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  • rachelteddy2018
    Halifax, UK206 contributions
    Its my 2nd time visiting Sundown Adventureland and it won't be my last.

    Last year I visited with my partner, son and nephew, this year I came with my 11 month old, we all enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

    With it being off peak times their was so much more time to enjoy all the park over and over again lol. My 11 month old was so excited and was able to enjoy much of the rides, the staff were fantastic and engaging with both my boys.

    I highly recommend to anyone and look forward to attending again when my 11 month old can enjoy the Monkey Mayhem driving school.

    We also enjoyed the new Robin Hood Park and train ride!

    We brought our own food and drinks but did enjoy ice-creams and top ups on drinks which we believe to be fair priced.

    Thanks again for a fantastic day out and see you again Sundown!!
    Written 21 June 2022
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  • Lorraine H
    33 contributions
    To have such a beautiful park so close by is a treat. From the lovely walks, beautiful flowers and the river running through, Kings Park is one of the best parks in Nottinghamshire. Perfect for everyone from dog walkers to families.
    Written 19 March 2022
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  • Lindzze
    Sheffield, UK19 contributions
    We visit here for a walk pretty much every week as we can walk from our house. It’s a lovely walk and a great place to feed the ducks & swans.

    We always like to stop for a drink & something to eat at the cafe however a lot of the time have found it to be closed, lacking in staff or no food being served etc. Well we visited this week and can safely say it’s improved greatly we overheard that a lot of new staff have started which is great to hear. We had a sandwich which was freshly made instead of being on the counter pre made, they were delicious too the bread was so yummy!

    It’s great to see a vast improvement and we hope it continues with less closures.
    Written 14 June 2022
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  • Nobby
    Lincoln, UK9 contributions
    An amazing piece of engineering in equally amazing working order. Fantastic to be inside when the sails are turning and to watch everything moving and the stones actually grinding the corn - superb in every way. The Miller is knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated to the job and the mill. Well worth a trip even when there's no events on, just to marvel at the workings. The flours and oats are better than any factory produced stuff - they have taste! What's more it kept its supplies up when the supermarket shelves were empty. I have visited this mill many times over the years and it remains the best mill in the country. Long may it remain so.
    Written 5 November 2021
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  • Vikinglongboat
    Derby, UK74 contributions
    One of the finest small museums i've visited in the UK. Looks a small building from the outside but feels very spacious inside with numerous rooms and an upstairs section too. Some great exhibits including the Mattersey Logboat and the museum feels very fresh and bright. Ample toilets, including an accessible one. Garden area to walk around and a seperate pilgrims exhibition. Just off the main road (Grove Street) and free parking for Blue Badge and plenty of parking in Retford which is just a couple of minutes walk away. Free entry although they appreciate donations, staff wonderful and a very enjoyable visit. A hidden gem.
    Written 28 January 2022
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  • johnhouston2
    Knaresborough, UK4,473 contributions
    We went to the canal at the main basin in Retford, turned left and walked along the towpath as far as the Packet Inn. Although it goes through a built up, urban area, it is an attractive stretch of canal and I particularly liked the part where the back gardens of a row of terraced houses back onto the canal; and with a few of them sporting washing lines as well as the obligatory garden sheds, it felt rather timeless.

    Once we got to the pub (and it was a short walk) we simply walked along Grove Street back to the Market Place.
    Written 9 September 2021
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  • Mellie02
    Retford, UK3 contributions
    Such a lovely theatre that showcases some great performances. Easy online booking and a great view from all seats.
    Written 20 February 2020
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  • Dave.
    Tuxford, UK3 contributions
    Great place to have a coffee and let your kid's go they make friends you get to chat to your partner without being interrupted lol 😁
    Written 17 January 2020
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  • kensmoon
    Lincoln, UK988 contributions
    Located on its own area of land between two roads and Cannon Square this is a beautiful Grade II listed building. I enjoyed the exterior but understandably could not enter the church given the current situation. Hopefully next year I will be able to view the wonderful stained glass.
    Written 4 October 2020
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  • KAC67
    Retford, UK5 contributions
    Be sure to visit Retford Hub - visitor information centre if you haven't already. You will meet friendly volunteers, learn about Retford and area, see a brilliant Mayflower Pilgrims exhibition; be amazed at local artisans variety of lovely crafts; enjoy a freshly made meal deal at a great price.
    Written 6 August 2019
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  • johnhouston2
    Knaresborough, UK4,473 contributions
    A resident of Retford, John Shadrach Piercy, whose son served in the Crimean War, happened to notice that the Admiralty was selling off some captured artillery from the war to anybody who wanted it.

    As Mr Piercy was proud of his son and all the other people of Retford who fought in the war, he asked the town’s mayor to consider purchasing a cannon and this led to the people of Retford raising sufficient funds to purchase the splendid cannon we see today.

    This is a real piece of British history and well worth a look if you are visiting Retford.
    Written 7 September 2021
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  • Fiona P
    Rugby, UK30 contributions
    Well what a surprise I had as when we got to the brewery, there was a treasure trove of gins from around the globe. ~170 gins!!! My husband said the beer we very good too.
    The landlord was both engaging and informative,whilst continuing to acknowledge the regulars-the perfect balance.
    We all had Sunday Lunch, which was just fabulous. Friendly, polite staff also helped make the visit a memorable occasion. I have to say the chips were sublime, the perfect choice of potato and cooked to perfection! A big well done to you and your team!!
    Written 28 May 2018
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  • ECBSheffield
    United Kingdom245 contributions
    We stumbled across this when looking at the map and thought we would pay a visit. As others have said, there is no signposting to it once in the village and no dedicated car parking (not much at all) so something to be aware of. The walk up the dirt road was around a mile each way. It was a beautiful day so it was a lovely walk and we even saw a deer on the road in front of us. The ruins themselves are over a stile and through a kissing gate. There were two ponies in the field you need to walk through who did keep walking towards us so we gently had to push them away. We didn't encounter any resistance to seeing the ruins like others have said however there are plenty of signs around private land. I wouldn't recommend this walk to anyone who anyone who might be struggling and probably not great for buggies or a wheelchair or scooter. Personally I enjoyed the walk more than the ruins.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • kensmoon
    Lincoln, UK988 contributions
    Taking pride of place in the market square this is a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. The concept is that of a Roman milestone in reverse, as the places inscribed are the locations where the men commemorated laid down their lives, and the distances from the memorial. One of the panels features an inscription written by Rudyard Kipling.
    Written 3 October 2020
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  • figsbury
    Scunthorpe, UK1,834 contributions
    A great evenings entertainment, an MC with either 2 or 3 top comedians,in October we were entertained by Ivan Brackenbury (hospital Radio DJ) as seen in his TV series. The admission price of £8 includes a large glass of wine or beer at the interval, sometimes nuts and nibbles.
    In December it will be Comedy and Carols with mulled wine & minced pies. cant wait
    Written 5 November 2019
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