There aren’t that many places in the world with a local legend quite so ingrained into the city’s history, landscape and culture. Robin Hood (for those who live under a rock or haven’t seen Robin Hood: Men In Tights) was an archer, swordsman and outlaw said to rob from the rich to give to the poor along with his band of ‘Merry Men’. Robin and his followers, who included Will Scarlett, Little John and Friar Tuck, battled the evil Sheriff of Nottingham while Robin romanced Maid Marian.
Whether you believe the tales or not, the Robin Hood legend was borne out of Nottingham folklore, and today the city remains dedicated to preserving the historical and cultural significance of Robin Hood. Here’s where you can learn more about Robin Hood.
Image: The Robin Hood Experience Facebook page
Activities At Sherwood Forest Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9HN
Sherwood Forest is an integral part of Robin Hood folklore, being the alleged home of Robin Hood and his followers. There’s lots to discover at Sherwood Forest, with activities including:
Sherwood Forest Adventurer’s Map – this rustic map was created by the Jurys Inn in partnership with the Sherwood Forest Trust. Simply download here and print the map and set off for an exploration adventure!
Visit Major Oak – this famous tree is said to form part of Robin Hood’s hideaway!
Take part in the Robin Hood Festival – during late July and early August, Sherwood Forest will come alive with Robin Hood Fever!
Sherwood Pines – at Sherwood Pines, you can learn archery, pick up some handy survival skills and make things from using bush materials – all things Robin Hood would have done!
Stop in at St Mary’s Church Church Street, Edwinstowe NG21 9QA
In the town of Edwinstowe, you’ll find the medieval St Mary’s Church, which is said to be the place that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were married.
Take the Robin Hood Town Tour
One of the most impressive activities is the Robin Hood Town Tour, which is hosted by the legend himself. Ok, so it’s not actually Robin Hood, but rather Nottingham history expert Ezekial Bone, who will take you on a Robin Hood adventure like no other. Explore the city while hearing about how the story of Robin Hood started and grew into the famous tale it is today.
Image: Ezekial Bone Facebook page
The Robin Hood Experience 94 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6EB
Robin Hood’s Haunts is a murder mystery treasure trail run by the popular Treasure Trails, a fun way for families to explore and learn about their city. Starting in Southwell and onto Papplewick, you’ll explore some of Robin Hood’s haunts, including Rufford Abbey, before finishing at Sherwood Forest, all while following the clues and solving the intriguing murder mystery.
Even the local theme park has a dedicated Robin Hood area. Located in the Wild Wood at Wheelgate Park, you can find all the action below:
Outlaws Commando Course – take on the 15 challenges located over a quarter of a mile that will test your fitness and stamina! There’s Big Bars, the Man Trap and the Vault Nets. Come on, Robin would have beaten them all!
Mini Pedal Karts – ok, so Robin Hood probably didn’t have a pedal kart, but this is easily the best way to escape the evil Sheriff!
Bumper Boats – we’re not sure what boats have to do with Robin Hood, but they’re a heap of fun regardless! Bump mum and dad out of the way as you splash around the pond.