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Robin Hood Festival - 4-10 August 2014

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Robin Hood Festival Leaflet

Join us to celebrate 30 years of the Robin Hood Festival in the magnificent setting of Sherwood Forest Country Park, home of the legendary outlaw. 

Admission to this fun filled festival is free (£5 car parking). It's a perfect day out for the whole family!

Download the Robin Hood Festival 2014 flyer [PDF]

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Use the tabs below to get information on travel, parking, opening hours, costs, facilities, programme of events and accommodation in the nearby area.

If you can't find the answer to your query contact our Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 8080 or email: enquiries@nottscc.gov.uk.

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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.

Opening hours

The park, cafe and shops are open from 10am daily with the main programme of events taking place between 11am and 4pmThe park closes at 5pm.

Costs

Entry to the festival is free. Car parking costs £5 per car for the whole day.

Most of the entertainment at the Festival including the jousting tournaments and falconry displays is free.

Charges of between £1 and £3 per person apply to certain optional activities including:

  • Children's theatre performances in the Open Air Theatre
  • 'Have a go' archery
  • Self guided trails - from £1 per leaflet.

See posters and signs on site for full details.

Refreshments and picnics

Meals and snacks are on sale in the Forest Table Restaurant. There is also a BBQ and hog roast stall in the Visitor Centre throughout the day.

Drinks and ice creams are on sale at the Forest Table Restaurant and usually also from a kiosk by the Major Oak.

If you're planning to bring a picnic, there are a small number of picnic tables near the car park and by the Major Oak. Camping stoves and picnic barbecue grills are not allowed, to protect the ancient woodland from the danger of fire.

Toilets and baby changing

Toilet facilities are available at the Visitor Centre and at the Edwinstowe Art and Craft Centre. There are no toilets by the Major Oak. We do not use portaloos by the Major Oak as it's difficult and expensive to adequately service portaloos in this area. There is an accessible toilet adjoining the Park Ranger's Office which has baby changing facilities. There are also baby changing facilities in the ladies toilets at the Visitor Centre.

Cashpoints

There are no cashpoints (ATMs) on site and shops at the Visitor Centre cannot give cashback. The nearest cashpoints are in Edwinstowe Village, a 10-15 minute walk from the Visitor Centre, and a five minute walk from the jousting arena, funfair and cricket ground.

Cycling

There are cycle racks in the car park for you to leave your cycle. Cycling and mountain biking is only allowed on the bridleways in the National Nature Reserve - it is not allowed at the Visitor Centre or by the Major Oak.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome at the festival and dog poo bins are provided around the site. Please clean up after your dog otherwise you risk a fine.

As the festival is very busy you must keep your dog on a lead at all times. If your dog is nervous, be aware that there could be large crowds, noise and music. Please do not leave your dog in your car as there is no shade in the overflow car park.

There are certain activities where dogs are not allowed, e.g. the Walk with Hawks event. If unsure, please check before participating.

Camping

No camping is allowed as the ancient woodland is protected as a National Nature Reserve.

There are several camping and caravan sites in the Sherwood Forest area and farm stays are possible. There is a Youth Hostel at Edwinstowe Village, within walking distance of the Festival site.

Contact the local Tourist Information Centre on 01623 821338 or sherwoodtic@nsdc.info for more information. They are open daily from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Access for all

Getting around the site involves a fair amount of walking. Parties with young children or less mobile visitors should allow sufficient time for this.

Paths and surfaces

The visitor centre at Sherwood is situated on a level site and is fully accessible for wheelchairs. A number of paths, such as the Major Oak path, are accessible to wheelchairs, but please note that the oak is approximately half a mile from the visitor centre and that there are some slight gradients along the way.

Wheelchair and scooter loan   

Limited free loan of wheelchairs is available. Electric mobility scooters are available for hire from Professional Mobility on a first come served basis (deposit and £20 daily hire charge applies, please call 0800 633 5711 / 07989 680 034 to pre-book your scooter).

