Do you have a fur baby? Don’t want to leave them whilst you go on holiday? Well, why not take them with you? Newark & Sherwood is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday with your furry companion, with a large variety of attractions, open spaces and accommodation for you to choose from:
Sherwood Forest is a perfect place to enjoy a walk amongst beautiful ancient oaks with your furry friend. Explore the forest and discover the home of Robin Hood with your dog. Enjoy the huge leave piles and the thousands of tasty sticks! Your dog can go anywhere with you and there are plenty of water bowels dotted around. Dogs do have to be kept on their lead around the visitor centre and closely supervised around the forest.
Extra points are awarded if you dress your dog in full costume when visiting Sherwood Forest, just like this adorable golden retriever, Rupert!
Run by Forestry England, Sherwood Pines is just down the road from the RSPB Sherwood Visitor Centre and is another scenic area for you to walk your dog. They also have plenty of trails you can wonder along for all different abilities. There is also Go Ape! and cycling trails for those humans who want a bit of an adrenaline rush too.
Dogs, and their responsible human friends, are welcome at Thoresby Park, as they believe their grounds are to be enjoyed by all! Dogs do have to be kept on a lead but they are free to wander along the trails and around the groups to their, and their owners, delight.
Rufford Abbey Country Park
Whilst we’re not sure the Cistercian Monks would have enjoyed dogs at Rufford Abbey, in the 21st century they are welcomed with open arms! Dogs do have to be kept on a lead but can explore the grounds. Rufford Abbey boasts over 150 acres of tranquil woodland, meadow and gardens as well as various trails and the beautiful Rufford Lake. You can grab a bite to eat and a cup of something warm (or cool) at the Coach House and enjoy them with your four-legged friend in their large external courtyard area, which is covered for any inclement weather! Perfect!
Of course, whilst dogs can’t go into shops they can still wonder around our fantastic town centres (plus if you have a partner/friend, they can hold the dog(s) whilst you go in for a peruse). We particularly recommend Newark as the stunning Market Place is filled with gorgeous cafes and restaurants around the square, all with outdoor seating so you can enjoy a well-deserved break with your dog.
Just a short hop, skip and a jump from Newark, Clumber park is the perfect place to spend a few hours exploring with your furry friend. Dogs are welcome in all outdoor areas of the park and they even have a dedicated indoor space where your furry friend can relax after their day exploring. Due to the extensive wildlife on their amazing 3,800 acres, dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.
Belton House, run by the National Trust, is a beautiful Stuart era country house with 1,300 acres of parkland to explore. They have a variety of woodland, hills and streams for you to wander around with your four-legged companion. Dogs are welcome in the courtyard areas but not in the house, the gardens and adventure playground and must be kept on a lead at all times.
Parks & Nature Reserves
Of course, one of Newark & Sherwood’s many parks and nature reserves are perfect places to take your fluffy companion on a long walk around our beautiful country side.
Of course if you’re going to come here to visit you’re going to need somewhere to stay and luckily for you Newark & Sherwood is the home of dog-friendly accommodation! We’ve got everything from beautiful B&Bs, comfy self-catering options and even some hotels who welcome well-behaved doggos!
This beautiful Georgian house offers quality bed and breakfast in the village of Muston, just a short way from Newark. With a small charge, they welcome all well-behaved dogs.
Tel: 01949 842993
The Lord Nelson
The Lord Nelson in Sutton on Trent is a beautiful 200-year-old pub who offers a great range of drinks, fantastic menus and comfortable accommodation. They welcome dogs in some of their rooms.
Tel: 01636 821885
The Coach House
This beautiful B&B is situated in Collingham, a short drive from the town of Newark. All dogs are welcome at their establishment.
Tel: 01636 892203
The Staunton Arms is a lovely pub with comfy accommodation options. Their Crew Yard Cottage self-catering option is dog friendly.
Tel: 01400 281218
Dunstall Barns Self Catering Accommodation
Dunstall Barns are two beautiful, luxury, barns just 10 minutes away from the town of Newark. They welcome one small well behaved dog.
Tel: 07974 680888
Redroofs Barn & Shepard’s Hut
The perfect country retreat to relax and unwind with stunning views. 2 dogs over the age of 6 months are welcome.
Tel: 07971 400950
Maypole Inn – Southwell
The Maypole Inn is located in the beautiful town of Wellow and is a former coaching inn offering elegant rooms and high-quality dining. Their stable rooms are perfect for those with a four-legged friend.
Tel: 033 123 1776
Brecks Cottage is an excellent family-run bed and breakfast only a 5 minute drive from the A1. They are a dog friendly bed and breakfast, all they ask is that the dogs are well behaved and you let them know at the time of the booking.
Tel: 01636 822445
Bridleways Guest House and Holiday Homes
Bridleways is a beautiful place to stay, close to Sherwood Forest and perfect for dogs. Their self-catering options, the Ploughman’s Cottage and their Holiday Homes, are all dog friendly.
Tel: 01636 635725
Blue Bell Cottage
Blue Bell self-catering holiday cottage is in the heart of Sherwood Forest and offers the perfect holiday experience. Dogs are welcome by arrangement.
Tel: 01623 624784
You can bring your dog along to enjoy your holiday in the home of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest. They have traditional and woodland dog-friendly lodges available.
Tel: 01623 824594
Located in the village of Ollerton, close to Sherwood Forest, this lovely self-catering cottage is perfect for those who want to take their dogs on holiday with them. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
Tel: 07796 463986