A legend full of adventure and romance, the story of Robin Hood has been told for 700 years.
Robin Hood is a star of both the silver screen and the written word, but the true heart of the ‘Man in Lincoln Green’ is found in the district of Newark and Sherwood. Here in the centre of England, amid pretty towns and villages lies Sherwood Forest and the heart of Robin Hood Country.
Sherwood Forest, once part of a royal hunting forest, is today a National Nature Reserve covering 450 acres. It incorporates some truly ancient areas of native woodland where slender birch trees grow alongside more than 900 veteran oaks, most of which are over 500 years old. The largest and the most famous being the Major Oak which is thought to be around 800 years old.
Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre and Cafe lies in the beautifully converted coach house and stables of the former Edwinstowe Hall. It is just a short walk from the famous Major Oak.
The atrium and courtyard house a variety of artists and craftspeople. Visitors can buy original and unique gifts directly from the craftspeople. There are also a variety of unusual crafts including textiles, glass, fossils and gemstones, woodwork, coppersmith, candles, handmade soap and jewellery.
Sherwood Forest hosts regular family activities including guided walks, bird watching, history walks and conservation events.
Robin Hood Festival 2018 is on 27 August to 2 September 2018. Organised this year by the RSPB, expect a fun filled week-long festival that has something for everyone!
Robin Hood Craft Sessions
Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre, Edwinstowe
Children’s arts and crafts at the Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre each Wednesday throughout the summer holidays 10.30am to 3pm
Have a go at making a bath bomb, cards and paper crafts, sewing and felted key rings and bracelets, paint a pot, and watercolour painting.
The craft centre is free to visit and enjoy and there is a small charge for each children’s craft starting from 50p. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are available from the café.
On Friday 31 August join Lynn and Max for circus skills on the craft centre lawn. Have fun learning how to juggle or spin poi or diabolo. Test you balance and coordination or make a balloon animal.
Combine a school holiday trip to the Robin Hood Festival which runs Monday 27 August to Sunday 2 Sept with a visit to the art and craft centre which is just next door to the new RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre at Forest Corner, Edwinstowe.
Edwinstowe is a historic village in the heart of Sherwood Forest, home of Robin Hood. Legend has it was here, at the beautiful Church of St Mary, that Robin married Maid Marian. The High Street is home to a statue in their honour.
Today Edwinstowe is a vibrant and busy village with a good variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and a working craft centre.
Surfaced tracks and way-marked trails create circular routes from the car park
Blue Trail - A hike to the top of the pits is a steep climb but worth it for the views of Sherwood Forest Country Park, Thoresby Colliery and Wellow Wood.
White Trail - An easy walk around the pond, starting from the car park. This route has a slight hill section but is an easy walk suitable for all, including wheelchair users.
The walk is popular with dog walkers, mums with pushchairs and runners alike.
Sherwood Heath Nature Reserve
Sherwood Heath is a 23 hectare area of lowland heathland, acid grassland and wood pasture/woodland. Sherwood Heath is also known as Ollerton Corner and lies between the A6075/Ollerton Road and the A616, due west of Ollerton roundabout.
As well as the nature reserve and walking area the heath has a grassed picnic area.
Sherwood Heath Local Nature Reserve
Rufford Abbey Country Park
Rufford Abbey is a beautiful country park and one of Nottinghamshire’s favourite attractions. The romantic ruins of the 12th Century Abbey are surrounded by tranquil woodlands, meadows, gardens and lakeside walks.
As well as walking trails the park has family friendly cafes and restaurants, play areas, crazy golf and a packed programme of events. Events include festival weekends, live music, outdoor cinema, children's holiday activities and guided walks and tours.
Clumber Park is a beautiful expanse of parkland, heath and woods covering more than 3,800 acres owned by the National Trust.
Clumber was once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle. Although the house was demolished in 1938, there are many glimpses of its grand past to explore. From the Gothic-style chapel, you can follow in the footsteps of Dukes through the peaceful pleasure ground to the Walled Kitchen Garden where you can experience sights, scents and a taste of the past.
Visit the National Trust website to view the busy what's on events programme that includes festivals, sporting events, concerts, family holiday activities and talks and tours.
Take a look at some of the fabulous two-wheeled activities for families that are on offer at the park over the summer holidays.
Clumber Park has a regular daily cycle offer with trails and cycle hire.
NEW this summer are Learn to Ride Fridays designed to help younger children get their stabilizers off or move from balance bikes to pedal bikes. This is free as part of the Clumber Park Summer of Sport and is led by qualified and experienced members of staff.
A British Cycling Let’s Ride pop up event is on Tuesday 21 August. Join the British Cycling team on the park between 11am and 3pm. There will be a closed road marshalled circuit for participants to do as many laps as they wish, along with cycling games and activities.
Families are invited to join in with the OVO Energy Tour of Britain celebrations on the park on Saturday 8 September when the tour comes through. There will be a marked family friendly route for visitors to either cycle themselves or they can join in a led ride.
Over lunchtime there will be cycling games and activities and lots of cycle silliness with a slow bicycle race and some penny farthings.
Then mid-afternoon everyone will be invited to head over to Lime Tree Avenue or Clumber Lane to watch the tour pass through. Normal admission charges will apply but all of the extra activities once in the park are free.
We are delighted to be supporting this year’s Open Art Exhibition at Thoresby Gallery.
The Thoresby Open Exhibition provides an opportunity for local artists to display their own original works in a public gallery. You will see a variety of exhibits from the hand of local artists. On display could be prints, pastels, watercolours, textiles….there are no rules, anything goes so long as it is original.
The pieces of art submitted will be judged with the winner receiving a fabulous prize and two runners up will receive a shared exhibition in the Gallery in 2018!
If you would like to take part in our Open Exhibition, please email email@example.com for an application form.
All artwork is for sale and you can be sure that it is truly original. Pop along, you may find something just to your taste.
Alongside this year’s exhibition we will run a budding artists competition. The gallery will host a ‘Budding Artist’ area where visitors of all ages can get involved and create their own artwork by decorating a postcard and displaying in the gallery.
The winning postcard will be printed and sold in Thoresby’s visitor information centre.
Center Parcs Sherwood Forest was the first Center Parks holiday village in the UK which opened in 1987. Today the holiday village is absolutely thriving and is secretly hidden away in a magnificent pine forest edging Sherwood Forest, near Edwinstowe.
Sherwood Pines is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoors. There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to mountain biking, Go Ape and adventure play.
Cycling is particularly popular at Sherwood Pines and it has trails for all abilities as well as cycle hire.
Facilities include cafe, cycle hire, children's adventure play trail and toilets. A short way -marked woodland walk takes you to Robin Hood’s Hideout, recently declared a top ten English natural play spot. The sand play village aimed at young children and the raised walk way by the visitor centre are popular places too.
Events take place throughout the year and The Forestry Commission regularly host concerts as part of the Forest Live programme.