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Christmas 2010 Events at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

Saturday 23rd October
– Sunday 31st October
Sherwood’s Spooky
Treasure Trail
Available daily between
11am & 3pm
£1 per trail leaflet.
Follow this self-guided trail around
the spooky glades of this legendary
forest and find out more about its
secrets!
Sunday 24th October
Wildlife Day
– Seed Hunt Sunday
11am – 3pm
Join the rangers to hunt for fallen
acorns from the famous old oaks of
Sherwood Forest, then take some
away with you. Plant them up and
grow them on for a couple of years
before you bring them back to us to
grow on in the Tree Nursery for use
in the future Sherwood Forest area.
Come in suitable clothing for the
outdoors and be prepared to wait, as
we can only allow so many people
into the Major Oak compound at
one time.
Monday 25th October
Spooky Lanterns
10.30am – 12.30pm
& 1.30pm – 3.30pm
£5 per lantern.
Transform willow and tissue into
a special lantern to hang in your
garden or light your way this
Halloween. You’ll be amazed
at the results. Children must be
accompanied by an adult. Places
are limited so pre-booking essential.
Tel. 01623 823202.
Tuesday 26th October
‘Wizards Hats’
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
£3.50 per hat made.
With Halloween fast approaching,
come along to today’s willow
weaving workshop where, under the
expert guidance of Samantha, you’ll
design and make your very own mini
wizard’s hat, to impress your friends.
Join us in the legendary haunt of Robin Hood for a medieval feast of
3 courses. Afterwards, dance till midnight to our all-new Ceilidh band.
Dates available: 3rd & 4th December, 10th and 11th December.
Adult £25, child £13. Booking/more details: Tel. 01623 821322 Friday 29th
& Saturday 30th October
In the Dark,
Dark Wood…
6.30pm for 7pm, 7pm for
7.30pm & 7.30pm for 8pm
Tickets £5 per person.
IMPORTANT! Timed tickets, start
times are prompt. We cannot
guarantee entry if you arrive late.
Are you brave enough to join one
of our famous Sherwood Forest
Halloween walks? Bring a small
torch or lantern to light your way,
and dress to spook Don’t forget
to wrap up warm underneath
though, and sorry but you will
have to leave dogs at home.
The Forest Table restaurant will
sell hot drink sales and snacks
during the evening. Numbers are
limited, so this is strictly a ticket
only event. Tickets on sale from
4th October. Please book early to
avoid disappointment. Call 01623
823202 for details. PLEASE BE
AWARE - event can be frightening
for young children. We advise not
suitable for under 5s.
Sunday 31st October
Halloween Have A Go
Circus Workshop
11.00am onwards
The spooks are having fun at
Sherwood this Halloween so come
along today and learn some new
skills for yourself!
November
“In the Footsteps
of Outlaws” Trail
Available daily
£1.00 per leafl et.
Discover more about Sherwood’s
outlaws, legends and forest wildlife
on this self-guided trail for all
the family, available from Visitor
Information.
Saturday 13th November
Winter Bird Walk
– International Year
of Biodiversity
10.15am – 12.15pm
Free.
Crisp winter mornings are the best
time to begin your fi rst tentative
steps into bird identifi cation. There
are fewer species about to observe
and there is little cover for them
to hide behind – but our local
population of both resident and
winter visitors will always provide
something of interest to see.
Pre-booking essential by calling
01623 823202.  
Saturday 20th November
Woodland Craft Day
– Basket Making
Workshop
10am – 3pm
£25 per basket.
Come along to the Visitor Centre
and craft your very own willow
basket with expert tuition from
woodland crafts people, Ray Lister
and Samantha Pearce. Tea and
coffee provided but please bring
a packed lunch for the lunchtime
break, or pre-book a seasonal
sandwich lunch with us at just
£3.50 per person. Vegetarian option
available. Places are limited to 10
people so pre-booking essential on
01623 823202.
Saturday 27th November
– Sunday 19th December,
Weekends only
St. Nicholas’
Yuletide Grotto
11am – 4pm
(last admission 3.45pm)
£5 per child including gift.
The forerunner to Santa Claus,
and the traditional bearer of
yuletide gifts, St Nicholas will be
in his medieval style grotto each
weekend until 19th December,
ready to welcome visitors.
Saturday 27th November 2010
– Sunday 2nd January 2011
Yuletide Treasure
Trail
11am – 3pm
(every Saturday & Sunday
except Christmas Day)
£1.
Enjoy some of the forest’s midwinter
magic on this self-guided weekend
trail around the Major Oak path,
with a ‘sweet’ reward for all those
who complete the clues!
Sunday 28th November
