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Sherwood Forest Holiday Park
Gorsethorpe Lane
Nr Edwinstowe
Nottinghamshire   (Browse area)
NG21 9HW
Tel: 01623 823132
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Pitches: 100 electric 50 non-electric
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 263 Reviews
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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar <5 miles   No Restaurant   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <1 mile   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire <1 mile   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jaguarsean 1 review from this member

We visited Sherwood Forest Holiday Park on the first weekend in September 2013. First week after all the kids have gone back to school. Despite this the camp site was a buzz of activity, plenty of people around and all very respectful of you being there too. Lots of families, young and old and pets allowed too should you wish to take them.

My wife and I are 32/29 respectively and have a young girl aged 2.

We were looking for somewhere not to far away but located within reach of entertainment for our little one. Sherwood Forest Holiday Park met that criteria. We paid £50 for a tent pitch with electrical hook up. Fantastic value for a Friday to Sunday pitch. The arrival times and leaving times are generous.

On arrival your directed to the reception in the shop. A brief check and direction to our pitch with a little map. The warden gives you any information you need at your pitch and can answer any question you have, very attentive and more than happy to answer our questions.

We also went with 4 other friends the same age and were given 3 pitches all in a row. The pitches were perfect, enough room for our 5 man tent and 3x3m gazebo. I could have fit the car on too but used the available space on our friends pitch. Each plot is divided with a row of hedges for privacy which is nice.

Electrical hook is up via 3 pin UK size plug (not your traditional house plug socket in case your confused about this). We also took a gas bottle for BBQ's. There is hook up to free-view but that's not the spirit of the outdoors so we didn't use it.

Toilet and showering facilities were spot on, they were cleaned throughout the day, they smelt fresh and were looked after. We were about a 20second walk from the shower/toilet block.

Our nearest shower block only had 2 showers, I had no trouble getting a shower at 8:30am but my wife did walk up around 9:30-10am and there was a short queue. But if your not in a rush then who cares! Also no real facility to wash our child. She's not a huge fan of the shower so we had to make do. Again, nothing of great concern but would have been nice to have a baby/toddler wash area.

Plenty of water points located around the site. Our nearest was about 15 meters away, perfect. Bins located behind the shower block, I never saw a full bin, always emptied and didn't smell.

The camp-site itself is immaculate, very well looked after in a beautiful setting amongst the trees and fields and a nearby stream/river and pond to feed the ducks. They were a bit aggressive on the bread front, maybe they were hungry that day!

Small playground for the kiddies but we didn't use it once, we had too much other stuff to go and see and do. However it looked very safe and secure. Averagely equipped in comparison to some of the new playgrounds popping up around housing estates these days but would have provided some fun for kids of most ages. I think there were other playgrounds but we didn't get to see them.

An open area at the far end of the site that leads to a walk into the woods, loads of space to throw a Frisbee around and such like. We tried to fly our kite here but little wind provided amusement for some other campers!

Shop is well equipped if you forget any camping gear/kit. Surprisingly reasonable prices too. We bought a non stick pan for £3. 50 which did the job for bacon in the morning.

Dedicated post wash room. Two sinks, again, immaculately clean. Running hot water, located within the shower block building.

We also had food delivered to the site, ordered via 'JUST EAT' and had it delivered to reception where we were advised to wait.

We had a problem with power on our first night, the whole camp site lost power in the middle of the night, but you can't predict that kind of thing, the guys were on it in the morning though and got it fixed in no time at all.

Well worth a visit to Edwinstone village just down the road. The Bistro looked great for food but was serving a private function so we couldn't eat there, just up the road is Launey's. It looked super posh so the 7 of us in camping kit turned up feeling a little out of place, however the food was brilliant and the staff were great and At £9 for one course £12 for two courses it was great value. A nice change from a camping holiday to eat somewhere so nice. Well worth a look. In the evening it would have been stunning. It's opposite the church if your looking at going.

There was a steam railway nearby although we didn't see it or hear it. Something we'l look at next time. Also a car boot sale just up the road on a Sunday, again, we didn't do that as we left around lunch time.

Sherwood Forest is only a 3-4miles drive and provided more entertainment, worth visiting the 'major oak', it's quite impressive. There was also a fun fair at the cricket ground. Not sue how permanent that was though.

Overall, the camp-site met all of our expectations and we'll 100% be back for more. Best place we've been to yet and only 70 miles from home. Great value, clean, tidy and great facilities. 9. 8/10

See you next year!

