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Rushcliffe Country Park, Ruddington
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Rushcliffe Country Park is an open park space covering approximately 210acre, located on Mere Way just south of Ruddington on the A60 in the borough of Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire, England.The park is free to enter and attracts approximately 250,000 visitors a year.Rushcliffe Country Park has maintained the Green Flag award for two years; the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.Original siteOriginally the area was a boggy waterland. In the 18th century it was drained into a stream named Gibsons Dyke and transformed into productive farmland by Arthur Gibson after the Enclosure Act of 1767.In 1940 Ruddington Depot was built with a bomb factory and ammunition bunker. The site consisted of over 200 buildings and took 18 months to build. A total of 4000 workers were involved in the building work of a site that would remain for 41 years.After being decommissioned in 1945 the site was used for auctioning redundant ex-military vehicles and equipment, with the depot finally closing in 1983. The auctions were known nationally and were held every eight weeks; each auction lasted for about a week and their popularity caused them to be advertised in the national press, which attracted dealers from all over the country.TransformationThe park is now situated on the site of the disused Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom) depot. The buildings were reduced to rubble when the park was reclaimed and designed by Nottinghamshire County Council. The rubble was used to landscape the site, almost 140,000 trees were planted and a 70,000 m3 lake created. Some areas, including Fowemer Hill were raised by 7 metres.To visit Rushcliffe Country Park and other attractions in Nottingham, use our Nottingham itinerary planner.
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Whilst on holiday in Nottingham we visited the Rushcliffe Country Park. We all had a super time. Our son enjoyed the outdoor table tennis, the play area, the maze and the exercise machines. There was ... read more »
We had a 9month old and 2.5years old so a very rushed outing... What we saw was awesome and we loved it but we found a few things out dated that definitely needs updating/replaced in the sensory area.... read more »
My partner and I visited Rushcliffe Country park in early September, We packed a lunch for a pic-nic later in the day. Parking is free however you are expected to pay a donation, we paid a £1 and we w... read more »
As far as Country Parks go (I've been to several as a dad), this is one of the best. There is plenty of space, each having a zone for dog walkers. The playground has plenty of exciting equipment, modern and well-maintained. There are toilets and refreshments. Pick a weekend, and there is also likely to be a steam train running through the park. The only downside is that it can get busy and the car-park is too small, especially on a peak day. There are other entrances where roadside parking is an option.
I have driven there three times to take my son on the BMX track and have had issues with youths twice. This time involved a stone being thrown at him so I phoned the police. They turned up with in twenty minutes and had a word with them. Well done Police but the area needs to sort out anti social behaviour. Its a shame really because it has one of the best facilities for young people in the county.
Relaxing peaceful park. A combination of gravel and paved route for cycling around park. Not enough car Parking though. Good facilities including massive children play area.
A great country park with the transport museum next door where you can go on diesel and steam locomotives simply brilliant! There's a fantastic children's play area, the best I've seen in a country park, it has a couple of mobile refreshment kiosks, bmx track, outdoor gym and 'ping pong'
Huge range of mountain biking activities including an epic BMX dirt course. Also, there is a large park and kids exercise area for young people after their visit to the nature center.
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