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Our kids are living in a technology dominant era with phones, games consoles and computers taking over their world.

Hands up if your child’s life seems to revolve around their computers and phones 🙋‍♀️.

Trying to get them to get in the shower takes an age as they are in the middle of a game, and they couldn’t possibly end it now as it’s at a vital stage. So you give them another 10 minutes and ask again, but no still not finished, you give in for another 10 minutes then ask again, but this game is apparently never ending, this is the point when enough is enough and you put your foot down and tell them to turn it off now, because if you wait until they are ready you would be 5 years older and they would be really smelly!

Then you have the melt down to deal with, are told you have ruined their life and all the other dramatics. It is exhausting! You, my lovely parent, need a family holiday without any gadgets or gizmos!

Great news! When you stay with us here at The Sherwood Hideaway this will be a thing of the past (well, for a few days anyway).

With so much to see and do on your lodge doorstep and in the area, quality family time is easy to achieve and with no computers in sight. Wake up to the sound of birds chirping and the stunning forest views out of your windows, then after a good breakfast head straight out your door for activities galore!

Parks and forests around Sherwood HideawayYou can arrange a free Ranger Walk with our extremely knowledgeable Rangers, they will take you around the park discussing the beehive, bat box and natural fauna of the area. Then you can head deeper into the woodland and explore the wonders of the Sherwood Forest. You have the choice to do this on foot or you could book bike hire for the day or duration of your stay, delivered and collected from your lodge.


Take a pit stop at Thoresby Courtyard for a well-deserved drink and slice of cake. Now you have refuelled it’s time to make your way to the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre where you can learn everything there is to know about the magical forest and the iconic man himself, Robin Hood! So not only is this a great day out for exercise and fresh air but it’s a learning experience as well.



If you and your family enjoy a fishing holiday or would love to give it a try, that is also offered here as our guests have access for a small fee to the well-stocked Stans Lake on the Thoresby Estate. A little friendly competition could be had for the catch of the day!




With a fun packed day done it’s now time to head back to your luxury lodge and wind down in your private hot tub before an amazing night’s sleep. Wake up the following morning bright and bushy tailed ready for more adventures.

The huge choice of things to do with kids at our Sherwood Hideaway means there is never a dull moment to be had, there is so much to choose from. We thought we would help you out by putting together a list of some of our favourites.

Have a happy, computer free family holiday at The Sherwood Hideaway. Click here to check our prices and latest availability

Nearby – (within 15 miles)

Sherwood Visitor Centre – A visit to Sherwood is an experience that will bring magic to all –epic adventurers young and old, nature lovers and Robin Hood fans will all find plenty to do and to love.

Sherwood Forest Activity Centre – Sherwood Forest Activity Centre is the place to go for the best adventure and adrenaline filled day out! Try the exhilarating Paintball game zones, become the ultimate Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest at the archery centre or let the kids experience the thrill of driving on the all-terrain Crazy Bugs.

Adrenalin Jungle Activity Centre – The Adrenalin Jungle offers the very best in outdoor entertainment with its wide selection of events from Airsoft, Archery, Assault Course, Blindfold Driving, Laser Tag, Paintball, Quad Biking, 4×4 Off Road Driving and More.

Go Ape – Sherwood Pines – Be prepared for some serious speed on the Treetop Challenge course where the tandem zip wire speedometer can hit 20 mph. Kids are spoilt for choice with Treetop Adventure and Treetop Adventure Plus courses and one of the only three Nets Adventures in the UK. Decisions, decisions. Bounce in the clouds or climb up to the clouds?!

White Post Farm Centre – Entertaining millions of children and adults for over 30 years, giving them the chance to get up close to a wide variety of friendly animals!

Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park – All action theme park and water park with endless adventures of family fun providing great days out.

Robin Hood with longbow


A Little Further Away (within 30 miles)

City of Caves – Immerse yourself in the winding passageways of a labyrinthine world. Witness the lives of the people who found themselves living and working shrouded in a damp, dark but safe world. Soak up the extraordinary atmosphere of the ancient caves carved deep beneath Nottingham’s city centre, including WW2 air raid shelters and a medieval tannery.

TeamSport Indoor Karting – Tear around the state-of-the-art Nottingham TeamSport circuit, with hair-raising hairpins and 40mph straights. Whether on or off the track, you’re bound to be on the edge of your seat, watching racers battle it out over fifteen challenging corners and chicanes. Strap in and show us what you’re made of on Nottingham’s newest multi-tier go karting track.

Midland Railway Butterley – A great day out for all the family with lots to see and do. Heritage train rides transport you to a bygone era. Explore a railway museum, the demonstration signal box, a Victorian railwayman’s church and much more. Plus, there are narrow gauge, miniature and model railways, shops, buffets, children’s playground, and country park. Free parking.

Nottingham National Water Sports Centre – Enjoy an exciting day out for all the family, from adrenaline-pumping activities through to family-friendly fun, nestled amongst 270 acres of beautiful parkland.

Nottingham Treasure Hunt Trail – A Treasure Hunt themed walking Treasure Trail exploring around Nottingham City and Arboretum.

Try a variety of activities such as canoeing