When you are on holidays in Newark and Sherwood, why not try your hand at a new skill or experience a new activity? There are many activities from which to choose, from survival in the wild through to arts and crafts. Here are a few that link in with the region’s natural resources and rich history.
Archery (of course)
As this is the home of Robin Hood, it is no surprise that archery is first on the list. You can try out archery in groups at the Sherwood Forest Activity Centre, while Adrenalin Jungle and Lockwell Activity Centre cater for individuals and groups. The centres offer plenty of other activities also.
Bush Craft skills
Back2Basics runs Bush Craft courses at Kelham Hall, just outside Newark. While there are courses for children, they are very popular with adults too. The aim is to give attendees the confidence to survive in the wild. We’re not quite talking Bear Grylls’ levels, but about the fundamentals of survival. Skills you might pick up include how to build a shelter from natural resources, building and lighting a fire from flint and friction methods, cooking on an open fire and how to use a knife and axe safely. Day courses and overnight experiences are available. For more information visit the Back2Basics website.
Sherwood Forest is a great place to learn about animals and plants. A visit to the Information Centre will reveal the many walks and talks available, such as bat walks and falconry walks They do sell out, so you may want to book ahead. Guided forestry walks are also available from Sherwood Forest Off Piste.
Hawk handling (and more)
Hawks of Steele is a local, family run business that has been working with birds of prey for over 30 years. It offers a range of experiences, including hawk hunting, owls, falconry and up close photographic opportunities. Experiences can be booked directly with the company.
Try your hand at conservation
Rufford Abbey Country Park holds regular conservation days where you can work with the rangers as a volunteer. This is outdoor work for adults only. Find out more here.