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Once an area of woodland and heathland stretching over 30 miles from Nottingham to Worksop, Sherwood Forest was established as a royal hunting preserve in the 10th Century.
Revived by the Normans, the "forest" (a legal term for woodland having a separate jurisdiction) was enjoyed by successive kings: the sandy heath and thickets of Sherwood provided ideal cover for deer and hunting with falcons.
The link to royalty continued as parts of the forest were acquired by nobility and four main ducal estates developed – Clumber, Welbeck, Thoresby and Worksop. This unique area, known as The Dukeries is now home to a rich area of heritage and intrigue.
Whilst Worksop declined and was later destroyed, you can visit the sites of Clumber and Thoresby and see grand houses and grounds. Welbeck Abbey is still privately owned and the Cavendish Bentinck family currently live on the estate.
Over time, Sherwood Forest has become fragmented as settlements developed and the rich wood resources found here were used for building materials. You can now find a cluster of main country parks that offer an insight into how this mighty forest may have once appeared - Rufford Abbey, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and Sherwood Pines Forest Park to name but a few.
This isn’t the end of the story though, there are many smaller woodland areas and private attractions that can be found within the network of country parks and woodland areas. Venture off the beaten track to places like Thieves Wood, Fountaindale and Blidworth Bottoms to discover even more.
This section provides everything that you need to know about holidays and days out in Sherwood Forest. In this fragmented landscape, you’ll find a variety of places to stay from quaint BBs to holiday cottages and campsites.
Plan your visit online and then experience Sherwood for yourself and discover an outstanding area of history and beauty.
Get involved in this fun Robin Hood offer at various venues across the city. Offers are subject to terms and conditions at the individual venues and may vary between offers. Offers subject to availability, please check with the venues directly prior to arrival.
From: Friday, 4th January 2013
To: Tuesday, 31st December 2013