Robin Hood is heading back to Sherwood Forest

The annual Robin Hood Festival takes place at Sherwood Forest next month
The annual Robin Hood Festival takes place at Sherwood Forest next month

It is now less than a month to Nottinghamshire County Council’s annual Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest in August.

Robin Hood and his Merry Men are preparing for another week of medieval merriment between August 1 and 7.

It is always a popular draw with thousands of visitors each year to enjoy a packed programme of family entertainment.

We are looking forward to another fantastic Robin Hood Festival which always entertains and excites everyone who attends and is a great day out.

We attract visitors from across the UK and from abroad to visit iconic Sherwood Forest and celebrate the world’s favourite medieval outlaw.

But rumours abound that the Sheriff of Nottingham might try to spoil the fun.

Expect entertaining scuffles between the arch rivals, colourful displays with costumed characters and medieval music, craft stalls, storytelling, comedy and have a go archery.

There are also falconry displays and live jousting tournaments on the Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Festival folk characters always provide a key focal point during the week with many much loved characters set to return this year including jesters What a Palaver, the Medieval Maniax, medieval pig farmer Simple Tom, open air theatre favourites Alan a Dale and Rosie and the Crazy Dutch Regulars to name a few, who entertain the crowds.

Around 40,000 visitors attended the festival last year and it is now into its 32nd year.

Activities and events are spread across Sherwood Forest Country Park near Edwinstowe from 11am to 4pm each day.

There is also an evening programme of entertainment during the week.

The festival is free entry but with £5 parking and provides a great day out for the family.

Find out more about this year’s festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/robinhoodfestival or Twitter at @NottsCC #robinhoodfestival