• Sherwood Forest Hunting Posted on 24 May 2012

    Archaeology and History of Medieval Sherwood Forest

    Andy Gaunt, an archaeologist uncovering more about historic Sherwood Forest talks more about his blog http://sherwoodforesthistory.blogspot.com:

    Sherwood Forest is the most famous forest in history.

    As the home to the legendary outlaw and hero Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest is known throughout the world. 

    robin hood statue

    The antics of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, their run-ins with the Sheriff of Nottingham, Guy of Gisborne, King John and King Richard the Lionheart have been told and re-told around fire sides and to children for hundreds of years and now are known all around the world.

    But what exactly was Sherwood Forest, where was it, and when and where did

  • Church Hole Cave, Creswell Posted on 29 March 2012

    Have a go at… an ice age adventure

     

    What better way to spend an idle Sunday than to be transported back thousands of years, to witness the mark of early man –

    Imagine standing where cave dwellers once stood and seeing historical records left for us to enjoy for years to come. That’s exactly what I did during March – as I took to the north of the county once again attending one of the first rock art tours of the season at Creswell Crags.

    I joined the tour alongside a keen group of Northumbrians, in search of a Nottinghamshire adventure. We were told to assemble by a rather scary looking

  • 2374_D087_00051R.jpg_cmyk[1] Posted on 19 March 2012

    Will there really be a Robin Hood sequel?

    Last week a report in the Scottish Daily Star indicated that Russell Crowe and Sir Ridley Scott would like to do a follow-up to Robin Hood. It seems the heritage village of Duncarron in Carron Valley is a desired shooting location but plans for wind turbines in the area could scupper plans.

    It appears Russell Crowe has been a long time supporter of the area and has recommended it as a potential filming location. So links to the rumours seem quite legitimate, but is a Robin Hood sequel really on the cards?

    Well, at the time of the film’s release, Sir Ridley Scott openly left the door open stating that the period and

  • St Mary's Church features in Robin and the Monk Posted on 05 March 2012

    Robin Hood audio trail – Nottingham

    The recent release of the Robin Hood Trail online is a great source of content for finding out more about Robin Hood. In the first track listing for Nottingham Castle we learn a lot about the authenticity of the legend, the real role of the Sheriff of Nottingham, and perhaps the best of the original medieval tales, Robin Hood and the Monk.

    As far as finding out whether Robin Hood really existed, evidence points to a Robert Hod as the prime candidate who was a recorded tenant of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1225 and classed as an outlaw. This certainly ties in with the times of Robin Hood being

  • Robin-Hood-Trail Posted on 20 February 2012

    Robin Hood Audio Trail re-launched online

    The world famous hero of Robin Hood now has new online promotion with the re-launch of the Robin Hood Audio Trail.

    The trail, which takes in around 12-15 points in the Nottinghamshire region relating to the world famous legend, is portrayed online via an interactive map and audio at http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/robin-hood/robin-hood-trail.

    Starting at Nottingham Castle and heading out into Sherwood Forest, the core trail of twelve points were initially developed in 2008. Part of the initial trail development included the installation of audio units at the key locations giving further information and including wind-up technology audio.

    As well as taking in established sites associated with the legend, the trail also picks up on

  • Newstead Abbey Posted on 09 February 2012

    Newstead Abbey Familiarisation Visits

    The former home of the great Romantic poet, Lord Byron is opening its doors to Group Travel Organisers later this month.

    Operated by Nottingham City Council, the historic house and stunning gardens will be available for key group organisers to visit on Tuesday 21 or Sunday 26 February 2012.

    Visitors will be able to take advantage of a complimentary tour of the house and see the beautiful gardens before enjoying a FREE lunch in the Cafe at the Abbey for two people. 

    Newstead Abbey Historic House and Gardens in Nottinghamshire offers a fantastic day out for groups.  There’s plenty to see and do including guided tours of the historic house, beautiful gardens and parklands to

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Posted on 02 February 2012

    Life as an Outlaw

    In March last year, I filmed Paul Cook, Senior Ranger at Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, talk about what life would have been like as an Outlaw and how the forest was so useful. It was a really cold day and the sound is not that great but you should a really good feel for how Robin Hood may have lived.

    Paul starts by talking about how taxation was introduced to help fund the wars in the holy lands (Crusades). Taxation was unpopular (even more so than it is now) and the penalties for not paying taxes were horrific.

    If you refused

  • Robin-Hood-Castle-Rock Posted on 26 January 2012

    Robin Hood Celebrated in New Beer

    Castle Rock Brewery has added a new Robin Hood Ale as part of its 35th anniversary celebrations.

    The new beer from Nottingham’s largest full mash independent brewery is the first of four celebratory ales designed for 2012 and is the sixth in a series of Nottinghamian Beers celebrating local heroes.

    Robin Hood now joins a select few of people honoured by Castle Rock. Included in the list are Alan Sillitoe, the famous writer of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; George Green, the mathematician who lived at Green’s Windmill; and Frederick Gibson Garton, inventor of HP sauce.

    Castle Rock Brewery, located at the Vat and Fiddle pub in Nottingham, became famous last year

  • Nottingham Castle Posted on 16 January 2012

    World War I Centenary Exhibition plans underway

    It may seem like a long way away but plans are already underway for a Nottinghamshire Great War Centenary Exhibition at Nottingham Castle in 2014.

    On Sunday 22 January 2012, 10:30am, Major John Cotterill will be looking to meet willing volunteers at Nottingham Castle to help in the delivery of the exhibition, currently entitled ‘The Trent to the Trenches’.

    A planning meeting will also take place at the Millgate Museum in Newark on Wednesday 29 February 2012 at 7pm.

    The emphasis of the exhibition will be to look at how the Great War changed Nottinghamshire socially, economically, politically and educationally together with commemorating the people who made the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict.

    For

  • Robin-Hood-Sherwood-Visitor-Centre Posted on 09 January 2012

    A brief history of the times of Robin Hood

    The world famous legend of Robin Hood has always been contentious and its origins have always been disputed. I’ve looked into some of the research to come up with my own personal key dates and facts around what many people perceive to be the times of Robin Hood.

    Like all legends, we can never know when exactly Robin Hood lived and at what point he was really involved in English history. Whilst I’ve included the origins of the first Nottingham Castle, I’ve mainly picked up on dates during the time of Richard the Lionheart with key references to Nottinghamshire and parts of the

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