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Robin Hood Festival 2015 | Sherwood Forest

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Every year we plan a trip to Nottingham around the awesome Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest and this year was no exception. The festival runs over the first week of August, previously we have been on a Monday and a Thursday. We had planned to go on the Wednesday to watch the jousting and falconry show, but the girls were so excited we decided to go on the Tuesday. Each day has a variety of activities, events and a plethora of things to see and do that it really doesn't matter what day you go you are bound to have fun.  We arrived at the car park which is £5 for the day and although it was just after 10am was already filling up fast. The girls all dressed in their Maid Marion dresses and homemade flower garlands practically ran down to the visitor centre where we purchased the obligatory bow and arrows. Charlie enjoyed showing his sisters how to use them. We decided to make our way down to the Major Oak for the skirmishing session, one of the highlights of the festival. 

sherwood forest fairy house

Along the route we spotted several stumps that had been turned into fairy houses! Such a cute idea! I'd love one in my garden. They will look wonderful as they weather and blend into the already magical ancient forest. 

We had front row spaces for skirmishing and imagine the girls excitement when Maid Marion came and sat in front of them. She spent a moment chatting to them about their dresses and hair garlands (I wish I'd made one for her now! Maybe next year!)  This was Olive's first year at the festival and she's also only 4. I hadn't banked on her getting a bit upset by the fighting. Robin Hood and his Merry Men take it in turns to battle against The Sheriff of Nottingham and his goons, using swords and big sticks. There is a lot of noise, grunting, booing and hissing, cheering and the atmosphere is electric. Maid Marion explained to Olive how the weapons weren't real and how Robin Hood was wearing padding so it didn't hurt and it was just pretend, they were all best friends really. She was so kind and gentle and quickly diminished Olive's worries. 

maid marion

After a few photos and autographs, we went over to meet The Sheriff of Nottingham. Olive was not impressed and really unhappy to meet him! He was such a gent and again told her how it was all pretend and really he was a nice guy he got paid to be a meanie. They had a little high 5 and hopefully next year she will be less scared!  

sheriff of nottingham

There really is so much to do and you can spend as little or as much money as you like. I really went to town this year (but I had been saving up as a special treat!).

  • Charlie and Megan tried the archery, Megan was so good this year hitting a few targets! 
  • Olive had a go at catapulting targets
  • All 3 made pencils from wood cut that morning from the forest! It was so green and fresh and the pencil smells amazing!
  • We ate ice cream of course! 
  • Visited the Robin Hood exhibition at the Visitor Centre and saw the owls and falcons for the display
  • We had a picnic in the field and the children practiced their bow skills
  • We also watched a few of the shows, puppetry, giant bubbles and circles skills. 
  • We visited the fun fair, this year armed with a few bags of 2p's we'd collected. (forward planning!)

making pencils

If we'd had time I'd have liked to have done one of the scavenger hunt trails and I know the girls would have liked to have ridden a pony. Have you ever been to the Robin Hood Festival? What's your favourite part? 

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  1. I didn't know about this. I'll have to take the girls next year, they'll love it :)

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  2. Lucy Dorrington

    I have never been but would love to go. Sounds perfect for my son!

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  3. It always is a great day out for all the family.

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  4. What a great festival, Joanne, love the fun pictures and outfits!xx

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  5. I have not heard of the robin hood festival sound simply amazing. Funnily enough I planned to be whittling pencils with the children here this Friday clearly it's not such an original idea after all! The homemade garlands look wonderful and must have helped that everyone in festival spirit. Thank you for sharing a wonderful event on Country Kids

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  6. This festival looks fab! I love Robin Hood :D

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  7. It sounds like a lovely festival. Ouch to that parking charge though!

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  8. Sounds brilliant, we are a history mad family so must pencil this in for next year. Super activities that they had put on. My son has that London t-shirt too :)

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  9. We haven't been but this looks like great fun. I'm glad that Maid Marion and the Sheriff were able to reassure your daughter.

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  10. This looks fabulous and I'm fairly local to this too

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  11. This looks fab, may have to visit next year

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  12. oh this looks like such a fun and fabulous day

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  13. Mini would love this. He loves dressing up. Maxi not sio much!

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  14. I've never been to this festival - I think the kids would enjoy it though!

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  15. This looks like so much fun!

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  16. I have been looking forward to reading about the Robin Hood festival - that Sheriff of Nottingham looks a bit scary!! It is on my list to go next year as it looks like great fun

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  17. I know my two would love this. Any excuse for dressing up!

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  18. We love the Robin Hood festival and don't live far away. Unfortunately we didn't make it this year but looks like you had a brilliant time! X

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  19. Sounds like a great day out and something we'd love to do. Although I'm not sure N quite knows about Robin Hood yet. Maybe in future we'll try and meet up and do it with friends who live in the area.

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  20. It looks like you had a fab day out. I love the idea of making your own pencils.

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  21. Awww looks like a fun trip! Love and happy photos =) #countrykids

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  22. We really should have made the effort to go to this, I'd never heard of it before this year. Looks like you had a great time :)

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  23. What a fantastic day out. We used to go to Nottingham Forest as kids for days out but I never saw anything like this x

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  24. What a great festival. Mich x

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  25. Looks amazing hun! We've never been before but certainly sounds like something we would pencil in at some point in the future!

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  26. Ahhh what a wonderful event. This looks like so much fun

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  27. yay I grew up with this festival! ... My home village (Edwinstowe) is where it is located and every year we loved this event! I am gutted I missed this years it looks like it was amazing

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