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robin hood festival 2015

Robin Hood Festival 2015

  • Free entry
  • £5 car parking charge 

What’s happening and where

See festival highlights and pre-bookable events

Activities take place at three main locations in Sherwood Forest Country Park:

  • Visitor Centre
  • Major Oak (10-15 minutes walk from the Visitor Centre)
  • Jousting Arena (10 minute walk from the Visitor Centre)  

You may also encounter strolling players, costumed characters and medieval stalls as you move around the site.  

See a map of the park [PDF]

Certain activities are subject to weather conditions. If you are travelling any distance, contact us to check ahead: 01623 823202.

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Visitor information

Getting here

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve
NG21 9HN 

Car parking

Cars: £5 for the day, including blue badge holders.
Coaches and minibuses with over 12 seats: Free
Motorcycle charge: £1
Disabled parking is available at Forest Corner, Edwinstowe. Follow signs on arrival.

Car parking is limited and the festival is very popular. Consider using public transport or car-sharing if you can.

Free car parking to Sherwood Forest 2015 season ticket holders.

Public transport

You can get the Sherwood Arrow to the Robin Hood Festival from Nottingham, Worksop and Retford to Sherwood Forest Country Park. A family ticket allows up to two adults and three children to travel all day for £10.

Coaches and tours

Coach parking is limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.  There is a passenger drop-off and collection point.

For more advice about off-site parking please contact the park team in advance. Tel: 01623 823202, option 4. 


Dogs are welcome, in all areas except the falconry walks, but must be kept on leads. Please be aware that crowds, children and occasional loud noises may be a challenge to nervous dogs. 

What should I wear?

This is an outdoor event, so come ready for our unpredictable English climate! Consider bringing with you: 

  • an umbrella
  • waterproof coat
  • pair of wellies
  • sun cream and sun hats
Comfortable shoes are advisable as paths are uneven in places and much of the action takes place in woodland and grassy areas.

This outdoor event involves a reasonable amount of walking. 

How to get here

Car: The Visitor Centre is on the B6034 just north of Edwinstowe, between the A6075 and the A616, 20 miles north of Nottingham.

Bus: The Sherwood Arrow bus service runs between Nottingham, Worksop and Retford, calling at Edwinstowe village, which is a short walk from the visitors' centre.

Train: The nearest train stations are at Shirebrook (6 miles) and Mansfield (7 miles).  Both are served by the Robin Hood line, operated by East Midlands Trains.


robin hood and friar tuck

After the success of last year’s competition, we want to see your best or most creative Sherwood Selfie’s. Whether it’s with the Sheriff, by The Major Oak or you in medieval attire we want to see your best pose! 

While you’re enjoying the Festival, remember to upload your selfie to our Facebook or Twitter page and you could win a pair of Royal Theatre tickets to see Hood…The Legend Continues on the 18 September. 

The competition will be open 3 – 16 August. 

Terms and conditions apply.

See more of Nottinghamshire

For plenty of ideas of where else to visit and special offers, see Experience Nottinghamshire. 

Wonderful weddings in Robin Hood country: find out more. 


Food and drink

  • The Forest Table is open from 10am - 5pm, as well as catering stalls around the park.
  • There are also various picnic areas around the site.
  • Strictly no BBQs in the home of the oaks! 


One-site public toilets are available at the Visitor Centre only.

Festival visitors are also welcome to use the toilets at the Edwinstowe Arts and Craft Centre and Cricket Club pavilion. 

There are no toilets located at the Major Oak. 

Cash machine

There are no cashpoints in the forest. Our indoor shop and catering outlets accept credit and debit cards but can’t give cashback.

There are two cashpoints in the village of Edwinstowe, which is a 15 minute (approx.) walk from Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre - head down to the Jousting Arena and carry on into the village.

Mobility scooters

The company is Professional Mobility, scooter hire is £20 per day, 2 forms of ID are required and the booking numbers are 0800 6335711, 07989 680034 or 07941 970911.

Pre-booking is advised to secure a scooter to get around site more easily if you have mobility problems.


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

Telephone: 01623 821338 (10.30am - 4.30pm).
Email: sherwoodtic@nsdc.info

Staying in the area? Why not visit the Robin Hood village of Edwinstowe, where Robin and Maid Marion are said to have been married. 

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