Football form prompts Crying Christmas switch

England’s thumping win in the first match of the 2022 World Cup has got us switching our fixture list at Sherwood Forest.

Our Crying Christmas event will now take place on Saturday 17th December, rather than the Sunday, which is also the day of the final.

The event is a traditional ceremony dating back to Medieval times to choose the Lord of Misrule – the person who will oversee the Yuletide fun and revelry.

The Lord of Misrule will temporarily take over the refereeing of the forest from the Sheriff of Nottingham and cancel the red card given long ago to Robin Hood and his squad of outlaws, who will emerge from the forest benches to partake in the merry-making.

There will be activities, performances and stalls to pick up that injury-time Christmas gift.

Before all that, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December, visitors can get crafty making a Christmas wreath, using natural materials gathered from the conservation work we do at Sherwood Forest and Budby South Forest.

With expert guidance on hand, we can help you create a fancy festive design which would grace any front door. Please note this is a bookable event. Places cost £30 per person (£24 for RSPB members).

3rd December also marks the return of the brilliant RobinRobin trail, based on the Aardman Animation film being shown this Christmas on Netflix.

Find the characters from Robin’s escapades as you make your way through the Forest and build a brilliant nest in our den-building area.

We’ll also have a Robin Hood themed-trail. Join Mission: Merry Christmas and help the outlaws gather everything they need for a proper celebration – don’t let the Sheriff cancel Christmas!

And on Sunday 4th December, there’ll be carols sung by the wonderful Dukeries Singers to get the seasonal spirit flowing.

You can find all the information you need about what’s on at Sherwood Forest and Budby South Forest on the Events page of our website.