Accessible buildings

Visitor facilities such as shops and restaurants at Sherwood Forest are accessible for wheelchairs. There are also accessible toilets available.

Access statement

Read our Access Statement for Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre [PDF]

The best place to start your visit to the Festival is at the Visitor Centre. Details of each day's events are displayed just inside the gates and souvenir programmes with daily events listings will also be on sale there for £1 each. 

A mixture of family entertainment with costumed characters, jesters, etc will take place around the site each day from 11am to 4pm. Jousting only takes place on the Wednesday, Saturday on Sunday but whatever day you visit there will be stalls, entertainers and characters around, and plenty to see and do.

Events take place at various locations:

  • The Visitor Centre - where catering, shops and toilets are located
  • Open Air Theatre - a woodland glade 2 minutes walk from the Visitor Centre (follow the signs)
  • The Major Oak - a 10-15 minute walk through the woods from the Visitor Centre
  • Jousting Arena - where the opening ceremony, jousting tournaments and falconry displays take place. This is located near the cricket ground and privately-run fairground at Edwinstowe Village, approximately 10 minutes walk from the Visitor Centre.

Getting around the site involves a fair amount of walking. Parties with young children or less mobile visitors should allow sufficient time for this. Mobility scooters are usually available for hire in the Visitor Centre car park (deposit required and charge payable).

Evening events   

Rhythms of Sherwood Drumming Workshop

Tuesday 5 August - 7pm to 8.30pm

Join Festival drummers 'Rhythmic Unity' in the Open Air Theatre for an evening of interactive drumming. Rhythmic Unity offer you a unique opportunity to experience what it is like to be a 'Sherwood Drummer'.

No experience necessary, drums are provided all you need is enthusiasm and a smile.

£5 per person, Family ticket (2+2) £18 Places are limited. Tickets, subject to availability, from Visitor Information. Catering is not provided, but you are welcome to bring your own refreshments to this event.

Twilight Tales

Thursday 7 August - From 7.30pm

Past Imagined will lead you on a gentle story walk back through the magical forest telling spellbinding tales accompanied by enchanting melodies from medieval minstrel Trevor James!

Tickets (£4 per person) are limited and must be purchased in advance (subject to availability) from Visitor Information. Distance 3/4 mile. Not suitable for under 7s. Sorry, no dogs.

An Evening of Medieval Merriment!

Friday 8 August and Saturday 9 August - 7.30pm to 10pm

Let your hair down with Robin and his merry band as they gather together with other members of the festival cast for an evening of mayhem and merriment. Let's hope nobody's told the Sheriff!

This is a ticket only, open air event. Tickets (subject to availability) on sale at the Visitor Centre. Tel: 01623 823202. Adult £6, child £3, family (2 adults, 2 children) £15.

Bar and BBQ refreshments will be on sale during the evening.

Monday 4 August   

In the Jousting Arena

11am - Opening Ceremony
Join Robin and some of the colourful festival cast as they get together to open the 30th Anniversary Robin Hood Festival. Let's hope the Sheriff doesn't spoil the fun!

No jousting today. Jousting days are Wednesday 6, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August.

At the Visitor Centre

11am - Myal Pyper
Listen to the melodious notes of the medieval piper as he welcomes you to the festival.

12noon and 1.15pm - What a Palaver!
Everybody's favourite jesters bring some light hearted fun to the Visitor Centre.

12.45pm, 3pm and 4.30pm - Blast from the Past
Enjoy a musical interlude with this talented and engaging medieval duo.

2.15pm - Nathaniel Bagshot
Give a warm Sherwood welcome to this medieval magician joining the festival cast for the first time.

2.30pm - Walk with Hawks (from the Visitor Centre)
Walk with falconer Chris Miller and get up close with his birds of prey. Places limited, pre-booking required at Visitor Information. Adults £5, children £2.50. Sorry no dogs.

3.15pm - The Billy of Loxley Troupe
Japes and jokes from these energetic fools.

