Only a mere 31 miles from the city of Nottingham is the market town of Retford. Gaining its first charter in 1246 with the right for a fair from Henry III, the town quickly became a market town as well. The market charter was extended to the town by Edward I in 1275. The market is still held to this day.
For a variety of local produce and wares then head out to the market. This weekly market is held every Saturday and is a great way to get some items unique to the location. And produce cant' get any better than local fresh produce.
If you are looking for something to do with the kids then go to the Wetlands Animal Park. This is the only zoo located in Nottinghamshire and offers a unique experience. Here you can interact with animals from all over the globe. Exotic and domestic you can have a chance to not just see and hear the animals; you can feed and touch most of the animals in the collection. While you walk through the trees you can enjoy the wonderful relaxing lake. You can picnic by meerkats or laugh at the monkeys and lemurs. It is a true one of a kind experience for families.
For a truly unique experience, go to Mr. Straw's House. This semi-detached home was built in 1905. It has has the same interior which has been unchanged since the Straw's occupied the home in 1930. You can see the family belongings, furniture, household objects, photos and even family letters from the time. It is a truly unique experience you will feel like you've stepped back in time.
For another interesting stop, go to the Harley Gallery. This gallery has a reputation of excellence and innovation. Located on the Ducal estate in Welbeck Nottinghamshire this gallery has a diverse group of exhibits. There are contemporary crafts, photography, and visual art. There is a craft shop and workshops that are aimed at attracting those with specific interests. Visitors can enjoy the interesting architecture as well as the different pieces in their collection. If you plan on visiting during the Christmas season there is an art market so you can take home a truly unique work for your friends and family. This venue is absolutely free to visitors.
A quick ten mile journey out of town will lead you to the Creswell Crags Museum. Here you will get to see the only known Ice Age Cave art in Britain. You will also get to exhibits of art and interactive development. Probably the best thing about the Creswell Crags is that it's all set in caves. The Creswell Crags is a famous archeological site that is set inside a limestone gorge with caves and a lake. Even if there were no exhibits, this would be an ideal place to take your family. The beauty and splendor of the setting is worth the drive out of town.
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