hood Festival and pageant
|| Both events celebrate
the life and times of the boldest outlaw that ever lived
and offer plenty to do for young and old alike.
The Robin Hood Festival, which takes place in Sherwood
Forest and lasts for a whole week, starts each year
at the beginning of August.
At the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre [map] there are various entertainers delighting the crowd, alongside
a plethora of medieval stalls – here you can see
coins being made, goblets being moulded and hog being
roasted on a spit.
At an open air theatre, children are invited to take to
the stage and act out the tales of Robin Hood. At the Major Oak you can watch re-enactments of the battles
between good and evil, see how the foresters used to live,
or perhaps try your hand at archery.
Alternatively, you can just wander round the forest and
casually bump into various characters from the Robin Hood
Other highlights include a jousting tournament where the knights show off their skills and a festive
feast, whereyou will be entertained by jugglers, jesters
and minstrels while feasting on a roast hog.
The Robin Hood Pageant sees the grounds of Nottingham
Castle [map] transformed into a medieval village for one weekend
every year. Historical re-enactments bring the past to
life and all your favourite characters will be there to
join in the fun, from Friar Tuck to the fair Maid
Craftspeople demonstrate skills that have passed down
through the centuries – wood turning, shoe making
and coin striking to name a few. Jugglers, jesters and
medieval puppeteers are on hand to entertain the youngsters.
You can learn to fire a bow and arrow like Nottinghamshire’s
most famous legend, and you can marvel at the Nottingham
Jousting Association in action.
But will Robin Hood himself put in an appearance? You
will have to go along and find that out for yourself!