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robin hood festival 2015

Robin Hood Festival 2015

  • Free entry
  • £5 car parking charge

Events programme

What’s happening and where

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

The full daily programme will be available from July 2015. Jousting and falconry displays are generally on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (subject to weather). 

Childrens Outdoor Theatre performances take place daily throughout the day. 

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

children in robin hood costumes

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.

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. Telephone: 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. 

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 33 runs between Nottingham and Worksop, calling at Edwinstowe village.  Drivers will drop you in the Visitor Centre car park on request. Plan a journey.  

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.

Whats 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
  • suncream and sunhats

Comfortable shoes are advisable as paths are uneven in places and much of the action takes place in woodland and grassy areas.


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 use the toilets at the Edwinstowe Art and Craft Centre and Cricket Club pavilion. 

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.


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

See more of Nottinghamshire

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

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