With Robin Hood battling it out against the Sheriff of Nottingham, medieval musicians wandering the forest and smells everywhere of delicious food cooking over a flame, you’d be forgiven in thinking you’d stepped into a time machine if you visit Sherwood in August.
But it is, of course, the wonderful sights, sounds and scents of the annual Robin Hood Festival! This year’s event, whilst in its 34th year, will be the first one to be managed by the RSPB-led partnership, working closely with Nottinghamshire County Council, its usual custodians.
It will be a fantastic chance to welcome everyone to our new visitor centre, which will be the new home of the festival, on Forest Corner.
Come and try your hand at archery, wander around the stalls, enjoy wonderful theatre and music shows, sample local food and drink, take part in traditional crafts and maybe even meet the man himself – along with his merry men.
Gemma Howarth, RSPB Senior Site Manager for Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, said: “We’re really excited about hosting our first Robin Hood Festival. We know how well-loved the event is, and want to ensure we maintain all the things people enjoy so much about the festival, whilst also adding in a few new attractions. Robin himself will be battling with the Sheriff of Nottingham, so be sure to watch out for them skirmishing near the Major Oak!
“There will be lots of activities for children and families including storytelling, medieval music and performances happening at different times throughout the day, and daily programme sheets will be available to help families plan their day. It’s a great stage on which to show off our new visitor centre to the public for the first time, and a fantastic celebration of Sherwood’s most famous son.”
This year’s event will be slightly later than normal, due to the building of the new visitor centre, and is being held between Monday, August 27 and Sunday, September 2.
Watch here for the full programme of events.