Ollerton and District Economic Forum (ODEF) is a community-based partnership organisation and a registered charity, which was formally constituted in 1994 to serve the communities of Ollerton and Boughton and the surrounding areas.

One of ODEF’s aims is to assist with the development of the area as a tourist destination and to support local businesses. The original idea for the ‘Ollerton and Surrounding Villages’ guide came from consultation with the community as part of the Market Towns Healthcheck. This website is an online version of the printed guide, which we hope will contain even more useful and interesting content.

ODEF offers a wide range of services to people and organisations in Ollerton and the surrounding villages.


Written and compiled by:
Louise Tarrant on behalf of the ODEF Tourism Action Team, with contributions from: June Rowlands (Ollerton Village), Joan Seager (Boughton), Sylvia Pink (Edwinstowe), Janet Carr (Wellow), Mike Manning (Laxton), Derek Walker (Eakring) and Kath Hobart (Tuxford).

Thanks also to:
Christine Ford, Chair of the Tourism Action Team, and David Heathcote and Lara Mellor for their assistance.

Photography credits:

Photos by Louise Tarrant except:

Home page – maypole dancers: Wellow Maypole Committee. Towns and Villages main page – maypole dancers: Wellow Maypole Committee. Ollerton Village – St George’s Day actors: Amy Chandler. Edwinstowe: mini-Robin Hoods: Nottinghamshire County Council. Wellow – maypole dancers: Wellow Maypole Committee. Laxton – church and open field views: Mike Manning. Eakring: snow scene: Robert Brown. Country Estates – Rufford: Nottinghamshire County Council; Thoresby: Warner Holidays; Welbeck Estate buildings: Harley Gallery. Arts and crafts: Rufford Craft Centre: Nottinghamshire County Council; Hamlyn Lodge: Michael Penty; Harley Gallery: Harley Gallery. Children’s Activities – duck at farm park: Sherwood Forest Farm Park; children at Sherwood Forest Nature Reserve: Amy Chandler. Rope bridge at Go Ape!: Go Ape! Outdoor Adventure – rope swing at Go Ape!: Go Ape!; role play at Adrenalin Jungle: Adrenalin Jungle. Museums and Heritage – Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre: Aegis Trust. Robin Hood – Robin Hood and Maid Marian: Sherwood Forest Trust. Walking page – Laxton open field view: Mike Manning. Accessibility – Rufford: Nottinghamshire County Council. Accommodation – all photos except Forest Lodge supplied by proprietors and Forest Town photo by Lynne Kirton. Takeaways – Dolphin Fish Bar: Tony Zacharia. Places to Eat – Rufford Golf Club and Savile Restaurant photos supplied by proprietors. Cuckney photo by Ann B. Our Heritage – Sherwood Heath: Sherwood Forest Trust. Heritage Articles (main page)- Mompesson’s cross: Robert Brown.