Thoresby Colliery Welfare Band was founded in 1948, following the disbanding of the nearby Welbeck pit band, who used to accompany the Edwinstowe Armistice Day Parade. The colliery manager embarrasingly had to lead the procession with a gramophone player! It wasn't long before the redundant instruments from Welbeck were bought for a fair price, and...more
UPDATE - this shop closed a while back, when they moved to a factory unit in nearby New Ollerton - However, they have now opened a Factory ShopThe Lime Tree Pie shop sells wonderful pies, both sweet and savoury. They are packed full of quality meat, or veg, or fruit. The mouth watering light shortcrust pastry is hand rolled. It's hard to believe...more
I haven't tried this myself..YET! but It is becoming a popular attraction.Voted Rural Tourist Attraction of 2003"Go Ape! Over 2 hours of adrenalin-fuelled fun, laughter and adventure" advertises the flyer. This is an aerial assault course, where you are attached by a harness to ropes and pulleys, as you swing through the trees, cross rope bridges,...more
Ten workshops housed in a newly built light and airy pleasant building.Pine Furniture, glassblowing (with chance to decorate your own paperweight), Coppersmith, signcasting, faux stone lampmaker, fossils; crystals and gemstone crafts,glass candlework, paintings, rubber art stamps, and medieval inspired soft furnishings and ceramics.Demonstrations...more
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the site where King Edwin of Northumbria was buried prior to his final burial in Whitby Abbey, and the alleged place where Robin Hood and Maid Marion were wed, this church has much of historical interest. However, the oldest part remaining is the Norman priests doorway in the chancel.The 700 year old tower and spire...more
This is the oldest Oak Tree in the forest. A Map dating around 1791, marks a tree called Major Rooke. Apparently Major Hayman Rooke was an expert on Sherwood, this being his favourite tree. I always assumed it was called The Major Oak due to it's size. Upto the mid 19th century locals knew it as The Cockpen tree, as its hollow bark was the roosting...more
Ok, if you're not as lucky as me, to have parents living very near (within walking distance) you'll have paid exorbitant parking fees and probably queue for an age to get in.So, nows the time to make the most of it! The Sherwood Forest Visitors centre is fairly compact, but there is a cafe, souvenir shop, tourist info shop and small theatre to view...more
Not to everybodys taste, but this small fun fair on the edge of the forest offers a distraction for children. There has been an annual Fair in Edwinstowe since 1381! A Royal Charter granted that this yearly event be held on the Vigil and Day of Saint Eadwin, which was around 24th October.A toll was paid to the church.Today, the fair is managed by...more
If you're planning on staying overnight at a B&B/ hotel/YHA theres not a lot to do in Edwinstowe usually.
The pubs offer a slight diversion, there may even be a quiz night.
There are occasional walks in the forest (details at the visitors centre).
The Church has evening services on a Sunday..see board outside for details.
Very rarely there may be a play /musical or a band performance.
So, bring books, board games, cd's/tapes etc.
I'll try and keep this page updated with any night events I hear of!
Mansfield and Worksop have nightclubs /disco's, but don't expect too much!
Dress Code: Come as you are!
I understand that this establishment has moved now - will find new addressClothes, bags, Shoes and Jewellery- all at reasonable prices- displayed on 2 stories in 4 rooms ( although this could be in the process of being expanded)A good selection of fashionable clothes and accessories, some imported from France and Germany.The Sales staff are...more
For some visitors to Sherwood Forest, there must be a point when they imagine THEY are Robin Hood!
Some may just restrict this to robbing the rich to pay the poor, but some will go as far as dressing as their hero, some will just stop at the nifty headwear (as seen in the pic) (crikey I hope they're not VTers!..;-0 )but some can be spotted with a plastic bow and arrow and green tunic as well !!!!
Unique Suggestions: If you feel the need to dress in this attire have the decency to blame it on having drunk a flaggon or 2 in one of the local hosteleries!!
Fun Alternatives: The legend of Robin Hood brings many visitors to the area. With the decline in the coal mining/agriculture/forestry industries of the area, there is a reliance on tourism, so please take my comments as being a bit tongue in cheek!
However, besides the 'tacky' souvenir marketry, there is a lot to see in Edwinstowe and surrounding areas with relevance to Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
St Marys Church in Edwinstowe, Blidworth, Nottingham. Then there's the possibility of Loxley in Sheffield, Hathersage in Derbyshire,and Robin Hood's Bay on the East Coast.
So I'm a bit torn here...born in Notts, now live in Sheffield, and Hathersage and Robin Hoods Bay are 2 of my favourite places in the world!!!" oh perhaps I Am Maid Marion reincarnated!!! ;-0
On the A616 road 1.30 miles SE of Ollerton.Wellow boasts the tallest permanent Maypole in England, at 55 ft high, with a cockeral weather vane perched on top!Although the present one is made of steel, it replaced the wooden versions in 1976. This maypole is an important part of the Mayday celebrations, when coloured ribbons are intricately woven...more
The hamlet of Budby settles either side of the A616 road 3 miles NW of the Ollerton roundabout. Off the busy A57, that passes through Sheffield, Worksop & Newark.Surrounded by forest and farmland, with a stream meandering by. The only shop here is an Antiques centre, which has a cafe (on the A616 Left side, heading to Edwinstowe/Ollerton)However,...more
After exploring the attractions of Edwinstowe and Sherwood Forest, sit and enjoy a picnic while watching a local cricket match.
What could be more English than this?
Benches surround the pitch, or find a spot on the nearby grassy slope.
Nearby there is space for your own game of cricket, rounders, football, tennis etc
Car parking nearby.
Equipment: Local shops stock footballs, cricket bats, tennis rackets etc (for fun, not professional quality)
Sports shops in Mansfield or Worksop stock sports gear/equipment