Mansfield is a busy town with good leisure facilities and lots of surrounding countryside and nature reserves, with the world famous Sherwood Forest close by, and is within easy reach of the City of Nottingham. If you’re looking for entertainment, then the Mansfield Palace Theatre is host to a variety of performances such as music, dance, comedy, musicals and other events. Eating out in the town brings a large choice, as you’ll find restaurants with a variety of menus for all tastes, and for a night out, there’s a good selection of bars and pubs.
If you’re going shopping, you’ll find a good mix of high street names along with independent shops, and there are also regular markets held in the town. There are a number of conference venues for business here and include those at the Towers and the Oakham Suite, and East Midlands Airport and Doncaster Sheffield (Robin Hood) Airport are the nearest airports for international flights.
Mansfield Car Hire
Wherever you are in Mansfield, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Mansfield car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Some places to visit in and around Mansfield include the following:
No trip to this part of Nottinghamshire would be complete without a visit to the nearby famous Sherwood Forest, a royal forest known all over for its connections with the legendary Robin Hood. You can explore the Forest, part of which is a National Nature Reserve, and see ancient oak trees, including the well known Major Oak, the legendary secret shelter of Robin Hood. The Park is abundant in wildlife and includes birds such as woodlarks and nightjars, and in the summer the the Reserve holds the Robin Hood Festival which includes medieval jousting and jesters.
At this museum you can see various collections relating to the history of the area, and include displays about industries such coal mining and engineering. Other collections include many fine pieces of porcelain from the 1700’s, and the Museum hosts regular exhibitions and events.
Close to Mansfield is Newstead Abbey which was built in the 1200’s and later extended. The building was a priory until the Dissolution of the Monasteries after which it became a home and later the residence of poet Lord Byron in the 19th century. At the Abbey you can see Byron collections including personal letters, his desk and bed, as well as items that were owned by later owners of the house. You can see the medieval West Front of the building, the cloisters and Chapel and grand Victorian rooms and the impressive Great Hall with its oak panelling. Visitors can also enjoy the varied gardens around the Abbey with many beautiful displays of flowers, picturesque lakes and water features.
Vicar Water Country Park
A short distance from Mansfield, is this lovely Country Park where you can enjoy scenic surroundings and all the wildlife of the Park which is also a Nature Reserve. You can see Vicar Pond and perhaps do some fishing there, and the Park is also home to a duck pond and a playground for children. You can take any of the foot or cycle paths to explore the area, and you’ll also find a cafe and Visitors Centre.
You could come and enjoy a fun game of ten pin bowling at this large bowling centre. There are also arcade games to enjoy, as well as a restaurant and bar where you can enjoy a meal and a drink in a fun atmosphere.
The White Post Farm Centre
This Farm Centre, located not far from Mansfield, makes a lovely day out for all the family, where you can see a range of animals including wallabies, goats, deer, pigs and llamas and birds such as parakeets. You can also enjoy a game of mini-golf here, and there are both indoor and outdoor play areas for children with many fun activities, including a bouncy castle slide and trampolines.
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