Sherwood Forest Activity Holidays: What can you do nearby?

If you are looking for the ultimate activity holiday then head to The Sherwood Hideaway! There’s a huge range of holiday activities that you can enjoy nearby, from water sports to high wire adventures. Take a closer look below at just some of the activities available…


Nottingham National Water Sports Centre

Although miles from the coast, Nottingham is a prime location for anyone who loves water sports. The National Water Sports Centre (around 20 miles from Sherwood Forest) is set in 300 acres of stunning parkland and is home to some of the UK’s best white and flat water. There is a range of activities for beginners to the advanced, including water skiing, white water rafting, sailing, pond-skating and canoeing.

To book and for further information call: 0115 982 1212


Go Ape – Sherwood Pine

Go Ape is a ‘high-wire forest adventure’ that is not for the faint-hearted. The setting features a series of sky-high obstacle courses built within Sherwood Forest – ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels all lead to a variety of zip-lines, including the country’s longest at 426m!

Safety is of course first on the list when you arrive, with a safety and training briefing as well as a full kit of harnesses, pulleys and karabiners. Also available are bikes for hire so you can explore at ground level among the many cycle trails. There is a kids’ playground and barbecues are available for hire at the picnic area.

Booking is essential: 0845 643 92 15

Height and age restrictions apply.


Paintball and Airsoft games

There are paintball and airsoft sites available in Sherwood Forest, with a range of games available for those who want the adrenalin rush of a battle scenario.

Paintball Nottingham puts on some of the finest and most exhilarating paintball game zones available, so be prepared to have a rip-roaring, action-packed and trigger happy day.

If you are travelling with younger teens there is now a low impact game that takes the sting out of a paintball strike, but still provides the exhilaration of a paintballing adventure.

To book Paintball click here

Airsoft is an alternative to paintball, following the same theme of war games played in the forest of Sherwood, but with pellets that are less painful than paintball, and less expensive to play with.

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There are a couple of local equestrian centres where you can arrange lessons and rides. They have indoor and outdoor schools as well as walks and hacks through the lovely Sherwood Forest.

Back protectors may be rented and safety helmets are on free loan.

The centre is not connected to The Sherwood Hideaway.

Booking is essential:

Coloured Cob Equestrian Centre Ltd
Bank House Farm
Mansfield Road
S80 4AA

Tel: 01909 725251

Sherwood Forest Trekking Centre

Tel: 07811778302