Robin Hood Festival gets underway this week

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SHERWOOD Forest at Edwinstowe is the place to be this week, starting Monday, if you want to find out more about the area’s most famous outlaw: Robin Hood.

The annual Robin Hood Festival will take place between 13th and 19th August at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

Based around the legend of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, the free event will have a Medieval theme - and visitors will be able to see jousting archery, falconry and displays along with a Medieval rat catcher and a host of performers, musicians and entertainers.

The seven day festival, which has been organised by Nottinghamshire County Council, will also see Robin Hood trying to outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham as he stands up for the poor.

Visitors will be able to see live jousting and falconry displays which will take place on the Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and there will also be entertainment and craft stalls throughout the event.

Izi Banton, who is site manager at Sherwood Forest, said: “For many people it is the chance to step out of the modern world for a few hours and enjoy a taste of Medieval life in the magical forest setting that is so appealing.

“The atmosphere created by the performers, who genuinely enjoy being in the forest, makes such a difference.

“As one performer described it, ‘Sherwood is a big green hug’.

“That quote has stayed with me and I think it sums up the festival and the impact it has.

“It is a privilege to be part of the event - and although fun rather than historical accuracy is the main aim, it is amazing how much visitors can and do learn through the interactive nature of the festival.

“A testament to the popularity and enduring appeal of the festival is that we now have people who first visited the festival as children bringing their own children to enjoy the event.”

For details on the Robin Hood Festival click here.