World-famous Major Oak branches out to host a festival

15 August 2017

Join Nottinghamshire County Council and The Sherwood Forest Trust for the only festival in the world that is hosted by a tree! The Major Oak Woodland Festival  is free and takes place on September 16 and 17 at the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.

Now in its fourth year, The Major Oak Woodland Festival attracts people from all around the world, with Sherwood Forest providing
a unique back-drop of amazing ancient oaks and beautiful birch setting it apart from other woodland festivals.

Planned activities include heritage crafts, traditional toys, tree surgeons, outdoor learning and environmental play, conservation organisations, as well as learning about bugs and critters.

Patrick Candler, Chief Executive Officer from Sherwood Forest Trust said:

“Come and enjoy what promises to be an enjoyable  weekend in Sherwood Forest – meet  charcoal burners, wood turners, conservation organisations and be inspired to get back to nature. It’s also your chance to find out if you are smarter than the Major Oak, so will you dare to ask this grand ancient oak tree a question? Come and help The Green Man wake the Major Oak from its slumbers! “

Councillor John Cottee, the Council’s Chairman of the Community and Place Committee said:

“Festival season continues at Sherwood Forest! On the back of the Robin Hood festival, this popular event is a great celebration of Sherwood Forest and our iconic Major Oak. An array of fascinating traditional and modern woodland crafts and skills will be on display during the event “

Sponsoring the Woodland Festival is the Woodhead Group Based in Edwinstowe House, which is home to more than 40 businesses in   Edwinstowe. The Woodhead Group is an award-winning group of companies that specialise in Construction, Property Management and Regeneration.  It is part of the company’s vision to celebrate and raise awareness for traditional heritage crafts.

Robert Woodhead Limited is also the contractor who is currently developing a new car park and access road for the new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.  

The Festival runs from 11am – 4.00pm  each day  

Parking charges: Cars - £3 (including blue badge holders)
Motorbikes - £1
Minibus & coach - no charge

For further details, contact The Sherwood Forest Trust on 01623 821490 or e-mail at

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