Robin Hood Festival safe for another year say organisers

Robin Hood Festival launched.  'The Sheriff of Nottingham winds up the crowd at the opening ceremony.
Robin Hood Festival launched. 'The Sheriff of Nottingham winds up the crowd at the opening ceremony.
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The arrows broadswords and tights may have been consigned into storage but the future of The Robin Hood Festival is safe for another year.

Nottinghamshire County Council has confirmed the Sherwood Forest event will definitely go ahead in 2016 after the organisers hailed this year’s event a huge success.

More than 40,000 people flocked to the 31st Annual Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest - the largest event in the authority’s calendar and one of the biggest celebrations of Robin Hood in the world, attracting visitors from around the country and globe.

The week long festival kept people entertained with open air sword fights, period entertainers and performers, medieval magic and music, minstrels and jesters, storytelling, crafts and traders and a living history camp.

A council spokesman said: “There are perennial rumours that each festival is going to be the last, but I can confirm it will definitely go ahead next year.

“The festival is not about making money it is about celebrating Robin Hood.”

He said the future of the event had been questioned by people concerned about the fate of plans to build a new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest Country park.

The County Council launched a procurement process in October 2014 to find a new external partner to design, build and operate a new visitor centre.

Confirmation of the preferred bidder is expected to be announced this month.