Visitors brave elements at Robin Hood Festival

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Around 1,000 merry men, women and children braved the elements on Sunday to enjoy the final day of the annual Robin Hood Festival.

Despite the torrential downpour, the crowds turned out to enjoy the festivities at the 30th annual event at Sherwood Forest, which celebrates the legendary outlaw.

Nottinghamshire County Council said their rangers and staff worked hard to ensure that the show could go on, and the challenging conditions were in contrast to Saturday where thousands of visitors enjoyed a memorable day of medieval merriment in glorious sunshine.

Jousting had to be cancelled as conditions were too dangerous for horses and riders on Sunday and instead there was a final procession to the Major Oak where visitors enjoyed a skirmish between Robin Hood and the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham.

Sherwood forest site manager Izi Banton said: “The bad weather on Sunday morning meant we had to take the decision to change many activities on the programme because of the conditions.

“Despite the challenges we faced, everyone pitched in and worked together to ensure we could make the best of things during the day and people still enjoyed their visit to a very soggy festival where the sterling performers did their best to entertain them, while staff and volunteers did everything they could to keep the site running as smoothly as was possible in such horrendous conditions.”