Ollerton sits in the west of the Newark and Sherwood district, on the doorstep of Sherwood Forest.
It has an interesting history of changing industries, growth and development.
The original part of Ollerton sits at the crossroads of London to York, Lincoln to Mansfield and Worksop to Newark.
Ollerton is home to the only working watermill in Nottinghamshire, built in 1713. It houses an award winning tea shop, set up to refresh visitors to the mill.
Tea Shop Opening Hours:
Mid March to the end of November
Wednesday - Sunday 10:30 - 16:00
Closed Monday and Tuesdays except bank holidays.
Afternoon tea is served all day with last order at 15:30
Antique furniture specialists. Visitors are welcome to see how this family business conserve and preserve valuable pieces of furniture.
St George's Day Celebrations
Ollerton is famous for its festival celebrating St. George's Day.
Each April, people descend on Ollerton to attend this colourful event, which is held on the Sunday nearest to April 23. The philosophy of the day is to cast politics aside and celebrate being English.
New Ollerton was built when the Colliery was opened to accommodate the influx of miners into the area. The miners enjoyed a high standard of living with semi-detached houses and hot water pumped direct from the pit, leading to it being called a 'model village'
The pit closed in 1994 and the colliery has since been turned into The Sherwood Energy Village, which has attracted media attention for it's energy principles.
Ollerton Pit Woods
Surfaced tracks and way-marked trails create circular routes from the car park
A hike to the top of the pits is a steep climb but worth it for the views of Sherwood Forest Country Park, Thoresby Colliery and Wellow Wood.
An easy walk around the pond, starting from the car park. This route has a slight hill section but is an easy walk suitable for all, including wheelchair users.
The walk is popular with dog walkers, mums with pushchairs and runners alike.
Meet at the Dukeries Leisure Centre, Ollerton every Monday at 12:30pm. Walks are free and tend to last between 60 and 90 minutes.