Look out for other performances in and around the Visitor Centre from the Castle Cleaning Crew, Justin De Frais, Crazy Dutch Regulars, Simple Tom, The Dirty Beggars, More The Merrier, Sir Paul Of Worcester, Sloe Gin, and Sir Ralph Of Epperstone.

At the Major Oak

From 11am - Medieval Times
In between timed performances wander around the stalls and have a go at longbow archery.

11am, 12noon and 2pm - Hautbois
Enjoy a musical interlude with this talented and engaging duo of medieval minstrels.

11.30am - Nathaniel Bagshot
Magic medieval style!

12.30pm and 2.30pm - Skirmishing
Who knows what may happen when Robin discovers the Sheriff's men have been demanding taxes from the poor in Sherwood Forest.
(Please be aware, stunt fighting can be worrying to younger children unless explained to them).

1pm - The Medieval Maniax - 'Death by Laughter'
Giggle and guffaw as the fatal fools amuse and bemuse you. These award winning street performers are ready to make you laugh with their historical hysterics.

3pm - Major Oak Mayhem
A medley of festival entertainers hosted by the magnificent Medieval Maniax in one crazy cabaret.

Open Air Theatre

Tickets go on sale at gate 15 minutes before each show. Adults £1, children and concessions 50p, family (2 adults, 2 children) £2.50. Each show lasts approximately 30 minutes.

11.45am - Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow
Storytellers Alan a Dale and Rosie return to the Festival to tell their tales with a little help from you the audience.

12.45pm - The Billy of Loxley Show
Hilarious traditional jesting - fun-filled, energetic, non-stop and full of audience participation - this is definitely one to join in on!

2pm - Robin's Merriest Men!
Another chance to become a star of the woodland stage as Alan a Dale and Rosie, storytellers extraordinaire, relate tales of everyone's favourite outlaw.

3pm - What a Palaver Present...
A carnival of chaos, featuring the internationally renowned bed of nails, plus even more derring-do, fun and frivolity.

4pm - Robin Hood's Greatest Adventure
Your chance to become a star as Alan a Dale & Festa weave their own version of the outlaw legend.

Tuesday 5 August   

In the Jousting Arena

No jousting today. Jousting days are Wednesday 6, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August.

At the Visitor Centre

11am and 2.30pm - Blast from the Past
Enjoy a medieval musical interlude.

11.30am and 1pm - The Singing Plague Victims
Once seen never forgotten.

11.30am - Walk with Hawks (from the Visitor Centre) 
Walk with falconer Chris Miller and get up close with his birds of prey. Places limited, pre-booking required at Visitor Information. Adults £5, children £2.50. Sorry no dogs.

12.15pm and 1.15pm - What a Palaver!
This wonderfully silly duo could make even the Sheriff of Nottingham giggle.

12.15pm - In the Footsteps of Robin hood (from the Visitor Centre)
Journey back through time on this gentle story walk. Adults £2, children £1.

2pm - Myal Pyper
Enter the world of the medieval piper.

2.30pm - The Sheriff's Birthday Bash! (from the Visitor Centre)
Grab an invite, follow the clues and find the secret 30th birthday party location in the forest to be rewarded by a present from the man himself. Invites: £2, last invite issued at 3pm.

3pm - The Billy of Loxley Troupe
Japes and jokes from these energetic fools.

At the Major Oak

From 11am - Medieval Times
Meet some of the festival folk and have a go at longbow archery.

11am - Bill Brookman
Jester, one man band and jolly japester!

11.30am and 1pm - Skirmishing 
Who knows what may happen when Robin discovers the Sheriff's men have been demanding taxes from the poor in Sherwood Forest.
(Please be aware, stunt fighting can be worrying to younger children unless explained to them).

12noon - The Medieval Maniax - 'Death by Laughter' 
Giggle and guffaw as the award winning street performers amuse you with their historical hysterics.

1.30pm - Simple Tom
Medieval tomfoolery at its silliest!

