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Robin Hood Festival 2018

Sherwood Forest Country Park, Swinecote Road, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9HN
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Robin Hood Festival 2018


Monday 27 August - Sunday 2 September 2018
Sherwood Forest 
The event is free to enter
Parking charge of £5 per car applies

The Robin Hood Festival returns for it 34th year in 2018 at Sherwood Forest. 

Organised this year by the RSPB, expect a fun filled week-long festival that has something for everyone! You can plan your day using the daily programme sheets or meander through the forest at your leisure enjoying a truly fantastic festival experience.

There will be lots to keep your children entertained, from storytelling to medieval music and performances throughout the day. There will be clues along the trails to help children find Robin Hood. While Robin himself will be battling with the Sheriff of Nottingham, so be sure to watch out for them skirmishing near the Major Oak!

There is lots of wonderful nature to discover in the forest too, so why not get involved in some nature related activities such as bug hunting? Throughout the week, there will also be the chance to take part in some Wild Challenges, set by the RSPB and the Woodland Trust. 

Daily Schedule
This year, old festival favourites like Medieval Maniax, musicians, storytellers and medieval magician Nathaniel Bagshot will be back along with brand new entertainment for 2018! The festival will be more interactive than ever before and will also include lots more nature based activities and crafts thanks to being run by the RSPB for the first time.

Throughout the week there will be archery (daily), nature connections (daily), pony rides (Tuesday-Sunday), along with daily music, magic, stalls, performers.

Monday 27 August
Festival opening event is at 11am in the amphitheatre at the new visitor centre – but will the Sheriff spoil the fun..?! Throughout the day skirmishing at the Major Oak will feature festival favourites Legends, Have a Go archery (small charge applies) and Storytellers, Alan a Dale and Rosie Bottom.

Tuesday 28 August
A full programme of activities from 11am to 4pm with performances around the visitor centre and Major Oak path. Pony rides for children close to the new visitor centre begin from today and continue for the rest of the festival (small charge and weight limit of under 8 stone applies). See Robin and the Sheriff battle it out under the shadow of the Major Oak.

Wednesday 29 August 
Why not find the trail ‘Robin Hood is moving house’? Find wandering characters Simple Tom, Robert of Wentbridge, Blast from the Past and Crazy Dutch Regulars. Don't miss skirmishing between Legends!

Thursday 30 August 
Festival folk and performances will happen throughout the day, along with battling between the Legends. The pre-bookable evening event is Twilight Tales - booking details will be released soon.

Friday 31 August 
Hunt the outlaw and nature connections are main features today along with all the usual stories, music and fun!

Saturday 1 September 
No Strings Puppet Theatre will keep the whole family entertained, as well as storyteller Alan a Dale. Don't miss skirmishing between Legends - who will be victorious?

Sunday 2 September 
Festival finale!

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  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Outdoor Event
  • Parking (charge)
  • Picnic Site
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

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  • On site parking

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  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

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Sherwood Forest Country Park & Visitor Centre, 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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