Riveting Retford with Stagecoach’s Sherwood Arrow and 97

Retford is a bow and arrow away from Nottingham on the Stagecoach Sherwood Arrow and it certainly doesn’t disappoint! Alternatively, it’s a great trip from Gainsborough to Retford on Stagecoach’s 97, a trip where there’s a lot to be gained as the scenery is so fab! Retford really is a fascinating destination at the end of one of two of the very best journeys in our collection!

Bygone brilliance

History buffs will find plenty to admire in Retford, as the town boasts a rich heritage dating back centuries. One of its most iconic landmarks is the majestic St. Swithun’s Church, a stunning example of medieval architecture in the heart of the town. Scenic devourers can step inside to admire its intricate stained glass windows and imposing stone columns, soaking in the centuries of history that permeate its walls.

For a deeper dive into the town’s past, a visit to the Bassetlaw Museum is a must. Housed in a charming Georgian building, this museum showcases Retford’s riveting history through a bumper collection of artifacts, exhibits, and awesome interactive displays. From Roman relics to Victorian curiosities, the museum offers a captivating journey through time, shedding light on the people and events that have shaped the town’s identity.

A Town Hall like no other!

Be sure to take a look at Retford Town Hall which stands as an architectural gem, a symbol of civic pride in the heart of the town. Dating back to the 18th century, its elegant Georgian facade commands attention, with its imposing columns and grand entranceway. The building’s storied history is resplendent in every detail, from the ornate stonework to the intricate ironwork that adorns its windows and doors. Inside, folk are greeted by a majestic interior, with high ceilings, sweeping staircases, and opulent decor that speaks to a bygone era of grandeur. Retford Town Hall serves as an invigorating hub of community activity, hosting a variety of events, from weddings and concerts to civic meetings and exhibitions.

But Retford is not just a destination for history fans – it’s also a haven for foodies and culture vultures alike. The town’s culinary scene is a delightful mix of traditional British fare and international flavours, with an array of charming cafes, cosy pubs, and acclaimed restaurants to choose from. The market is also worth checking out as, like the eateries in Retford, there’s really something for everyone and it is a treasure trove of goodies!

Retford restaurants rule supreme!

In the town centre, folk can certainly discover a diverse array of restaurants offering everything from Italian and Indian to Thai and Turkish cuisine, ensuring there’s something to satisfy every palate. The Brew Shed situated in Carolgate comes highly recommended with its renowned fish and chips so does the stylish Rondo Lounge in The Square and the charming Dante’s Italian in Bridgegate.

After a satisfying meal, why not explore Retford’s thriving arts and culture scene? The town is home to the Majestic Theatre in Corporation Street which is a century-old ‘variety’ theatre hosting live music, panto, comedy, dance and psychic shows. The tribute acts are the talk of the town and far beyond, with Michael Jackson, then Bon Jovi coming up!

Retford also boasts a lively nightlife scene, with a variety of bars, pubs, and nightclubs to choose from. The Hideaway Bar is renowned so too is Secrets (obviously not a secret then!). Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet drink with friends or a night of dancing until dawn, you’ll find plenty of options to suit your tastes. And with its friendly locals and welcoming atmosphere, Retford’s nightlife is sure to leave you with great memories.

Idle away by the Idle

Before or after a trip clubbing (assuming you are staying overnight!), then retreat to one of the many idyllic parks in the town. Our favourite is Kings’ Park which is often described as ‘The Jewel in the Crown’ of all the open space in this fab town and is spread over 10 hectares split in the middle by the River Idle. The Rose and Wildlife Gardens are both truly paradisical!

But perhaps what sets Retford apart are its quirky facts and hidden gems, waiting to be discovered by intrepid folk. Did you know that Retford is home to the world’s oldest May Day parade, dating back over 700 years? Or that the town’s market square is said to have been the site of public executions during the Middle Ages? These fascinating tidbits of trivia add a touch of mystery and wonder to Retford’s already captivating allure, inviting visitors to delve deeper into its history!

Retford really is a golden nugget of a destination, so what are you waiting for? Check out our links below and plan your scenic sojourn from the heart of Nottingham on the Sherwood Arrow or the 97 from Gainsborough – a marvellous mix of classic country views between cultural hotbeds and on journeys where the customer service is always top notch! This really is a town with so many strings to its bow!

Sherwood Arrow

97 Gainsborough – Retford