2.15pm and 4pm - Nathaniel Bagshot
Magic medieval style

Open Air Theatre

Tickets go on sale at gate 15 minutes before each show. Adults £1, children and concessions 50p, family (2 adults, 2 children) £2.50. Each show lasts approximately 30 minutes.

11am - What a Palaver Present...
A carnival of chaos, featuring the internationally renowned bed of nails, plus even more derring-do, fun and frivolity.

12noon - Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow 
Storytellers Alan a Dale and Rosie tell the tale of the Sheriff of Nottingham's Silver Arrow archery contest, and how Robin Hood outsmarted his old enemy.

1pm - The Billy Loxley Show
Fun-filled, energetic, non-stop and full of audience participation - this is definitely one to join in with!

2pm - Robin's Merriest Men!
Another chance to become a star of the woodland stage as Alan a Dale and Rosie, storytellers extraordinaire, relate tales of everyone's favourite outlaw.

3.45pm - Robin Hood's Greatest Adventure
Your chance to become a star as Alan a Dale and Rosie weave their own version of the outlaw legend.

Wednesday 6 August   

In the Jousting Arena

12noon and 2pm - Falconry Display
Admire the speed, grace, power and beauty of hawks, falcons and owls, flown to perfection by Ye Olde Redtail Falconry. A spectacular family show with more than one chance to join in!

2.30pm - Jousting
Enjoy the action, the pageantry, the thrills and spills at the first of the festival's jousting tournaments. Cheer, jeer and make plenty of noise as the dastardly Sheriff faces his foe - bold Robin Hood.

At the Visitor Centre

11.15am and 1pm - The Singing Plague Victims
You won't believe your eyes (or your ears!) when you meet this motley musical pair.

12.15pm - Jezebel Strumpet
Damsel in distress or distressing damsel?!

12.30pm - The Billy of Loxley Troupe
Japes and jokes from these energetic fools.

12.30pm - In the Footsteps of Robin Hood (from the Visitor Centre)
Journey back through time on this gentle story walk from the Visitor Centre and hear tales of Sherwood's most famous outlaw. Adults £3, children £1.50.

1.30pm and 3pm - What a Palaver!
This wonderfully silly duo could make even the Sheriff of Nottingham giggle, and probably will.

2.15pm and 4pm - Myal Pyper
Enter the world of the Medieval piper and drummer.

Look out for other performances in and around the Visitor Centre from Blast From The Past, Hautbois, Castle Cleaning Crew, Sloe Gin, Crazy Dutch Regulars, Justin De Frais, More The Merrier, Nathaniel Bagshot, Paul Of Worcester, and Ratty The Ratman.

At the Major Oak

From 11am - Medieval Times
In between timed performances wander around the stalls, meet some of the colourful festival characters and have a go at longbow archery.

11am, 12.45pm and 2.30pm - Bill Brookman
Jester, one man band and jolly japester!

11.30am and 1.30pm - The Medieval Maniax - 'Death by Laughter'
Giggle and guffaw as the fatal fools amuse and bemuse you. These award winning street-performers are ready to make you laugh with their historical hysterics.

3pm - Nathaniel Bagshot
Delve into the world of the medieval magician as he takes to the Major Oak stage!

3.30pm - Major Oak Mayhem
A medley of festival entertainers hosted by the magnificent Medieval Maniax in one crazy cabaret.

Open Air Theatre

Tickets go on sale at gate 15 minutes before each show. Adults £1, children and concessions 50p, family (2 adults, 2 children) £2.50. Each show lasts approximately 30 minutes.

11am - Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow
Storytellers Alan a Dale and Rosie return to the Festival to tell their tales with a little help from you the audience.

12noon - What a Palaver Present...
A carnival of chaos, featuring the internationally renowned bed of nails, plus even more derring-do, fun and frivolity.

1.30pm - Robin Hood's Merriest Men!
Another chance to become a star of the woodland stage as Alan a Dale and Rosie, storytellers extraordinaire, relate tales of everyone's favourite outlaw.

4pm - Robin Hood's Greatest Adventure
Your chance to become a star as Alan a Dale & Rosie weave their own version of the outlaw legend.

