Rufford Abbey Country Park reopens in time for Aurora Winter Illuminations

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After storms battered the county yesterday causing trees to fall down and ripping tiles off houses, Rufford Abbey Country Park has reopened.

Nottinghamshire County Council closed the park for health and safety reasons but it was reopened today in time for the Aurora Winter Illuminations.

The opening evening will go ahead as planned tonight the county council said.

Linda Hardy, Nottinghamshire County Council’s visitor services manager, at Rufford Abbey Country Park, said: “It is a tribute to everyone here for the work they have done to ensure we have recovered from the damage caused with fallen trees and other storm debris to be able to open again this morning. We look forward to an exciting opening night of the Aurora Winter Illuminations.”

The illuminations take place at Rufford Abbey, near Ollerton from 5.30pm - 7pm on the following dates, and people need to book in advance:

• Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December

• Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December

• Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December

For more details contact Rufford Abbey on 01623 821 323 (Monday to Friday, 10am - 4.30pm) or the Tourist Information Centre at the country park on 01623 821 338 at weekends (10.30am - 4pm) to book and collect tickets.

For more details about the Aurora Illuminations and other events, visit: