5–7 Blyth Grove, Worksop, S81 0JG
Mr Straw's House - A 1920's House captured in time
Step back in time to the 1920s and find out how a grocer's family lived in this market town. This ordinary semi-detached house, with original interior decorations from 1923, was the home of the Straw family.
For 60 years the family threw little away and chose to live without many of the modern comforts we take for granted.
Photographs, letters, Victorian furniture and household objects spanning 100 years can still be seen exactly where their owners left them.
Mr Straw's House is owned by The National Trust and if you are not a member, it will cost £6.25 admission. If we get sufficient numbers, there is a discount available for groups.
Please note that admission to Mr Straw's House is by timed ticket, which needs to be booked in advance. If you wish to go on this event, I will need you to let me have your £6.25 admission fee by 31 May, in order that I can then book places for us. If I can get a reduced rate, I will give you the extra back on the day. (In the event that this date is already booked up by the time I come to make the booking, I will change the event date to the first available Saturday and let you know so that you can update your RSVPs.)
Sherwood Forest Country Park and Visitor Centre
Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve contains some of the oldest trees in Europe, veteran oaks five centuries old and the world-famous Major Oak, still producing acorns after standing at the heart of the forest for an estimated 800 years!
Each year around 350,000 people visit the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, which is located near the village of Edwinstowe. Sherwood Forest is world famous as the legendary home of Robin Hood.
Admission to the park is free.
"Major Oak" - Within the 450 acre site there are 900 veteran oak trees, including the famous Major Oak. This ancient oak, one of Britain's most famous trees, is located just a ten minute walk from the Visitor Centre. According to local lore, its hollow trunk was used as a hideout by Robin Hood’s men.
There are also three set trails that can be followed around the Forest:
You can also browse around the Visitor Centre shops or relax with a coffee or a hot snack in the Forest Table Restaurant.
I will arrange a meeting point near to Derby City Centre, where can meet up in the morning and then set off together first to Worksop (Mr Straw's House) and then on the 9 miles to Edwinstowe (Sherwood Forest).
You can, of course, go directly to either location and meet us there.
I will update the meeting times nearer the time but we will probably leave Derby around 10am with the aim of getting to Worksop around 11am. This will depend on the time of the tour that can be booked.
The address for Mr Straw's House is above, the address for the Sherwood Forest Visitors Centre is:
If you are intending to travel from the Derby meeting point, please could you say when you RSVP whether you are willing/able to drive.