Courtyard welcomes 80,000 visitors a year. The Queen's Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire
Yeomanry Museum is accommodated in a refurbished
space spanning the front of the Courtyard, itself converted
from the old stables, coach houses and riding school originally belonging
to Thoresby Hall.
Shops in the Courtyard include jewellery, hot glass blowing, craft materials, homewares, children's gifts, exquisite fashions, artworks, old fashioned sweets, and plants. The licensed Bay Tree Cafe serves lunches and cream teas.
The Gallery has an eclectic calendar of exhibitions by local artists. Thoresby Courtyard is also home to the Permanant Collection of drawings and paintings by Marie-Louise Roosevelt Pierrepont, on show in the Loose Box Gallery.
Thoresby Park has been owned by the Pierrepont family since 1600 and during that time they have built three houses. The first, a Jacobean mansion, was burnt down. The second was demolished to make way for the present building, designed by Anthony Salvin and built for the 3rd Earl Manvers in 1860.
The present Thoresby Hall, a Grade I listed mansion
set in parklands by Capability Brown, was
home to the Manvers family until the death of the 8th Earl in 1955.
Today it is a luxury hotel, but its walls remain adorned with armour, weaponry and family portraits, and the Pierrepont
coat-of-arms still dominates the Grand Hall.