Festival Essentials!

If you are planning to come and visit our Robin Hood Festival next week – fantastic!  Here’s a few things which will hopefully make your visit go smoothly!

This year’s event runs from Monday, August 27 to Sunday, September 2.

Please follow the yellow event signage for our car park when you get close to site. It is a very busy event, so we ask that you are patient on arrival.  We want to ensure that everyone gets safely parked and then crosses the road safely too!

There is a £5 parking fee, which is payable by all visitors, including RSPB members.  This is the only week during the year that members have to pay to park at the site, but if you bring your membership card and present it in the cafe before 11am, you can claim a free filter coffee or cup of tea, throughout the week of the festival only.

We have accessible parking adjacent to the new visitor centre on Forest Corner.

This is an outdoor event, so come ready for our unpredictable English climate! Consider bringing with you:

  • umbrella
  • waterproof coat
  • pair of wellies
  • suncream and sunhats

Comfortable shoes are advisable as the action is spread across the site, in woodland and grassy areas, and some paths are uneven.

Dogs are allowed but must be kept on lead around the visitor centre and the main festival performance areas.

Our cafe in the visitor centre provides a range of hot and cold food, including sandwiches and children’s pick ‘n’ mix picnics, which you can eat in or take out into the forest to enjoy.

There’s also picnic benches dotted around the forest and plenty of lovely grassy spots to put a blanket down if you wish.

Sadly, our new play area won’t be available during the festival – but our existing one is still open and just a short walk away – please ask our staff for directions.

Mobility Scooters

For anyone with mobility issues, we’ve teamed up with Professional Mobility for the hire of mobility scooters at the 2018 festival. Pre-booking secures a scooter and visitors can benefit from delivery of a scooter to the car park by Professional Mobility.

There is a charge of £25 per day and proof of ID is required on collection. To book, please call Freephone: 0800 633 5711, or mobile: 07989 680034.

Toilets are located in the new visitor centre, and at the old visitor centre site, which will be signposted.  These include accessible toilets.  Please note, there are none at the Major Oak site.

If you need to know anything else whilst on site, please look out for our team – they’ll be wearing purple polo shirts, tabards and/or name badges and will be more than happy to help!

Have a fantastic festival – join us at 11am on Monday 27th if you want to see the grand opening, complete with our performers and guests!