Robin Hood festival fever at Sherwood Forest

NMAC11-2126-15'Robin Hood Festival Launch'The Sherrif of Nottingham and Robin Hood mix it up during the opening ceremony.
NMAC11-2126-15'Robin Hood Festival Launch'The Sherrif of Nottingham and Robin Hood mix it up during the opening ceremony.

‘ROBBING the rich to feed the poor’. . . Nottinghamshire’s famous outlaw returned for more excitement and thrills at this year’s Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood Forest.

The 27th annual extravaganza ran from last Wednesday until Monday with different events celebrating the Robin Hood legend taking place every day.

They varied from open air theatre performances to archery challenges at Edwinstowe’s Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.

Each day a new event took place, with jousting tournaments entertaining the crowds last Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

In the evenings, ‘Twilight Tales’ featured storyteller Nick Rafferty and musician Trevor James, while there were also two ‘Rhythms of Sherwood’ drumming workshops.

Throughout the festival, costumed characters were on hand with ancient crafts and skills.

Budding outlaws were given the chance to try out their aim at the Silver Arrow Challenge and there was also pottery and face painting in the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

Every year the festival attracts the crowds and last year 70,000 visitors attended.