The Robin Hood Festival returns to Sherwood Forest this summer with an exciting new feature – daily tournaments packed with jousting, archery and thrilling live action, as well as a host of popular favourites for this fun-packed annual event.
This year’s Robin Hood Festival runs from Monday, August 5th until Sunday 11th from the new visitor centre in Forest Corner, from 11am until 4pm each day.
Hosted by the RSPB and its partners, working together with Nottinghamshire County Council, it’s a week-long celebration of Robin Hood, filled with medieval-themed entertainment, activities and a host of costumed characters and entertainers, offering something special for the whole family.
Thanks also to Woodhead Homes, who are one of this year’s event sponsors, one of this year’s event sponsors who are building beautiful award-winning new homes at their Rufford Pastures development in Edwinstowe, the legendary home of Robin Hood.
This year the festival welcomes equestrian stunt team, Cavalry of Heroes, for the first time, who have designed a brand-new exciting Robin Hood show especially for the event and will be performing in the Grand Tournament three times a day throughout the week.
The show will feature Robin Hood, Maid Marian and the most trusty of Merry Men, battling to win out against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, with sword fights, archery, horse-back stunts and jousting all part of the action.
There will be a further four stages set around the forest, filled with the usual mix of merriment, music and story-telling which attracts 40,000 people to this event every year.
There will also be an Activity Zone, with lots for visitors to do. Nottinghamshire’s Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries team will be keeping visitors busy by offering a host of medieval games and children’s crafty activities. This has been made possible by funding from the Miner to Major project.
Sherwood consortium partners, The Sherwood Forest Trust will be here with their medieval ‘Outlaw Chillout Camp’ based around a full-on multi-sensory experience of the Forest that has never been seen at the Festival before.
Linking in with The Woodland Trust all exhibitors will be offering some great information and lots of fun things to take part in, all of which have been designed to help visitors understand and appreciate this wonderful woodland even more.
Visitors are able to try archery, enjoy storytelling, street theatre, medieval musicians, wander around the stalls, sample local food and drink and maybe even meet the man himself and his merry men.
Gemma Howarth, RSPB Senior Site Manager for Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, said: “We’re really excited about bringing jousting back to the event this year, and introducing Cavalry of
Heroes to our festival goers for the first time. They are an amazing group of performers and will add a whole new dimension to the Robin Hood story this year.”
“The new, state of the art, visitor centre offers the perfect welcome to visitors while they take a break, grab some lunch and their Robin Hood gifts, between visiting the many shows and entertainment that take place throughout each day.
“In terms of the site, we’ve introduced a few new features this year, such as having contactless card machines in the car park for festival week, to help ensure we bring traffic on-site quickly and efficiently. We want everyone to have a great experience when they visit Sherwood.”
Nottinghamshire County Councillor John Cottee, Communities and Place Committee Chairman, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the iconic Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest once again, especially as visitors will have the opportunity to see the award-winning visitor centre. If you’ve never visited the festival and experienced the legend of Robin Hood I’d urge you to pay a visit, it’s a fantastic day out for all ages!”
Entry as always is free, with just a £6 parking fee for a full day. Programmes will be available to buy each day. To find out more about the festival and a timetable of activities go to: www.visitsherwood.co.uk