Date of Visit: September 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ah1975 8 reviews from this member

Returned from our final trip of the year once again at Sherwood. As previously we cannot fault the facilities. Lovely clean showers toilets up at Cedar where we pitch. Friendly helpful wardens and reception staff. One thing to mention which nothing the site can do to prevent but as a warner to others, we had bikes and scooters stolen this weekend at somepoint between 1. 30am & 7. 30 am Sunday morning. Bikes and scooter were locked together and between 2 tents but still stolen in the dead of night. Please please be aware of this, would hate for other children to be as upset as ours were this morning.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Ukea 4 reviews from this member

We have always took our caravan to the coast for holidays and weekend breaks, that is until our daughter bought a caravan, we now have visited four different locations within 1. 5 hours from us, This is by far one of the best, we were given a choice of pitches, both hard standing and grass, the hard standing ones we had were at the side of the small river maun that runs through the campsite, (parents please be aware there are water hazards on this site and children must be supervised) most of the pitches are separated by small hedges. The toilets and showers are always clean and the ground staff are bight and friendly. There is also at the side of the campsite Sherwood Forest Fisheries where day tickets can be purchased on the bankside.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jan/phil+holly 25 reviews from this member

Visit this site lots of times for short w/e outings as it's only 20 mins away, and don't always leave a review but just thought we need to endorse our previous ones. Once again very friendly reception staff and as always patrolling wardens acknowledge you when they go past doing their jobs. Cleaning staff also polite when you see them arriving to do full, thorough cleans twice a day. Excellent family and dog friendly site, with a nice dog walk alongside of a river and a couple of play areas for the kids. Would definitely recommend the Chinese takeaway in nearby Church Warsop, [Jins], as they deliver right to your pitch and you will find a menu in reception. Hopefully be returning again soon.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Creamcrackered2 1 review from this member

We enjoyed our stay at your site so much at the weekend (Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August). It really completed our time at the Sherwood Forest Festival for us.

Your site is clean, tidy, well kept and well laid out. The Reception and Shop was well staffed with nice, friendly people. The shop - well stocked and very reasonably priced for an on-site shop. The 'Food Van' is a fantastic idea - ideal for folk who can't be bothered cooking, or just don't have the facilities.

The washroom/toilet blocks were spotlessly clean (and smelled clean) and plentiful, and water taps and bins were everywhere but very unobtrusive.

We loved the fact that the laurel? hedges on 'Beech' gave each individual pitch a little privacy from the neighbours, without being too high to stop conversation if wanted. Plenty of play areas for the kids, and a fantastic dog walk all around the campsite, with plenty of dog bins.

Before posting a comment about a site, I always try to find out everything about it, to find the weak points, so that my post is fair but completely honest. The only things I can say about Sherwood Forest Holiday Park is A: Although there is a book share in the Launderette, it's not advertised, B: There are no statics available to rent, for those unlucky enough not to have their own van or tent, and C: Almost no phone signal (Not entirely sure this is even a minus).

Not exactly minus points but it's the only thing I could find that wasn't 100% positive. You may be just about the Best site we have been on (and that's saying something as we take ten holidays a year).

Very local for many places of interest - Sherwood Forest and Pines, Clumber Park, Nottingham, to name a few. The site is surrounded by shops, petrol stations, cash machines, chippies - highly recommend the one in Old Clipstone - Pisces Fish Bar - chinese, McDonalds, Pubs that do pub grub.

The closest campsite to Sherwood Forest, with a fishing lake behind, a car boot in the next field, and an indoor pool just down the road.

Overall, an absolutely fantastic site, which, although slightly higher in price than our normal haunts, we will be back to visit on more than one occasion. Definitely for next year's Sherwood Forest Festival, if not before.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: 940S 7 reviews from this member

Spent a weekend here. You can arrive anytime after 12pm on Friday and leave by 7pm on Sunday.

Checking in is very easy, a warden shows you where everything is, then leaves you to it. Next to the EHU is a tv aerial point. If your planning on watching tv you will probably need this!

The toilets were clean, but the showers were not very powerful. The shop was filled with lots of camping/caravan stock, it also stocked a small amount of food essentials.

We had a hard standing pitch enclosed by laurel, which was nice. Enough room for caravan, awning a car. However the road through the site was right in front, then a pitch opposite. The road is single track so it doesn't feel like you had much space around you. Not all pitches are like this though.

There is a pub not far away called The Robin Hood, we had Sunday lunch here and it was lovely, and reasonably priced!

Overall it is a nice site, but probably not for me.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Campingwaldorf 3 reviews from this member

There are a lot of positives about this site, and its always nice to start with the good stuff.

We were pitched up on Hawthorne, which is the non EHU field above the site reserved mainly for tents. It was a big field, and whilst the pitches were quite close together sideways, they are around the edge of the field, so there is always a big open space in the middle for the kids to play in. Our 8 year old loved making new friends and playing, a real plus for us.

The field itself has water points a couple of portaloos and is flattish (although on a general downward slope).

The site has a lovely stream running through it, and my son and I had great fun swimming in the bit where the 'rapids' shoot out under the weeping willow. This was great fun.

The showers and washing up facilities are great, located near the well stocked shop. The taps all have the buttons you have to press in every 10 seconds, but I just kept hold of it. There was plenty of hot water (although my wife said her showers were always cold).

