Christmas is calling in Robin Hood’s Forest

The Festive season is upon us and the outlaws of Sherwood Forest are preparing to ‘Cry Christmas’ once again.

On Sunday 17th December, the Sheriff of Nottingham will proclaim Christmas and relinquish control of the forest.

That will be the signal for Robin Hood and his Merry band to emerge from the trees to be given the freedom of Sherwood.

A Lord of Misrule will be chosen from among our visitors to take the reins over the Christmas period until Twelfth Night.

Last year, five-year-old Tenzin was selected to assume the role and the Sheriff’s chains of office were duly handed over.

Could it be you this year?

Visitors are also encouraged to get into the festive spirit in fancy dress. There are three categories – the loudest costume, the most colourful costume and (for under 12s only) the best outlaw costume.

The winners will be chosen by The Sheriff, Will Scarlett and Maid Marian.

Once the Lord of Misrule has been named and the fancy dress competition has been judged, there will be a parade from the Visitor Centre to the outlaw’s encampment at the Major Oak green.

There, The Sherwood Outlaws will provide a talk and demonstration about one of the deadliest weapons of the Medieval age – the longbow.

All the fun starts at 12pm and it’s free (parking charges apply).


12:30pm – The Sheriff’s proclamation of Christmas

12:45pm – Costume competition

1pm – Choosing of the Lord of Misrule

1:15pm – Parade to the Major Oak

2pm – Longbow demonstration

3pm – Longbow demonstration

Our Family Christmas Trail – The Sheriff Who Stole Christmas – gets underway on 16th December, running until 7th January.

Set out into Sherwood and find clues to help Robin Hood and his outlaws outwit the Sheriff’s plans to cancel the festive season in the forest. Trail sheets are available from the Visitor Centre for just £3.50.

For more information about all events at RSPB Sherwood Forest this Christmas time and in early 2024, to our Events page.