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At the centre of the park is Vicar Pond, a large fishing lake that was created by the 5th Duke of Portland in the 1870's. In the past the lake has been used for boating and swimming but today it is a thriving course fishery (day tickets available). The park is also a designated local nature reserve.
Vicar Water offers a range of different walks throughout the year. Whether you want to see birds, bats or wildflowers there is always something to see at the park.
The Visitor Centre and café is run by Rumbles Catering Project - a registered charity which provides training in catering and life skills for people with learning difficulties. Rumbles can also provide outside catering for events, parties and functions.
The cafe provides a great family friendly place to relax when visiting the park. There is plenty to eat and drink in the cafe and outside is a play area for the kids it's the perfect spot to wind down after a walk and an explore.
For further details of Rumbles menus and services or to enquire about hiring the Visitor Centre facilities please call 01623 424836 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Events and activities
Please visit out Vicar Water events list for details of bird walks, wildflower walks, nature walks, bat walks and fundays!
You can also find details of events at Vicar Water from our Tourism Information Centre (Rufford) on 01623 824545 or email email@example.comTweets by @VicarWaterCP
The Friends of Vicar Water volunteer group is involved in helping the council to look after Vicar Water. The group meets regularly and welcomes new members. Call 01636 655713 for further details.
Based in west Nottinghamshire? Want to meet new people, keep fit, help to conserve and enhance your local country park whilst having fun? Then why not join the Newark and Sherwood Western Reserves Volunteers? No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm! Tasks will vary from scrub bashing, fencing, visitor surveys, repairing footpaths, woodland thinning and habitat surveying so there is something for everyone! You will get the chance to work at Vicar Water Country Park and Intake Wood in Clipstone and Sherwood Heath in Ollerton.
Full training and tools will be provided but please bring suitable old outdoor clothing and stout footwear. Any hours and days that you can spare will be greatly appreciated.
For more information please contact Matt Smith via email: Matt.Smith@nsdc.info or via telephone on 01623 466340
The park has a voluntary pay and display scheme. If you drive to the park you can, if you wish, make a parking donation of £1 for a day, or buy a season ticket for £20.
No-one is under any obligation to make a donation but any donations will be reinvested in the park. Everyone is still welcome to use the park, regardless of whether they make a donation or not and you won't be charged or fined if you don't buy a ticket.
Sunday 3rd August – Historic Heathlands Extravaganza!
Join Nottingham Wildlife Trust at Vicar Water Country Park for a great day out for the whole family! Make a bird feeder, hunt for minibeasts, learn about the ancient history of Sherwood Forest, and much more – all for free! Café open all day. 10.30am to 3.30pm. Vicar Water Country Park, Mansfield Road, Clipstone, NG21 9AA.
Contact Ed Tripp: 07792 635303
Friday 8th and 15th August – Pond Dipping
Join the Ranger and discover what is lurking in the water of the Vicar Water stream! Please wear clothing you don't mind getting a bit mucky such as wellies! Parental supervision required and places limited to 15 children per session so please pre-book. Meet outside the visitor centre at 11am.
Tel: 07980 610308