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“What is left of Sherwood Forest”

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Edwinstowe
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Owner description: Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre is your gateway into a stunning historical forest; home to the legendary outlaw Robin Hood and some incredible ancient giants, including Major Oak. In August this year, the doors opened on the brand-new centre in its new location on the edge of the woodland. The centre and forest are now managed and protected by the RSPB and partners, who took on the project when the old centre came to the end of its lifespan. Sherwood Forest is heavily protected (SSSI), and the location of the old centre and car park was detrimental to some of our ancient oaks. Because of this, a new home was found on the edge of Sherwood, away from the sensitive areas of the forest. Now we've opened, we'll be working to bring alive the legend of Robin Hood in a host of new and exciting ways, including regular events, walks, costumed guides, children’s trails and interpretation! Every time you visit Sherwood, you’re helping support and project this valuable forest for the future.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

I was on my second visit to Nottingham and decided that we had to visit Sherwood Forest so that I could chat with Robin Hood. We found the Sherwood Forest reserve gave us a little idea of what Sherwood Forest was like 800 years ago. For example, some of the huge oaks are still around and some of the other forest plants and animals are also available for observation. There are a few walks which aren't too long, but which give an idea of the forest and some useful information panels. Our main disappointment was the sandwiches we bought for a late lunch, which were not particularly tasty. By the way, even though eight centuries old, Robin was aware of the modern world and we had a very good chat! For nature lovers as well as historians, Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre and the walks will give at least some hints as to what Britain was like so long ago.

Thank Bruce J
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Be careful you don't leave it too late to visit. We visited at 4pm on a beautiful, sunny afternoon and the centre was closed!

Thank glok
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

We had not been to Sherwood forest for 20 years and decided to call in on our way home from the Derbyshire Dales.
The first member of staff we met asked us if we had been here before. I told him yes but not for the last 20 years " not much has changed in that time" he said in a friendly, comforting way.
It's true. The only thing that I saw that had changed, apart from the staff; as they were all quite young, was the hand dryer in the toilets was a Dyson fast air.
It was a lovely, hot day and we strolled through the forest to the Major Oak as did 20 years ago. This tree is an awesome sight. So large that hefty props are holding up all of the main, heavy branches.
Dense forestry and undergrowth everywhere around as you walk around the park area but it all seems so peaceful. We loved it and the memories that flooded back of our previous visits here.
Had a drink of tea and left for home well satisfied.
Only £3 for car parking was all we paid apart from a pot of tea.

Thank John W
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

hazel , kirsty and their team are superb , they turned our ideas into reality , nothing was too much trouble , we did a hand fasting ceremony in the outdoor theatre , then got married in the oak room , then had our evening do in the forest table , the team was on hand before and throughout the day and night and were friendly, professional and down to earth with us and all our guests , kirsty was especially kind to freya our flower girl and brilliant with our elderly guests . the visitor centre was an ideal location for our wedding , and to be married in the legendary sherwood forest has a great ring to it . we cant recommended this visitor center enough for location and staff

Thank Rudisox
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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

On following the signage the entrance hit you earlier than expected. Cheap to enter with only having to pay for car parking (£3 per car). After short stroll found entrance to centre and it went downhill from there. Statues of Robin Hood and Little John was overgrown and hard to see especially Robin Hood. The centre's Information Office looked more like an untidy office space, outside there was 1 mobility scooter for hire (unsure of cost) so chanced having a very disabled person's stroll to the Major Oak on route passed a school party being told the story of Robin Hood and mentioned Little John where a older man popped up dressed it normal clothes with a green baseball cap (not inspiring) where as the story tell was dressed more appropriately. My wife and I continued stopping to read information boards about wildlife and vegetation with was good but needs updating we finally got to the Major Oak then returned to Information Area look at disappointing area telling the story of Sherwood Forest then went to gift shop which was clean and tidy but limited choices.

THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WAS DISAPPOINTING (NOTHING THAT A BULLDOZER COULDN'T REMEDY)

Apparently it is being taken of the Nottingham County Council books, so hopefully it will then become a better place to visit.

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