The ancient market town of Retford was granted its first charter (the right to hold a fair) by Henry III in 1246. This was extended by Edward I in 1275 to holding a Saturday market: a tradition that continues today. The town features fine Georgian buildings, a spacious square, and two theatres – the Little Theatre on Wharf Road and the Majestic on Coronation Street.
The town played a remarkable part in the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims, who fled to America in 1620 after being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Explore their story on the Mayflower Trail, a circular tour starting at nearby Babworth. You can also learn all about the Mayflower Pilgrims at the Mayflower Pilgrims Visitor Centre, in the heart of Retford.
Markets in Retford are held on Thursday and Saturdays with antique and bric-a-brac market on Fridays.