Experiencing significant population growth in recent years due to good travel links courtesy of the A57 road which enables it to be only a few hours away from London, the Nottinghamshire town of Retford has witnessed much in its long history since it was given its charter back in the 13th century.
The Idle Valley Nature Reserve regularly attracts thousands of visitors every year and has much nature. It is in the Top 10 SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) in the whole of Nottinghamshire. It is also regarded as being one of the best birding sites in the UK.
Two theatres are in Retford which host regular performances and Retford also has many leisure complexes, local markets and 'old-time' pubs as well which can help you to enjoy a town which author Bill Bryson calls 'a delightful and charming place'.