St Nicholas Arrives…
11.00am
Rumours abound that the Sheriff
of Nottingham is in Sherwood
Forest today to try and put a stop
to any Yuletide celebrations – let’s
hope Robin Hood is around to
save the day! Come along to cheer
for St Nicholas as he arrives at his
medieval grotto. (This event involves
some stunt fi ghting which may be
worrying for younger children unless
it is explained to them).
Sunday 28th November
Bill Brookman’s
Christmas Capers!
12 noon onwards
A little bit of Christmas magic with
Bill’s unique blend of music, dance,
circus and participation to get you in
the festive mood. December
Until Sunday 19th December,
weekends only
St Nicholas’
Yuletide Grotto
11am – 4pm
(Last admission 3.45pm)
£5.00 per child, including gift.
Saturday 4th December
Tree Dressing
Workshop
2.30pm – 3.30pm
£2 per feeder to take home
At this time of year when we’re all
busy enjoying ourselves, it’s easy to
forget how hard it can be for wild
birds. Come and make a simple
feeder to hang on the Centre trees
as part of tomorrow’s Tree Dressing
celebrations, and another to take
home for your garden.
Sunday 5th December
Tree Dressing Day
Workshops
11.00am – 12.30pm
and 2 – 4pm
Big Switch On
4.15pm
A seasonal highlight in Sherwood’s
Christmas calendar. Join us to
celebrate the ancient custom of
Tree Dressing. This weekend all
over the country people will be
gathering together to show their
appreciation for trees, and where
better to celebrate the wonder of
trees than in one of England’s most
famous forests. Enjoy traditional
singing and stories or join one of the
workshops and help to create
decorations to dress the Tree as we
get ready for the Big Switch on at
4.15pm. Admire the newly dressed
tree in all its splendour as the lights
are switched on and a special visitor
makes an appearance!
Saturday 11th December
Lantern Workshop
10.30am – 12.30pm
& 1.30pm – 3.30pm
£5 per lantern.
Transform willow and tissue into
a special lantern to hang in your
garden or light your way this
Christmas. You’ll be amazed
at the results. Children must be
accompanied by an adult. Places
limited so pre-booking essential by
calling 01623 823202.
Sunday 12th December
Christmas Wreath
Workshop
11am – 3pm
£5 per wreath.
You know Christmas is really on
the way when there’s a traditional
Yuletide wreath hanging on the
door! Bring along a selection of
greenery from conifer trimmings,
holly, ivy, bay clippings, pine cones
or evergreen trimmings from the
garden and we’ll show you how to
make your own. Bring a packed
lunch for the break or pre-order a
seasonal sandwich lunch for just
£3.50 (vegetarian option available).
Places are limited, so please book in
advance by phoning 01623 823202
or calling in at the Country Park
Reception.
Sunday 12th December
Christmas Clowning
11.30am onwards
Learn a few new party tricks to
impress your relatives this Christmas
at our circus skills workshop.
Saturday 18th December
Woodland Craft Day
– Basket Making Workshop
10am – 3pm
£25 per basket.
Put your creative side to work and
craft your very own willow basket
with expert tuition from woodland
crafts people, Ray Lister and
Samantha Pearce. Tea and coffee
will be provided but please bring a
packed lunch or, alternately prebook
a special seasonal sandwich
lunch for £3.50 (vegetarian option
available) for when we take a short
break. Places are limited to 10
people so pre-booking is essential on
01623 823202.
Sunday 19th December
Yuletide Lantern Walk
4.30 – 5.30pm
£4 per person.
Wrap up warm and bring a lantern
or torch to light your way on this
midwinter walk through the ancient
oaks. As the sun sinks, you never
know who you might meet along the
way or what you might find under
the ‘Tree Dressing’ oak! Warm
up afterwards in the welcoming
Forest Table restaurant where hot
drinks and yummy treats are on
sale. Numbers are limited for this
ticket only event. Tickets on sale
from 22 November. Please book
early on 01623 823202 to avoid
disappointment.
Friday 24th December
Christmas Eve Walk
11am – 12.30pm
Adults £3, children £1.50.
Escape the hustle and bustle of high
street shopping and the last minute
Christmas rush, and enjoy a gentle
stroll with a ranger through the
ancient glades of Sherwood, looking
for winter wildlife and discovering
more about this legendary forest.
(Please note: Restaurant and shops
close at 2pm today).
Sunday 26th December
Boxing Day Revival Walk
11.30am – 1pm
Adults £3, children £1.50.
If your head’s a bit fuzzy or you’ve
overdone the excesses of the festive
period, this is your chance to savour
some fresh air and get your legs
working again!  


 
 
 
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