Following much discussion, our team at the forest have decided to pause Sparkling Sherwood for 2018. We all love the event, and understand how special and exciting it is to all of you who come along each year, however there are a number of factors that meant we couldn’t simply replicate the way we’ve always carried out Sparkling Sherwood.
This year has been a really busy year for our team with a move to the new visitor centre, quickly followed by the Robin Hood Festival, and we felt we need more time to plan an event of this scale to ensure we make it the best it can be.
Why aren’t you holding Sparkling Sherwood?
Following such a busy year of change, it wasn’t just a case of repeating Sparkling Sherwood as before – there are a number of reasons making it more difficult this year:
• The route has changed due to the location of the new visitor centre which means completely rethinking the lighting.
• The lighting and equipment we have inherited from past events is coming to the end of its life, and so is no longer suitable for achieving the amazing effect we want to.
• We don’t yet have a fully accessible route to the Major Oak, and we felt that using these paths in the dark would be unsafe for our visitors. Throughout this winter we’ll be improving and replacing the signage and trails throughout the forest, including making a fully accessible route to Major Oak.
• Whilst many staff from the old site transferred to the new, we also took on a number of new members of staff, who need time to settle into their roles. Planning for an event like Sparkling Sherwood, especially when it will need to change so much, requires more time than we had this year.
Will there be a 2019 Sparkling Sherwood?
Yes, our team will now be taking the time to plan, take stock and make sure that 2019’s winter event is better than ever.
In the meantime we still have a number of Christmas-themed events this year – all of which can be found on our website www.visitsherwood.co.uk. We also feature them on social media, so please like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to keep updated.
If you live in Edwinstowe, we will soon be sharing details of a community event in December which will be specifically for local residents, so please watch out for more news of that.