Christmas 2022 in Ruddington

After the ‘lockdown’ Christmas of 2020, and the rather restrained festive season of 2021, Ruddington’s celebrations in 2022 look as if they might just be the biggest and best ever! That’s certainly the case for this weekend’s ‘Ruddington Christmas Market’ (on Saturday December 3rd) which, as previously reported, will comprise over a hundred indoor and outdoor stalls of food, drink and gifts, two covered pop-up bars and stages of live music, and children’s activities. Now organised by Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP) it will take place along both High Street and Church Street (road closures…

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WALK #4 – Ruddington to Bradmore – and back

This is the fourth walk in the series – and we have already headed south, north and west – so this stroll takes in countryside to the east of Ruddington, around the pretty village of Bradmore. The walk takes about three hours and is about four and a half miles long. Unlike the previous walks, there are no nature trails or country parks, but paths and tracks across open countryside and farmland, so please ensure that you are wearing sturdy footwear, or preferably good quality hiking boots. As with all the…

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WALK #3 – Ruddington to Clifton’s Greatest Hits

The third walk in this series takes us from Ruddington towards its nearest neighbour.  Clifton has its roots as a village, existing now within the Nottingham City boundary but growing up initially around Clifton Hall, an ancient family seat.  It was much enlarged by the building of a large council estate in the 1950s and is now a vibrant suburban community, enhanced by its new tram route and, arguably, the dualling of the A453 which reduced its seemingly permanent congestion during rush hour. This walk takes in some of the…

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WALK #2 – Ruddington to Sharphill Wood – and back

The second walk in this series takes us from Ruddington into an attractive wooded nature reserve.  Sharphill Wood is reputed to be the patch of real countryside closest to Nottingham City Centre, and is situated on a ridge above West Bridgford.  The walk incorporates a safe crossing of the A52 – essential if you’re going to be able to explore North beyond Ruddington’s boundaries! First, please click on the map below should you wish to open it in a separate window, for reference. Walk #2 begins again in the centre of Ruddington,…

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WALK #1 – A Short Circular Stroll Around Ruddington

This first walk is for Ruddington residents and tourists alike.  It takes in many of the attractions of the village, as well as providing a number of opportunities to see the trains which run on the nearby Great Central Railway at weekends and bank holidays throughout most of the year, except for a number of weeks in winter. First, please click on the map below should you wish to open it in a separate window, for reference. Walk #1 begins in the centre of Ruddington, by the ‘Ruddington Church’ bus stop…

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | Rushcliffe Country Park

Rushcliffe Country Park: Use stop Rushcliffe Country Park – Green 10C (Sundays & Bank Holidays) or The Green – Navy 3, Green 10 (other days), with a short walk from The Green via Asher Lane to Rushcliffe Country Park. This 210 acre open park space, with over five miles of footpaths, can either be a hive of family activity or a place of individual tranquillity, depending on your preference. Around a quarter of a million visitors a year stroll around the pretty park and lake, watch the varied wildlife, explore the…

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | The Framework Knitters’ Museum

The Framework Knitters’ Museum: Catch the Navy 3 or Green 10 to Chapel Street. This small, unspoilt museum housed in original four hundred year-old Framework Knitters’ workshops and cottages has acquired an international reputation in recent years. As well as its innovative displays, an attractive garden, cosy tea room and shop it has operational Framework Knitting machines – some of which you can try out yourself to create a unique souvenir. The Old Chapel opposite houses an art gallery, with free admission, displaying the work of local painters. Both sites are…

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | Restaurants

Ruddington Restaurants – from Indian to Italian and a variety of great British food, too. There are LOTS of places you can pop in to have something to eat in Ruddington.  As well as the cafes/delis most of the pubs now serve food and some offer extensive menus in smart dining-only areas with waiter or waitress service. You might like to try one of our five popular Ruddington restaurants:- Dhaka Delhi: High Street stop – Navy 3, Green 10 The Three Spices: – Easthorpe Street stop – Green 10 Ruddington Grange Golf…

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Have a #RuddyGoodDayOut | The Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre

Great Central Railway Nottingham at Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre Use stop: Rushcliffe Country Park – Green 10C (Sundays & Bank Holidays) or The Green – Navy 3, Green 10 (other days), with a short walk from The Green via Elms Park to the GCRN. This is the current northern terminus of The Great Central Railway (Nottingham) and home to Ruddington’s heritage railway and transport museum. There’s a café and gift shop, plus miniature and model railways. At weekends and on Bank Holidays through the summer vintage steam and diesel trains take…

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | St Peter’s Church

St Peter’s Church: Catch the Navy 3 or Green 10 to Ruddington Church. The chapel of St Mary, built in 1459, became Ruddington’s parish church when St Peter’s Church in nearby Flawford was demolished in 1773. Much of the current Grade II listed Gothic style building dates from 1824 but it retains the chancel and steeple from the ancient fabric. The impressive manual pipe organ was installed in 1908 and made by Brindley & Foster of Sheffield. The church is in frequent use for worship as well as other village events…

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