Clarborough & Welham Community
near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom

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With closure of county-funded Retford Tourist information facilities in early 2014, Retford Business Forum initiated discussions seeking alternative provision.

The result was Retford Hub which opened in May 2015. It not only provides Tourist Information for Retford and the local area but also a wide range of local artisan and art-focused products and facilities.

Notice the Hub’s new name? Retford Arts Hub has changed hands as well as name! Read the latest news here...

The Hub will be open from 10:00 till 16:00 every day except Tuesday afternoons and Sundays.

We will be open for Christmas late nights on Thursdays in November/December and during Christmas Lights Switch-On on 21st November. Do come – we have some unique and lovely things – the perfect presents!

Further information about the Arts Hub: or on our Facebook page or Instagram.

As before, we have local arts and crafts, and produce such as honey and preserves, and visitor information, and it’s just the place to find that different, original gift. We look forward to seeing you.

Why is the Mayflower Pilgrim story important?

This is an international story, but they were an ordinary group of people from our area who fled for their lives from their homes, and later from Holland, to become the first permanent immigrants to America: they were ‘religious refugees’. People from here started the uprising, led it in Holland and were elected leaders in America. So they played a major part in global democracy. We lay claim to be the origin of nearly every English-speaking, non-conformist Christian religion, making this area one of the most important religious centres in the world! The story is more important than that of Shakespeare or Brunel. The story is the ‘special connection’ with America that we hear politicians mention as they argue about Brexit. It is the start of modern-day America.

The 400th Anniversary of the sailing of The Mayflower gives Retford the opportunity to become a major tourist destination. If we get it right, we could attract tens of thousands of visitors a year, providing a massive boost to our local economy. That is why it is so important.

If you wish to know more, or to find out what happened, visit us at the Mayflower Pilgrim Visitor Centre, 11 Churchgate, Retford (at the Retford Hub by St Swithun’s Church). We need everyone to help and get involved.


John Harris is now Retford Hub’s resident artist. Click on John’s photo for much more.

Be quick to see the current art exhibition of Sutton Art Groups work – a wide display of local affordable art. Then from 17th May we were excited to present the works of Amina Khan, a well-known artist and art teacher from Gainsborough. These vibrant & colourful pieces are not to be missed. Click on poster for more about Amina...

All courses to be booked via a Facebook message or Louise 07880 948 941

From 7th July to 11th August 2018, Dave Woollass exhibited at The Hub. more here...

Retford Hub’s September 2018 Press Release including Retford Heritage Day activities.

Retford Hub’s July 2018 Press Release with summer activities for the whole family.

Christine Howard’s exhibition, entitled ‘Hive’ ran from 26th May to 30th June, 2018. To find out more, click here...

Retired local art teacher Derrick Spence had an exhibition of animal artwork at The Hub from 14th April to 19th May, 2018. Find out more here...

Following Carol Easton’s exciting sole exhibition over the Christmas period, January 2018 saw the opening of a Group Exhibition at The Hub in Retford.
Westhill Art Group Over 60’s was formed about ten years ago by local self-taught artist, Norma Spurdens, as a leisure activity for retired people in the Ordsall area.
For more click on the picture on the left.

Make Friends with The Hub, plus April activities.

Innovative multimedia exhibition at RETFORD HUB - Carol Eason (24 November - early January, 2018)

RETFORD ARTS FESTIVAL was held between 27th & 29th May, 2017 - read more about the Festival here...

Also, another local artist signed up for Retford’s 2017 Arts Festival:

Polly Warren


Retford Arts Hub is located at 11, Churchgate, just off  The Square, in central Retford. The Arts Hub is a voluntary organisation that is led by Margaret Harrod and Paul Straker, helped by their partners.
Contact details are:


or Retford Arts Hub on 01777 860 414