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  • 1. History of Mansfield

    It is thought Mansfield got its name from a stream called the Maun, which runs through it. The area was probably a settlement in Roman times as many Roman coins have been unearthed in the region as well as the remains of a Roman villa. The town has a strong industrial past, with coal mining and textiles being major industries until their national decline in the 1980s.

  • 2. Now in Mansfield

    The town of Mansfield is in north west Nottinghamshire, in the district of Mansfield. It is the largest town in Nottinghamshire and is still expanding. It is a thriving market town with a huge open-air market that attracts visitors from across the region. The town is on the edge of the famous Sherwood Forest, a popular place for tourists and famous for the legend of Robin Hood.

  • 3. Events in Mansfield

    Summer in the Streets is an annual festival offering a packed programme of free events and activities including workshops, entertainment and a beach party. The festival runs throughout July and August Party in the Park is a one-day music festival in the town that aims to celebrate local talent. The event takes place in August in Titchfield Park. Many sporting events are held in...Read more Sherwood Forest, including the Robin Hood Adventure Challenge and the Robin Hood Bike Ride. The Robin Hood Festival runs for five days in August at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. Thousands of people visit the event to celebrate the life and times of the famous outlaw. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Mansfield

    Mansfield Museum includes the XplorActive interactive gallery with activities and games for children to take part in, and the Escapes Art and Exhibition Galleries. Visitors to the museum are taken on a tour of the town's history. Sherwood Forest Country Park and Visitor Centre covers 450 acres and includes some of the oldest trees in Britain, including the famous 800-year-old M...Read moreajor Oak. Willow Tree Family Farm in Shirebrook, on the outskirts of Mansfield, includes plenty of animals and outdoor play areas and is a popular day out for families. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Mansfield

    The Oak Tree Leisure Centre, Mansfield, includes a fitness studio, sports hall, football pitches, floodlit outdoor pitches, sauna and steam rooms and more. The Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre provides a 25m, six-lane swimming pool, a 20m teaching pool, a technique pool, fitness studio and more. This facility was given a major £5m refurbishment in 2009. The Water Meadows Fitn...Read moreess and Swimming Complex includes a leisure pool with slides, a wave machine, water rapids, geysers, water cannons and more. There are many parks and open spaces to choose from in the town and district, covering more than 600 acres in total. The Mansfield Heritage Trail takes visitors on a tour of historic buildings and monuments and tells stories from the town's past. Read less

  • 6. Business in Mansfield

    Four Seasons is the main shopping centre in Mansfield, offering a selection of high street stores. The town centre's main market has over 50 stalls offering a wide selection of shopping. It also has a food court. The market is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. A flea market takes place on Tuesdays and a fruit and veg market on Mondays and Wednesdays...Read more. Mansfield Farmers' Market takes place on the third Tuesday of every month. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Mansfield

    Mansfield is close to the M1 motorway, giving good access to the north and south. There are many A-roads leading from the town in all directions, including the A38 to the west and A617 to the east. The nearest airport to Mansfield is East Midlands Airport, which is about 22 miles from the centre of the town. Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is about 25 miles from the town

  • 8. Entertainment in Mansfield

    The main venue for live entertainment is Mansfield Palace Theatre, which has a mixed programme of events including drama, music and ballet. Live music takes place in a variety of venues around the town, including The Diamond, in Sutton in Ashfield.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Mansfield

    The Major Oak, in Sherwood Forest, is thought to be around 800 years old and has previously been voted Britain's Favourite Tree. The tree weighs around 23 tonnes and has a hollow trunk with a 10-metre circumference.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Mansfield

    Double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington was born and grew up in Mansfield. She began her swimming career in local clubs.


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