Shadow events

Shadow Lite

There are two Shadow events each year, a smaller event called Shadow Lite in May, which is aimed at 10 to13 year olds, and the bigger event, Shadow in October, aimed at 13 to 19 year olds.

Shadow takes place at young people's centres across Nottinghamshire every year, currently coordinated by Notts Outdoors. It has now been running for an unbelievable 49 years! The aim is to promote teamwork, resilience and problem solving by completing challenges in an overnight orienteering experience at Sherwood Forest, where over 200 young people usually take part.


Book your team for Shadow 2024 events!

Shadow Lite 2023 - a great success

Shadow Lite is for 10 to13 year olds and gives younger participants the chance to take part in local team building and challenge exercises, which is a perfect introduction and taster to the main Shadow event for 13 to19 year olds and young adults up to 25 who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Shadow Lite aims to capture the core values of Shadow: teamwork, resilience and adventure, but is an event that takes place within different youth settings. 

Activities are planned around three themes: creativity, mental and physical, with a set time to complete the exercises, which are scored as a team based on their performance. 

In 2023, Shadow Lite saw 50 teams enter which were made up of approximately 300 young people from across the county! Congratulations to our 2023 winners - From Base 16 @ Selston Young People's Centre and Team Manager - Pav Ayoub!


Shadow - October 2024! See how you can get involved...

Shadow is an event for 13 to19 year olds, and is also made accessible for young adults up to 25 who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

This is the 50thevent, so a very special one, and a return to Sherwood Forest over the weekend of Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2024, run in partnership by the youth service and Notts Outdoors.

To find out more about Shadow 50 visit the Notts Outdoors website for more information or watch our promotional video to learn more about last years event :


To book a team or enquire about volunteering opportunities please contact either

Shadow collages

As part of the event, teams created 'shadow collages', some of which you can see below:

Shadow collage entry from Redhill Young People's Centre

Link club lightning collage entry

Link Club North

Shadow collage

Shane's pied pipers


Thanks to everyone who took part.

A team at the Dukeries young people's centre made this short video as part of the event:

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