Wellow, Newark, Nottinghamshire
Wellow, near Newark in Nottinghamshire is known as ‘the Maypole Village’ because of the maypole that stands on the village green and is still used for ribbon dancing today. Overlooking the green are several red brick houses and a couple that are timber framed, so a fairly traditional scene. It’s good to have a stroll around the towns and villages local to where you’re staying on your large group holidays in the UK, so go and have a wander around Wellow when you’re nearby.
There’s a small Heritage Centre and a Heritage Trail taking in key points around the village and some fascinating history. Extend the trail with an amble round the dam and the leafy lanes, and on your way back have a look at the 12th century church before heading to wander back to The Maypole or The Olde Red Lion for a pub lunch.
And here's a little about the origins of the village - Wellow isn’t mentioned in the Domesday Book because it didn’t exist then; the village was formed in about 1145 when Cistercian monks came to nearby Rufford Abbey and bought out the locals in the area, who then formed their own community and even fortified it with a bank and ditch which is still evident.
All information correct at the time of writing