News - 08 January 2015

Escape to Nottinghamshire for a Romantic getaway

This Valentine’s, why not rekindle the romance and treat your own Robin Hood or Maid Marian to a romantic adventure in Nottinghamshire? Home to Clumber Park, recently voted the most romantic place in the East Midlands, couples can explore Sherwood Forest and swing through the trees, enjoy an off-road driving experience or for the perfect romantic escape, stay at one of our luxurious cosy hotels, forest cabins and B&Bs.  

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Enjoy a gentle stroll along the longest avenue of Lime Trees in Europe at Clumber Parkhttp://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park/Head outdoors this Valentine’s with a visit to the beautiful Clumber Park, a National Trust property in north Nottinghamshire. Recently voted the most romantic place for a date in the East Midlands by the Great Date Guide, Clumber Park offers 3,800 acres of parkland and forest, a sprawling setting to explore together on a lovely long walk. Afterwards treat yourself to a meal at the cafe onsite, or visit the Walled Kitchen Garden, renowned for its astonishing collection of heritage fruits and vegetables. Park admission is £6.80 per vehicle. Gift aid entry to the Walled Kitchen Garden is £4.10 per adult.

Become a real life Tarzan and Jane at Sherwood Pines Forest Parkhttp://www.forestry.gov.uk/sherwoodpinesRather than the usual dinner and a movie, you could enjoy a forest adventure ideal for thrill seekers. Explore the magnificent forest on two wheels and enjoy a cycle around various cycle trails, take a segway tour, fly down zip slides and leap off Tarzan swings whilst enjoying views of the forest below at Go Ape Sherwood Pines, or enjoy a romantic stroll on one of many walking trails before snuggling up in a luxurious woodland cabin at Forest Holidays or The Sherwood Hideaway. If you find spare time, visit the nearby picturesque village of Edwinstowe, said to be the place where Robin Hood and Maid Marian tied the knot. You’ll spot them holding hands along the high street.

Hand-in-hand discover ghostly secrets of the ancient city of Nottingham http://www.ghost-walks.co.uk/Rather than the usual roses and chocolates, join one of Nottingham’s most popular experiences with The Original Nottingham Ghost Walk. Starting at one of Nottingham’s oldest and most haunted pubs, Ye Olde Salutation Inn, the tour takes in the shadows of the Castle, a graveyard and underground in ancient sandstone caves, where you’ll be fascinated by haunted tales. The tour starts at 7pm on Saturday 14 February 2015 and price is £6 per person.

Meet the mini beasts and meerkats at Tropical Butterfly Househttp://www.butterflyhouse.co.uk/For something a little different this Valentine’s, The Tropical Butterfly House always proves to be a popular choice for couples of all ages. The walkthrough Butterfly House is a lovely getaway from the cold weather, where couples can relax and watch free-flying butterflies and birds, feed the fish and discover reptiles and tiny lemurs and lots more. If you want to get extra close and personal with the red-ruffed Lemurs, cheeky meerkats or Barn Owl, then special VIP Animal Experiences are also available. Entry is £9 per person for adults, and VIP Experiences start from £30 per person.Stay nearby at the Ye Olde Bell Hotel and exclusively for lovebirds this Valentine’s, indulge in a candlelit dinner for two in Restaurant Bar 1650 before settling down for the night in an individually styled Classic Room. Prices start from £189 per couple, or £269 in a Suite with full English breakfast and late check-out. Get your adrenaline pumping in Sherwood Forest! http://www.nottinghamoffroadevents.co.ukThrill seekers and adrenaline junkies will get their hearts racing at Nottingham Off Road Events this Valentine’s. Located in the heart of Sherwood Forest, couples can enjoy a 30 minute driving experience taking on the challenge of woodland trails, mud, water and gravity defying side slopes as well as participating in a short love quiz accompanied with a complimentary hot chocolate. Price is £45 for two people.

Indulge in complete exclusivity at Church Spa http://www.churchspa.co.ukSet in a beautiful former 19th Century Methodist church, Church Spa has been sympathetically restored into a Boutique Spa and Detox retreat with luxurious accommodation. Perfect for a Valentine’s treat, couples can choose to book the whole spa to themselves and enjoy complete exclusivity for a truly special experience. The 3 hour luxury spa is £35 per person and rooms start from £175.

Visit one of Nottinghamshire’s hidden gems, Hodsock Priory www.snowdrops.co.ukSpend Valentine’s Day meandering amongst the stunning displays of snowdrops at Hodsock Priory. Snuggle with your loved one by the campfire in the glade after a stroll through the snowdrop wood. Wrap up warm and enjoy walking hand in hand through the magnificent estate – head off the beaten path – the perfect romantic place to propose. Break for a cosy lunch in the marquee tea room beside the 16th century Gatehouse, (said to have been visited by Henry VIII) and ask about the romantic history of the estate during the free daily history talks. Adult entry is £5, wheelchair users go FREE.

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