Today was the first day of the Summer Holidays where I have been on my own with the kiddos. How have I wangled that I hear you cry!? Well the first three weeks we went to Italy to visit my parents (post to follow!). We actually got back last Thursday so strictly speaking Friday was the first day but I wasn’t with it that day so we didn’t do much!
We went to the Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest. It is actually the 28th festival of its kind! Why have we never made it there before!? It is excellent!
The opening ceremony kicked off at 11am followed by stacks of entertainment at the Visitors Centre, Major Oak and the Jousting Arena.
This was followed by stacks of medieval fun – we saw fire eating from What a Palaver!, made music with Crazy Dutch Regulars, listened to stories, watched jugglers, met Robin Hood, Little John, Maid Marion, Will Scarlett and Friar Tuck as well as the Sherriff’s men! We also saw Robin and the Sherrif having a sword fight (a highlight apparently!). There was lots going on everywhere!
It is only £5 to park for the day and enough entertainment to keep you amused for the full day easily. There are lots of places to eat a picnic or you can buy food from the cafe or BBQ (we had some delicious hot dogs made from locally sourced sausages).
There was also facepainting and lots of Robin Hood and medieval accessories to purchase in the shop. We already have several bows and arrows and hats but you can always use a couple more!
Later in the week there is Jousting and Falconry as well as lots of evening entertainment which sound great. When the boys are a little older I think they will get more from it as the archery was only for 8 and older.
We rounded it off with a trip to the funfair – it is the holidays after all!