Robin Hood, Robin Hood riding through the glen. Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men…Robin Hood Statue at Sherwood Forest

I don’t think I will be alone is saying that I grew up with the legends of Robin Hood, that tales of his band of Merry Men shaped my childhood. It seems most people, far and wide, in the UK and further afield have heard of our legendary outlaw, his band of Merry Men, Maid Marion and the Sheriff of Nottingham. He represents a force of good and reminds us to do the right thing even if it’s tough…he’s also pretty good with a bow and arrow!

 

We are lucky in Newark & Sherwood that everywhere you turn the legend of Robin Hood follows, let me take you through some of the sites that Robin would frequent.

 

Sherwood ForestSherwood Forest is at the heart of every ballad, every tale and reimagining of Robin Hood. The forest provided our favourite hero with protection and safety whilst he was an outlaw. The RSPB are now looking after the forest and the beautiful ancient oaks, to keep the legend of Robin Hood and his Merry Men alive. Visit the brand-sparkling-new RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, wonder down the trails, visit the Major Oak and experience Robin Hood’s home for yourself. There is something there for everyone, for children (and adults who refuse to grow up) their imagination can run wild as they charge through the forest dressed up as heroes and for those of us who find the forest a calming place, you can wonder to your heart’s content and get lost in the natural beauty of Sherwood Forest. You might even see a friend of Robin, or even the hooded vigilante himself, darting through the forest on to a new adventure!

 

Once you’ve taken your fill of Sherwood Forest you can pop along to Edwinstowe, just a short walk from the RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. You will spot the striking St Mary’s Church, which legend has it, is the church which Robin Hood and Maid Marion got married in!

If you’re like me and grew up on the Disney version of Robin Hood, Bad King John will always be immortalised as a scrawny lion desperately trying to usurp his big brother’s throne…which isn’t far off the truth! King John actually died in Newark Castle on the 18th/19th October 1216. As the tales go, Robin Hood was fiercely loyal to John’s brother, King Richard. While King Richard was off fighting the crusades John was busy ruining the kingdom as regent. Robin and his band of Merry Men tried their hardest to make John’s time as regent as miserable as possible by robbing from the rich to give to the poor – a campaign that prevents John’s infamous collection of taxes. You can visit Newark Castle and see for yourself the location of King John’s death and imagine for yourself the celebrations that would have occurred in Sherwood Forest following the news that Bad King John was dead.

 

Robin Hood has forever been immortalised on the big and small screen, another Robin Hood 2018 movieincarnation of this famous tale of good versus bad hits the big screen on the 21st November, this time staring Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service & Eddie the Eagle) as our hero. He is joined by an all-star cast including Jamie Foxx as Little John, Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Eve Hewson as Maid Marian, Tim Minchin as Friar Tuck and Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet. Each re-imagining of the tale of Robin Hood has brought the legend even more alive from Disney’s sweet-hearted rendition in 1973, the hilarious Robin Hood: Men in Tights in 1993 and the dark version of our tale in Russell Crowe’s 2010 movie. Which incarnation is your favourite?

Whilst we wait in anticipation we do know that the 2018 film will breathe even more life into the legends and tales of Robin Hood as the spirit of Robin Hood lives forever in Sherwood Forest and in the hearts of those who seek him.

 

 

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Previous blog posts 2018

This is Halloween – Halloween in Newark and Sherwood, Oct 22, 2018

The 25th Bramley Festival, Oct 8, 2018

 

The ‘P’ Word, Sep 10, 2018

A Summer of Theatre and Music in Southwell, Sep 3, 2018

 

Weekend Stay in Newark & Sherwood, Aug 20, 2018

Heritage Open Days in Newark & Sherwood, Aug 13, 2018

Newark Air Museum & Rufford Abbey celebrate the 1940s, Aug 5, 2018

 

What to do when school’s out in Newark & Sherwood, Jul 29, 2018

New Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre nearing completion, Jul 9, 2018

Byron Festival 2018, Jul 3, 2018

 

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

A fabulous Father’s Day in Newark & 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 & 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 & 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,