Robin Hood Festival rides through Sherwood Forest

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Robin Hood Festival

Whether you fancy testing your skill with a bow and arrow, or you’re keen to learn how your ancestors lived, I might have just the thing to satisfy your curiosity – travel to Nottinghamshire next week when the Robin Hood Festival gallops into town.

Whether your idea of Robin Hood is Errol Flynn, Russell Crowe or a cartoon fox, the appeal of England’s folk hero is truly timeless, and this annual week-long festival sounds like the perfect way to find out all about the character and sort the truth from the legends.

Not that the festival is just a dry history lesson, of course, with everything from archery contests and jousting tournaments to falconry displays making it just the thing for fantastic days out in the great outdoors, especially if you take the kids.

Robin Hood Festival
Images: www.robinhood.org.uk

The festival takes place at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre – the legendary home of Robin and his Merry Men! The forest is just outside of Edwinstowe Village in the north of the county, about half an hour’s trip from Nottingham itself, where you’ll find even more attractions devoted to the world’s most famous outlaw.

If you’re thinking of heading up to the famous forest to catch the action next week, the Robin Hood Festival runs from Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th August, and activities take place all day from 11am to 4.30pm. You’ll surely be pleased to hear that the event is free to attend too, with only a couple of activities like the archery tournament having an entry fee, and a modest £5 parking charge if you’re taking the car.

We seem to be spoiled for choice with festivals this August – from the month-long Edinburgh Fringe to the Leeds and Reading music festivals and one-offs like the Carnavel del Pueblo offering something for everyone. Whatever you’re getting up to in this busy month, let us know about it here at Superbreak!

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