Find so many things to do in Ashfield. Great activities, shopping and entertainment, from award winning parks, to historical buildings and gardens, to great independent shops and micro pubs.
This tranquil garden, where visitors will find many rare and unusual plants, is one of Nottinghamshire’s best kept secrets – the house and its 2.5 acre garden are nestled in beautiful rolling countryside. The garden has been carefully planted so that there are plants of interest all year round.
Felley Priory has a fully stocked nursery, from which visitors can purchase competitively priced plants which they have seen in the garden. The Farmhouse Tea Room offers a delicious selection of snacks, meals and drinks and can be hired for Private Events.
The Priory is easy to access, just half a mile from Junction 27 of the M1.
Annesley Old Church
The romantic ruins of this historic church and churchyard, which are registered as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, offer an idyllic location overlooking Annesley Hall and Park. The grade II* listed park is nestled in the midst of Annesley Forest, where you can find the site of a former Mott and Bailey castle.
The church is a Grade I listed building, inside the church and adjoining graveyard many members of the Chaworth-Muster family were buried, who lived in the Hall. The church is mentioned by D. H. Lawrence in ‘The White Peacock’. Lord Byron was a regular visitor to the Hall and Church, views of Annesley Park can be seen from nearby Diadem Hill – the assumed location of Byron’s poem, ‘The Dream’. Annesley; “Where my thoughtless childhood stray’d …” as Byron wrote and was an inspiration for much of his work.
The church and churchyard are open all year round for visitors to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and extensive rural views across Annesley Park. The site is managed to encourage many varieties of wild flowers along with more unusual species of birds.
A608 Mansfield Road, Just off Junction 27 of the M1, Annesley
Lindley’s Mill is a hidden gem in the centre of Sutton in Ashfield and is one of only two stone built windmills remaining in Nottinghamshire (the other being at Warsop). The mill was built in the 1820s and is a Grade 2 listed building. Built by James Lindley to replace a post mill that was damaged by a gale in 1818 the mill fell into disuse in the early 1900s. All that remains is the stone tower which was restored in 2014. A new roof and weather proofing with new windows were installed and a small heritage centre created.
The site is open for visits where a film detailing the history of the mill can be viewed, with many interesting artefacts on display, bringing the story of the mill to life. Visits to the centre are arranged through Sutton Heritage Society, telephone: 01623 623508, website: http://www.suttonheritage.org.uk
Prospect Place, off High Pavement, Sutton-in-Ashfield
St Mary Magdalene Church
Known as the burial place of the poet Lord Byron, the church overlooks the market place in Hucknall. A church has stood on this site from Saxon times, with foundations found under the nave in the 1930s. The tower was constructed between the 12th and 14th Century, with the main part of the building the result of extensive renovation beginning in 1872.
The church has the largest collection of stained glass windows by the artist C. E. Kemp, the most revered of Victorian Stained Glass Window artists, as well as some rare wall paintings. Within the church yard is a memorial garden to Byron. Ben Caunt, the Victorian Prize Fighter, is also buried here; it is believed that the Westminster bell ‘Big Ben’ is named after him.
The Byron family vault includes the bodies of the poet and his daughter Ada Lovelace who is hailed as the world’s first computer programmer. Adjacent to the church is a statue of Byron located in a niche, high above street level, in the wall of the old Co-op building.
Thousands of visitors come to the church each year, which is open six days a week.
Market Place, Hucknall
This unspoilt country village is the setting for D. H. Lawrence’s ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’, including an ancient manor house, the fictional home of Lady Chatterley. The village is designated as a conservation area for its architectural and historic importance. There are several listed buildings, primarily constructed from local stone and traditional roofing materials and include St. Katherine’s Church and Teversal Manor Rooms. The Earls of Carnarvon were the Lords of the Manor; the fifth Earl being the financier of the ill-fated excavation of Tutankhamen’s tomb.
St Katherine's Church
This Grade one listed mediaeval church contains a host of fascinating architectural and ecclesiastical features and treasures; including an intricately carved Norman doorway with a 500 year old door and Stuart period box pews. There is a minstrel’s gallery and an array of monuments and other features.
Buttery Lane, Teversal
For further information about Teversal Village, you can download the leaflet produced by the Friends of Teversal:
Parks and outdoor spaces
Ashfield has a wide variety of award winning parks and outdoor spaces which provide relaxing open spaces, a range of sporting facilities, educational activities, cafés and natural environments to relax and enjoy.
Kings Mill Reservoir
Kings Mill Reservoir is located between Sutton in Ashfield and Mansfield, providing water based activities and a popular circular walk, run and cycle route. Angling, bird watching, sailing and model boat sailing also take place. There are picnic areas and a café.
The Mill urban adventure centre based at the reservoir offers a wide variety of land and water activities for children and young people. On land there are team games, a low ropes course, outdoor and indoor climbing walls, a maze of underground tunnels and mountain biking. On the water there is raft building, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, disability sailing and inflatable fun.
Tel: 01623 556110
Kings Mill Reservoir
off the A617 Sherwood Way South/ A38 Mansfield Road
Sutton in Ashfield
Brierley Forest Park
Brierley Forest Park is a haven for wildlife, with walking routes covering over two miles, as well as cycling trails and a route for horse riders. The park covers 78 hectares and has a wide variety of facilities with something for everyone, including a children’s play area and play trail, lake with fishing, mountain bike track, sculpture trail and a visitor centre and café.
The park is situated on former farmland and the site of Sutton Colliery. There are several reminders of the site’s coal mining past, through the timber miner sculptures outside the visitor centre, the commemorative stone on Rooley Tops, and the pit wheels along the main path to Brierley Waters. Within the visitor centre, there are displays illustrating the site’s history.
Brierley Forest Park
Off Skegby Road
The park provides a tranquil setting on the edge of Kirkby in Ashfield, ideal for taking a walk and enjoying wildlife. You can enjoy the many different habitats, from the ponds where you may catch site of a kingfisher to the woodland areas, some of which are thought to date back to 1600. There are wildflower meadows which produce a stunning array of flowers in the spring. There are places to enjoy a picnic or visit the Wild Rabbit Café, with a fully licenced bar, serving hot and cold food and drinks, open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch with late opening on Fridays.
The park contains many rare plant species, creating an area which is abundant with fascinating natural history and making it a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Kirkby in Ashfield
As the town’s premier park Sutton Lawn provides a host of activities. There is a lake, managed by a local angling club with a circular walk, bowling greens and tennis courts. A play area, skate park, ball court and outdoor gym and a1k Walk, Run, Cycle Circuit. You can also enjoy home cooked refreshments at Rumbles café.
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Titchfield Park is an award winning Green Flag Park located 10 minutes’ walk from Hucknall Town Centre. The park covers 24 acres with a wide variety of facilities including a bowling green and cricket pitch, skatepark, children’s play area and ball court.
Park heritage leaflet:
Titchfield Park Heritage leaflet.pdf