Crying Christmas at Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, Forest Corner, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9RN
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Crying Christmas at Sherwood Forest


Sunday 17 December 2023 I 12pm - 4pm
Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre
Free Event (car parking charges apply) - 
Parking costs just £5 per vehicle per day at Sherwood for non-RSPB members.

Join the Sheriff of Nottingham and the Sherwood Outlaws for the ancient custom of Crying Christmas – the official start of the revelry and festivities in Sherwood.

The Sheriff of Nottingham will take time away from failing to catch outlaws to proclaim the beginning of the festive season. This is the only time of year that The Sheriff and Robin put aside their differences and celebrate together.

The Sherwood Outlaws will be emerging from the forest to receive their annual pardon, enabling them to partake in all that is fun about Christmas time.

Event highlights and timings:

12:30pm – The Sheriffs proclamation

12:45pm – Costume competition

1:00pm – Choosing of the Lord of Misrule

1:15pm – Parade to the Major Oak

2:00pm – Longbow demonstration

3:00pm – Longbow demonstration

The costume competition is made up of 3 categories; loudest costume, most colourful costume and best outlaw costume (under 12’s only). Their will be prizes for the winners of each category with the winners being decided by 3 judges, The Sheriff, Will Scarlett and Maid Marian.

Then it’s the choosing of the Lord of Misrule, the person in charge of the party, and it could be you!

Finally, join the outlaws on a parade to the Major Oak and their Outlaw encampment to witness an impressive display of one of the most fearsome weapons in medieval history, the longbow.

This event is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Dogs on leads welcome.


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Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre & National Nature ReserveSherwood Forest Visitor Centre & National Nature Reserve, NottinghamshireHome of Robin Hood and once part of a royal hunting forest, Sherwood Forest Country Park covers 450 acres and incorporates some truly ancient areas of native woodland.

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