Go Wild in the Greenwood

Join us for a full season of events and activities in Sherwood Forest as part of the RSPB’s Big Wild Summer.

Throughout the school holidays a host of reenactors and performers will provide medieval entertainment, bringing the age of Robin Hood and his Merry Band alive.

Challenge yourself to solve the Outlaw puzzle on our family nature trail, book a guided walk with the Sheriff of Nottingham or join the Story of Sherwood Walk to find out more about our history and the amazing wildlife that makes a home in this ancient forest.

You can also take part in an ever-changing list of activities from archery to face painting, axe throwing to a climbing wall.  Get ready for a wild time in the home of Robin Hood.

Full Programme

Keep checking back as we add more to the programme!


Comedy, magic tricks, potions, medieval music, wacky characters and tricks and stunts. Traders and performers will be changing throughout the summer. Many of the the Robin Hood Festival’s favourite performers will join us here and there, with some new faces too!

2-3 of our wonderful performers will join us on selected days throughout the summer. To keep things Covid-secure they will be giving spontaneous roving performances only. Featuring:

Medieval Maniax                                                    Blast from the Past
The Sherwood Outlaws                                         bZents Theatre Co
Helter Skelter                                                          The Medieval Alchemist
Bill Brookman                                                         Past Imagined
What a Palaver                                                        More the Merrier
Myal Pyper                                                               Nathaniel Bagshot
Sloe Gin                                                                     No Strings Puppets
Simple Tom                                                              Trevor James

Re-enactments from:                                          Traders include:
The Ferrers Household                                          Face Painting
The Lord Thomas Stanley Retinue                       Sweet Treats
Team Falchion                                                         Handcraft Items

Family activities provide by:
Sherwood Forest Trust
Inspire Libraries and Culture Service
Notts Outdoors Education Team

Plus More!

With thanks to the wonderful team at Miner 2 Major National Lottery Heritage Funded Landscape Partnership for supporting the events and activities programme this summer.

Planning your day:

Opening times: Activities will run daily from Friday 30 July – Sunday 5 September, 11am – 4pm.

Entrance and Car Parking: The forest is free to access, the only cost is car parking, which is £4 per vehicle and free to RSPB members.  The car park is open from 9am each day.

Food and drink: Food and refreshments will be available at the visitor centre, in the amphitheatre and at Major Oak. You’re also welcome to bring along your own picnic!

Safety First: Please take care whilst enjoying this busy event. For your safety, please:

  • Face coverings are required throughout the visitor centre, including the toilets
  • Due to Covid-19, card payments are preferred
  • This is an outdoor venue, please dress appropriately for the weather and forest trails
  • Supervise children at all times
  • Keep dogs on leads
  • Take care of valuables on site and do not leave anything on display in your vehicle.

First Aid: First aid facilities are available in the visitor centre.

Public Toilets: There are only toilets at the visitor centre, which also has accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility. There are no toilets in the forest. Face coverings are required unless exempt.

Refreshments and Souvenirs: The visitor centre has a selection of refreshments, including sandwiches, hot pasties and hot and cold drinks. Our catering van will also be on site, with hot drinks and ice creams available at the Major Oak.

Picnics: Have fun enjoying a picnic around the site but please ensure you dispose of your rubbish responsibly and consider taking it home to help keep our forest clean and tidy during this busy event. Barbeques are not allowed anywhere on site, including the car parks.

Dogs: Please be aware that the site may be very busy and may not be a comfortable environment for some dogs. They must be kept on leads at all times and cannot be left in vehicles. Please clean up after your dog and use the bins provided.

Limited Mobility: We have two motorised scooters for hire at the visitor centre which have a rigorous midday cleaning procedure in place. They are available for morning, afternoon or full day hire, between 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm at £2 per hour, or for the full day for £8. You can book these in advance by calling the office on 01623 677321 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or emailing sherwoodforest@rspb.org.uk. Drop-in is still welcome if they are available.