By Shivani Handa, aged 12 years old
During the early 13th century, in the depths of Nottinghamshire, an outlaw and his squad of merry men went trekking through the woods. Hunting, giving and wandering around the forest was the usual way they would spend their time. This special outlaw, known as Robin Hood, is a legend that is remembered and honoured to this day.
Nottingham, the home to Robin Hood, celebrates with a magnificent festival every year at the first week of August dedicated to Robin himself. This year, the Nottingham City Council is celebrating its 30th annual Robin Hood festival. It is held in Sherwood Forest, where he supposedly used to hunt. With acres of green land and masses of trees scattered all over the place, the woodland is perfect for this historical yet entertaining jubilee.
At first glimpse, you might see piles of medieval decorations on trees, plants and fences suitable for the event. People dressed up as characters from the tale, locals from the middle ages and even animals costumes wonder around the premises, taking pictures with anyone in the public who requests. There are also stalls selling Robin Hood and maid Marion costumes for children… Adults as well!
Whilst strolling around the forest, instantly you are transferred from the 21st century to the 12th century. The tent filled with historical activities and products creates a medieval atmosphere, which is one of the many great things about the festival. You might try many different foods that used to be around at that time. Spices that have been developed and modified through the years is another thing that you can try. Passersby may ask and receive information from the people in the tent, who are specially dressed for the occasion.
Any spot in the masses of land is a great place to have a picnic with family and friends. People often bring their own lunches and snacks with them for a break or when they’re feeling peckish. There are also small, vintage style restaurants and pubs around Sherwood Forest; a convenient and tasty option for those who just want something a little bit fancier. The restaurants, generally named and based on Robin Hood, have fun and clever references to him. You may purchase traditional ale from any pub in Sherwood just like Friar Tuck did at the time!
Overall, the festival was phenomenal! People enjoyed themselves and were intrigued with the live entertainment. Both children and adults had equally as much fun since there was something for everyone. Audience participation just increases the popularity of the festival; children love to be included in the different shows whether it may be dancing to the music or standing on stage in front of one of the oldest trees in Nottingham, acting as a character from the legendary tale. People really appreciated the amount of work it takes to hold such an extravagant celebration. For 30 years, the Robin Hood Festival has been a popular activity, and here’s to hoping that it may continue on for many more.
What your favorite festival you have been to and why?