The site has two children's play parks, which are good, and has some superb fishing lakes at one end. The lakes are not owned by the site, but you can fish on a day permit for £6 for adults and £4 for kids. Barbless hooks no bigger than 12 allowed. We fished on the first lake, and it was hammered with fish, we were catching every cat on maggot / caster / corn / pellets you name it.

Location wise the site is OK, Clumber Park is about 15 minutes drive away, Sherwood Forest visitor centre (Major Oak) is about 10 minutes drive away and Rufford Park (best of the lot) is 20 mins away. For shops, Edwinstowe (10 mins away) has some quirky shops and a couple of really good butchers, Clipstone (new) (5 mins away) has a massive Co-op food, a really good Indian Takeaway (really good, what looks like a good chippy and a fishing tackle shop.

There is a massive Tesco Extra about 20 mins away near Mansfield.

The staff on site are very helpful and friendly.

Now the negatives.

The Hawthorne field really needs proper toilet and washing up facilities, there are 2 portaloos only, and they don't have running water, relying instead on sanitising spray. It didn't happen to us, but what if someone gets there hands 'very dirty' using the toilet. You know what I mean. You can't clean that off with antibacterial spray.

With just two single portaloos for a field that can hold c. 50 tents, you can imagine that even though they clean them frequently, they are going to get very messy especially overnight. On the Sunday morning we were there, they were frankly unusable until they'd been cleaned.

I think for £17 per night, plus extras for a dog etc, they should provide full facilities within the same hemisphere as your tent!

I found myself driving my washing up to the facilities as they are 1/4 mile (I used my gps device to measure) from the bottom of the field, if you are at the top, you are talking about half a mile to lug your stuff to do the washing up, or use a proper toilet!

The field would be excellent if it had proper facilities.

The café was closed, I am pretty sure we weren't told of this when we booked, and the fact that it was closed due to staff holidays. During school holidays, surely they could have planned better?

This last one isn't the fault of the owners, but be aware that Hawthorne is separated from a large farmers field by a small hawthorne hedge. We were there at harvest time, which meant a massive combine harvester passing up and down the field. Every time it did, our tent was filled with wheat dust, flies and ants. Be aware of this and if you go in mid to late August, pitch your tent sideways so your doors are not facing the crop field!

We will go back, but we'll stay on the main site in an EHU pitch, even though we don't need it, some of the pitches there are lovely, right next to the lake or river.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Nfresh 2 reviews from this member

Our first impression on arriving at the site was that it looked good, was well-maintained and the staff were well organised & welcoming. Shower / toilet facilities were also clean. However, it depends what you want from a camp site and this one really wasn't for us.

This is a very large site with pitches that are virtually on top of each other, crammed onto every available inch of space. There is no open-space for kids to play - except the brook through the site which was fun - and there is constant car traffic through the site, with pitches less than 6' from the roadway, and other pitches on the other side too.

There were a few large groups when we were there & they partied late into the evening, well past curfew, with no consideration for other families, nor intervention from the wardens.

While there are some nice walks within 20-30 mins drive (eg Clumber Park, Sherwood Forest), there are few local attractions of interest to younger or older children.

For us, two families with six children aged 6-14, this was not a relaxing weekend, as there was no open-space & little opportunity to relax & even when playing on the pathways (the only available space) - the kids had to keep dodging the cars coming to & fro. It was a noisy, crowded / cramped site - albeit very well-maintained.

It would have been much improved (for us) if it had been a little more spacious, with less traffic & with a field left for kids of all ages to play, including ball games.

The play areas were suitable for younger children, so perhaps the site might be more suitable for young families.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Lindy1904 2 reviews from this member

This is our favourite site. I realise everyone has different needs from a campsite, but we have been here with children (10 & 14) and as a couple. I love it, facilities are great and clean. Shop is usually well stocked, excellent for camping goods. The best thing about this site is the way there are different sections/areas for different needs. Spaces near a park for younger families, spaces that tend to be away from lots of children for couples. There are lots of permanent caravans but all are kept very nice, clean and tidy. I have also been to this site in a tent as well as a caravan the setting is so lovely. Oh I forgot to say, I love the way you can stay late on a Sunday for no extra cost - so no rushing around early on Sunday, unless you want to of course.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Marclewis 19 reviews from this member

As soon as you come down the beautiful driveway, you get the impression the site is going to be nice. Upon arrival at reception, the staff are very friendly and once you Fi d your pitch, someone is there to assist you and let you know where things are. We were pitched by the stream and it was a lovely location. The front part of the site is really nice, but the new area did it look so welcoming. We always use our shower and toilet and I would say that the shower block on the older part needs updating. The other thing that let the site down a bit, is the toilet waste disposal and the bins and especially the smelly skip behind the shower block. Other than that, I would definitely go back.

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