Crowds flock to Major Oak Woodland Festival

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Crowds carved themselves a great day out at Sherwood Forest at the weekend for the Major Oak Woodland Festival.

Organised by Nottinghamshire County Council in partnership with The Sherwood Forest Trust, it saw family entertainment and craft demonstrations spread across the forest.

Robin Hood fan, Rhys Phillips, 5, from Stoke-on-Trent was thrilled to discover his hero in the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.  What's so great about Robin Hood? "Fighting with his sword, shooting arrows and jumping back!" explained Rhys.

Robin Hood fan, Rhys Phillips, 5, from Stoke-on-Trent was thrilled to discover his hero in the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. What's so great about Robin Hood? "Fighting with his sword, shooting arrows and jumping back!" explained Rhys.

There were heritage crafts, tree surgeons, outdoor learning displays, community archaeology, bugs and critters, bee keepers and the old tool store among the attractions.

Youngsters could learn to fire long bows, Robin Hood style, make tools and furniture using ancient methods and learn about the history and myths of the forest, courtesy of the Wild Man of the Woods.

Dressed in a green outfit and leaves, he proved popular among families as he performed songs and spinning tales about the Major Oak.

Coun John Knight, culture committee chairman at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We are rightly proud of Sherwood Forest which is one of the most famous forests in the world.

“The Major Oak Woodland Festival gives us an opportunity to promote its exciting past and everything that it offers today, as well as celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of Sherwood being designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status.”