Rufford Abbey great food and drink festival


CDA are Proud Headline Sponsors of this years festival


The Fireplace & stove Shop are proud sponsors


Rufford Abbey is a brand new event added to our 2018 calendar! The event will take place on May 26th - 28th 2018.

The event is replacing the very successful Nottingham Castle event which is closing for the 23 Million pound refurbishment.

We have some fabulous chefs and new entertainment areas added this years with entertainment for all of the family.


This year we have James Martin on Saturday May 26th 

(With more chef announcements to follow)

Tickets are on sale 1st of Feb 2018

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Saturday James Martin Theatre tickets

Gold - James Martin Theatre Ticket
First 3 rows seating (Limited spaces available)
This includes event and theatre entry £20.00 (11pm and 1pm - Sold out)

Only 3pm left for Gold tickets


Standard James Martin Ticket
This includes event and theatre entry (None reserved spaces, first come basis)

James Martin Theatre Times   
11.00am  - 600 Allocation
1pm  - 600 Allocation
3pm – 600 allocation

(50% full now)


Advanced General day entry ticket £6.00
(This does not include James Martin theatre, but does include other workshops and chef demo’s)  
(£10 on the day) *The price online will increase to £10 a week before the event* (May 19th )  

Child ticket 5-16   £2.00
(Under 5 free)

Child weekend Ticket £5.00
Covers all three days

Weekend advanced ticket for adults – All 3 days  -   £15.00
(This does not include James Martin theatre, but does include other workshops and demo’s)  




Want to get to the event by bus from nottingham?

Then simply click the link below as Stagecoach are running The Arrow service from Nottingham Bus Station (Bay 9)





Home grown talent from nottinghamshire

We pay homage to some of the best talent in the region with a selection of local chefs from some of the finest restaurants.      



The black bull

Hadden and Kuciers   (mOnday)



Alain    (monday)


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The Gin Collection at Rufford Abbey!

The newly added 'Gin Collection' will be appearing at The Great Food and Drink Festival at Rufford Abbey in May 2018.

Come along and enjoy Gin tasting, workshops and masterclasses and a huge range of some of the finest artisan Gin producers  all located in our Gin Collection Marquee.

There is a fabulous gin bar with a large seated area serving a range of wonderful gin cocktails. 

If you are a lover of Gin, then this is the place to be...

The Gin Craze are running the wonderful Gin bar in this area, come say hello and enjoy a fabulous range of Gin based drinks and cocktails.  

The Gin Craze

Will be running the wonderful Gin bar in this area, come say hello and enjoy a fabulous range of Gin based drinks and cocktails.

(Fully seated area)  


Gin Workshops

We will be hosting our workshops in the beautiful ground floor of the Abbey ruin, come enjoy some masters at work, sharing the secrets to a great Gin!   

The Horse and Jockey - Pimms and Prosecco Bar will be part of the Gin area selling a fabulous range of drinks too.  




The Big BBQ comes to Rufford Abbey 

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This year we are introducing a fabulous dedicated area for the lovers of the fine art of BBQ'in.

We will be introducing some of the finest purveyors of BBQ food, you can indulge on a feast of different meat treats from Ribs to Brisket.  We have selected only the best popup restaurants and street food, you will not be disappointed!  

There will be workshops from our master butchers, Pit Masters and experts who will sharing their tips and secrets on the main stage theatre. 

There will be a variation of competitions including the 'The Big Chilli Show Down' chilli eating contest which pits contestants against some of the fieriest chilli's on the planet. The Snobby Butcher 'Hot Wings' Challenge, who will be crowned champion for of the Hot wing arena for 2018?         


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Chilli Bob's

World Famous Chilli Eating Competition    

There is no introduction needed to this contest, only the brave need apply to this competition over the weekend on all 3 days.

If you want to put your heat levels to the test      


The Snobby Butcher ' Hot Wing Challenge'

The challenge is sponsored by the very famous butcher 'Johnny Pusztai' and his brand the Snobby Butcher.

If you want to test your wits against the might of Johnny's super hot wings then make sure you are there on one of the 3 days or if you are crazy enough all 3!!    


Broil King Demo Stage

There will be workshops from Master butchers, Pit Masters and experts who will be sharing their tips and secrets on the ‘Broil King’ Demo theatre stage. You can also get expert tuition on how to make the most from your BBQ. Cooking using the latest Broil King BBQ technology, the classes are designed to take the most inexperienced beginners or the expert griller and offer them some great tips and advice on how to create the perfect gourmet feast. It’s free and great fun.