The Robin Hood Festival – Sherwood Forest
To add to our current obsession with Robin Hood, we took a trip to Sherwood forest to see one day of a week long events for the Robin Hood festival. The festival itself was free, just £5 to park. We got there as early as we could, just after ten as I’d heard it was very popular, at this time it was lovely and quiet.
We started by taking a look around the visitor centre and a walk through the Robin Hood exhibit. There were all sorts shows and stalls on throughout the day at various places. First of all we chose to walk down to the Major Oak, we’d read about Robin Hood and the Major Oak in story books, so I had to pre-warn the boys that unfortunately they would not actually be able to go near the Major Oak, nevermind hide in it, they didn’t mind though.
There’s a grassy clearing around the Major Oak, which had stalls all around the edge. The Fireman wanted to have a go on everything, archery, slingshots, crossbows. We settled on one, which was crossbows, we did it together, he loved it, The Farmer had a go too and giggled the whole way through.
We stopped by the Alchemists stall, the boys were very intrigued. Bottled insects, glistening gems, jars of potions, very exciting! Shortly after we heard some medieval music start up so went and sat on the grass and watched and listened. We started on our picnic, it was all very nice and relaxing. After the music the Medieval Maniacs show started. This was very entertaining for both children and adults. The boys loved the rubber glove balloon act, I’m surprised they’ve not asked me for some rubber gloves yet. A sign that this show was good, is the fact that the boys sat still the whole way through. After this Robin Hood and his band of men arrived at the Major Oak, with the Sheriffs men in hot pursuit. Everybody gathered along the fence, I let The Fireman squeeze to the front on his own, whilst The Farmer took an elevated position on my shoulders. The Fireman loved watching the fighting, The Farmer was not so sure. The fighting finished and the crowds dissipated, it was at this moment I realised The Fireman wasn’t following me. It’s the first time I’ve lost him in a crowd, it was a huge crowd with people walking in all different directions, paths leading to all parts of the forest. I’ve never felt so sick in all my life. He was gone for no more than five minutes, yet it felt like much longer. I found him wondering about in the middle of the clearing, he didn’t seem to be worried at all, I nearly broke down into tears! Anyway, on with the day and they decided they’d like to have their photo taken with Robin Hood.
Another trip to the alchemist to watch the Philosopher’s Stone being created and then another fight with Robin Hood and the Sheriff’s men, The Farmer was a bit happier about it this time. Look it’s King Richard I too, no not the one that was buried under a car park in Leicester, that’s King Richard III, as The Fireman would tell me.
We took a slow walk back up to the visitor centre, stopping at various stalls along the way. The Farmer was quite taken with the Crazy Dutch Regulars, he could join in with the music with various instruments. By this time The Fireman was on a mission to find a shield to go with his sword, I said they could have a treat. Back at the visitor centre and it was packed, glad we looked around earlier in the day. The boys found what they were after and we started walking back to the car, via a great, but busy playground. We had a brilliant but seriously tiring day. We’re already looking forward to next year, dates for your diaries, 4 – 10 August 2014