Thursday 7 August   

In the Jousting Arena

No jousting today. Jousting days are Wednesday 6, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August.

At the Visitor Centre

11am - Hautbois
Enjoy a musical interlude with this talented duo of medieval minstrels.

11.30am - Walk with Hawks (from the Visitor Centre)
Walk with falconer Chris Miller and get up close with his birds of prey. Adults £5, children £2.50. Sorry no dogs. Places limited, pre-booking required at Visitor Information.

12.15pm - The Singing Plague Victims
Once seen never forgotten!

1.15pm and 3.30pm - Nathaniel Bagshot
Magic medieval style!

1.30pm - In the Footsteps of Robin Hood (from the Visitor Centre)
Journey back through time on this gentle story walk. Adults £2, children £1.

3pm - A School for Fools
Learn something of the history and practice of the medieval and renaissance fool with Peterkin.

3pm to 4pm - Drumming Workshop
Have some fun with festival drummers Rhythmic Unity. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm! £3 per person, £10 per family (2 adults, 2 children). Places limited, pre-booking required at Visitor Information.

4pm - Sloe Gin
Enjoy a musical end to the day.

At the Major Oak

From 11am - Medieval Times
In between timed performances wander around the stalls, meet some of the colourful festival characters and have a go at longbow archery.

11am & 1.30pm - Bill Brookman
Jester, one man band and jolly japester!

11.30am and 1pm - Skirmishing
Who knows what may happen when Robin discovers the Sheriff's men have been demanding taxes from the poor in Sherwood Forest.
(Please be aware, stunt fighting can be worrying to younger children unless explained to them).

12noon - The Medieval Maniax - 'Death by Laughter'
Giggle and guffaw as the fatal fools amuse and bemuse you. These award winning street-performers are ready to make you laugh with their historical hysterics.

2pm - Myal Pyper
Enter the world of the medieval piper and drummer.

Open Air Theatre

11am - Robin Hood's Greatest Adventure
Your chance to become a star as Alan a Dale and Rosie weave their own version of the outlaw legend.

12noon - Fee Fi Fo Fire
Using the character of the traditional English Fool who 'hath not so much brains as earwax' Peterkin's show culminates in his famous finale, feeding the fire into the features of his face, whilst balanced precariously on a pair of rickety wooden stilts!

1pm - The Billy of Loxley Show
Using traditional jesting techniques with hilarious effect - fun-filled, energetic, non-stop and full of audience participation - this is definitely one to join in on!

2pm - Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow
With a little help from the audience, storytellers Alan a Dale and Rosie tell the tale of the Sheriff of Nottingham's Silver Arrow archery contest, and how Robin Hood outsmarted his old enemy.

4pm - Robin's Merriest Men!
Another chance to become a star of the woodland stage as Alan a Dale and Rosie, storytellers extraordinaire, relate tales of everyone's favourite outlaw.

Friday 8 August   

In the Jousting Arena

No jousting today. Jousting days are Wednesday 6, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August.

At the Visitor Centre

11am and 1.30pm - Peterkin the Fool
An encounter with this very foolish jester could have you in stitches.

11.30am - Blast from the Past
In every way! Medieval melodies and stories to raise a smile.

11.30am - Walk with Hawks (from the Visitor Centre) 
Walk with falconer Chris Miller and get up close with his birds of prey. Adults £5, children £2.50. Sorry no dogs. Places limited, pre-booking required at Visitor Information.

12.30pm - Nathaniel Bagshot
Magic medieval style!

1pm - More the Merrier
Energetic folk dancing to leave you breathless!

1pm to 2pm - Drumming Workshop
Have some fun with festival drummers Rhythmic Unity. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm! £3 per person, £10 per family (2 adults, 2 children). Places limited, pre-booking required at Visitor Information.

3pm - The Billy of Loxley Troupe
Japes and jokes from these energetic fools.

4pm - Myal Pyper
Enter the world of the medieval piper and drummer.

