Lots to love in Sherwood Forest this February

It’s time to go walking with legends, wandering for woodpeckers, and wondering at the night sky at Sherwood Forest this February.

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, artist David Evans will be leading another of his hugely popular willow-weaving workshops on Saturday 10th February.

David will be showing participants how to create a wonderful heart-shaped sculpture using this hugely versatile and sustainable natural material.

Make a heart together at our willow-weaving workshop. Photo by Rob James.

The cost of this workshop is £25 per heart (£20 for RSPB members), so couples, friends and family members, can make one together.

There is information on how to book below.

There’s a rare opportunity indeed on Sunday 11th February when Sherwood’s legendary lovebirds Robin Hood and Maid Marian from The Sherwood Outlaws will be leading a storytelling walk through the forest.

Robin and Marian. Photo by Ashley Bird.

Don’t worry that it’ll be a mushy loved-up affair! After all, there’s nothing Robin and Marian liked more than a bit of a scrap with the Sheriff of Nottingham.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about the legends of Sherwood from brilliant and knowledgeable storytellers, including the tales of adventure, cunning and romance which have endured for centuries, capturing the imagination of people all around the world.

The walk sets off at 1pm from the RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. Booking is essential, with tickets priced at £7.50 per person (£6 RSPB members).

From star-crossed lovers to starry skies. The Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society will be at Robin Hood’s forest for the first of two stargazing events on Saturday 24th February.

The Society has been busy developing a new £3.1m discovery centre and planetarium at the Sherwood Observatory, near Mansfield.

But its astronomers have found time to head to Edwinstowe and the RSPB’s Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre for a fascinating night of exploring the cosmos, with another chance to meet them a week later on Saturday 2nd March.

The telescopes will be out and there’ll be expert guidance on hand to help point out key features in the heavens.

While clear skies can’t be guaranteed, the event will still include out of this world presentations on the latest developments in space discovery and exploration.

Tickets are priced at £15 per person (£12 for RSPB members).

Finally, on Sunday 25th February, attention tuns to the glorious woodpeckers of Sherwood Forest, who can already be heard drumming among the ancient oaks and birch trees.

Lesser spotted woodpecker. Photo by Ben Andrew/RSPB Images

Sherwood is home to the UK’s three species of resident woodpecker – the great spotted, lesser spotted and green woodpeckers.

An expert guide will lead the way, explaining the habits and habitat of the woodpecker and taking participants to locations in Sherwood Forest known to be favoured by them in the hope of catching a glimpse of these iconic birds.

Tickets for all these events can be booked at the Events page which is also where further information can be found.