Sherwood Pines to host a living history camp celebrating Nottinghamshire’s connection to Magna Carta

Re-enactors from Regia Anglorum
Re-enactors from Regia Anglorum

An enthralling re-enactment of 1215 will take place to celebrate Nottinghamshire’s connections to King John and 800 years of the Magna Carta – one of the most famous documents in the world.

History re-enactors Regia Anglorum will be setting up a living history camp on Saturday May 9th and Sunday May 10th at the Forestry Commission’s historic site of Sherwood Pines.

We aim to offer a real insight into this period in history and illustrate the life skills that people had to learn to survive.

The event is part of The Forestry Commission’s celebrations to mark the Magna Carta’s legacy.

National Events Officer for Regia Anglorum, Kim Siddorn, said: “We will be setting up a living history camp for the weekend. Visitors will get to see an authentic representation of how people lived in the 13th Century.

“We aim to offer a real insight into this period in history and illustrate the life skills that people had to learn to survive.”

The camp will see families re-enacting life under the reign of King John, cooking typical food and recreating the sights, sounds and smells of a medieval encampment.

Issued in June 1215, the Magna Carta was the first document to put into writing that the king and his government were not above the law. Eight hundred years on and the Magna Carta’s ideas of justice and freedom have become part of our society, influencing generations across the world.

Amy Chandler, Community Ranger, from the Forestry Commission, said: “To commemorate the 800th anniversary is important because it is the foundation stone supporting the freedoms enjoyed today by people in more than 100 countries.

We think our event will be one of the most vivid re-enactments of the Magna Carta period in the Nottinghamshire.

“The Forestry Commission is proud to be hosting this living history camp.”