Robin Hood Festival 2016

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1 to 7 August 2016

  • 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.  

Jousting and falconry displays are on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (subject to weather).

You can also book tickets for evening and day events, Chris Miller Falconry Walks, Music in the Forest, Twilight Tales and An Evening of Medieval Merriment. To book or for further details, call 01623 823202.

Children's Outdoor Theatre performances take place daily throughout the day. Entry to the theatre includes a small charge.

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

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.

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
  • 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.



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

Food and drink

  • The Forest Table is open from 10am to 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!


On-site public toilets are available at the Visitor Centre only. No toilets are available 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.


Dogs are welcome at the festival but keep them on a lead at all times and clean up after them. Please do not leave them in your vehicle. Be aware some performances may involve loud noises.

Scooter Hire

For people who have limited mobility, scooter hire is available through Professional Mobility. The charge is £20 per day and proof of ID is required on collection.

For more information please call Professional Mobility on:
Freephone: 0800 6335711
Mobile: 07989 680034
Mobile: 07941 970911

Getting here

By bus

Sherwood Arrow (Nottingham to Worksop or Retford via New Ollerton) stops near to the end of the main drive.

Buses do not call at the Visitor Centre during the festival week because of a road closure. Passengers will be dropped in Edwinstowe Village, which is approximately a 10 minute walk from the Visitor Centre.

For more information please visit Travel Line.

Plan a journey.

Coaches and tours

Coach parking is limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

See more of Nottinghamshire

For plenty of ideas of out where else to visit during your visit, see Experience Nottinghamshire.

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