Sherwood Forest Education Centre

Sherwood Forest Education Centre

Sherwood Forest Education Centre is an educational facility set in the history-laden north Nottinghamshire countryside.

We work closely with schools and groups from Nottinghamshire and further a field to provide individually tailored days for young people and adults to experience quality outdoor learning experiences. Programmes aim to enrich the curriculum and help learners reach their potential through positive engagement with the education process, increasing confidence, group awareness, healthy activity and fun. The centre is also available for self led groups throughout the year.


Great range of activities for groups to learn new skills and have fun.

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Sherwood Forest Education Centre Activities

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Sherwood offers a range of activities including:

  • Animal Homes
  • Orienteering
  • Robin Hood and Medieval Life
  • Shelter building
  • Woodland Wonders

See the Spring 2017 Activities Booklet [PDF]

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About Sherwood Forest Education Centre

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve contains some of the oldest trees in Europe, veteran oaks five centuries old and the world-famous Major Oak, still producing acorns after standing at the heart of the forest for an estimated 800 years!

The 450 acre country park is part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, designated in 2002 by Natural England, the Government agency responsible for safeguarding our natural environment.

The ecology here is fascinating. The natural decay of fallen timber means the woodland teems with insect life and fungi, which in turn provide food for varied species of birds and bats.

The name 'Sherwood' was first recorded in 958AD when it was called Sciryuda, meaning 'the woodland belonging to the shire'. It became a Royal hunting forest after the Norman invasion of 1066, and was popular with many Norman kings, particularly King John and Edward I. The ruins of King John's hunting lodge can still be seen near the Nottinghamshire village of Kings Clipstone.

In the 1200s, popularly thought to be the time of Robin Hood, Sherwood covered about 100,000 acres, which was a fifth of the entire county of Nottinghamshire!

The site today is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council and maintained by our country park rangers, working to a woodland management plan drawn up in partnership with English Nature.

Each year Sherwood welcomes around 350,000 visitors to Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, which is located near the village of Edwinstowe.

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Prices

Prices shown below are for Nottinghamshire County Council schools.

Tutor led activities

This includes a group tutor for the whole day, the use of the activity room and any materials required for the sessions. Prices are £240 for up to 70 pupils and £2.40 per pupil thereafter.

Self led activities

Facility Price
Classroom hire £50
Shelter building equipment hire £25
Orienteering equipment hire £25
Mini Beast equipment hire £25

 

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