New Year starts with new opportunities and old friends in Sherwood Forest 

The New Year kicks off at Sherwood Forest with a long-held seasonal tradition to bring another Christmas to a close – Twelfth Night. 

The Sheriff of Nottingham may have temporarily handed over the chains of office to Little John to act as the Lord of Misrule for the Christmas festivities, but you can bet he’ll be claiming it back at the traditional end of Yuletide. 

The Sheriff of Nottingham will be reclaiming his chains of office on Twelfth Night.

Join the Sheriff at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre in Edwinstowe for a parade to the iconic Major Oak on Saturday 6th January, as The Sherwood Outlaws prepare to melt away among the forest’s tracks and trees, with their guarantee of festive freedom now removed. 

The event is free (parking charges apply) and the fun starts from 11am. 

If you’re still mulling over your New Year’s Resolutions, here are some to help you connect with nature while developing new skills or even boosting your health and wellbeing. 

Sherwood Forest Nordic Walking restart their Hygge Tuesday morning sessions on 9th January and then on every term-time Tuesday from 10am-12pm. There is full instruction and pole hire included for just £6. 

On Saturday 13th January we have not one, but three events to choose from. 

Artist David Evans will be inviting participants to paint watercolours inspired by Sherwood.

Edwinstowe artist David Evans will lead our first watercolour workshop (10.30am-12.30pm), with guidance for complete beginners or more experienced amateur painters.  

David will be inviting participants to take inspiration from the stunning Sherwood landscape, its wildlife and legends. 

The workshop costs £25 per person (£20 for RSPB members). Booking details are available via the Events pages of our website. 

Winter trees at Sherwood Forest. Photo by Peter Calvert.

With the trees of Sherwood now in their winter guise, we have an event designed to help visitors identify the woodland’s different species at this time of year. 

Our Winter Tree ID walk, led by an expert guide, will shed light on the distinctive features and characteristics of the trees which have stood in Robin Hood’s forest for centuries. 

Book your place on this fascinating nature walk for just £7.50 per person (£6 RSPB members).  

And talking of Robin Hood, one man who has led an enduring quest for the elusive outlaw emerges from his Christmas slumber to lead his popular guided storytelling walk.  

William de Tankerville. Always on his guard for outlaws. Photo by Rob James.

William de Tankerville, the Sheriff of Nottingham’s Master At Arms invites you to set out with him in to the forest to discover more about the events and legends that have made Sherwood such a remarkable forest. 

The walk starts at 1pm and lasts approximately 90 minutes, priced £5 per person (£4 RSPB members).