The Manor House

Manor House (not open to visit)

The Manor House is situated on Main Street. It is a Victorian residence built in 1863 on the site of an earlier building which was believed to have been built around 15th century, the same time as the Dovecote.

Unfortunately the original building was destroyed by fire. There was no record of the architecture; we only know that it was built for Thomas Westland Rowland. Records show that the property was still with the family in 1890 when Mrs. Rowland opened the grounds for the Loughborough and District Boat Club Regatta.

The Paget family lived in the property sometime in the 19th century when they purchased a large amount of land in the village.

The building has been restored and now is home to the Glazebrook family.

Chain Ferry

The Chain Ferry

The Chain Ferry is located in the south of the village and was mentioned earliest on a map from 1771.

It is one of the few remaining Chain Ferries operating in the UK. It is the last chain ferry still operating in Nottinghamshire (the Hazleford Ferry, in Nottinghamshire, is no longer in use). In 1981 responsibility for the maintenance of the Ferry was transferred from the Paget Estate to the Parish Council.

The Ferry was relaunched in April 2017 offering crossings between 10AM and 4:30PM every weekend during the summer (between April and September).

The Ferry is operated, by volunteers, on Saturday and Sunday, between 1st April and 30th September, from 10.00 to 16:30. Groups in the week can make arrangement to cross by ringing the mobile:- 07487 252784. Ferry Fares are £1.00 per person, each way; £0.50 per bike, and dog, each way.

In consideration for neighbours please follow the brown tourist signs from Main Street.

The Old Post Office

The Old Post Office (Not open to visit)

This is the oldest house in the village and the only lived in ‘cruck’ building in Nottinghamshire. The crucks are dated 1454 via tree-ring-dating. Now there are three crucks and two bays; formerly there were four crucks and three bays.

The oak tree from which they were made had to be worked within one year of felling to be successful. The Tudor addition with jetty was added around 1500. It had an upper floor before the rest of the building. The old walls of wattle and daub would have decayed – these were blocked in by bricks. The bays also have brick walls. Around 1650 the stairs would have been added and the fireplace moved to the end of the house.

The Victorians put in suspended ground floors in parts of the house. The current stairs are about 200 years old.

There is evidence of a ladder having been used in the kitchen in the past. There was an earth or brick floor in the living room.

The crucks were marked by carpenters’ marks and then heaved upright.

Mens’ Association Memories

Mens' Association Memories

A selection of photographs showing some of the activities that the Mens' Association have organised since 2011.

Mens’ Association Anniversary

Mens' Association 50 Years Anniversary

Watch a video commemorationg Mens' Association 50 Years Anniversary celebration. The Mens' Association celebrated in the Village Hall with a cake to cut and a good time was had by all.

Tennis Club

Tennis Club (Sutton Bonington & District)

Situated on Landcroft Lane, we are a small, sociable club with four all weather, floodlight courts for year round play.

We have several teams in the county leagues in both summer and winter, and run friendly club nights on a Tuesday and Thursday.

Individual or group coaching is available with our qualified club coach, who also organises active Junior sessions on a Wednesday.

New members of all standards are always very welcome!

For more details contact: Rod Roulstone Tel: 01509 856592 / 07785263152 - e mail: or just come along on a club night, or Open Evening, and join in!

 If you contact the Club after reading this page please let them know you found out about them here.

For more information you can visit our website here. (Don't forget to mention that we sent you!)

Horticultural Society

Horticultural Society (Sutton Bonington)

Membership of the Horticultural Society is open to everyone living in Normanton on Soar. You don’t have to be an expert gardener, just interested. Family membership is £4.00 per year. The Society has over 100 family members giving a total membership of  approximately 200 from the local community and beyond.

The society meets once a month. The  programme is made up a variety of talks and demonstrations. In the summer we try to arrange visits to gardens, nurseries etc..

A major benefit to all members is the opportunity to purchase seeds and plants from Mr. Fothergill’s at very attractive discounts.

For more information why not visit our website?

Soar Boating Club

Soar Boating Club

Soar Boating Club is situated on the beautiful River Soar in the idyllic village of Normanton on Soar.

Ideally situated between Kegworth and Loughborough offering travel links via Rail, Road or Air with East Midlands Airport only 6 miles away and Donington Park Race circuit within a stones throw.

The Club has beautiful views over fields and offers secure moorings for visitors at weekends when the club house is open for refreshments and a meeting place for social activities.

For more information why not visit our website?

Ladies Walking Group

Ladies Walking Group

Please note

The Walking Group have decided to suspend the walks for the time being due to current Coronavirus situation.

This group is open to all ladies. Contact Pat Gassor (01509 827028) or email

The walks are varied in location and normally four to five miles once a fortnight throughout the year. Walks are in the mornings and take around two hours followed by lunch.

A full list of the walks and their dates is available to view and print here.

Women’s Institute

Women’s Institute

The Women’s Institute is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. It exists to educate women to enable them to provide an effective role in the community, to expand their horizons and to develop and pass on important skills.

Normanton on Soar WI is part of the Nottinghamshire Federation of Women’s Institutes. We usually meet on the first Tuesday of every month. Meetings are held in the Village Hall, opposite the Church in Main Street. Meetings start at 7.30pm, and there is a speaker or demonstration at most meetings, covering a wide range of topics and interests. Above all we aim to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. We welcome new members wherever they live, but particularly focus on ladies who live in Normanton on Soar and Sutton Bonington. Guests are always welcome at meetings – come along and “try before you buy”. We charge non-members £4.00 per meeting

Download our Programme of Events

We are one of five institutes in the local area forming the Soar Valley Group of WIs. The other institutes are East Leake, West Leake, Gotham, and Costock. The whole group comes together for a meeting each year in the Spring and we also hold a group carol service in December.

Membership of the WI allows you to get involved in a variety of activities organised locally, by the County Federation , and nationally. The national subscription for 2019 is £41.00, which includes a personal copy of the magazine "WI Life" sent to you three times a year. The WI has its own residential adult education college near Abingdon in Oxfordshire, and several of our members have learnt a range of new skills through attending courses there. Members regularly participate in the walks undertaken by the Ladies Walking Group and we have occasional organised trips to places of interest suggested by members.

Further details about the WI and the forthcoming programme of meetings can be obtained from the Secretary.