At the Major Oak

From 11am - Medieval Times
In between timed performances wander around the stalls, meet some of the colourful festival characters and have a go at longbow archery.

11am - Bill Brookman
Jester, one man band and jolly japester!

11.30am and 1pm - Skirmishing
Who knows what may happen when Robin discovers the Sheriff's men have been demanding taxes from the poor in Sherwood Forest.
(Please be aware, stunt fighting can be worrying to younger children unless explained to them).

12noon - The Medieval Maniax - 'Death by Laughter'
Giggle and guffaw as the fatal fools amuse and bemuse you. These award winning street-performers are ready to make you laugh with their historical hysterics.

4pm - Nathaniel Bagshot
A medieval magic show to end the day!

Open Air Theatre

11am - Robin Hood's Greatest Adventure
Your chance to become a star as Alan a Dale and Rosie weave their own version of the outlaw legend.

12noon - Fee Fi Fo Fire
Using the character of the traditional English Fool who 'hath not so much brains as earwax' Peterkin's show culminates in his famous finale, feeding the fire into the features of his face, whilst balanced precariously on a pair of rickety wooden stilts!

1pm - Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow
With a little help from the audience, storytellers Alan a Dale and Rosie tell the tale of the Sheriff of Nottingham's Silver Arrow archery contest, and how Robin Hood outsmarted his old enemy.

2.30pm - Robin's Merriest Men
Another chance to become a star of the woodland stage as Alan a Dale and Rosie, storytellers extraordinaire, relate tales of everyone's favourite outlaw.

3.45pm - Nought 'twixt the Ears 
A seriously silly half an hour entertainment combining acrobatics, comedy, fire eating and stilt walking, with Peterkin the Fool to round off your day at the festival!

Saturday 9 August   

In the Jousting Arena

12noon and 2pm - Falconry Display
Admire the speed, grace, power and beauty of hawks, falcons and owls, flown to perfection by Ye Olde Redtail Falconry. A spectacular family show with more than one chance to join in!

2.30pm - Jousting Tourney
Sherwood's ever-popular jousting tournaments featuring the talented Legends Medieval Stunt Team. See Robin battle it out with the Sheriff and his men.

At the Visitor Centre

11am and 2.30pm - Sloe Gin
Enjoy a musical welcome with this colourful duo of medieval minstrels.

11.30am - In the Footsteps of Robin Hood (from the Visitor Centre)
Journey back through time with Robert of Wentbridge, as he leads you on a story walk through the forest, telling tales of Sherwood's most famous outlaw. Adults £3, children £1.50.

12.45pm - Calling All Mini Robins and Marians!
11 years and under? Don your favourite outlaw costume and take part in today's fancy dress competition to find the best dressed Robin or Marian.

1.30pm - More the Merrier
Energetic folk dancing to leave you breathless!

2pm and 4pm - No Strings Puppets
See the sheep save the day as No Strings Puppets recreate the hilarious tale of Robin Hood and the Monk!

2.30pm - Have a Go Jesting
Learn the skills essential to any medieval jester! (follow the signs to the Open air Theatre).

At the Major Oak

From 11am - Medieval Times
In between timed performances wander around the stalls, meet some of the colourful festival characters and have a go at longbow archery.

11am, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm - William of Sherwood
Marvel at the medieval longbow skills of this talented archer and storyteller and squirm as he regales you with tales of his early life as an outlawed lad under the protection of Robin Hood. Not for the faint-hearted!

11.30am - Robin Hood and the Monk
A hilarious re-telling of this traditional tale.

12noon and 2pm - The Medieval Maniax - 'Death by Laughter'
Giggle and guffaw as the fatal fools amuse and bemuse you. These award winning street-performers are ready to make you laugh with their historical hysterics.

1.30pm and 3.30pm - Bill Brookman
Jester, one man band and jolly japester!

Open Air Theatre

11am - Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow
With a little help from the audience, storytellers Alan A Dale & Rosie tell the tale of the Sheriff of Nottingham's Silver Arrow archery contest, and how Robin Hood outsmarted his old enemy.

