Kelham Hall & Country Park
You can't beat a day out in the country and with fishing on tap, picturesque woodland walks, plenty of events and activities laid on, delicious hearty lunches and 80 beautiful acres of grounds running along the River Trent to explore, Kelham Hall and Country Park in Newark is pretty much your perfect day out.
The hall, built in 1863 by Victorian architect George Gilbert Scott (famous for creating the soaring gothic St Pancras Hotel in London) is popular for weddings, corporate hospitality and grand social events (and what lucky guests they are) but you don't have to be an invitee to sit and admire this stunning estate. The hall is open daily with free admission and parking and there is always something to see and do. Wander off to the cricket ground, discover the children's adventure playgrounds, picnic on the lawns, enjoy a spot of tennis, or experience an afternoon tea in one of the staterooms.
For families, there couldn't be a better place to enjoy some quality time together all year round, particularly at one of the many exciting events on the seasonal activity calendar. For history and architecture fans then the weekly hall tours offer an insightful journey through the estate's fascinating use as the ancestral home of the Manners-Sutton family and in later years as a theological college for an Anglican Order of Monks.