Cllr John Knight’s column: Summer of fun is lined up

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Sherwood is famous the world over for Robin Hood and the Major Oak and two festivals in Nottinghamshire help celebrate their international reputations in the coming months.

The Robin Hood Festival and the Major Oak Woodland Festival are just two highlights of Nottinghamshire County Council’s leisure calendar offering a wide variety of free and accessible events for all over the coming months across our country parks and libraries, archives and information services.

Visitors can look forward to the 31st annual Robin Hood Festival which takes place from August 3 to 9 at Sherwood Forest. The annual skirmishes between Robin and his arch enemy the Sheriff of Nottingham are always a great spectacle for the thousands of visitors along with the cast of dozens who make up the Festival Folk, transporting Sherwood back to majestic and colourful medieval times.

Then on September 12 and 13 – the second annual Major Oak Woodland Festival is held at the country park, a fitting tribute to the ancient tree which is the current Great British Tree of the Year following February’s public voting contest held by the Environmental Partnership Association. Rufford Abbey, another popular country park just a few miles away, has its own leisure highlights over the next few months. Rufford will step back in time again on September 26 and 27, when it hosts the annual On the Home Front 1939-45 which portrays life within the Abbey grounds during the Second World War when it was used as a base for a number of British Army units. Rufford also hosts the Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair on June 28-29.

Elsewhere, Mansfield Library will be the first library in the county to host the new children’s Pop-Up Theatre, which debuts on July 25 and will tour a further 15 libraries across the summer holidays - giving children and their families a taste of theatre as well loved books are taken from ‘page to stage’.

Another favourite activity in libraries this summer will be the annual Summer Reading Challenge to encourage children to read six books and pick up rewards. It will take place during the summer holidays – with research showing taking part boosts children’s literacy skills and confidence.

Find out more by visiting the County Council website: where you can also sign up to the Email Me service.