and the picturesque Chesterfield Canal make this an attractive destination for a day out. Take a walk through history- pick up a copy of the ‘Retford Heritage Trail’ at the museum (a child friendly version is also available) to discover the town’s landmarks and hidden curiosities.
The region’s links to the Mayflower Pilgrims run deep. Many of the 17th century religious separatists, who left on the Mayflower to found a colony in North America, came from the area. To find out more, please visit the Mayflower 400 or Pilgrim Roots websites.
Bassetlaw is also the gateway to the Dukeries, an area which contained five large country estates. Today, Clumber Park, Welbeck and Rufford Abbey are open to the public, offering a great range of outdoor activities, art and craft studios and restaurants.
Other attractions nearby include the Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Creswell Crags and the Sherwood Rangers Museum at Thoresby.