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The legend of Robin Hood



Little Robin Hood hiding out in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Robin Hood Festival goers are encouraged to dress up as outlaws

May 2010 has been declared Robin Hood month in order to coincide with the release of the latest Hollywood adaptation of the local legend.

There will be family events held across Nottinghamshire every day of the month.

The grounds of Nottingham Castle will play host to jousting tournaments, re-enactments and educational tours.

While in Sherwood Forest there will be an archery competition, story walks, medieval combat displays and a May Day parade led by the outlaw himself.

The events are being organised by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

For full listings visit the Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council websites.

BBC Radio Nottingham's breakfast host Andy Whittaker is also putting together a "Robin Hood" themed version of the Big Night Out on Wednesday, 12 May 2010.

Events celebrating the life and times of Robin Hood are not restricted to one month.

Robin Hood film exhibition

Ahead of the release of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, the official film exhibition will open in Nottinghamshire.

It will feature costumes, original props, weaponry, set and other film artefacts, including the costumes of the six main characters.

The exhibition at Nottingham Castle is designed by film company Universal and will be open from 23 March until the end of October, 2010.

Part of the exhibition will also be found at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

Robin Hood Festival

Nottinghamshire is also home to several annual events, the biggest being the Robin Hood Festival.

Skirmish at the Robin Hood Festival, Sherwood Forest
Hood fans travel from all over the world for the Sherwood Forest event

Seventy-five thousand visitors descend on Sherwood Forest from all over the world in the first week of August hoping to join in the medieval merriment.

Meet costumed characters from the days of Robin Hood, from jugglers and jesters to medieval doctors and rat catchers.

Watch Robin and his outlaws skirmish with the Sheriff's men.

Browse the stalls and watch medieval craftsmen at work, enjoy children's outdoor theatre and storytelling and have-a-go archery.

In 2010, the event will be celebrating its 26th year. It will run from Monday, 2 to Sunday, 8 August.

For more information visit the official Robin Hood Festival website.

Robin Hood Pageant

One autumn weekend every year the grounds of Nottingham Castle are transformed into a medieval village for the Robin Hood Pageant.

The outlaws and Sheriff's men come to blows, on and off horseback, on the castle green and there is live jousting on the field.

The rest of the grounds are turned into a medieval village - listen to medieval musicians and storytellers, watch living history demonstrations and falconry displays and drink some mead in the open air alehouse.

In 2010, the Robin Hood Pageant will run from Saturday, 30 to Sunday, 31 October.

For more information visit the official Robin Hood Pageant website.

Outlaw's trail

Alternatively, Nottinghamshire Tourism has set up a Robin Hood trail which can be enjoyed at any time of the year. It features 12 locations across the county which are easily accessible by car.

At each site there is a unit in the shape of a long bow which tells you a the tale that associates Robin Hood with that location.

You can download instructions for your Sat Nav as well as an audio trail podcast on the Visit Nottingham website.




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