Sherwood Forest. 01/04/2018
Today is Easter Sunday. So, to balance the breakfast of chocolates and marshmallows we decided to go for a walk. We had been recommended Sherwood Forest by an Instagram friend @itsajameslife so we thought we’d check it out. We told the kids where we were going and immediately they gathered their mismatched bows and arrows and declared war upon the merry men. After a fairly reasonable drive we entered the Sherwood forest car park, paid our pennies to the meter gods and shrugged on our backpack ready to take on the hike.
The Main Man
We were greeted immediately with a statue of the man himself, Robin Hood. Centered in all his glory in the middle of a rotunda, circled by a gift shop, information centre, toilet facilities and a learning room. Everything was well laid out so we wandered over to the information centre to grab a map of the area so we knew where we would inevitably get lost.
As it was Easter, we were given the chance to complete an egg hunt so the kids snapped up a leaflet each and a pencil. The task was to find the coloured eggs on the trees and the numbers associated with them, then complete the sums on the paper. A prize was given if they got the final answer correct.
On we walked, looking upwards and marvelling at the funny shapes of the birch trees and working out the sums as we went along. The weather was cool and there were a few people mulling along. Every so often there was an information board labelling different types of trees or wildlife in the area. The egg hunt also provided information and a bit of history about the area as we walked between each section.
The Major Oak
Eventually we came upon the Major Oak. Dicky got very excited at this point (i’d like to make it known that this isn’t a euphemism and that Dicky is a person!) as he’s seen the Robin Hood movies and would like to think of himself as a bit of an outlaw. The tree is magnificent, an estimated 800-1000 years old and has been the epicenter for many adventures. Robin Hood and his merry men were to have slept in the tree, and hidden away from those who sought after them.
The tree has survived many wars and winters and is a true marvel to look at, even with all the supporting scaffolding. As we were standing ogling the tree, a few characters came to have a duel with the children, swords were brandished and giggles were heard emanating through the forest.
We moved on, completing the Easter egg hunt, and, at the finish traded in the filled in cards for a chocolate reward. There’s nothing more content than a child worn out from combat munching on sweet treats.
Sherwood Forest is a fantastic, free expedition into a large portion of history from folklore, books and movies. We had a very fun and educational day out, and the kids loved all of the interaction.
Full of facts and activities, I would recommend Sherwood Forest for ages 0-100. It is very accessible for pushchairs and the walkways are very clearly marked. I am sure we will return and will keep an eye out for any special occasions.
Postcode: NG21 9HN
Free admission but the car park costs a few pounds. Take some change!