12noon - The Billy of Loxley Show
Hilarious traditional jesting - fun-filled, energetic, non-stop and full of audience participation - this is definitely one to join in on!

1pm - Fee Fi Fo Fire
Using the character of the traditional English Fool who 'hath not so much brains as earwax' Peterkin's show culminates in his famous finale, feeding the fire into the features of his face, whilst balanced precariously on a pair of rickety wooden stilts!

3.30pm - Nought 'twixt the Ears
Peterkin embarks on a journey of serious silliness involving breathtaking displays (of incompetence), balancing the world's oldest egg (on his nose) and acrobatic balance (on top of an audience volunteer), Lose yourselves in the company of possibly the most foolish man in England.

Sunday 10 August   

In the Jousting Arena

12noon and 2.15pm - Falconry Display
Admire the speed, grace, power and beauty of hawks, falcons and owls, flown to perfection by Ye Olde Redtail Falconry. A spectacular family show with more than one chance to join in!

3pm - Let Battle Commence!
Thrill to the colour and pageantry of medieval jousting, as the Legends team take to the saddle for the final time this Festival with a daring display of horsemanship and armed combat.

At the Visitor Centre

11.15am, 1.15pm and 3.15pm - No Strings Puppets
See the sheep save the day as No Strings Puppets recreate the hilarious tale of Robin Hood and the Monk!

12.15pm - Billy of Loxley
Japes and jokes from these energetic fools.

1.45pm - More the Merrier
Energetic folk dancing to leave you breathless!

3.45pm - Peterkin the Fool
An encounter with this very foolish court jester could have you in stitches.

In between timed performances watch out for other members of the festival cast as they perform in and around the Visitor Centre, including Peterkin The Fool, Simple Tom, Castle Cleaning Crew!, Justin De Frais, Crazy Dutch Regulars, Sloe Gin, The Dirty Beggars, Paul of Worcester, and Sir Ralph Of Epperstone.

At the Major Oak

From 11am - Medieval Times
In between timed performances wander around the stalls, meet some of the colourful festival characters and have a go at longbow archery with the Forest Archer.

11am and 1.30pm - Bill Brookman
Jester, one man band and jolly japester!

12.30pm - The Medieval Maniax - 'Death by Laughter'
Giggle and guffaw as the fatal fools amuse and bemuse you. These award winning street-performers are ready to make you laugh with their historical hysterics.

2pm and 3pm - William of Sherwood
Marvel at the medieval longbow skills of this talented archer and storyteller.

3.30pm - Major Oak Mayhem
A final dose of medieval mirth and greenwood glee with some crazy cabaret in the shadow of the mighty oak!

Open Air Theatre

11am - A School for Fools
Learn something of the history and practice of the medieval and renaissance fool. Find out how they fitted into and subverted the rigorously ordered structures of society, some of the jests and trickery with which they entertained the court and how they accepted and resisted punishment.

12noon - Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow
With a little help from the audience, storytellers Alan a Dale and Rosie tell the tale of the Sheriff of Nottingham's Silver Arrow archery contest, and how Robin Hood outsmarted his old enemy.

1pm - Nought 'twixt the Ears
Peterkin embarks on a journey of serious silliness involving breathtaking displays (of incompetence), balancing the worlds oldest egg (on his nose) and acrobatic balance (on top of an audience volunteer), Lose yourselves in the company of possibly the most foolish man in England.

Bad weather

In the event of bad weather the festival will continue but some activities may have to be changed, moved or cancelled. In thunderstorms or very wet weather some events, e.g. the falconry displays and jousting tournaments, must be cancelled for the safety of the animals and people involved.

Wherever possible though, the rest of the entertainment programme will go ahead as planned. Occasionally we have to either move or change an activity but every effort is made to stage at least some of the events, whatever the weather. Bring a raincoat and umbrella and you'll still have fun!

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. All spaces for the 2014 event are now booked.

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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