Win Tickets to Summer Events at Rufford Abbey!

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Set in 150 acres of stately parkland, Rufford Abbey is just one of Nottinghamshire’s many beautiful country estates. Dating back a humongous 870 years, the site began as a Cistercian abbey, the remains of which are some of the best preserved in the country. In 1536 the monastery was dissolved and over the next five centuries the estate passed through the hands of the aristocracy with demolition, conversions and additions made to become the country house we know today.

Abbey front in May 2017

In 1851 the abbey was the subject of a popular 19th century ballad Rufford Park Poachers which, telling the true story of a gang of hunters, had similar circumstances to those which bore the Robin Hood legend. While land throughout the country was dominated by wealthy landowners, game hunting was outlawed for ordinary people wanting to provide for their families. Forced to poach, they gathered together in protest but were met by gamekeepers and a violent clash ensued. Despite the death of one gamekeeper, and many of the poachers arrested, the ballad presented the poachers as noble and heroic for standing up to the wealthy.

Today the abbey and its grounds are owned by Nottinghamshire County Council, and access is available to the public everyday between 9am and 5pm (excluding Christmas day). A dedicated programme of events take place at the site throughout the year, reflecting the history of the estate itself and wider historical themes.


Now to the fun part! The lovely people at Rufford Abbey are offering some free tickets to three exciting events over the summer months and it’s easy to enter! Simply choose which event you like the look of, pop your details in the form below and click the event you’re interested in to be in with a chance of winning!

One pair of tickets for Meet The Edwardian Housekeeper and Afternoon Tea 
Saturday 10th June.

Meet Lord Savile’s chatty housekeeper and get a taste of what life was life “Below Stairs” in an Edwardian country house. After a short talk, head on down to the Abbey kitchen for tea/ coffee and a delicious cream scone.  Suitable for adults and children of 8 and over

This competition closes on Monday 5th June.

Two pairs of tickets to Dance Like A Tudor
Saturday 17th June

With live music by period music group De Mowbray’s Musique and expert tuition provided by Historical Dance Society teachers, you can watch and learn some of the Tudor’s best dance moves. No previous experience necessary!

This competition closes on Friday 9th June.

One pair of tickets to Tea With Oscar Wilde
Friday 28th July.

Spend an afternoon with poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, one of Britain’s greatest wits. In a lighthearted, sparkling one man show you can experience the 1890s wittiest ‘chit chat’ show, with song, gossip, humour, and audience participation. Afterwards, head on down to Lord Savile’s Kitchen to partake of a traditonal English afternoon tea with freshly made cream scones (and even a glass of fizz for the grown ups.)

This competition closes on Friday 14th July.

For more upcoming events at Rufford Abbey, have a look at our What’s On Listings

After the closing date for each competition the winner will be notified via email. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck!

Posted on 01 June 2017
Featured author: Sophie

Writer and amateur local historian with an affection for English eccentrics. Returned to Nottingham in 2013, only to fall in love with the creative and cultural goings of the city.

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