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Robin Hood Festival

This year from 4 to 10 August, we celebrated 30 years of the Robin Hood Festival in the magnificent setting of Sherwood Forest Country Park, home of the legendary outlaw.

Next year's festival will take place from 3-9 August 2015.

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Photo gallery

See photos of previous Robin Hood Festivals.

Location

The Robin Hood Festival takes place at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. 

Edwinstowe
Mansfield
Nottinghamshire
NG21 9HN

GPS co-ordinates: N53° 12.1002', W001° 3.7962'
OS grid reference: SK 6265 6770

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How to get here

By car and coach

If you are travelling by car you may find the AA Route Planner helpful in planning your route: www.theaa.com/route-planner

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre is on the B6034 just north of Edwinstowe, between the A6075 and the A616, 20 miles north of Nottingham. Our post code is NG21 9HN.

A road closure order is in place for the duration of the Festival, which means that Swinecote Road (B6034) is closed to through traffic. 

Please do not leave your dog in the car as there is no shade on the overflow car park.

By bus

You can get to Edwinstowe on the Sherwood Arrow bus service 33 from Nottingham to Worksop, operated by Stagecoach. For full details, times and prices of bus services check the Traveline website: www.traveline.info or phone Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

Most buses stop on High Street in Edwinstowe, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the Visitor Centre and park. Buses do not stop at the Visitor Centre during the Festival week as Swinecote Road is closed to through traffic.

By train

The nearest train stations are at Shirebrook (6 miles) and Mansfield (7 miles). Both are served by the Robin Hood Line which is operated by East Midlands Trains.

East Midlands Trains (www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk) also run services from London St Pancras to Nottingham, and East Coast (www.eastcoast.co.uk) run services from London Kings Cross to Newark.

By bike

Cycling is not allowed in and around the Visitor Centre. Please leave your bikes at the cycle racks in the car park and proceed on foot.

By air

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre is less than 25 miles from Robin Hood airport and just over 38 miles from East Midlands airport.

Parking

The car parking charge is £5 per car all day (including blue badge holders).

The Visitor Centre car parks have space for 500 cars. Spaces fill up quickly, so come early. We are unable to reserve parking spaces for cars because the site is so busy. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, on the day.

Overflow parking is available at "Naish's Field" across the road and is clearly signed. Due to the volume of traffic attending the event, please be prepared for queues.

No parking is allowed on the roadside verges near the Visitor Centre. Temporary parking restrictions apply in residential streets of the nearby village of Edwinstowe, and motorists ignoring them risk a fine.

Car parking season tickets for Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre are not valid during the Festival.

The main car park barriers close at 5.30pm. The barriers on the overflow car park close at 6pm or sooner once all vehicles have left.

Disabled parking

We have limited accessible parking spaces available at the main visitor car park. Make sure that your blue badge is clearly on display so the car park attendants can see it as you approach.

On jousting days (6, 9 and 10 August) you may also be able to park at the fairground which is closer to the jousting arena. The fairground can only be accessed by approaching from the south through Edwinstowe village. If you are hiring a mobility scooter, we recommend that you park in the main car park by the Visitor Centre as this is where the mobility scooter hire stand is located.

Coach parking

We are unable to reserve parking spaces for coaches because the site is so busy. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, on the day.

Once the coach parking area is full, coaches will be allowed to drop off passengers and then be directed to an off site coach parking area a mile or so away. For more details and a map please call 01623 823202, preferably before the week of the event, when phone lines are often jammed with calls.

Trade stalls

As a medieval event celebrating Sherwood's legendary outlaw, bouncy castles, exhibition and modern trade stands are not appropriate.
A small number of stalls featuring costumed re-enactors demonstrating traditional medieval crafts form part of a medieval market down by the Major Oak.

Historic re-enactors/historical craftspeople interested in taking part in future events should telephone 01623 823202 and ask for the site manager. Please be aware that we usually receive many more requests than we are able to accommodate.

Sponsorship

If you would be interested in being a headline sponsor, jousting arena sponsor or advertising in our festival programme, see our advertising and sponsorship page for more information. 

Advertising

Advertising for the Robin Hood Festival is planned and booked by the County Council's Communications and Marketing Team. For enquiries please contact the Council's Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 8080. However, there is a very limited budget for this free event which is always fully committed well in advance and cold calls selling advertising will be rejected.

Accommodation

Contact the local Tourist Information Centre for information about accommodation in the area, including hotels, guest houses, camping, farm stays, youth hostels and more.

Tel: 01623 821338
Email: sherwoodtic@nsdc.info

Tourist Information Centre opening hours are 10.30am to 4.30pm daily.

Other attractions in the area

To find out what else there is to do in the area, visit the Experience Nottinghamshire website: www.experiencenottinghamshire.com

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