VIDEO: Crowds flock to open air events

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Crowds turned out in droves at the weekend with two outdoor events being deemed a success.

Rain dampened proceedings on Saturday, but sunshine on Sunday ensured thousands of visitors flocked to Pleasley Pit open weekend and the Major Oak Woodland Festival in Sherwood Forest.

Pleasley Pit open day helpers, Sky-Louise Randall, Liya Jane Evans and Hailie-Jade Randall, who were on duty at the restored pit from the 1st Pleasley and New Houghton Brownies.

Pleasley Pit open day helpers, Sky-Louise Randall, Liya Jane Evans and Hailie-Jade Randall, who were on duty at the restored pit from the 1st Pleasley and New Houghton Brownies.

A Pleasley, there were demonstrations, a flypast by the World War II plane, the Dakota, from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and an appearance from special guest, Dennis Skinner.

The Bolsover MP was on hand to sign copies of his latest book.

Meanwhile, at Sherwood Forest people were offered the chance to turn their hand to traditional woodland crafts and skills, browse the various stalls selling unique hand-made gifts and take part in woodland activities such as archery, shelter building, and ancient tree walks.

Izi Banton, Nottinghamshire County Council’s site manager for Sherwood Forest Country Park, said: “The event went really well thanks despite the weather being very inclement on Saturday.

“Sunday was fantastic in terms of the weather and we had some great feedback from exhibitors, public and staff about the whole festival.”