Sherwood Forest is on our minds! As one of our local treasures, it is always on our minds to some extent, but even more so as we have just launched our fabulous #robinhoodsays…. competition. Check out the prize – you really should enter.

Plus, we’ve had the good fortune this week to talk to lots of organisations working to make Sherwood forest a super place for families to go on holiday. It really is perfect for a quick trip or a longer stay. So, what’s on at the famous home of Robin Hood?

The church where Robin married Maid Marian

Whether or not the marriage is fact or fable, the church itself exists. St Mary’s Church in Edwinstowe is beautiful and dates back to around 1175. Tours are available for groups and on booking ahead can include a special greeting by an archer!  www.stmaryt.org

The Art & Craft Centre      People sitting at tables at the cafe at Sherwood Forest Art & Craft Centre

While you are in Edwinstowe, the Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre is not to be missed. It is based in a wonderfully atmospheric building that was once a Victorian coach house and stables and is home to working art and craft studios and a café. We discovered this week that Lockes Fine Handmade Chocolates based at the centre, now also has a distillery there for making Spirits of Sherwood. Just one more reason to visit.

The trees

The Major Oak is well known and loved, but we had the privilege lately of hearing about the Parliament Oak. The Sherwood Forest Trust, which focuses on conservation, explained to us that this tree is even more ancient than the Major Oak, at about 1,200 years old. If trees could talk…..

Activities in the forest

The forests at Sherwood are a hive of activity. There is always something going on. This weekend is concert weekend as Forest Live comes to Sherwood Pines, with Olly Murs, Tom Jones and Elbow all making appearances. There are always activities at the Sherwood Pines Forest, as well as at Sherwood Forest itself – from bat and glo worm walks to butterfly hunts and hawk experiences. We recently discovered Sherwood Forest Off-Piste, which offers guided walks through the heart of the forest. This includes daytime and evening walks of 3-4 miles with a knowledgeable guide.

While you are in the area…

… it is well worth going to Thoresby Park, which has host of activities, from music festivals to car shows and family friendly activities – for example, the winner of our #robinhoodsays…. competition will get to attend a Falconry experience at Thoresby Courtyard thanks to Hawks of Steele.

There is also Rufford Abbey Country Park, again included in the wonderful prize for #robinhoodsays…. in the guise of lunch at The Savile Restaurant. This year the park is adding outdoor cinema experiences to its line-up of events.

For something a bit different, try the National Holocaust Centre and Museum, the UK’s only centre dedicated to Holocaust education and memorial, which is in Laxton. This is the only remaining working “open field” farming village in Europe.

You might want to stay    3 images of Sherwood Hideaway - a cabin, the interior and a hot tub

With so much to do at Sherwood Forest, you will probably want to stay. Sherwood Hideaway offers luxury cabins with private hot tubs and views of the forest. The winner of #robinhoodsays… will win a weekend break at this magical venue. Have we mentioned you really should enter….!