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.
Visit the RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre and find out about the legend of Robin Hood and the ecology and wildlife of Sherwood Forest. Call in the nearby Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre to browse the studio's and watch crafters and painters in action. The arts and craft centre offers children's activities each Wednesday during school holidays.
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.
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.
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.
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.