Guest blog post from Helen Moffat
Communications Project Manager at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

The new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre opening in August 2018We are most definitely on countdown to the opening of the new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest and are hoping the current beautiful weather decides to stay for the summer and give us a warm welcome!

Our contractors are busy working away both inside and out, and the transformation over recent weeks has been amazing.  Externally, the beautiful cedar cladding is now complete, helping the building blend into its glorious setting with even more ease.

Inside, the different areas are starting to take shape, and with just a bit of imagination, you can picture yourself sat in front of our full-height windows in the café area, enjoying a cuppa and drinking in the wonderful view of the forest.


The new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre opening in August 2018Opening in time for the Robin Hood Festival

We plan to be open mid-August, in time to make the final preparations for this year’s Robin Hood Festival – the 34th annual event, but our first as a consortium.  We’ve pushed the date of the festival back slightly to August 27, because of the new visitor centre, but hope it will be more than worth the wait!

The programme will include previous favourites such as skirmishing at the Major Oak, with music, food, stalls and entertainment throughout the forest, plus a few new attractions – as well as a new venue!

For more details about the new visitor centre, and the festival, please see


Previous blog posts 2018

Byron Festival 2018, Jul 3, 2018


National Holocaust Centre and Museum open gardens, Jun 27, 2018

A fabulous Father’s Day in Newark and Sherwood, June 11, 2018


20 family activities for May half term in Newark & Sherwood, May 21, 2018

Take a journey back in time, May 13, 2018


Literary festivals in Newark and Sherwood, Apr 30, 2018

Newark & Sherwood pull out all the stops for May Day living history weekend, Apr 16, 2018

Newark Air Museum: 45 years open to the public, Apr 9, 2018


Cyclists welcome in Newark & Sherwood, Mar 26, 2018

A superior shopping experience in Newark and Sherwood, Mar 19, 2018

Music festivals for all tastes in Newark & Sherwood, Mar 13, 2018

Follow the Easter bunny to Newark & Sherwood, Mar 5, 2018


Have a wonderful wedding in Newark & Sherwood, Feb 27, 2018

If antiques are your thing, you will love Newark and its surrounds, Feb 19, 2018

Discover interesting outdoor skills in Newark and Sherwood, Feb 10, 2018

February half term fun in Newark & Sherwood, Feb 5, 2018


Preserving the coal mining past of Newark and Sherwood, Jan 29, 2018

Relive Civil War history in Newark and Sherwood, Jan 22, 2018

Experience the legacy of Newark and Sherwood’s great Dukes of old, Jan 15, 2018

Southwell holds some historic surprises for visitors, Jan 8, 2018

Follow the legends and tales of King John across Newark & Sherwood, Jan 2, 2018


Previous blog posts 2017