Spotlight on… Sherwood Forest & Edwinstowe
With autumn approaching, now is the time to explore Sherwood Forest and the nearby village of Edwinstowe, both rich in Robin Hood history. Read on to discover some fantastic suggestions to make the most of your visit to Robin Hood country!
Sherwood Forest is a must visit at any time of year, and is as world famous as the home of Robin and his Merry Men. The forest is full of venerable ancient oak trees, over 500 years old, which look particularly splendid as the season starts to change.
The forest also offers excellent walking, cycling and plenty of places to explore. Be sure to stop by the visitor centre to learn more about the Robin Hood legend and pick up your very own bow and arrow or green feathered hat.
Alongside the forest, just a five minute walk from the Major Oak, is the Sherwood Art & Craft Centre. Housed in the beautifully-converted coach house and stables of the former Edwinstowe Hall, the centre is home to 16 studios, where you can see local artists and craftspeople perfecting their work.
The village of Edwinstowe, known as Robin Hood’s village, is a picturesque place to visit. St Mary’s Church, built in 1175 and overlooking the village high street, is said to be the place where Robin Hood and Maid Marian tied the knot. You’ll spot them holding hands along the high street, as you stroll along and visit local independent shops, cafes and pubs.
Edwinstowe also offers some excellent places to eat. Launay’s Restaurant serves a seasonal menu fusing traditional English and French cuisine, and next door the Forest Lodge Hotel offers delicious pub dining and has a number of very comfortable rooms onsite.
Sunnyside View B&B on the edge of the village is a new, bright and friendly B&B where you’ll be well looked after. Or treat yourself to a stay at Clumber Park Hotel & Spa, where you can experience spa breaks, or for something different, pony trekking through the forest.
You can also stay in the woods of Sherwood Forest, at the stylish Sherwood Hideaway lodges in the grounds of Thoresby Estate. The Estate is also home to Thoresby Hall Hotel and World Spa, and to Thoresby Courtyard, which houses the brand new Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum, Thoresby Gallery, Cafe, sweet shop, and a number of markets and events throughout the year.
Rufford Abbey Country Park is just a five minute drive from Edwinstowe. Explore 150 acres of historic gardens, woods and parkland. The park includes the ruins of a medieval monastery, a contemporary craft centre, a maze, woodland walks, a children’s play village, sculpture trail and a lake. You can easily spend a day here exploring, and the Park also has a restaurant and cafe on site.
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