We'd love to hear from you!

If you have any enquiries about The Time Machine – our aims, forthcoming events, to look around or possibilities for room hire – please contact our Manager Sally on 07388 115 801 or 07870 505000.

In addition to our classes we offer room hire for training sessions, meetings and private parties.


The Time Machine also offers family support services such as hospital visiting, care home selection, visiting and feedback, birthday visits to deliver presents /flowers/cake from families who don't live in the area, grave tending, personal assistant vetting, referencing and training. Please ask for details.

What IS the Time Machine?

The Time Machine offers a friendly and fun activity centre designed to exercise mind and body. Each room is decorated to represent a different period in history such as our 1940's dining room, 1950s cinema experience room and the 1960s kitchen. For anyone struggling with mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression, we offer music appreciation and health and beauty sessions on makeover days. For adults living with dementia or additional needs we offer seated exercise, memory games, cognitive stimulation therapy, music and introduction to foreign language classes, art, reminiscence and cross-generational sessions. Further events are in the pipeline. All of our classes are aimed at enriching lives in a safe and fun community setting. Situated in a historic and much-loved Georgian building , the Time Machine can be found in the heart of Retford nestling between the library and The Vine. It overlooks Cannon Square and St Swithun's Church and provides a safe and secure environment with carefully vetted and trained staff. Home assessments may be necessary in some cases to establish individual needs in order to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place. Sessions are very reasonably priced at £5-£15 depending on the tutor, content and length of session. We are very lucky to have an enthusiastic group of volunteers who support the staff and are always happy to extend a warm welcome to other potential volunteers.

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